11th December

L’Escalade (Geneva celebrates defeating a surprise attack up the defensive walls by the Duke of Savoy and the King of Spain). Celebrations include a large marmite (cauldron) made of chocolate and filled with marzipan vegetables and candies, which is smashed to commemorate the boiling hot vegetable soup poured on soldiers climbing up the walls of the city. Children in school to prepare vegetable soup, and there’s a parade.

Indiana Day (US): Indiana founded 1816, famous for James Dean; quarries of the white limestone that posh American buildings are made of.

International Mountain Day – so go climb your local hill!

National Tango Day (Buenos Aires) – so learn to dance the tango.

Burkina Faso Proclamation of the Republic (Upper Volta, French Community) – see 5th August

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