Holidays Calendar for November 25, 2016

Since 2014 people of the Turks and Caicos Islands celebrate National Day of Thanksgiving on the fourth Friday in November. This holiday has nothing in common with the American Thanksgiving Day.


The autonomous entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has its own public holiday, Statehood Day, that isn't celebrated in the Republika Srpska. This holiday annually falls on November 25.

Independence Day is celebrated in Suriname every year on November 25. Back in 1975 Suriname declared full independence from the Netherlands.

Every year teachers of Indonesia celebrate National Teachers' Day on November 25. This is not a public holiday or national observance, however, special memorial ceremonies are often held in schools across Indonesia.

Vajiravudh Day is celebrated annually in Thailand on November 25. This national observance was established to commemorate the death of King Vajiravudh in 1925.

The National Parfait Day is celebrated on November 25. This food-related holiday is dedicated to a delicious frozen dessert of French origin.

The Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is often referred to as Black Friday. It marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and many retailers offer promotional sales on this day. Black Friday used to be a typically American phenomenon, but lately it has been promoted by retailers in many countries.


Buy Nothing Day is an annual international event, that takes place on Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the USA and on the next Saturday in other countries. It was started in Canada in 1992.


Kadripäev is one of the beloved folk festivals in Estonia. It's English name is St Catherine's Day, and the holiday retained its popularity in many countries throughout the centuries.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is one of the UN international observances. This day is annually observed on November 25, the UN calls on all member countries to organize appropriate events and activities.

National Day of Listening is an unofficial holiday celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. It was launched in 2008 by StoryCorps, a NPO whose mission is to provide Americans of all beliefs and backgrounds to record, preserve, and share the stories of their lives.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Dinah Sheridan, English actress. Her career spanned seven decades and she played in a number of successful projects, including films Genevieve, The Railway Children and the BBC comedy series Don't Wait Up.
  • 2009 Heavy rains flooded the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during an ongoing Haji pilgrimage. 3,000 cars were swept away by the torrents, 122 died and 350 other missing.
  • 2005 Died: Richard Burns, English rally driver. Burns was the 2001 World Rally Champion. He died from a brain tumor.
  • 1997 Died: Hastings Banda, Malawian physician and politician. He lead Malawi to independence from the United Kingdom, eventually becoming its 1st President. He served in office from July 6, 1966 to May 24, 1994.
  • 1992 The Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia voted to split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The decision came into effect on January 1, 1993.
  • 1984 Born: Gaspard Ulliel, French actor and model. He is well-known actor in France, the leading role in Hannibal Rising brought him an international acclaim.
  • 1984 36 top musicians gatherer in a Notting Hill studio to record Band Aid's Do They Know it's Christmas? album. The album was sold to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
  • 1981 Died: Jack Albertson, American actor, singer and musician. He is best remembered for the role as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
  • 1974 Died: U Thant, Burmese diplomat. He served the 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971.
  • 1971 Born: Christina Applegate, American actress and dancer. She gained recognition as a child actress, playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children. Her other major roles in include Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, The Big Hit, Grand Theft Parsons, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
  • 1970 Died: Yukio Mishima, Japanese author and poet, actor and director. He is considered to be one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. Mishima was three times nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1959 Died: Gérard Philipe, French actor. Philipe was very prominent in France and he appeared in 34 films between 1944 and 1959.
  • 1952 Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theater in London. The play became the longest continuously-running play in history.
  • 1950 Died: Johannes V. Jensen, Danish author, who is often considered to be the greatest Danish writer of the 20th century. In 1944 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1944 Born: Ben Stein, American writer, lawyer and actor. He became prominent as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later he entered entertainment and became a host of an Emmy Award-winning game show Win Ben Stein's Money.
  • 1940 Born: Karl Offmann, Mauritian politician, the 3rd President of Mauritius, serving from February 25, 2002 to October 7, 2003.
  • 1926 Born: Poul Anderson, American science fiction author, a 7-time Hugo Awards and a 3-time Nebula Awards winner. He is known for works in fantasy, historical novels and a number of short stories.
  • 1923 Born: Mauno Koivisto, Finnish politician, the 9th President of Finland. His administration lasted from January 27, 1982 to march 1, 1994
  • 1920 Died: Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American racer, the younger brother Louis Chevrolet, the founder of the Chevrolet car company. He died in a car crash during the National Championship.
  • 1915 Born: Augusto Pinochet, Chilean politician and general, the 30th President of Chile from December 17, 1974 to March 11, 1990.
  • 1895 Born: Ludvík Svoboda, Czech politician and general. He fought in both World Wars, becoming a national hero. He served the 8th President of Czechoslovakia from march 30, 1969 to May 28, 1975.
  • 1864 A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan started fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City.
  • 1844 Born: Karl Benz, German designer and manufacturer. He is generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Together with Bertha Benz he founded Mercedes-Benz.
  • 1839 A powerful cyclone slammed India with winds. The port city of Coringa was destroyed (and never completely rebuilt). 20,000 ships and thousands of people were swept by the waves. An estimated 300,000 deaths resulted from the disaster.
  • 1833 A massive tsunami was produced all along the Indonesian coast by an undersea earthquake, estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2.
  • 1795 The last king of independent Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski, was forced to abdicate the throne and exiled to Russia.
  • 1759 The cities of Beirut and Damascus in Lebanon were destroyed by an earthquake. 30,000-40,000 people were killed.
  • 1748 Died: Isaac Watts, English hymnwriter and theologian, often considered as the Father of English Hymnody. He is credited with 750 hymns, many of which remain in use today.
  • 1562 Born: Lope de Vega, Spanish playwright, poet and novelist. He was one of the key figures in the Spanish Golden Century of Baroque literature. He wrote over 2,000 plays, including the most famous The Dog in the Manger.
  • 1487 Elizabeth of York was crowned Queen of England.