26th December

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

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Onwards and Upwards!

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After a winter ritual, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2016
First Quarter – December 7, 09:03
Full Moon – December 14, 00:05
Last Quarter – December 21, 01:55
New Moon – December 29, 06:53

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CURRENT MOON


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Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abadiu of Antinoe
James the Just
Stephen
Synaxis of the Theotokos

Festival:
Boxing Day
Day of Good Will (South Africa and Namibia)
Mummer's Day (Padstow, Cornwall)
The first day of Kwanzaa, celebrated until January 1
Wren Day (Ireland and the Isle of Man)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: Set fruits, large-statured vegetables and fast-growing trees.
Prune orchards and bushes (during the waxing moon in spring).
Sow grain.
In spring enrich grain, vegetables and fruits.
Grapple with underground pests.*

Also on this day:

1792 – The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris.

1860 – The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England.

1862 – The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, 38 Native Americans die.

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.

1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

1991 – The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the USSR.

2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 250,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train


* more information can be found here.