Thursday, December 22, 2011

Solstice, Christmas Tree Light Day, Haiku Poetry Day, more

December 22nd, 2011, is Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice, Ann and Samantha Day, Yule, Global Orgasm for Peace Day, Christmas Tree Light Day, National Haiku Poetry Day, Teacher Appreciation Day (Cuba), and National Date Nut Bread Day.

Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs in parts of the Northern Hemisphere today; it took place yesterday at some longitudes.

Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, occurs in the Southern Hemisphere today. Hard for me, here in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to imagine it's summertime anywhere.

Ann and Samantha Day is observed on both Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice, in an effort to honor Anne Frank and Samantha Smith on postage stamps. The two girls lived with courage and died as teens.

Yule is also celebrated at the Winter Solstice. Pagans and Wiccans set up yule alters, celebrate goddess rites, and welcome back the sun.

Global Orgasm for Peace Day, also known as GORG, takes place today at Solstice, UTC time, at 05:30. Convert to your local time here. The intent is for everyone to think about peace during the, uh, critical moment.

Christmas Tree Light Day is one of those holidays mentioned only on ecard sites. Send a greeting if you wish.

National Haiku Poetry Day celebrates the Japanese poetry form known as haiku. If you write a haiku in honor of the day, please share in the Comments section below!

Cuba celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day on December 22nd. On this date in 1961, Fidel Castro declared Cuba to be "free from illiteracy."

National Date Nut Bread Day offers the opportunity to eat something healthy and delicious during the decadent holiday season.

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