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This is soo beautiful, thank you, Jan for sharing it! 🙂

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Calendar day; January 2, 2015

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Friday, the 2nd of January, 2015 is the 2th day in 2015 and in the 1st calendar week.
Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week – January 2-8, 2015
January 2-8 is official “Someday We’ll Laugh About This” week. We all have events in our lives that seem really embarrassing or frustrating and while some of the memories don’t change, many of them do become things we laugh about later down the line.
Sometimes life hands out hard lessons. The question is whether or not you’re stubborn enough to keep pushing through. Because if you are, no matter how hard the lesson, eventually you’ll get where you’re going – and smile.
You know when you’ve done something dumb and you feel mortified, someone could very well say to you “you’ll remember this and laugh.” While you’re wallowing in your embarrassment, you can’t imagine how that could be possible. Isn’t it funny that this does happen later on?
General Events:
Berchtoldstag 2015
January 2, 2015 in Switzerland
Berchtoldstag takes place on January 02, 2015. Berchtoldstag is an Alemannic holiday, known in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is near New Year’s Day, during the Rauhnächte, in Switzerland nearly always on January 2, with the status of a public holiday in a number of cantons. Its observation is attested since the 14th century. The name may be related to the Perchta, a female of myth and folklore, guardian of the animals, and sometimes leader of the Wild Hunt, since Twelfth Night traditions even in the Spanish Pyrennes can feature visits from a transformed human/animal.
Where is Berchtoldstag?
Nationwide Switzerland
Kakizome 2015
January 2, 2015 in Japan
Kakizome is celebrated on January 02, 2015. Kakizome (literally “first writing”) is a Japanese term for the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year, traditionally on January 2. Seated facing a favourable direction, people would write Chinese poetry containing auspicious words and phrases such as long life, spring, or perennial youth. These poems were then often burned. In modern times, people often write out auspicious kanji rather than poems. School pupils up to senior high school are assigned kakizome as their winter holiday homework. Each year on January 5, several thousand calligraphers gather at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo’s Chiyoda-ku for a kakizome event that is widely covered by media. The kakizome paper is usually burned on 14 January in the Sagicho festival. If the burning paper flies high, it is said that the person will be able to write a more fair hand.
Where is Kakizome?
Nationwide Japan
Motivation and Inspiration Day
January 2, 2015 in the USA
It’s January 2nd, the beginning of a whole new year, and you’ve just gotten over your hangover—what time could possible be better to be motivated and inspired? You have a whole 365 days ahead of you, and now is the time to start making them count!
Even though to many, January 2nd is in fact just about finally getting over your New Year’s Party hangover, the history of Motivation and Inspiration day is much more somber. National Motivation & Inspiration Day was passed by The United States Congress on December 18th 2001, after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. That was when Kevin L. McCrudden became the first and so far only motivational and leadership speaker to ever have had such a day passed by Congress, acknowledging the importance of “motivation” and “inspiration” in our daily lives. After the tragedy that was September 11th, 2001, McCrudden felt that all Americans needed something to remind them that there were still many things to live on for. Reality was bleak at that time, and many people felt sad, scared or lost—especially those whose family members or friends had gotten killed suddenly in the World Trade Center attacks of just a few months before. McCrudden originally intended for this day to be dedicated to helping people become the best they can be and maximize their potential through the creation of annual goals. The idea caught on quite quickly, and Motivation and Inspiration Day is now celebrated in different places across the world as well as in the United States, encouraging people everywhere to change their lives for the better.
Where is Motivation and Inspiration Day?
Nationwide USA
Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
January 2, 2015 in the World
“Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes” is an expression. It means to float an idea to see what people think, or if they notice. The term is commonly used in advertising and print media.
Run it Up the Flagpole to See if Anyone Salutes Day is set aside to allow people to do just that. Be creative today.  Use this day to try and test new ideas and concepts.  Don’t limit the ideas to business applications. In your personal life, try out a new dress or clothing style, perhaps a different haircut. Or, maybe buy a new houseflag and run it up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes…or even notices.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Science Fiction Day
January 2, 2015 in the USA
National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, a date that was chosen to correspond with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. While not an official holiday of any sort (in the sense that it is not recognized or declared by any government), National Science Fiction Day is given some degree of credence by its recognition by organizations such as the Hallmark Channel and by the Scholastic Corporation.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 2nd January:
366 – The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire.
1492 – Muhammad XII. (Boabdil) last Nasird ruler of Moorish fortress Alhambra surrenders to the Catholic Monarchs
1602 – Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
1757 – British troops occupy Calcutta India
1776 – Austria ends interregation torture
1791 – Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War.
1833 – Re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands
1839 – 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)
1900 – E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7″ single-sided records (Montreal)
1905 – Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California
1906 – Willis Carrier recieves a US patent for the world’s first air conditioner
1919 – Lithuania gains independence
1929 – US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
1942 – WWII: 28 nations at war with Axis powers, pledge no separate peace deals
1960 – 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
1975 – US Dept of Interior designates grizzly bear a threatened species
1988 – Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement
1995 – Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)
1999 – A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.

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