Category: December 18



    Every year on December 18th, World Arabic Language Day celebrates the Arabic language. The day also promotes multilingualism and cultural diversity.

    More than 290 million people speak the Arabic language. This makes Arabic one of the most widely spoken languages around the world. It should come to no surprise that Arabic is one of the most requested languages for translation services. Arabic is also one of the official languages of the United Nations.

    Some other interesting facts about the Arabic language include:

    • Arabic is the sixth most-spoken language in the world.
    • Arabic is the official language for 22 countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia
    • There are no capital letters in the Arabic language.
    • In Arabic, verbs come before the subject.
    • Many English words were influenced by the Arabic language.
    • There are many different dialects of the Arabic language and some are not understood by other Arabic speakers.
    • The Arabic language is written entirely in script or cursive writing where all the letters connect.
    • Arabic is derived from the Central Semitic language family, which includes Hebrew, Aramaic, and Phoenician.
    • Because of the beautiful way it is written, the Arabic language is often used in poetry, philosophy, and song.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldArabicLanguageDay

    Each year, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris hold roundtable discussions to talk about issues related to the Arabic language. Many countries host cultural events on this day. These events highlight the history and culture of the Arabic language. Seminars, conferences, lectures, and workshops showcase current developments in Arabic literature. To practice using the Arabic language, schools hold short story and poetry contests.

    To participate:

    • Take an online Arabic language test
    • Find someone who speaks Arabic and have them read something to you in their language
    • Commit to learning the Arabic language
    • Learn about the Arab culture (the word Arab means nomad)
    • Read books to understand the Arab world including The Arabs, Zaat, and The Arabian Nights.

    Share this day on social media with #WorldArabicLanguageDay


    In 2012, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed December 18th as World Arabic Language Day. The date coincides with the date in 1973 when the UN adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the organization. Past themes have included:

    2019: Arabic Language and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    2018: Arabic Language and Youth
    2017: Looking to the Digital World
    2016: Media Role in Strengthening or Undermining Arabic


  • NATIONAL TWIN DAY – December 18


    On December 18th, National Twin Day celebrates all the siblings who enjoy the unique connection because they share a birthday.


    Whether fraternal or identical, twins share everything right from the beginning. While their personalities may be different, they often know what the other is going to say before the words are spoken. Distance isn’t an issue either. Twins manage to stay connected across the country or around the globe.

    Of course, mythology teaches us about twins from the very beginning, as does the Bible. From the rivalry of Esau and Jacob to Aphrodite’s twin sons Phobos and Deimos as well as the mortal and immortal twins of the constellation, Gemini, we explore a host of human conditions.

    Notable Twins

    Through the years, we’ve been fascinated by twins, too. Literature embraced the twin duplicity with enthusiasm. Take Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, for example, and the confusion that ensues with Sebastian and Viola. Even modern-day sitcoms keep us in tears when twins are portrayed. Phoebe Buffay of the sitcom Friends and, more recently, Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory humorously depicted their twin lives.

    But real-life twins intrigue us, too. When twins move into the White House, we are sure to pay attention, as was the case with Barbara and Jenna Bush in 2001. Of course, when they play magical characters like James and Oliver Phelps did in the Harry Potter series, we feel like they’re family. Their roles as Fred and George Weasley kept us coming back for more.

    Some twins have the same interests. For example, Mark and Scott Kelly both became astronauts and have contributed not only to space exploration but also to scientific study. Twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux’s love of hockey brought them together on the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

    Twins share so much more than DNA. Many of them don’t even look alike. One thing is for sure, they share National Twin Day.


    Give a shout-out to your favorite twins. Whether they are friends, family, or famous ones, let them know you’re thinking of them. If you’re a twin, tell your best twin memory. Share photos. Host a twin party. Invite all the twins you know and celebrate!. Use #NationalTwinDay to share on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed for observances throughout the year, including National Twin Day.


    In 2019, National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Twin Day to celebrate all things twins and to be observed on December 18th, annually.

    Relevant Observances

    Twins Days Weekend – Twins converge on Twinsburg, OH to celebrate being twins during the first full weekend in August.

