Category: December 05

  • KRAMPUSNACHT – December 5


    On December 5th, adults celebrating Krampusnacht seek to punish misbehaving children. This not-so-jolly holiday is also referred to as Krampus Night.

    Most people associate the holiday season with lots of cheer, merriment, and joy. However, there is one traditional holiday during this time of the year that doesn’t sound so fun. In fact, it seems a little scary. It’s actually more Halloween-like than Christmassy.

    Krampusnacht dates back to pagan mythology. Some believe Krampus, also known as the “Horned God,” came from a pagan supernatural being who was assimilated to the devil. Horned devils came about during the 11th century. They often appeared in medieval plays. The name Krampus is derived from the German word krampen, which means “claw.” It’s no surprise that during the 12th century, the Catholic Church tried to ban Krampus celebrations. They did so because of his resemblance to the devil.

    Krampusnacht survived, however, and over time, Krampus evolved into a child-terrorizing ghoul that came out before Christmas. On the evening of Krampusnacht, men dress as Krampus run through the streets and frighten children. Sometimes, Krampus even pokes the children with a stick. Traditional Krampus costumes are made up of a hand-carved wooden mask. A suit made from sheep or goatskin, along with cowbells around the hips, completes the costume.

    In some countries, Krampus appears in the streets with St. Nicholas. Krampus punishes the naughty children while St. Nick rewards the good ones.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #Krampusnacht

    Krampusnacht is widely celebrated in Bavaria, Eastern Europe, and Germany. In recent years, it has also become a popular holiday in the United States. Some cities, such as Seattle, Philadelphia, and New Orleans hold Krampus parades. These parades often signify the beginning of the Christmas season. To participate:

    • Learn more about the history of Krampusnacht.
    • Attend Krampusnacht events in your city.
    • Watch a Krampus movie, such as Krampus, A Christmas Horror Story, or Krampus: The Christmas Devil.
    • Have a Krampusnacht party and invite people to dress as Krampus.

    Share this bizarre holiday on social media with #Krampusnacht.


    In some countries, Krampusnacht has been celebrated for hundreds of years. The event always precedes the feast of St. Nicholas, which is held on December 6th.


  • WORLD SOIL DAY – December 5


    Each year on December 5th, World Soil Day (WSD) highlights the importance of healthy soil. It’s also a day to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

    One of the biggest concerns for the environment is soil degradation. Degradation is when soil health declines due to improper use or poor management. Most Americans are familiar with what happened during the Great Depression. Dust storms were a frequent occurrence. Soil erosion caused these massive dust storms. Through the years, farmers in this country learned their lesson. They began to practice better soil management. Unfortunately, however, there are still concerns about soil health. Throughout the world, the soil is eroding at a rapid rate. Every 5 seconds, the equivalent of one soccer field of soil erodes. If soil erosion continues, the earth will no longer be fertile. In turn, global food supplies and food safety will be threatened.

    When soil is lost, it takes years to replace. It takes up to 1,000 years to produce just 2 to 3 cm of soil. It’s believed that up to 90% of the world’s land will be degraded by 2050. The situation is dire, which means there is no time to waste when it comes to saving our soil.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldSoilDay

    Each year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) encourages youth and adults around the world to participate in a challenge to care for the soil. A recent challenge involved signing a pledge card, planting a seed, taking a photo, and sharing it on social media. The best photos are shared on FAO social channels. Also, on this day, the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award (WSDA) is given to the individual or organization that has come up with the best soil day activity or campaign. The Glinka World Soil Prize is another award given out each year. This one goes to an individual who is dedicated to solving the world’s soil degradation problem.

    Here are some ways you can participate:

    • Learn about the importance of soil health and how it affects our future
    • Watch videos and documentaries about soil, including DIRT! The Movie, Living Soil, Symphony of the Soil, and Soil Erosion: A Historical Perspective
    • Commit to caring for the soil in your community by composting, planting cover crops, and building terraces to prevent soil erosion.
    • Share this day on social media with #WorldSoilDay


    In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) recommended an international day to celebrate soil. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand, the FAO supported the establishment of WSD. In 2013 the FAO Conference formally endorsed WSD. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly officially designated December 5th as World Soil Day, commemorating the birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was the King of Thailand and one of the leading proponents of this initiative.

    Recent themes for World Soil Day include:

    • 2019: Stop soil erosion. Save our future.
    • 2018: Be the solution to soil pollution.
    • 2017: Caring for the planet starts from the ground.
    • 2016: Soils & Pulses: Symbiosis for Life.
    • 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life.


