K-12 TLC Teacher's Calendar: December
December 2011
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December Is...
  International Calendar Awareness Month
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Presidential Proclamation

Safe Toys & Gifts Month

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December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 December
This Week Is...
Clerc-Gallaudet Week (First full week of December)
National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week (December 1-7) Presidential Proclamation
National Cookie Cutter Week (First week of December)
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AIDS World AIDS Day AIDS
(Observed annually on this date)
Eat a Red Apple Day Apples thinkquest
(Observed annually on this date)
Central African Republic: Independence Day Central African Republic France
(Commemoration of self-governance achieved 12/01/1958)
Panama: Teachers' Day Panama Education Teacher Appreciation
(Observed on this date since 1958 to commemorate the birth of Manuel José Hurtado, a reformer of Panamanian education)
Portugal: Restoration of Portuguese Independence Portugal U.S. Department of State Lonely Planet
(Commemorates declaration of independence from Spain by proclaiming Joao IV, King of Portugal: 12/1/1640)
Romania: National Day (Union Day) Romania U.S. Department of State Romanian Embassy Vilnius
(Commemoration of the unification of Transylvania with Bessarabia and Bucovina 12/01/1918)

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Burma: National Higher Education Day Burma Education Teacher Appreciation
(Observed annually on this date)
Ghana: Farmers Day Ghana Farming & Agriculture United States Department of State
(Observed the first Friday in December)
Laos: Republic Day Laos U.S. Department of State
(Celebration of the creation of the Peoples' Republic of Laos: 12/02/1975)
Marshall Islands: Gospel Day Marshall Islands Embassy of the Marshall Islands, Washington, D.C.
(Observed the first Friday of December)
United Arab Emirates: Independence Day United Arab Emirates Great Britain United States Department of State
(Celebration of independence from Great Britain 12/02/1971)

First Quarter Moon

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United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons Special Needs Education
(Observed annually on this date)

Catholicism: Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Saints Chambers Book of Days

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Tonga: King Tupou I Day Tonga South Pacific Organizer
(Observed annually on this date in commemoration of King George Tupou I)

This Week Is...
United NationsHuman Rights Week Presidential Proclamation
(Week beginning with December 10th: Annuversary of the signing of the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights)

Computer Science Education Week
(The Week of Grace Hopper's Birthday: December 9, 1906)
National Handwashing Awareness Week
(First full week of December)

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United Nations International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development United Nations
(Observed annually on this date)


Haiti: Discovery Day Haiti Christopher Columbus DiscoverHaiti.com
(Commemoration of the discovery of Haiti by Columbus 12/05/1492)
The Netherlands: St. Nicholas Eve The Netherlands Christmas St. Nicholas Center
Thailand: Thailand: The King's Birthday Thailand U.S. Department of State Asian Institute of Technology
(Commemorates the birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej: 12/05/1927)

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Catholic Saints St. Nicholas Day St. Nicholaus

Finland: Independence Day Finland Russia U.S. Department of State
(Commemoration of the Finnish Parliament's approval of the Declaration of Independence from Russia: 12/06/1917)
Spain: Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution Day) Spain U.S. Department of State BBC
(Commemoration of Spanish voters endorsing new constitution to put an end to dictatorship: 12/06/1978)

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Iran: Student Day Student Day The Guardian
(Observed annually on this date (the 16th of the Iranian month of Azar) to commemorate the murder of three students protesting the 1953 visit of U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon)
Ivory Coast: Félix Houphouët-Boigny Remembrance Day Ivory Coast United Nations
(Commemorates the death of former President, Felix Houphouët-Boigny, Dec 7, 1993)
Turkmenistan: Good Neighborliness Day Turkmenistan Embassy of Turkmenistan, Washington, D.C.
(Observed annually on December 7)

United Nations: International Civil Aviation Day United Nations Aviation International Civil Aviation Authority
(Observed annually on this date)

Delaware: Delaware Day Delaware U.S. Constitution State of Delaware
(Commemorates the state's adoption of the U.S. Constitution, 12/071787)


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Catholicism: Day of the Immaculate Conception Catholicism Catholic Encyclopedia
(Observed on this date annually to celebrate the immaculate conception of Christ)
Panama: Mothers' Day Panama Mothers' Day Catholic Encyclopedia
(Observed on this date annually in conjunction with the Day of the Immaculate Conception)

Uzbekistan: Constitution Day Uzbekistan U.S. Department of State Umid
(Commemorates adoption of the Uzbekistan constitution: 12/08/1992)

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FRI
Tanzania: Independence and Republic Day Tanzania Great Britain
(Commemoration of 1961 independence from Great Britain)

10

SAT
United Nations International Human Rights Day Human Rights
Presidential Proclamation
(Observed annually to commemorate the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 12/10/1948)


Angola: : Foundation of the MPLA Workers' Party Day Angola Africa Guide
(Observed annually on this date)
Thailand: Constitution Day Thailand U.S. Department of State Thailand Life
(Observed annually on this date to commemorate the beginning of Thailand's constitutional monarchy)

