Old New Year 2014
January 13, 2014 in the World

Old New Year is observed on January 13, 2014. The Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year is an informal traditional Orthodox holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year falls on January 13 in the Gregorian calendar, 13 days after its New Year.

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Make Your Dream Come True Day
January 13, 2014 in the World

Make Your Dream Come True Day gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don’t come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

On this day do something, anything, to move in the direction of achieving your dreams. Sure, sometimes it takes several steps to accomplish them. So view today as a time to get started on them. With a little effort, they will come true!

Where is Make Your Dream Come True Day?

Lohri 2014
January 13, 2014 in India

Lohri is celebrated on January 13, 2014. Lohri is an extremely popular festival celebrated by the Punjabi people. This agricultural winter festival is celebrated in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Jammu. The origins of Lohri are many and link the festival to Punjab. Many people believe the festival was originally celebrated on winter solstice day, being the shortest day and the longest night of the year. With time, the festival spread to the states adjoining Punjab – Sindh, Jammu, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Lohri falls in the month of Paush i.e. around 13 January, as per the Gregorian calendar. It is, actually, celebrated a day before Makara Sankranthi, as it marks the end of the winter season. The sun usually enters the Nirayana Makara rashi (Capricorn) on January 14. During the day, children go from door to door singing folk songs in praise of Dulha Bhatti. These children are given sweets and savories, and occasionally, money. Turning them back empty-handed is regarded inauspicious.

Where is Lohri?
Nationwide India

St. Knut’s Day
January 13, 2014 in Sweden / Finland

St. Knut’s Day is celebrated on January 13, 2014. St. Knut’s Day, also called Tjugondag jul, Tjugondag Knut or Knutomasso, is a traditional festival celebrated in Sweden and Finland. It is not celebrated in Denmark despite being named for the Danish prince Canute Lavard, and later also associated with his uncle, Canute the Saint, the patron saint of Denmark. Christmas trees are taken down on Tjugondag jul, and the candies and cookies that decorated the tree are eaten.

Where is St. Knut’s Day?
Nationwide Sweden / Finland

Coming of Age Day
January 13, 2014 in Japan

Coming of Age Day is celebrated on January 13, 2014. Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) over the past year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties amongst family and friends.

Where is Coming of Age Day?
Nationwide Japan

Historical Events:

888 – Odo, Count of Paris becomes King of the Franks.

1559 – Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey

1610 – Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

1785 – John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times

1842 – Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.

1854 – Anthony Foss patents accordion

1863 – Thomas Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet

1888 – National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)

1930 – “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appears

1938 – The Church of England accepts the theory of evolution.

1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

1943 – Hitler declares “Total War”

1957 – Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee

1972 – Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

1985 – 99-yr-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course

1992 – Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.