Happy Valentine’s Day!

From 1909

Antique_Valentine_1909_01 Valentine's Day Card

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Australia Day

Increasingly controversial as it is, tomorrow is Australia Day, marking 231 years since the British First Fleet arrived in New South Wales.

Here’s a publication from 1901, announcing the “new” Australian flag.

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The edition of the Review of Reviews; front cover signed by Egbert Nuttall, after the winning designers of the 1901 Federal Flag design competition were announced. Australian flag 1901

 

And things aren’t going to be very comfortable for the official, mostly outdoor events here in Canberra (the capital city), that run over the 25th-26th!

Christmas Eve and Koliada

Today is Christmas Eve by the old calendar, and is still celebrated by millions of people around the world, especially in Eastern Europe.

The 6th of January is also the date of the beginning of Koliada, an ancient Slavic winter festival that predates Christianity. The festival is now incorporated into Christmas festivities.

Koliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903.

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Калядоўшчыкi_Горацкага_павета_,_Магілёўская_губерня,_1903гKoliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903. X

The festival in Lviv, Ukraine.

Парад_вуличних_вертепів_у_Львові,_початок_2010-х Winter Koliada and Ukrainian Christmas in Lviv Ukraine

Christmas 1914

The_Christmas_Truce_on_the_Western_Front,_1914_Q50721British and German officers meeting in No-Man's Land during the unofficial truce. (British troops from the Northumberland Hussars, 7t

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25th December 1914: British and German officers pose for a photograph in No-Man’s Land during the famous unofficial Christmas truce in the first year of World War One.

For one day soldiers put down their weapons and celebrated the holiday with their enemies.

The British officers pictured here are from the  Northumberland Hussars, 7th Division, Bridoux-Rouge Banc Sector.

Christmas Day During Wartime

Christmas_day_football_WWI_1915Officers and men of 26th Divisional Ammunition Train playing football in Salonika, Greece on Christmas day 1915. 25th December 1915 British

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

British officers and men stationed in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece play football on the 25th of December, 1915. First World War.

A Christmas Drink, 1916.

Christmas_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q1632British press chauffeurs drinking to the King's health at their Christmas dinner, Rollencourt Chateau, 25th December 1916. First World War

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Rollencourt Chateau, France: British press chauffeurs drinking to the King’s health at their Christmas dinner. 25th December 1916. First World War.