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Days of the Month for December

 

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December 1 : The Day of Mirthful Licence
Celtic feast day of ‘Tudwal’, hermit, sixth century, remembered in Wales and Brittany.

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December 2 : The Day of Larger-than-life
‘Festival of Shiva’ : Hindu.

Marquis de Sade died on this day in 1814.

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December 3 : The Day of Ingenuity
Agatha Christie, writer, disappeared on this day in 1926.

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December 4 : The Day of Fortitude
‘St. Clement’s Day’ : traditional, end of harvest season in England, a time to take stock to market. (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

‘St. Barbara’s Day’. (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

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December 5 : The Day of Confidence
Walt Disney born on this day 1901.

Celtic feast day of ‘Justinian’, sixth century, hermit on Ramsey Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast. Born in Brittany, travelled to Wales to study. Honarius lived with his sister and her maid on the island. The women were sent shore and the two men were joined by David from Menevia. Justinian and David were believed to have become very close and that once when David was ill, Justinian decided to row to see him. The sailors turned out to be devils, and murderers but he realised and escaped. They had lied, David had not been ill. The next time they appeared Justinian was murdered by his three servants who cut off his head having been incited to do so by the devils. It is said that a healing spring burst forth from where his head fell but this was of no use to the servants as they became victims of leprosy.

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December 6 : The Day of Extraction
Tibetan : start of the ‘New Year’.

‘Feast of St. Nicholas’ : traditional. (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Jewish Festival of Lights, ‘Hannukkah’.

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December 7 : The Day of Idiosyncrasy
Celtic feast day of ‘Diuma’, seventh century, priest, Irish, later Bishop of Mercia, one of four priests who went to attend the baptism of Peada (son of Penda, the pagan king of Mercia) in 652. One of the other priests was Chad’s (2 March) brother known as Cedd. Upon Penda’s death in 654 he received his new status.

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December 8 : The Day of Abandon
Christian feast of ‘The Immaculate Conception’.

Ancient Egyptian festival dedicated to ‘Neith’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Budoc’, fifth century monk, grandson of the King of Brest, exiled as a young boy in Cornwall. There are similarities between his birth and that of Kentigern (13 January) and Cenydd (27 June). His father placed his wife in a barrel on the sea believing that his wife had been faithful, saying that the child she was carrying was not his child. She is said to have given birth at sea protected by the spirit of Brigid (1 February)and come ashore near Waterford, Ireland. Died in 500.

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December 9 : The Day of Flamboyance
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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December 10 : The Day of Inner Fervour
French festival dedicated to the ‘Goddess of Liberty’.

Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, and instigator of the Nobel Prizes, died on this day in 1896.

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December 11 : The Day of Intensity
Roman day of festivity known as the ‘Day of Bruma’.

Edward VIII announced his abdication on this day in 1936. The Duke of Windsor was never crowned.

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December 12 : The Day of Body Language
The patent was given for the hover-craft on this day to Sir Christopher Cockerell in 1955. Regular service started approximately six years later.

Celtic feast day of ‘Finnian’ of Clonard, fifth-sixth century, Irish, travelled to Wales to study, founded many monasteries. Instructed by Cadoc (25 September). Believed to be the teacher and instructor of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, and some sources say up to three thousand monks, giving sermons and teaching on the scripture together with practical advice on running a monastic centre. Said to have influenced the work of Columbanus (21 November), and had Columcille, also known as Columba (9 June), as a disciple. Died in 549 of the yellow plague. Reputed to have instructed Kenneth (11 October) one of the Twelve Apostles.

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December 13 : The Day of Exacting Craft
Samuel Johnson, compiler of the first English Dictionary, died on this day in 1784.

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December 14 : The Day of the Selective Exhibitionist
‘Festival of Nostradamus’ : French..

George VI born on this day in 1895.

Celtic feast day of ‘Fingar’, Irish, convert, brother of Piala, ordered to be killed by the Dumnonian pagan king. He was killed at Hayle in Cornwall, England. His father was angry at his conversion to Christianity overseen by Patrick (17 March). He accompanied his sister to Brittany before travelling to Cornwall.

