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Calendar day; December 23, 2015

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 Wednesday, the 23rd of December, 2015 is the 357th day in 2015 and in the 52nd calendar week.
General Events:
December 23, 2015 in the World
Roots Day takes place on December 23, 2015. Roots Day is a holiday to care for one’s family and its history. It might be interesting to find out about one’s ancestry. Perhaps there are some forefathers from a country far away which nobody had assumed before.
Many people are uninterested in where their ancestors came from…until they start researching the topic deeper. And then suddenly it turns out that their family history was a long and fascinating one, and they become obsessed with finding out everything possible about where their forefather came from that they talk the ear off of anyone even remotely interested. Maybe they were related to a famous person who made a significant discovery or took part in an important battle or another historical event? People have been migrating to all different parts of the world for hundreds of years in search of a better place to live, worship and raise their families, motivated by everything from religious prosecution to hunger and poverty in their own countries, to taking part in great wars that made our world what it is today, so it stands to reason that everyone would find something interesting about their own family history. Your parents, grandparents, etc. and their decisions are what made you who you are today, and had they made different decisions than they did, then it would not have only been their lives that would have ended up affected. Many times questions that have plagued us our entire lives can be answered with some solid family history research and even spending just a few hours might reveal some valuable information.
One of the most important aspects of Root Day is that it falls directly before Christmas, thus illustrating the importance and meaning of family during these times especially. Holidays are traditionally spent with any and all kinds of family, so it is only fitting that a holiday celebrating or ancestral heritage should fall during the same period. Roots Day has been celebrated by many for over 40 years.
Where is Roots Day?
The Emperor’s Birthday
December 23, 2015 in Japan
The Emperor’s Birthday takes place on December 23, 2015. The Emperor’s Birthday is a national holiday in the Japanese calendar. The date is determined by the reigning Emperor’s birthdate. Emperor Akihito was born on this date in 1933. On Emperor’s Birthday, a public ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace, where the gates of the palace are opened to public traffic. The Emperor, accompanied by Empress Michiko and several other members of the Imperial family, appears on a palace balcony to acknowledge the birthday congratulations of crowds of festive well-wishers waving tiny Japanese flags. Only on this occasion and on 2 January may the general public enter the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace. When the Emperor ceases his greeting (however brief), the crowd starts waving the flags again and the Imperial Family wave back.
Where is The Emperor’s Birthday?
Nationwide Japan
Tom Bawcock’s Eve
December 23, 2015 in Mousehole, UK
Tom Bawcock’s Eve takes place on December 23, 2015. Tom Bawcock’s Eve is a festival held in Mousehole, Cornwall, UK. The festival is held in celebration and memorial of the efforts of legendary Mousehole resident Tom Bawcock to lift a famine from the village by going out to fish in a severe storm. During this festival Stargazy pie is eaten and depending on the year of celebration a lantern procession takes place.
Where is Tom Bawcock’s Eve?
Nationwide Mousehole, UK
Night of the Radishes
December 23, 2015 in Oaxaca City
Night of the Radishes is celebrated on December 23, 2015. The Night of the Radishes is celebrated every year. It began in 1897 in the “zócalo” (main plaza) of Oaxaca city. Although it lasts only a few hours, it attracts thousands of people to this plaza each year. It is one of the most impressive vegetable festivals around the world. Mexican craftsmen carve giant root vegetables into human figures and other vivid forms. Although the competition last only for few hours, the celebrations do not end on December 23. The festival continues on Christmas Eve and Christmas day with other joyful activities like float parades, fireworks displays and street dances.
Where is Night of the Radishes?
Nationwide Oaxaca City
Festivus 2015
December 23, 2015 in the World
Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23, 2015 as an alternative to Christmas and as way to commemorate the season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. Festivus became part of worldwide popular culture after being featured on an episode of the American TV show “Seinfeld” in 1997.
Festivus was conceived by writer Dan O’Keefe and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. The holiday was later introduced into popular culture by O’Keefe’s screenwriter son Daniel on an episode of Seinfeld. The holiday’s celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, included an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”
Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as “a Festivus for the rest of us,” a saying taken from the O’Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus’ non-commercial aspect. It has also been described as a parody and as playful consumer resistance.
Where is Festivus?
HumanLight 2015
December 23, 2015 in the World
HumanLight takes place on December 23, 2015. HumanLight is a Humanist holiday. Like Kwanzaa, HumanLight is a modern invention, created to provide a specifically Humanist celebration near Christmas and the northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice. It was established by the New Jersey Humanist Network in 2001. Humanists have cast HumanLight as a celebration of “a Humanist’s vision of a good future.” They celebrate a positive approach to the coming new year, generally through the lens of Humanist (and particularly secular humanist) philosophy – secular as opposed to religious. The December 23 date allows HumanLight to connect itself to the December holiday season without interfering with other winter holidays which many Humanists may also celebrate. HumanLight began with a single event in Verona, New Jersey in 2001. In 2006, there were twenty American events listed on the holiday’s homepage, and the American Humanist Association became HumanLight’s first national sponsor. In 2007, the first HumanLight celebration outside of the U.S. took place in Chester, England.
Where is the event?
National Pfeffernuesse Day
December 23, 2015 in the USA
Very popular around the holidays, pfeffernusse are fluffy cookies made with ground nuts and spices and covered in powdered sugar.
The exact origin in unknown however the Dutch believe that pfeffernusse (or pepernoten) are linked to the feast of Sinterklaas, which is celebrated on December 5 in the Netherlands and December 6 in Germany and Belgium.  This holiday is when children receive gifts from St. Nicholas, who is partially the inspiration for the Santa Claus tradition.
Over time, many bakers have created their own pfeffernusse recipes.  Traditional recipes included various nuts such as almonds and walnuts.  Some modern recipes exclude nuts altogether along with the black pepper, retaining only cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom as flavoring.  Molasses and honey are often times used to sweeten the cookie
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 23rd December:
962 – Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist
1672 – Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
1690 – English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it’s undiscovered
1823 – “Visit from St Nicholas” by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel
1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping
1900 – As American forces defeat the Filipino insurgents and impose civil authority, some Filipinos form a Federal Party with a platform recognizing US sovereignty
1920 – Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
1930 – Police Bureau of Criminal Alien Investigation started in NYC
1938 – Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa
1946 – U of Tenn refuses to play Duquesne U, because they may use a black player in their basketball game
1947 – Transistor invented by Bardeen, Brattain & Shockley in Bell Labs
1954 – The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
1961 – Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies
1962 – Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion
1964 – India & Ceylon hit by cyclone, about 4,850 killed
1968 – 82 members of US intelligence ship Pueblo released by North Korea
1972 – 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
1972 – 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
1983 – Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
1990 – Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
1997 – US Agriculture Dept estimates it costs $149,820 to raise a child to 18


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