  • NATIONAL REPEAL DAY – December 5


    On December 5th, National Repeal Day commemorates the day Prohibition ended in the United States.


    Prohibition grew out a practice of moderation rooted in the Protestant churches in America. By the 1830s, consumption of alcohol, especially hard spirits, was affecting the nation. Most participants were male. Those who supported who joined the Temperance movement saw alcohol as the root of all evil. The movement took hold at a time when women had few rights, and the country was debating slavery. Ethics and mores were changing. The Temperance movement shifted the view on alcohol use from moderation to eradication.

    The following decades would see organizations such as the Prohibition Party, Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and Anti-Saloon League formed. By 1838, Tennessee would pass the first legislation prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Some new states would enter the union as dry states. In 1919, the 18th Amendment was ratified, banning the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages. However, the legislation did not prohibit the consumption of such drinks.

    The Amendment went into effect in 1920, and numerous businesses closed. Beyond the loss of brewers and bars, governments lost tax revenues. Additionally, the cost of enforcing prohibition was expensive. Those determined to produce, transport, and sell alcohol created a black market that crisscrossed the nation. Their illicit methods became notorious and the stuff of legend. In 1929, the stock market crashed.

    During the years of Prohibition, use of the term “gangster” increased. The term “moonshine” reached its peak usage.

    Prohibition’s “great experiment” was a significant failure. The term “bootlegger” would reach its peak usage as Prohibition neared the end of its lifespan. Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution on February 20, 1933. The amendment repealed the 18th Amendment and was ratified on December 5 that year.


    Learn more about the history of the 18th and 21st Amendments. Drink your favorite cocktail. Try a new cocktail. Visit a speakeasy reminiscent of days gone by. While you do, be sure to invite friends to join you.

    As always, drink responsibly. Never drink and drive. Use #NationalRepealDay to share on social media.


    The day Prohibition ended has been celebrated since 1933. Newspapers across the country reported repeal celebrations. Al Capone was even reported as praising the end of prohibition from his prison cell. Some areas postponed celebrations until the 6th, but distilleries geared up, ready for production.

    Celebrating the 21st Amendment has increased. In the last couple of generations, fascination with the Prohibition years, styles, and history have grown.

    Repeal FAQ

    Q. How many amendments have been repealed?
    A. Only one U.S. Constitutional amendment has been repealed, and that is the 18th Amendment. It was repealed with the passage of the 21st Amendment.

    Q. Was it illegal to drink alcohol during prohibition?
    A. No. The 18th Amendment made it illegal to manufacture, distribute and sell intoxicating liquors. Any bottles of wine, beer, and spirits privately owned could be consumed.

  • WORLD TRICK SHOT DAY – First Tuesday in December


    Get ready for World Trick Shot Day on the first Tuesday of December. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, the originators of the trick shot, bring this celebration to give enthusiasts a chance to showcase their most impressive shots.


    Like the Harlem Globetrotters, this day celebrates the trick shot. Every opportunity should be taken to capture your best trick shot. Demonstrate every twist, jump, and flip. Trick shots are not only entertaining, but they’re also inspiring. Gravity-defying feats of physics take trick shots to the next level. Be sure to share yours!

    If you don’t perform trick shots, be sure to support someone who does. Cheer them on and offer to record their amazing attempts and successes. Where will your next trick shot be?


    Record a video of your best trick shot and post it on social media using the hashtag, #WorldTrickShotDay – We will be watching!

    Share your #WorldTrickShotDay moves with the Harlem Globetrotters and find theirs on these social media channels:

    World’s highest Slam Dunk

    855 Feet in the Air – Slam Dunk Baby!


    The Globetrotters created World Trick Shot Day to give fans all around the world the court and celebrate with them all the amazing shots they too are capable of developing and performing!

    The Harlem Globetrotters made their first shot in 1926 and have been leading innovators in the world of sports and entertainment since. They gained popularity with their on-court antics and amazing abilities on the basketball court. Today, the Harlem Globetrotters hold numerous world records for their feats and continue to push the limits of the game. They recently added a 4-point line, an innovation that is the first of its kind.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared World Trick Shot Day in November of 2016.

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    If you like chocolate and you like cake, then National Sacher Torte Day on December 5th is a perfect day for you!  The layered ingredients make this dessert a delicious torte!


