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Calendar day; December 26, 2015

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Saturday, the 26th of December, 2015. is the 360th day in 2015 and in the 52nd calendar week.
General Events:
Mummer’s Day 2015
December 26, 2015 in England
Mummer’s Day is celebrated on December 26, 2015. Mummer’s Day, or “Darkie Day” as it is sometimes known, is an ancient Cornish midwinter celebration that occurs every year on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in Padstow, Cornwall. It was originally part of the pagan heritage of midwinter celebrations that were regularly celebrated throughout Cornwall where people would guise dance and disguise themselves by blackening up their faces or wearing masks. It was in contrast to the ‘white’ summer festivals of Cornish towns such as Padstow, Helston and Penzance. Recently the people of Penzance have revived its midwinter celebration with the Montol Festival, during which people darken or paint their skin or use masks to disguise themselves.
Where is Mummer’s Day?
Nationwide England
Kwanzaa 2015
December 26, 2015 to January 1, 2016 in the USA
Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26, 2015 till January 01, 2016. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966-67.
Where is Kwanzaa?
Nationwide USA
Wren Day 2015
December 26, 2015 in Ireland
Wren Day is observed on December 26, 2015. Wren day is also known as Wren’s day, Hunt the Wren Day or The Hunting of the Wrens. The tradition consists of “hunting” a fake wren and putting it on top of a decorated pole. Then the crowds of mummers or strawboys celebrate the Wren by dressing up in masks, straw suits and colourful motley clothing and, accompanied by traditional céilí music bands, parade through the towns and villages. These crowds are sometimes called wrenboys.
Where is Wren Day?
Nationwide Ireland
Our Lady of Andacollo
December 26, 2015 in Andacollo
Our Lady of Andacollo is celebrated on December 26, 2015. Our Lady of Andacollo, also known as the Virgin of Andacollo, is a celebrated Catholic image of the Virgin Mary. Our Lady of the Rosario of Andacollo is the only distinctly Chilean term for the Virgin Mary. The image dates back to a small statue found by an indigenous person near the mines of Andacollo at the beginning of the Conquest of Chile. Perhaps the image was left there by some soldier who had fled the destruction of La Serena in 1549.
Where is Our Lady of Andacollo?
Nationwide Andacollo
Boxing Day 2015
December 26, 2015 in Commonwealth
Boxing Day is a secular holiday that is traditionally celebrated on 26 December 2015, the day after Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts from their superiors or employers, known as a “Christmas box”. However, when 26 December falls on aSunday, Boxing Day in many places is moved to 27 December.
Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on 26 December, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. Boxing Day is observed in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed to Day of Goodwill in 1994. In Ireland it is recognized as St. Stephen’s Day or the Day of the Wren.
In Britain, Canada, New Zealand and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest revenue. Many retailers open very early (typically 5 am or even earlier) and offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores.
In some European countries, notably Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day. In Canada, Boxing Day takes place on 26 December and is a federal public holiday. In Ontario, Boxing Day is a statutory holiday where all full-time workers receive time off with pay.
Where is Boxing Day?
Commonwealth nations Commonwealth
Historical Events on 26th December:
1492 – 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in New World founded, by Columbus
1620 – Elizabeth Báthory’s crimes are uncovered.
1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Col Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen”
1825 – Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins [O.S. 14 December]
1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
1862 – 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minnesota, due to their uprising
1870 – The 12.8-km long Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.
1941 – Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would “stop at nothing”
1947 – British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
1966 – Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1979 – Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan
1982 – TIME’s Man of the Year is a computer
1996 – The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force
2003 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam


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