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December 13, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Ice Cream Day – This day is a little confusing, Italo Marchiony applied for a patent on a machine that makes ice cream cups on Sept. 13, 1903. He received the patent on December 15th so whoever decided on this day may have inadvertently mixed the two dates because December 13th is definitely the day selected for this celebration, but it has nothing to do with the creation of ice cream, that I can tell.

National Violin Day – We have been celebrating violins on this day for a while now and it was on this day in 2010 that Violinist Ben Lee broke the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Violin Player. He played 14 notes per second which is pretty darn fast.

International Shareware Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to appreciate and support the people who create the computer software that is available free or for just a small fee.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day – Created by the Compassionate Friends, this is a day for the world to join together and light candles at 7pm local time for one hour to honor all those children who have left us to try to live this life without them. This is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world. This day is celebrated on the second Sunday in December every year since 1997.

World Choral Day – Also celebrated on the second Sunday, this is a day for choirs around the world to join together in song. Thousands of choirs and millions of singers from countries everywhere have participated in this event over the past twenty years in the form of concerts, festivals, sing-a-longs and other events. This years theme for the day is Integration.  This day was created by Alberto Grau from the International Federation for Choral Music in 1990 for the purpose of spreading the message of peace by using music to break through political, religious and racial divides and connecting through the beauty of music.

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