White Ribbon Day
December 6, 2013 in Canada

White Ribbon Day is observed on December 06, 2013. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known informally as White Ribbon Day, is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6, the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, in which fourteen women were singled out for their gender and murdered. It is often marked by vigils, discussions and other reflections on violence against women. Canadian flags on all federal buildings – including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario – are flown at half-mast on December 6. In addition, Canadians are encouraged to observe a minute of silence on December 6 and to wear a white ribbon (or a purple ribbon) as a commitment to end violence against women.

Where is White Ribbon Day?
Nationwide Canada

Independence Day of Finland
December 6, 2013 in Finland

Independence Day of Finland is celebrated on December 06, 2013. Finland’s Independence Dayis a national public holiday. It celebrates Finland’s declaration of independence from Soviet Russia. The movement for Finland’s Independence started after the revolutions in Russia, caused by the disturbances from the defeats of the First World War. This gave an opportunity for Finland to withdraw from Russia. After several disagreements between the non-socialists and the social-democrats about the matter of who should have the power in Finland, the Senate of Finland, led by Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, finally gave on 4 December 1917 a Declaration of Independence which was adopted by the parliament two days later. It is traditional for many Finnish families to light two candles in each window of their home in the evening. This custom dates to the 1920s, but even earlier, candles had been placed in windows on the birthday of poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg as a silent protest against perceived Russian oppression. A popular legend has it that two candles were used as a sign to inform young men on their way to Sweden and Germany to become jägers that the house was ready to offer shelter and keep them hidden from the Russians.

Where is Independence Day of Finland?
Nationwide Finland

Mitten Tree Day
December 6, 2013 in the World

Mitten Tree Day is celebrated on December 6th of each year. We believe it came about in response to The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen.

The Mitten Tree is about Sarah,a lady who misses her grown children and so, she watches the children who wait for the school bus near the big evergreen tree. Even though Sarah smiles at the children, it appears they do not see her. And then she notices some of the children are unable to play in the snow because they don’t have mittens or they have mismatched mittens. Sarah ends up knitting a basket full of mittens and hangs them all over the evergreen tree for all the children. The story goes that when Sarah runs out of yarn, a basket full of yarn appears on her front porch and she doesn’t know who it is from. In return, Sarah knits mittens for all the boys and girls in town and they don’t know the mittens are from her.

This is a heart-warming story and one that should be shared. Share this story with someone on Mitten Tree Day, or better yet, give some mittens to someone less fortunate than yourself.

Where is Mitten Tree Day?

Saint Nicholas Day
December 6, 2013 in Europe

The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day, usually on 6 December, is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The American Santa Claus, as well as the Anglo-Canadian and British Father Christmas, derive from these legends. “Santa Claus” is itself derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas.

Traditionally, in the weeks between his arrival and 5 December, before going to bed, children put their shoes next to the fireplace chimney of the coal-fired stove or fireplace. In modern times, they may put them next to the central heating unit. They leave the shoe with a carrot or some hay in it and a bowl of water nearby “for Sinterklaas’ horse,” and the children sing a Sinterklaas song. The next day they will find some candy or a small present in their shoes.

Typical Sinterklaas treats traditionally include: hot chocolate, mandarin oranges, pepernoten, letter-shaped pastry filled with almond paste or chocolate letter (the first letter of the child’s name made out of chocolate), speculaas (sometimes filled with almond paste), chocolate coins and marzipan figures. Newer treats include kruidnoten (a type of shortcrust biscuit or gingerbread biscuits) and a figurine of Sinterklaas made of chocolate and wrapped in colored aluminum foil.

Poems can still accompany bigger gifts as well. Instead of such gifts being brought by Sinterklaas, family members may draw names for an event comparable to Secret Santa. Gifts are to be creatively disguised (for which the Dutch use the French word “surprise”), and are usually accompanied by a humorous poem which often teases the recipient for well-known bad habits or other character deficiencies.

Where is Saint Nicholas Day?
Nationwide Europe

International Sweater Vestival
December 6, 2013 in the USA

International Sweater Vestival is celebrated on December 06, 2013. International Sweater Vestival or Vestival is a wear a sweater vest to work holiday that is a parody of other celebrations. It takes place on the second Friday after Thanksgiving. The “vestival” holiday was coined in 2007 by Carolyn Johnson, a reporter for the Boston, Massachusetts daily newspaper The Boston Globe.

Where is Sweater Vestival?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1060 – Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary

1196 – Northern Dutch coast flooded, “Saint-Nicolas Flood”

1631 – 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed

1768 – 1st edition of “Encyclopedia Brittanica” published (Scotland)

1865 – 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery

1877 – 1st sound recording made (Thomas Edison)

1897 – London becomes the world’s first city to host licenced taxicabs.

1904 – Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)

1912 – China votes for universal human rights

1917 – Finland declares independence from Russia (National Day)

1917 – French munition ship “Mont Blanc” explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700

1929 – Turkey introduces female suffrage

1956 – Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in S Africa

1964 – “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” 1st airs on TV

1989 – Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal

1991 – “Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country” premieres