    Twin FAQ

    Q. What’s the difference between identical and fraternal twins?
    A. Identical twins develop from a single fertilized egg while fraternal twins develop from two separate fertilized eggs.

    Q. How many sets of twins are born each year?
    A. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) twins comprise approximately 3.4% of the population.

    Q. Is it possible for twins to have different birthdays?
    A. Yes. The most common reason for twins having different birthdays is due to one twin being born before midnight and the other after midnight. However, sometimes twins are born days, weeks, or months apart. One reason for this may be due to multiple births being high risk and while one twin is delivered early, the other remains in the womb for the rest of the gestation or as long as possible for development.

    December 18th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The U.S. Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the 13th Amendment prohibiting slavery. The amendment was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.


    Congress passes the 18th Amendment and sends it to the states for ratification. The era of the “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition would soon begin.


    Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment) launched from Cape Canaveral. It was the world’s first communications satellite. Build by the U.S. Army Signal Research and Development Laboratory, the satellite contained a message from President Dwight Eisenhower that said, “This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite traveling in outer space. My message is a simple one: Through this unique means I convey to you and all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere.”


    The Pink Panther starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, and Robert Wagner premieres in Italy. Directed by Blake Edwards, the comedy follows the misadventures of the inept Inspector Clouseau as he tries to catch a jewel thief.


    CBS airs the animated adaption of Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Chrismas for the first time.

    December 18th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 

    Walter D. Teague – 1883

    Considered the “Dean of Industrial Design,” Teague’s pioneering influence helped establish the industrial design profession. He made his first forays into industrial design with Eastman Kodak, designing several cameras. From there, many more corporate clients followed including Boeing, Maxwell House, UPS, DuPont, and NASA.

    Ty Cobb – 1886

    The center fielder played 24 seasons in professional baseball, most of those years with the Detroit Tigers. Known for being an all-around baseball player, he could hit, run and field. He earned 11 batting titles during his career and held numerous records at his retirement.

    Yvonne Cormeau – 1909

    As an agent with the Special Operations Executives, Cormeau parachuted into German-occupied France to supply wireless communications back to London. She was almost arrested but managed to convince the Germans that her wireless was an x-ray machine. During her World War II service, she successfully transmitted more than 400 messages.

    Benjamin O. Davis – 1912

    During World War II, Davis organized and commanded the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1950, he became the first African American promoted to the rank of general in the United States Air Force. He was promoted to full general in 1998.

    Jacques Pépin – 1935

    The award-winning chef has been honored in his native France and by his adopted United States for his many contributions to the culinary world.

    Steven Spielberg – 1946

    The director has earned both critical and popular acclaim throughout his career. From E.T and the Indiana Jones series to historical dramas like Lincoln and Amistad, Spielberg never seems to disappoint the audience.



    National Roast Suckling Pig Day on December 18th recognizes a savory dish that takes some planning to prepare. The results, however, are worth the effort.


    A suckling pig is a young pig, between the ages of two to six weeks, which is still fed by its mother’s milk. The pig is roasted whole until the skin is crisp. The meat is tender and succulent.

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    Suckling pig can range between 8-30 pounds and expect between $12-$20 a pound depending on the market. These factors coupled with the daunting task of roasting a whole (granted small) pig make the finished product a delicacy most anywhere in the world.

    With the right tools and ingredients, the roasting process is not that complicated. If you’ve roasted a whole turkey, you can cook a suckling pig. Only the smallest piglets will fit into most standard home ovens. Those at the lower weight range will provide about 20 adult servings. 


    On National Roast Suckling Pig Day, do you feel up to the challenge? If you do, this celebration challenges us to give this recipe a try: Whole Roasted Suckling Pig.

    One way to take on this savory task is by dividing up the responsibilities. Invite others to help you conquer and then savor the suckling pig. 

    Use #RoastSucklingPigDay to post on social media.


    While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this savory day, we hope you won’t make a pig out of yourself enjoying it. 

    Suckling Pig FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of roast suckling pig?
    A. A 3 ounce serving of roast suckling pig contains approximately 321 calories.

    Q. How long does it take to cook a suckling pig?
    A. You will need to allow 15 minutes per pound to roast your pig.

    Q. Which wine should I serve with roast suckling pig?
    A. Both red and white wines pair well with roast suckling pig. Some suggested wine pairings include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Malbec, or Reisling.




