St. Nicholas deeds remind us that you do not need recognition to do something good. He helped others irrespective of his fame. His generosity and courage to be with truth even in difficult times are admirable. While Miners play a crucial role in running the industries. Working in unhealthy and hazardous conditions, they go unnoticed and uncared. Today on December 6, we bring you tales of two holidays that you need to know.
St. Nicholas Day
The journey of Santa Claus from the North Pole to your Christmas tree is known one. However, this begs the question: What is the origin of this tale? The answer lies in the history of St. Nicholas. The image of Santa Clause with red cheeks and white beard originates from real St. Nicholas. His story revolves around northern Europe. Gerry Bowler’s Santa Claus: A Biography explains how a saint becomes a gift giver.
Real Santa Claus a.k.a. St. Nicholas was a bishop in the late third century. Living in Myra, Turkey, he was the defender of Church at time of execution of priest. His fame lived after his death in 313 AD. He was associated with miracles and protector. One of his many famous tales is how he gifted three bags of gold. He helped an indebted father of three girls. Secretly delivering three bags of gold, thus creating the reputation of Santa Claus. However, after Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, the fame of St. Nicholas was fading. It wasn’t until 1821 when poem The Children’s’ Friend shaping modern Santa Claus and his association with Christmas. This was significant as up till now the image of Santa Claus was distorted. It was not jolly and loving but punishing bad children and torturing.
How To Celebrate?
Needless to say, the ancient St. Nicholas Day celebration was similar to Christmas. Putting gifts in stocking or shoes, exchanging small gifts with loved ones. Now, some churches celebrate this day with special services. We recommend reading more about the cultural impact of this legend. Unlike popular belief, he is not associated with Christmas. Read his stories to your kids or young ones. You can also put chocolates in their socks a night before December 6.
National Miners Day
Can you name any electronic without ores? Can you imagine your laptops without Silicon? Or can you think of wedding rings without gold, silver or diamonds? If not, you should be grateful to miners that work day and night. Often unnoticed, they play a vital role in running today’s world. However, we appreciate and care very little for those who work in such hazardous condition. This day, we recognize and appreciate the efforts of these men and women.
The mining for essential resources dates back to 20,000 years. Despite that, it was in 2009 when Congress decided to celebrate it in remembrance of December 6 1907, Coal Mine disaster. More than 15,000 people die in this industry and those are recorded numbers. NISOH mining program was founded in 2010. It was in an effort to reduce the risk and casualties of people in mining. Also, it works on ways to devise to make miner’s job safer. These include safety precautions, preventing exploitation of workers.
How To Celebrate?
Ore and minerals are essential, but not at the cost of someone’s life. A very understandable yet very ignored notion. It’s high time that we read and educate ourselves. Write and speak about their safety and conditions on Social Media. Call out people who discredit and dehumanise such fatal incidents. You can watch a documentary or can read stories or interviews to understand their living conditions.