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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12 - Poinsettia Day

Poinsettia Day
History of Poinsettia Day
To find out where the Poinsettia flower originated from, we have to take a look in the past. In 1480 to his death, Aztec King Montezuma adorned his palace with Poinsettia or Cuetlaxochitl as it was known by the Aztecs, having his people cultivate the flower as a gift from the Gods. Poinsettia was served as a reminder of the sacrifice that the Aztec gods had made to create the universe and that the debt would be repaid in human sacrifices. The Aztecs used the Poinsettia’s sap to cure fevers and the leaves make a dye.
Then, in the 17th century after the Conquistadors invaded Mexico, the blood red wild flower became a part of Christian ceremony for the first time when it was used in the nativity procession, the Fiesta of Santa Pesebre. It’s around this time that many legends originated, attempting to explain why the plant, beginning to be called “La flor de Nochebuena,” or Holy Night had acquired its bright and beautiful red color.
After being discovered in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the poinsettia became a popular specimen among botanists. One Botanist in particular by the name of Wilenow, in 1833 he named the Poinsettia “Euporbia pulcherrima.” But after only four years another botanist by the name of William Hickling Prescott renamed the flower to “Poinsettia pulcherrima” in honor of the man who brought the flower back to be studied, Joel Poinsett.
How To Celebrate Poinsettia Day
To celebrate Poinsettia Day, the Poinsettia is displayed on the Dia de le Virgen, or Virgin’s Day on December 12th in Mexico. In the United States, there are parades that include Poinsettias to commemorate Joel Poinsett’s discovery of the plant in the month of December.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tuesday, 2017-12-12; Holidays Today

Kenya  Jamhuri Day (National Day)
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Monday, 2017-12-10; Holidays Today

Burkina Faso  Proclamation of Independence Day
Cambodia  Human Rights Day Holiday
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Cambodia  International Human Rights Day
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Friday, 2017-12-8; Holidays Today

Albania  National Youth Day (Dita Kombëtare e Rinisë)
Andorra  Immaculate Conception Day
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Austria  Immaculate Conception Day
Chile  Immaculate Conception Day
Colombia  Immaculate Conception Day
East Timor  Immaculate Conception Day
Equatorial Guinea  Immaculate Conception Day (Patrona de Guinea Ecuatorial)
Falkland Islands  Battle Day
Guam  Santa Marian Kamalen (Our Lady of Camarin Day)
India  Friday Following Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi (JK) [Regional]
Italy  Immaculate Conception Day
Kiribati  In honour of Human Rights and Peace Day
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Mali  Baptism of the Prophet
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East Timor  Memorial Day
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Monday, December 04, 2017

Tuesday, 2017-12-5; Holidays Today

India  Birthday of Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah (JK) [Regional]
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Monday, 2017-12-4; Holidays Today

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