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DECEMBER 31, 2018 | MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY | NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY | UNIVERSAL HOUR OF PEACE | NEW YEAR’S EVE | NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY | LEAP SECOND TIME ADJUSTMENT DAY

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MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY

Make Up Your Mind Day is observed annually on December 31st.  This day is set aside to encourage us to quit wavering, to take a side, to follow through with a decision and stick to it.  As New Year’s resolutions go, this may be the day to decide which ones to declare.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Been hesitating on making some decisions? Make Up Your Mind Day is the incentive to make a choice. Use #MakeUpYourMindDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of Make Up Your Mind Day

NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY

National Champagne Day is observed annually on December 31st. While genuine champagne only comes from France’s Champagne region, there is plenty of bubbly available from Italy, California and even the South of France.  Ringing in the New Year is the perfect opportunity each year to celebrate National Champagne Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Pop open a bottle of your favorite champagne. (Remember to always drink responsibly and never drink and drive.) Use #NationalChampagneDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Champagne Day.  

 

UNIVERSAL HOUR OF PEACE

A day created as a simple step toward a war-free world, the Universal Hour of Peace is observed from 11:30 p.m. December 31st to 12:30 a.m. January 1st.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #UniversalHourOfPeace to post on social media.

HISTORY

Conceived by Dr. Barbara Condron at the School of Metaphysics, the first Universal Hour of Peace was celebrated October 24, 1995. It coincided with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and the autumnal equinox.  The following year it was moved to January 1st at Noon GMT. It is now celebrated from 11:30 p.m. December 31st to 12:30 a. m. January 1st.

NEW YEAR’S EVE 

Also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day, New Year’s Eve is celebrated annually on December 31st.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

As we count down the last hours and seconds of the old year, it is a good time to look back at the year and reminisce with friends and family.   

In Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, it is tradition to eat 12 grapes during the countdown to midnight symbolizing hopes for the new year. Around the world, eating anything in the form of a circle or ring symbolizes coming full circle and is considered good luck.

As a Christian observance, it is traditional to hold an evening Mass the night before a Holy Day. New Year’s Day in the Roman Catholic Church honors the Virgin Mary. In some countries, St. Sylvester, Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335, is celebrated on New Year’s Eve.

Ring in the New Year with Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn.  It makes the perfect snack to count down the last seconds of 2017 and start 2018 off right!

Use #NewYearsEve to post on social media.

HISTORY

New Year’s Eve has been celebrated for millennia.  Honoring the end of one year goes hand in hand with celebrating new beginnings in the new one.

NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY

No Interruptions Day is observed annually on the last workday of the year.  This is a day set aside for getting organized for the new year by cleaning up your workspace without interruptions.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Turn off the phone, ignore your e-mails, close your door and enjoy the peace of no interruptions for a full day. Use #NoInterruptionsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of this No Interruptions Day. 

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day December 31
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LEAP SECOND TIME ADJUSTMENT DAY

Leap Second Time Adjustment day is listed as an observance title only. Some years scientists do not make adjustments. But, if they do, then it’s done on either June 30 or December 31.

The majority of the world measures time solely based on a 24 hour day in which each hour contains 60 minutes and each minute contains 60 seconds. That measurement is much too simple for accurate time measurement.

Scientists since about 140 AD have attempted to break down the hours in the day into a consistent and precise means of measure. Due to the variability of the Earth’s rotation, measurement of the 24 hour day is not an exact science.  There is some dispute over the validity of leap second adjustments.  Some years scientists do not make adjustments. But, if they do, then it’s done on either June 30 or December 31.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #LeapSecondTimeAdjustmentDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The leap-second system was first introduced in 1972.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
Whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake or enjoy popcorn (our office favorite) on National Popcorn Day, stay in-the-know by signing-up for our e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t find yourself unprepared on Talk Like a Pirate Day or Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day – join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!

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