Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Poem for the Day - 2013

A year well spent
So much achieved
And fast it went
Looking at all perceived
Through dark and dent
It can be said and viewed
2013 must have meant
A year to be remembered

Last Day of the Year


This day is usually given as a holiday in many countries in preparation for the New Year. The day is usually spent on reflection, thanksgiving for life and being with family and friends. Parties are held on the eve of New Year to usher in the year. The last day of the year is filled with resolutions that are meant to be fulfilled in the New Year. The day is concluded on the New Years’ Day with music and fireworks.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Poem for the Day - 114

Quantified they did
Without thought
Millions spent
Until there was none
But a hundred and fourteen
Fate determined
Only by owner
And we wait
And wait
Staring at one hundred and fourteen

Health and Sports Day

This national holiday is set aside for sports and developing the mind and body. It usually comes up on the second Monday in October yearly but was initially on the 10th of October. Children in particular have lots of fun on this day, but not all countries celebrate this day as a national holiday

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Poem for the Day - Eight

Countdown to Christmas
Was all he could do
Christmas was the date
When she visited
With a smile
Best gift ever
Presents meant nothing
But the smile
Eight days to the smile
His beloved wore
Just for him at Christmas

Golden Week

Golden Week is a seven-day national holiday in China and Japan. The holiday was started by the government and is intended to help expand the domestic tourism  market and improve the national standard of living, as well as allowing people to make long-distance family visits. The Golden Weeks are periods of travel among many.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Poem for the Day - Forty

It was all she had
Forty days to live
Now here she was
Reaching out to a million
She’d offended in her life
Couldn’t cover them all
And wished she had forty years
Life so short
Days so minute
But forty was still many
And try she could
To amend it all

Mawlid Al Rasul

Mawlid is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which occurs in the third month of the Islamic Calendar. Mawlid is a term used for birthday celebrations in places like Egypt, particularly for Saints.

This day is usually used as a day of reflection for Muslims and gratefulness for the life of Prophet Muhammad.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Poem for the Day - Sixty Six

At his life he looked
So old to care
Christmas was out
Gone away forever
For at sixty six
He valued not Christmas
For he had been hurt
At Christmas as a child
And this Christmas
Would not be different


Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. It is an eight-day Jewish holiday  commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem. Hanukkah is observed for eight days and eight nights beginning on the 25th day of Kislev and occurs any time from late November to late December.

The festival is often observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum  which is the nine-branched Menorah  or Hanukiah also with one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Poem for the Day - Forty Five

So many gifts
All numbered
All were but forty five
To give children
Children who wished
Had a home to call home
But soon
They’ll learn to be grateful
For life
And all the gifts

Veterans Day


Veterans Day is an official holiday in the United States that honors veterans . It is a Federal holiday  that observes the service of all military men and commemorated on the 11th of November. Most citizens offer free meals and services to veterans on such days to show their appreciation of what they have done for the country.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Poem for the Day - A Million

All I did want
Was the smile
Which cost a million
For me this Christmas
It was the gift
I yearned for
And the gift

Which I got

National Day

National Days vary from country to country; it is either the date of independence or a significant date for a ruler, which makes some countries have more than one national day. National days are national holidays set aside to celebrate a significant person or purpose. This day is often given various names by various countries.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Poem for the Day - Thirty Nine

Din was single
Din wouldn’t mingle
But Din needed money
Just to buy honey
And some wine
Din had thirty nine
But needed forty
And he was haughty
So he stayed alone

Without anyone to phone


Epiphany means striking appearance or in another way, vision of God, which traditionally falls on the 6th of January. It is a Christian feast that celebrates the revelation of Jesus as a human being. It is common among few Christians, recognized by many and understood by all; though not a holiday in many Christian countries.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Poem for the Day - Twenty Five

To find love
Was her goal
This Christmas
Would be lovely
No more sitting alone
No more loneliness
At twenty five
Her love she hoped
Would find

All Saints Day

All Saints' Day a solemnity celebrated on the first of November by the Catholic Church , while it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost  in Eastern Catholicism.  This is in honor of all the saints. For Catholics, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a holiday in most countries.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Poem for the Day - Thirteen

Family numbered thirteen
Split into thirteen
No love lost
No hate reckoned
All apart
As they pleased
Never united
Never will be

All in thirteen pieces


This is the remembrance of Buddha’s birthday commonly celebrated in Taiwan and Hong Kong and most Asian countries on the 28th of April. It is a significant holiday as it commemorates the peace to mankind.
Vesak focuses on the birth of Buddha, the eight precepts and the enlightenment. This holiday is a very solemn one for Buddhists who focus on giving to charity, meditation as well as partaking in vegetarian foods.
Please contribute if you are a Buddhist so we can learn more about the Vesak Holiday. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Poem for the Day - Ninety Nine

Tried to stay sober
All times without success
It has been ninety nine
So much with struggle
Addiction can be mean
It can be done
It will be done