    Every year on December 18th, International Migrants Day emphasizes the protection of migrants’ human rights. The day also recognizes the contributions and efforts of migrants around the world.

    Ever since human beings were created, they moved from one land to another. In most instances, they traveled to other lands in search of food, water, and shelter. Conflict was another reason people were forced to leave their land and search for a new home.

    As time wore on and boundaries were created, countries formed. In some instances, migrants created new countries. This is how the United States was established when migrants from England moved here in search of religious freedom. Several waves of migrants came to the United States following its formation. One of the largest influxes of migrants happened between 1900 and 1915. During these years, 15 million migrants came to the United States from various countries around the world.

    Migrants Around the World

    It wasn’t just the United States that experienced mass numbers of migrants. Some of the largest migrations in the world include:

    • 1944 – 700,000 people migrated from Chechnya to Central Asia to flee the Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin.
    • 1947 to 1950 – over 15 million people migrated from India to Pakistan to avoid conflicts involving religion.
    • 1948 to 1950 – 2 million Chinese migrants fled from China to Taiwan and other countries to escape communism.
    • 1882 to present – 3.6 million Jews have migrated from all over the world, back to their homeland, Israel.

    In most cases, migrants choose to leave the familiarity of their homeland to find a better life in another country. Often, however, they leave hardship behind only to find more difficulty ahead. Some of the most common problems migrants face include language barriers, poverty, securing work, discrimination, lack of adequate housing, and transportation. Migrants also have difficulty accessing economic assistance and healthcare.

    Besides these problems that migrants face, there is another problem as well. Many people who want to migrant to another country in hopes of a better future do not have the financial means to do so. For this reason, many developed countries want to make the migration process easier and less expensive. According to the UN, there is mounting evidence that international migration benefits the country of origin as well as the destination.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MigrantsDay

    Many international conferences are held in celebration of this day. In the past, the World Health Organization has released reports that cover information about migrants and refugees.
    To participate:

    • Think about what your country would be like without migrants
    • Find out what countries your ancestors came from
    • If you know someone who has migrated to another country, ask them about their experience
    • Watch a documentary about migrants including 4.1 Miles, Human Flow, Stranger in Paradise, and The Good Postman.
    • Learn about famous migrants who helped shape America, including Albert Einstein, Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google), Levi Strauss, Joseph Pulitzer, and Arianna Huffington.

    Don’t forget to spread awareness for this day on social media with #MigrantsDay


    On December 4, 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed December 18th as International Migrants Day. They did so due to the increasing number of migrants in the world. December 18th was chosen because it was on this date in 1990 that the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.




    Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day on December 18th encourages everyone to add some elf behavior to their day. 


    Buddy the Elf was played by Will Farrell in the 2003 movie Elf. Answering the phone like Buddy the Elf not only surprises unsuspecting callers, but it brightens their day, too. As your day goes along, it will most certainly brighten yours! Who can resist a giggle or a smile when being elf-like. 


    Simply answer the phone and say “(Insert your Name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color.” As you answer, smile and spread some joy. It’s nearly impossible not to. Encourage others to do the same. If you call someone, don’t be surprised by the elf-like voice. 

    Additional ways to celebrate as you answer the phone include dressing up. You can dress like an elf. Wear a Santa hat or an ugly sweater. Do you wear holiday socks? Be sure you deck yourself out. Hold a desk decorating competition or a fundraiser for a charity that day, too. Bake elf treats to share with co-workers. Let us know how your elfen phone calls go. 

    Another way to celebrate Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day is by telling elf jokes. It’s all in the spirit of the day. Elves spread fun and joy where ever they go. We even have a few to help get you started.

    Q: What kind of music do elves like best?

    A: Wrap music!

    Q: What do you call an elf who wins the lottery?

    A: Welfy!

    Q: What’s the first thing elf children learn in school?

    A: The elf-abet!

    Q: What kind of photos do elves like taking?

    A: Elfies of course!

    Use #AnswerThePhoneLikeBuddyTheElfDay to post on social media.


    While National Day Calendar was unable to identify the creator of this National Day, we are certain he is a human raised by elves, and he has a very good sense of humor.