Saturday, December 12, 2009
The victories of good over evil and light over darkness are celebrated annually at sunset on this date (approximately) with the Zoroastrian fire festival of Sada.
In Mexico, the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe religious festival takes place on this day. It is a sacred day to the goddesses Coatlique, Tonantzin,and the Black Madonna.
On this day in history-
1098 – First Crusade: Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan – Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism. *ewww. gross*
1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware.
1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black U.S. congressman.
1950 – Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.