National Heroes Day

Heroes' Day or National Heroes' Day is the commemoration of national heroes in different countries. It is often held on the birth date of a national hero or the anniversary of their great deeds and works that made them remarkable people. The works and deeds of such a person or people is usually read and accompanied by documentaries for all to remember and appreciate.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Poem for the Day - Nine

Dark scary night
They were nine
Armed and fierce
Never to forget
The scar the nine left
Across my face
Branded for life
Now I fear
A group of nine

Remembrance Day

In Commonwealth countries, Remembrance Day known as Poppy Day is a memorial day observed since the end of  World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The day is celebrated on the 11th of November but celebrated on other days by non-Commonwealth countries.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Poem for the Day - 2.5

Years married to him
A shame on my part
Should have known
Was sort of told
Knew a stray he was
But two point five was long
Long enough to grow
Or so I thought
You cannot change a man

Anzac Day

This day celebrates the lives of Australian and New Zealand Corps (ANZAC) soldiers who fell during the fighting at wars. An Ode of Remembrance is often recited as well as march past by veterans. The day is celebrated yearly on the 25th of April.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Poem for the Day - Six

He was six
When he came to us
So little and frail
Today he weds at six
He remains our boy
All love showered
And still yet
Feel that day he was six

Columbus Day

This day has many names all around the world; Columbus Day in the United States, Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Día de la Raza ("Day of the Race") in Latin America,  Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in  Belize and Uruguay , Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain , Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina . All celebrating one meaning; October 12, 1942, the voyage of Christopher Columbus.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Poem for the Day - Fifty

All he had
Was but fifty
All he gave
Was but fifty
All he sought
Was for fifty
All he made
Was in fifty

Meeting of Cultures Day

This day is also Columbus Day but was changed by Costa Ricans’ as Race Day or Dia de la Raza to celebrate the human race as well as Columbus' voyages. It is usually celebrated on the 12th of October, broadening the meaning of the celebration to celebrate all cultures. Street fairs, bull fights and carnivals are some of the activities which take place on this day. It is a fun holiday.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Poem for the Day - Eighty

Appearing same time
Always at eighty km per hour
Like a lightning bolt
Scaring me off
Vowing never to drive
And been driven
At eighty km per hour
She appears again
How she scares me
And my fear for eighty

Thanksgiving Day

The fourth Thursday of the month of November is usually set aside by Western countries to give Thanks for the entire year. This thanksgiving is mostly done in November worldwide and on Sundays by Christians of other nations.

Thanksgiving ceremony is accompanied with turkey, sweets, large meals and drinks. It is a reflective ceremony to be grateful to God for a fruitful year. The needy, homeless and orphanages are not left out since many families visit to give gifts.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Poem for the Day - One

In a world of self
Is one
All that matters
Is one

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is only celebrated in United States. It is a day set aside to commemorate the loss of soldiers during the civil war.Many people show their grief by visiting cemeteries, burning candles and reflecting on those they have lost. The American flag is usually placed on each grave; the day is usually marked on the last Monday of May every year. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Poem for the Day - Eighteen

If Pini never turned eighteen
She would still be
If Pini never turned eighteen
She would still smile
If Pini never turned eighteen
She would never drive
If Pini never turned eighteen
She would never had been hit
If Pini never turned eighteen
She would still visit us
But Pini had to turn eighteen
So she could leave us

Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)

Eid al-Adha is also called Feast of the Sacrifice. It symbolizes the acceptance of Abraham called Ibrahim in Islam to sacrifice his young first son Ishmael called Ismail in Islam. The holiday teaches obedience to God, submission to God’s will and God’s test of human faith. Eid al-Adha is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims yearly all over the world.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poem for the Day - Forty nine

How I long to see
That face of yours
Began as days
Then went to months
Now forty nine years
My neck as stretched
To see you
If I can but recognize you
Would wipe the hate of all those years


This is a holiday observed by Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. The month of Ramadan is attributed with fasting that lasts between 29 and 30 days. It is a month of reflection for Muslims who abstain from sin and engage in giving to all. The month of Ramadan is a Holy month and ended with a feast to celebrate the completion of the fast.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Poem for the Day - Hundred

Promised to make a hundred
Even in age
Our love stayed strong
We survived the storm
Even at hundred
We stayed tight
Not the age
But the faith
That led us
To a hundred

Children’s Day

Children’s Day is a day set aside for children between the ages of zero and eighteen; school age children. This is to celebrate having them around and appreciate them by giving them a school free day as well as parties and parade.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poem for the Day - 10.05

The time had come
The time we longed to see
And meant so little to some
But where would we be?
If the time never came
Our fate would be known soon
The time was here

Monday, December 9, 2013


Diwali is a celebration for Hindus; usually celebrated by Hindus. Diwali is a festival of lights, regarded as the most important festival of the year. Diwali is celebrated among families in their homes. Sweets and presents are commonly shared among loved ones.