Celtic feast day of ‘Piala’, Irish, convert, sister of Fingar, ordered to be killed by the Dumnonian pagan king. She was killed at Hayle in Cornwall, England. Her father was angry at her conversion to Christianity overseen by Patrick (17 March). She accompanied her brother to Brittany before travelling to Cornwall.

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December 15 : The Day of Expansion
Ancient Greek festival dedicated to ‘Alcyone’. (For further information see Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie : Kingfisher).

‘Sitting Bull’, Chief of the Sioux Tribes, died on this day in 1890.

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December 16 : The Day of Soaring Imagination
Ludwig von Beethoven, composer, born on this day 1770.

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December 17 : The Day of Earthy Chemistry
The first sustained power-driven flight was achieved on this day in 1903 by the Wright brothers.

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December 18 : The Day of Mammoth Projects
Roman festival of ‘Saturnalia’. (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Slavery abolished on this day in the United States in 1865.

Celtic feast day of ‘Flannan’, disciple of Molua (4 August), Abbot of Killaloe, missionary.

Celtic feast day of ‘Samthann’, seventh-eighth century, led a life free of luxury. Established a convent at Clonroney, County Longford. Instructed Maelruan (7 July). Virgil (27 November) wrote of her work and the simplicity of the life at the convent informing the continent.

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December 19 : The Day of the Hell Raisers
Joseph Turner, painter, died on this day in 1851.

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December 20 : The Day of the Generator
Uri Geller, psychic and writer, born on this day in 1946, in Tel Aviv. Perhaps most well known for his ability to bend spoons. Geller at one time suggested that his powers come from a distant planet called ‘Hoova’.

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December 21 : The Day of the Great Enigma
‘St. Thomas’s Day’ (or ‘Mumping Day’, ‘Gooding Day’, ‘Corming Day’, or ‘Thomassing Day’. It was traditionally believed in the British Isles that this was a very good day for a range of commercial and private practices:

‘The day of St Thomas, the blessed divine
Is good for brewing, baking and killing fat swine.’

 

‘St Thomas Gray, St Thomas Gray,
Longest night and shortest day.’

 

(For further information on this day see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

‘Winter solstice’ : Wicca celebration of the ‘Solstice Yule’ : the longest day : the circle of the year was complete in rural folklore.

Old Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, England : Traditional ‘Candle Auction’.

Norse ‘Yule Sun Festival’ (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Benjamin Disraeli, politician, born on this day in 1804.

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December 22 : The Day of Continuity
‘Festival of Lights’ : Gnostic time of celebration.

Giacomo Pucinni, composer, born on this day 1258.

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December 23 : The Day of the Ground Breakers
‘Christmas-tide’.

Guernsey, UK : ‘La Longue Veille’ Knitting Festival.

Glastonbury, Somerset, England : Ceremony of the ‘Cutting the Holy Thorn’. (For further information on Glastonbury see Mystical WWW Glastonbury, for symbolic trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

Saint-Beauve, critic, born on this day in 1804.

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December 24 : The Day of Complex Emotions
‘Christmas Eve’ : ‘Christian Holy Vigil’.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : Central European tradition, the first night of the ‘Rough Nights’ which run through to 6 January. Animals are given the gift of speech, and those of the spirit world return. The ‘Wilde Jagd’ or ‘Wild Hunt’ were traditionally said to cross the sky. The hunt was believed to made up of pre-Christian people, demons and heathen gods.

‘St. Nicholas Eve’ (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Dunster, Somerset, England : Traditional ‘Burning the Ash Faggot’ festivities.

Hannukkah : Jewish festival.

Traditionally this day is associated with the folklore of Bees. (For further information on Bees see Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie, for further information on Bees & Christmas see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

In 1965 a large meteorite, thought to be one of the largest of modern times fell to earth in Leicestershire, England.

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December 25 : The Day of the Supernatural
‘Christmas Day’ : Christian celebration, the birth of Jesus Christ. (For further information on Christmas see Mystical WWW Christmas Special, for further information on Christianity see Mystical WWW Religion).

