I don't know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone can make - pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad - but it carries a certain taste of memory.– Mitch Albom
Nights are long when it's cold and you're waiting for a train. – Jean-Marie G. Le Clézio, Wandering Star
Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 November (Bosnian Republic Day
Trivia: The name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word Bosana, which means water. Which is fitting as the country is covered with beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and a strip of the Adriatic Sea.
Suriname 25 November (Independence Day, from the Netherlands 1975)
Trivia: Suriname is the only country in South America where Dutch is so widely spoken and the only South American country where Dutch is the official language.
India, November 26 (1949). Indian Constitution was presented to Nation by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
Trivia: Cows can be found freely wandering the streets of India’s cities. They are considered sacred and will often wear a tilak, a Hindu symbol of good fortune. Cows are considered one of humankind’s seven mothers because they offer milk as does one’s natural mother.
Mongolia, November 26 (1924)
Trivia: The Great Wall of China was actually built in Inner Mongolia in the 6th century A.D
Mauritania 28 November (Independence Day, from France 1960)
Trivia: Nouahchott, which means “place of the winds,” was designated as the country’s capital only in 1960 and is therefore one of the world’s newest capitals.
Barbados 30 November (Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1966)
Trivia: Barbados got its first name in Portuguese (Los Barbados) reportedly named after the Bearded Fig Tree.
Scotland, United Kingdom 30 November (St. Andrew's Day, patron saint of Scotland, now a bank holiday)
Trivia: The Bank of Scotland, founded in 1695, is the oldest surviving bank in the UK. It was also the first bank in Europe to print its own banknotes, a function it still performs today.
Central African Republic 1 December (autonomous territory within the French Community 1958)
Trivia: French and Sangho are the two main languages of the CAR.
Myanmar 1st December (for 2010) (Beginning of student-led protests against British colonial government in 1920. Follows lunar calendar)
Trivia: Myanmar is one of only three countries in the world that has not adopted the metric system of measurement. The others are Liberia and USA.
Romania 1 December (Union Day, unification with Transylvania 1918)
Trivia: Romania is the ninth largest wine producer in the world.
Laos 2 December (National Day, people's republic declared 1975)
Trivia: Since December 1975, the official name of Laos has actually been “Lao People’s Democratic Republic” – but to this day, everyone still calls it Laos.
United Arab Emirates 2 December (National Day, formation of federation of seven emirates and independence from the United Kingdom 1971)
Trivia: Emiratis are outnumbered 11 to 1 by the expatriates, who make up a whopping 91% of the population.
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