It's Your Day! December 21, 2014

Today is the WINTER SOLSTICE (click on it to learn more!), also known as YULE, bringing us the shortest day of the year and signifying the first day of winter. Don’t despair over our meager nine hours and 32 minutes of daylight; as of tomorrow, the days start getting longer! 

Today’s sunlight shortage is probably why it’s knows as NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY

Among Hindus, this is the first day of PANCHA GANAPATI, a five-day festival.

In Spain, Mexico, and Guatemala, people are in the middle of a nine-day celebration called LAS POSADAS.

Among Zuni and Hopi tribes of Native Americans, today is SOYAL.

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Iranians are celebrating YALDA.

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The Saami, indigenous people of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, are celebrating the BEIWE FESTIVAL

In Pakistan, the Kalesh are at the end of their two-week long CHAWMOS FESTIVAL

In China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam, people celebrate the DONGZHI FESTIVAL by spending time with family and eating TANGYUAN.  

In Plymouth, Massachusetts, the OLD COLONY CLUB celebrates FOREFATHER’S DAY, commemorating the Pilgrim’s landing in the new world. 

If you’ve ever read Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, you know that this is PHILEAS FOGG WINS A WAGER DAY because, well, he made it around the world in eighty days. 

Pen or pencil? Today is  CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY! ARTHUR WYNNE introduced it the Sunday edition of the New York World newspaper 101 years ago today. 

Finally, is the stress of the holidays getting you down? Well, Happy HUMBUG DAY! Unhappy Humbug Day? Regardless, take a deep breath and try to enjoy. It will be over soon.

Whichever holiday you are celebrating today, have a safe and happy one!