National Bird Day / Twelfth Night Celebration

National Bird Day

January 5

Birds are the only feathered animal and there are about 10,000 species of them around the world. They evolved from dinosaurs more than 65 million years ago. They communicate using sound and color. Some interesting fun facts about birds are: ostriches have the largest eyes of any land animal, most hummingbirds weigh less than a nickel, the penguin is the only bird that can swim but not fly, Kiwis are so blind they hunt by smell, a group of larks is called an exaltation, a group of chickens is called a peep, a group of geese is called a gaggle, a group of ravens is called a murder, and a group of owls is called a parliament.

Twelfth Night Celebration

January 5

According to Wikipedia “in most Western ecclesiastical traditions, Christmas Day is considered the First Day of Christmas and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January, inclusive, making Twelfth Night on January 5th, which is Epiphany Eve. In 567 the Council of Tours proclaimed that the entire period between Christmas and Epiphany should be considered part of the celebration, creating what became known as the twelve days of Christmas, or what the English called Christmastide. On the last of the twelve days, called Twelfth Night, various cultures developed a wide range of additional special festivities.”  So break out the wassail and have a merry time today.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Walt Disney – Entrepreneur – born in Chicago, Illinois

Little Richard – Singer – born in Macon, Georgia


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