    Sacher Torte, also known as Sachertorte, is a unique type of chocolate cake. Austrian Franz Sacher invented it in 1832. Vienna considers the Sachertorte one of their most famous culinary specialties.  

    At the age of 16, Franz Sacher was only an apprentice to the chef when Prince Wenzel Von Metternich ordered a special dessert from the kitchen for his guests. With the chef ill, Sacher stepped in for his superior and created what is known worldwide as the Sacher Torte.

    His son, Eduard, went on to perfect this decadent dessert. He created the Sacher Torte by layering apricot jam between a rich, chocolate sponge cake and topped it with a layer of chocolate icing.

    The original recipe is a secret protected today and served exclusively by the Sacher Hotels in Vienna and Salzburg.

    Cake vs. Torte

    Cakes and tortes are very similar. In fact, tortes are a type of cake. It is the ingredients that make a torte a torte. Like the ingredients that make an angel food cake bake up light and tall, a torte’s ingredients give it a heavier base and a tighter crumb. Additionally, tortes tend to be layered crosswise with ganache, frosting, or fruit. Tortes use very little flour and use ground nuts or breadcrumbs instead.

    There are various tortes to make. Some tortes only have a couple of layers. However, others stack up thin, beautiful layers full of rich flavor.


    When you celebrate this delicious torte, you’ll want to serve a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream with it. Brew a fresh pot of coffee, too. This rich cake deserves a hot beverage to complement it. 

    Do you have a version of this specialty cake? Please share it with us using #NationalSacherTorteDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this chocolatey food holiday.

    SacherTorte FAQ

    Q. What’s a torte?
    A. A torte is a type of cake that combines layered ingredients. The cake used to make a torte is a denser, sturdier cake. Recipes call for very little to no flour.

    Q. When was the Sacher Hotel founded?
    A. Franz Sacher’s son, Eduard, opened the Sacher Hotel in 1876



    Also referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD), December 5th celebrates people and organizations who volunteer their time and energy to improve the lives of others. Along with recognizing volunteers, this day also aims to invigorate volunteerism.

    Every act of volunteerism is an act of kindness. It’s a way to pay it forward without expecting anything in return. It’s a gesture of peace and goodwill. Volunteers genuinely understand the saying, “it’s more blessed to give than to receive.” Have you ever wondered what our world would be like without volunteers? They often act as a voice for the voiceless. Volunteers lend a helping hand to those in desperate need. Volunteers keep charities and nonprofits going strong.

    Besides helping others, there are other benefits of volunteering. Volunteerism is good for your health. Along with strengthening the body, volunteerism improves mood and lessens stress. People who volunteer even have a better chance of gaining employment.

    There are 970 million volunteers throughout the world. Even though there are millions of volunteers, the world could always use more!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalVolunteerDay

    Do you volunteer?  If so, take the time to reflect on the achievements of your organization. How can it continue to have a positive impact on your community? If you don’t volunteer, seek out a service organization and learn more about them. Offer your time or skills.  There are thousands of service organizations with a variety of needs. If you’re not sure where to get started, most communities need volunteers in these areas:

    • Food pantries
    • Local libraries
    • Animal rescue shelters
    • Hospitals
    • National parks
    • Retirement homes

    There are also websites designed to help you find volunteer opportunities in your area. A few sites include and If you want to volunteer abroad, the best countries to do so include Peru, Australia, Puerto Rico, and South Africa.

    To share this day on social media, use #InternationalVolunteerDay.


    In 1985, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the resolution for International Volunteer Day. The day has provided opportunities for organizations, governments, foundations, and individuals to set and obtain goals and to recognize the efforts of volunteers from all walks of life.

    Each year the U.N. chooses a specific theme that focuses on different aspects of volunteerism. Recent topics have included:

    • 2019: Volunteer for an inclusive future.
    • 2018: Volunteers build resilient communities.
    • 2017: Volunteers Act First
    • 2016: Global Applause – give volunteers a hand.
    • 2015: Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!




    International Ninja Day recognizes the fascination associated with the history and pop culture of the ninja. 


    Ninjas first appeared around the year 600. Historically, they served samurai warriors. They spied on or assassinated an enemy. While some sources suggest they were fallen samurai, most point to the common man – and woman. They walked among the farmers and servants of everyday life.

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    However, the skills of a ninja were passed down from generation to generation. If a father were a ninja, then he would likely train his son or daughter to be one, too.

    In Japan, museums focus on ninja history and lifestyle.