Full Moon

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United Nations Kids Radio International Children's Day of Broadcasting Television Kids United Nations
(Observed the second Sunday of December)

Burkina Faso: Proclamation of Independence Day Burkina Faso France Africa
(Celebration of achieving status as an autonomous republic within the French Community: 12/11/1958)

This Week Is...
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MON
Botany National Poinsettia Day Botany
(Commemorates the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States)

Kenya: Jamhuri Day (Independence Day) Kenya Great Britain Africa
(Celebration of independence from Great Britain 12/12/1963)
Mexico: El Día de La Virgen de Guadalupe/Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexico Religion RimJournal
(Observance of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe)
Russia: Constitution Day Russia
(Observance of the adoption of the constitution of the Russian Federation: 12/12/1993)
Turkmenistan: Day of Neutrality Turkmenistan United Nations U.S. Department of State
(Commemoration of the permanent neutrality granted by the United Nations 12/12/1965)

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Malta: Republic Day Malta U.S. Department of State
(Commemoration of declaration as a republic 12/13/1974)
St. Lucia: National Day St. Lucia Catholic Encyclopedia
(Observance of the feast day for St. Lucia)
Sweden: St. Lucia Day St. Lucia Day St. Lucia Christmas
(Celebration of the festival of light - first day of Christmas celebrations)

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WED
Alabama: Admission Day Alabama Alabama Department of Archives and History
(Commemorates the admission of Alabama as the 22nd state: 12/14/1819)

15

THU
The Bill of Rights Bill of Rights Day The Bill of Rights
Presidential Proclamation
(Observed to commemorate the ratification of the Bill of Rights: 12/15/1791)

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FRI
Bahrain: National Day (Day 1 of 2) Bahrain Britain
(Celebration of independence from Britain: 12/16/1971)
Bangladesh: Victory Day Bangladesh Pakistan India U.S. Department of State
(Commemoration of the Bangladesh resistance defeat of the Pakistan Army: 12/16/1971)
Kazakhstan: Independence Day Kazakhstan Russia
(Celebration of independence from Russia: 12/16/1991)
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 1 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 1 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

South Africa: Day of Reconciliation South Africa Government of South Africa
(Annial observance on this date of a traditional holiday renamed with the end of Apartheid)

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SAT
The Wright Brothers Wright Brothers Day The Wright Brothers
(Commemoration of Orville Wright's first powered flight: 12/17/1903)
Presidential Proclamation
Bahrain: National Day (Day 2 of 2) Bahrain Britain
(Celebration of independence from Britain: 12/16/1971)
Bhutan: National Day Bhutan
(Commemoration of the election of first hereditary king: 12/17/1907)
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 2 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 2 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

Last Quarter Moon

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Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 3 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Niger: Republic Day Niger France U.S. Department of State
(Celebration of autonomy from France: 12/18/1958)
Qatar: Founders Day/National Day Qatar Qatar Tourism
(Observed annually on this date to celebrates Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani., the father of the Qatar state)

Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 3 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

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Anguilla: Separation Day Anguilla St. Kitts and Nevis Great Britain The Anguillian
(Commemoration of 1980 separation from St. Kitts and Nevis)
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 4 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 4 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

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Hanukkah
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 5 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 5 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

21

WED
The Solstice Winter Solstice The Solstice
(The shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere)

Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 2 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah

China: Dong Zhi (Winter Solstice Festival) Hong Kong Discover Hong Kong
(Second-most important festival of the Chinese calendar. Celebrated on the longest night of the year)
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 6 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 6 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

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Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 3 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 7 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 7 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

Vietnam: People's Army Day Vietnam Binh Dinh Newspaper
(Commemorates the founding of the People's Army 12/22/1944)

23

FRI
Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 4 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah
Japan: Emperor's Birth Day Japanese Political and Social Leaders Japan Guide Asahi
(Observed annually on December 23 (the 24th if on a Sunday) to honor current Emperor Akihito, born 12/23/1933)
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 8 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 8 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

24

SAT
Christianity: Christmas Eve Religion Christmas
(Observed annually on December 24th)
Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 5 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah
Mexico: Las Posadas (Day 9 of 9) Mexico Catholicism Christmas Mexico Connect
(Commemoration of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem)
Republic of the Philippines: Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi/Misa de Aguinaldo (Day 9 of 9) The Republic of the Philippines Catholicism Christmas University of San Francisco (pdf)
(Early morning Christmas masses)

New Moon

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Christmas Day
Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 6 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah
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Catholicism: St. Stephen's Day: Catholic Saints Catholic Encyclopedia
(Traditional Catholic feast day observed annually on December 26 to celebrate the life of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr)
Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 7 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah

British Commonwealth: Boxing Day: Boxing Day British Commonwealth
(Traditional British holiday observed the first week day following Christmas)

South Africa: Day of Goodwill South Africa Government of South Africa
(Observed annually on this date)

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Judaism: Hanukkah (Day 8 of 8) Judaism Hanukkah

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