Traditionally this day is associated with the Hawthorn. (For further information on tree folklore see Mystical WWW Trees, for further information on symbolic trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

Traditionally this day is associated with the Apple Tree. (For further information on tree folklore see Mystical WWW Trees, for further information on symbolic trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

Traditionally this day is associated with the Pear Tree. (For further information on tree folklore see Mystical WWW Trees, for further information on symbolic trees see Mystical WWW Trees).

Traditionally this day has associations with Christmas love divination. (For further information on Christmas Love see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Traditionally this day is associated with the herb Sage and love divination. (For further information on herb folklore see Mystical WWW Plants).

‘Rauhnaechte’: The second of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland : Traditional ‘Ba' Game’ activities.

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December 26 : The Day of the Indomitable One
Christian feast day : St. Stephen’s Day (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Wassailing : a traditional time to wassail the trees and celebrate the harvest reaped and that of future hopes (For further information on wassailing see Mystical WWW Christmas Special, and Mystical WWW Trees : Apple Tree).

‘Boxing Day’ (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

Sheffield, - at Grenoside and Handsworth, Yorkshire, England : Traditional Sword Dancing (Morris Dancing) (For further information see Mystical WWW Arts : Dance, Morris).

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The third of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

Mao Tse-Tung, first Chairman of the Communist Party, born on this day 1893.

Celtic feast day of ‘Tathan’, also known as ‘Tatheus’, fifth century, son of an Irish prince, associated with wisdom, travelled to Wales. Founded a theological college and monastery where monks could learn and read the scriptures in Caerwent (near Chepstow). On arrival it is said that a stag (See Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie : Deer) kept his boat from drifting away by standing on the line whilst Tathan had time to tour the area preaching the word of the Celtic church. On his return the stag is said to have sacrificed itself to him and his companions. It has been suggested that the stag represents Tathan converting pagan tribes folk and the triumph of the Celtic church (the same theory is said to relate to the story of Tewdric’s death, 1 April). Revered as being able to work miracles. Instructed Cadoc (25 September)

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December 27 : The Day of the Clever Contributor
‘Rauhnaechte’ : The fourth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

Christian feast of ‘St. John the Evangelist’. The national saint of Scotland before St. Andrew. (See May 6 for Celtic associations). There is a stone cross on the Isle of Iona dedicated to him, and is all that remains of Columcille’s (9 June) church.

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December 28 : The Day of Simple Sophistication
Scotland, UK : Traditional celebrations for ‘Bairn’s Day’.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The fifth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

Believed by some sixteenth century astronomers that this was the unluckiest day of the year (For more information see Mystical WWW Unlucky December Days).

Christian feast of the ‘Holy Innocents’.

Maurice Ravel, composer, died on this day in 1937.

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December 29 : The Day of Pre-eminence
This day is dedicated to the birthday of the Ancient Egyptian ‘God Ra’.

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The sixth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

William Gladstone, Prime Minister, born on this day 1809.

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December 30 : The Day of Laconic Authority
‘Rauhnaechte’ : The seventh of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

Rasputin, Russian mystic according to some sources, murdered on this day in 1916.

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December 31 : The Day of Aesthetic Promotion
‘New Year’s Eve’ (For further information see Mystical WWW Christmas Special).

All Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark) : Traditional ‘Log-burning’ to celebrate the Old Years' passing.

Comrie, Perth, West Highlands & Hebrides of Scotland : Traditional ‘Flambeaux Procession’.

Stonehaven, Kincardine, Scotland : Traditional ‘Swinging the Fireballs’ ceremony and festivities.

Wassailing : a traditional time to wassail the trees and celebrate the harvest reaped and that of future hopes (For further information on wassailing see Mystical WWW Christmas Special, and Mystical WWW Trees : Apple Tree).

‘Rauhnaechte’ : The eighth of the ‘Wild Nights’, see December 24 for further information.

Bonnie Prince Charlie, who led the Jacobite rebellion against George II born on this day 1720.