    • Ninja Museum of Igaryū – The museum features the tools of the trade, demonstrations, and residences.
    • Kōka Ninja Village – Attend ninja camp and challenges. Tour the museum and many more facilities.

    Novels and films have brought the way of the ninja to the mainstream. From Japanese action films to animated turtles, ninja movies covered the spectrum. Spy novels, comic books, and series captured the imaginations of every age. Their mystery fed storylines across genres until ninja became a genre all its own.


    Celebrate the day by learning more about ninjas. Read about their history or watch a ninja documentary. Try to move as quietly and as quickly as a ninja. Share your ninja tricks and secrets with someone. Learn a martial art.

    • Ninjas Secret History Of The Ninja Uncovered Full Documentary – National Geographic
    • In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjutsu by Antony Cummins

    Use #InternationalNinjaDay to post on social media.


    Ninja Burger created International Ninja Day n 2003 as a way to celebrate the Ninja speed with which their burgers are delivered.

    December 5th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The U.S. Patent Office issued patent No. 12,017 to inventor Aaron Allen of Boston, MA for an “Improvement in Self-Adjusting Opera-Seat” or a folding chair for theaters and other public spaces.


    Daniel C. Stillson receives patent No. 184,993 for the first practical pipe wrench adding to the tools of the plumbers’ trade and fixing leaky faucets everywhere.


    With Utah’s ratification, three-fourths of the states ratify the 21st amendment, repealing the 18th amendment and repealing Prohibition.


    The Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama begins, protesting segregated seating after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man.


    The animated film Stuart Little made its Westwood, CA premiere. Based on the book by E.B. White, the film starred Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, and Hugh Laurie. Rob Minkoff directed.

    December 5th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz – 1822

    As an educator, Agassiz co-founded Radcliffe College in 1879 and became the college’s first president.

    Clinton Hart Merriam – 1855

    In 1888, the American biologist and ethnologist helped to found the National Geographic Society.

    Clyde Vernon Cessna – 1879

    The aviation pioneer launched the Cessna Aircraft Company in 1922.

    Walt Disney – 1901

    The animator and entrepreneur launched the Walt Disney Company in 1923. From Mickey Mouse to Mulan and The Lion King, Disney’s kingdom continues to grow.

    Ann Shaw Carter – 1922

    In 1947, Carter became the first woman in the United States to earn her helicopter pilot’s license. She became a commercial helicopter pilot and one of the first members of the Whirly-Girls.

    Little Richard – 1932

    The flamboyant rock and roll performer of the 1950s brought crowds to their feet with his hit songs “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” and “Tutti Frutti.”

  • BATHTUB PARTY DAY – December 5


    Bathtub Party Day encourages us all to skip the ordinary shower and linger in the tub instead. On December 5th, add some suds to the tub and pamper yourself.


    A bathtub party sounds suspiciously like a crowded affair, but it doesn’t have to be. Granted, if you have young children, it’s a time saver to plunk two or three of them in the tub at once. Getting them all suds up and playing with the water toys are some of the more memorable times raising children. It also saves water while everyone has some good clean fun.

    For the adults, the benefits of a quiet soak in the tub add up quickly.

    • A steamy bath during cold and flu season helps to clear our sinuses and improve our oxygen intake. It also increases our circulation.
    • The warm water reduces inflammation, easing achy joints and sore muscles. It also helps relieve stress.
    • Dropping temperatures outside mean cold hands and feet, or just a chilled body in general. A soak in a warm tub warms us right up.
    • Our skin loves the steam from the bath, but be sure to moisturize, too. Add bath oil to your bathwater to gain the most benefit from your Bathtub Party.

    Enjoy all the benefits of a Bathtub Party and celebrate with bubbles of all kinds!


    Gather your favorite bath bomb, a good book, and a glass of Moscato, and let the worries of the day fade away while you relax in the tub. Use #BathtubPartyDay to post on social media. And be sure to use soap behind those ears of yours too!


    Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat created this National Day. 

    Bathtub FAQ

    Q. What should I add to my bath for a relaxing soak?
    A. Several items add to your soaking enjoyment. Try these:

    • Lavender essential oil
    • Green tea bags
    • Milk
    • Honey
    • Epsom Salt
    • Ginger
    • Turmeric
    • Chamomile
    • Mint
    • Flower petals

    Q. How many gallons of water does a bath use?
    A. The average bather uses approximately 30 gallons of water. A soaker tub uses more at about 50 gallons of water.

    Q. Which uses more water, a shower or a bath?
    A. A 10 minute shower will use less water than a typical bath.