Diwali is an official holiday in countries like India, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal and a few others.

Poem for the Day - Eleven

A team they were
Only to arrive
And replacements were made
Hate filled the air
But the arrival meant progress
The team all quit
And I alone stood
To serve the role of eleven

Independence Day

Most countries colonized by one country or the other celebrate Independence Day. It varies from one country to the other and is declared a holiday for the inhabitants of the country. Independence Day is often observed with the Presidential Speech, a March by the Army and a work free day for citizens and inhabitants of that country.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Poem for the Day - Four

Bringing in harmony
Celebrating our love
We four came together
Sharing tales of love
Then a wink from the other
Oh my imagination
From too much wine
And then a kiss my way
Not from my love
From the pervert across
How I hate company now
Deceit in marriage
And my friend knows nothing
My own love in the darkness of naivety
The number four my foe

Easter Monday

The Monday after Easter Sunday is often declared a holiday in some countries. This holiday is used by many to visit friends and relatives, exchange food, drinks and snacks. Outdoor activities are often employed on Easter Monday such as swimming, volleyball, surfing and mountaineering.

Easter Monday is the last day of the Easter Holidays which began on the previous Friday, termed ‘Good Friday’.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Poem for the Day - Seven

They called it perfect
I called it unique
They called it complete
I called it decided
They called it supernatural
I called it merely good
No number could stand

Like the number seven

Christmas Eve

The day before Christmas is Christmas Eve, where few countries like the United States make it a holiday to allow people travel home for Christmas as well as provide time for shoppers to buy their gifts. It is a good holiday because it gives time to make the last-minute rush.

The beauty of Christmas Eve are the lights, colors, rush and excitement. If you have not tried it before, do it and share with us.

Friday, December 6, 2013

RIP Nelson Mandela

Poem for the Day - Three

A crowd they say is three
More of a company is three
Three is neutral and decisive
Often secluded
Views matter like news
Three decides on its own

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas; serving as family time and get away for friends and lovers, boxing day is the last day of the Christmas holidays. Mostly a public holiday for many countries, it signifies the day of giving and receiving Christmas gifts. It is usually celebrated on the 26th of December every year.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Poem for the Day - Twelve

A dozen
The disciples
The calendar months
The tribes of Israel
The lamps in revelation
Very historical is twelve

Without a rival

Christmas Day

The twenty fifth of December is always declared a public holiday worldwide but with the exception of a few countries. Some countries like Georgia in Eastern Europe celebrate their Christmas in January unlike others who have different dates from the most popular December twenty five. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Poem for the Day - Ten

We could have had more
But were robbed of ten
Those ten were like lives
We toiled to have them

And now we had none


Easter day is usually on a Sunday. It is a yearly celebration that usually falls between March and April. Easter is celebrated by Christians worldwide; the remembrance of Christ‘s resurrection.  Easter has recently been attributed with chocolate candy in the form of eggs called Easter eggs; Easter bunnies and Easter Cake and treats.

Easter is a holiday declared in many countries with the significance of sharing and giving during this season.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Poem for the Day - Five

Days I had to work
I counted them through
Weekends had no number
They were precious like stone
If I could change things

Weekends would be five

Good Friday

Good Friday is the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Ceremony. It is often observed by Christians all over the world. Good Friday symbolizes the remembrance of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This day is commemorated by worship in churches and solemn singing of hymns.

Good Friday is declared a public holiday in most parts of the world like United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ghana and many others. The day is often set aside for Christians to reflect on the meaning and purpose of the day.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Poem for the Day - Two

Coupled up
Never to break apart
How perfect
How unique
Like the first created
No disturbance
Only absorbance of each other

How I adore two

May Day

May Day is also known as worker’s day; a day set aside for all working people to observe and rest. Not all countries observe this day. Countries mostly colonized by Britain celebrate May Day as well as Britain.

Workers use this day to reflect and rest; while others picnic, swim and spend quality time with their families. It is observed on the first of May, while other countries have their own dates different from this.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Poem for the Day - Zero

Oh how I wish I knew
It was too late
I thought he was a hero
But he proves to be a zero
Oh what have I done?
A punishment I have created
I shoulder it all
He sleeps his life away
Oh what a shame
Too ashamed to tell anyone
But I alone must carry

This zero along in life

New Year’s Day

1.     Celebrated by everyone in the world at different times but all at twelve midnight. New Year’s Day is the first day of a new year that comes after the thirty first of December. The celebration is often accompanied with fireworks, lights, music and feasting.

New Year’s Day is often used as a day to make new resolutions of how they want the year to turn out; how to become a better person and change their lives.

Welcome to December

Happy New Month Readers!!! It's the last month of the year and we'll be reading and talking about holidays and numbers.
Have a blast folks and there are still openings for guest bloggers. Send them to gnonoamor@gmail.com