The first Monday of December until Sunday will be marked as Philippine Aviation Week. The observance is mandated by Proclamation No. 732 signed in 1972.
The first week of December is calendared as Family Week (Proclamation No. 147), Commerce and Industry Week (Proclamation No. 480), Electronics and Telecommunications Week (Proclamation No. 615), Atomic Energy Week Celebration (Proclamation No. 1211) and National Government Employees’ Week (Proclamation No. 1130).
The country will commemorate Bonifacio Day tomorrow. The celebration is in keeping with Republic Act No. 9492.
Bonifacio, known as the Father of the Philippine Revolution, was born on Nov. 30, 1863 in Tondo, Manila.
Also to be marked – on Monday – is Parents’ Day as mandated by Proclamation No. 213.
Abolition of Slavery
The world community will mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
The International Labor Organization has reported that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage and human trafficking.
In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labor, accounting for almost one in 10 children around the world.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labor, accounting for 99 percent of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58 percent in other sectors.
Remembering Victims of Chemical Warfare
Today is being marked as the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare.
The Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, at its 20th Session, decided that a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare would be observed every Nov. 30.
This commemoration provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare, as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to the elimination of the threat of chemical weapons, thereby promoting the goals of peace, security, and multilateralism.
Cities for Life Day
Another global observance today is the World Cities for Life Day.
The event commemorates first abolition of the death penalty by a European state, decreed by Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine in 1786 for his Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
On this occasion the participating cities show their commitment for life and against the death penalty. Participating cities illuminate a symbolic monument, such as the Atomium in Brussels, the Colosseum in Rome and the Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid. Participating cities include more than 60 capitals worldwide and over 1,200 cities and towns around the world. By this symbolic action, these cities demand a stay of all executions worldwide. This initiative is promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio.
Today is the feast day of Saint Andrew.
The day is a big celebration in Scotland, where St. Andrew is the patron.
St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day. The day is also a national holiday in Romania.
If the holiday falls on a weekend, the observance is celebrated in Scotland the following Monday, particularly among banks and business establishments.
In Scotland and other countries with Scottish connections, St Andrew's Day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance.
Start of Winter
Tomorrow is the beginning of the meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, winter begins on Dec. 1.
The meteorological seasons are divided according to the calendar months. Winter is often defined by meteorologists to be the three calendar months with the lowest average temperatures. This corresponds to the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere.
Accumulations of snow and ice are commonly associated with winter in the Northern Hemisphere, due to the large land masses there.*
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