Life day 24011: Happy Birthday Buddha

April 8, 2013 at 12:21 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my nirvana seeking friends. Today is Monday, April 8, 2013. The first holiday today is Vaisakha (Buddha’s Birthday). This is the holiest of Buddhist holidays, celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. Not all Buddhist nations agree however. While the three holy days are celebrated in all Buddhist countries, Japan and other Malaysian countries celebrate them separately: his birth on April 8th, his enlightenment on December 8th, and his death on February 15th. Only in Theravada Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore, are all three anniversaries celebrated together; on the full moon of Vaisakha. The Buddha was born as a prince in [present day] Nepal in an isolated spot near the border with India. Each year, thousands of Buddhists make the pilgrimage to this site, which is marked with a statue and a Buddhist temple.

The next holiday is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. You don’t have to be Rembrandt or Picasso, or even John James Audubon. Just put forth your best effort. Encourage your children or grandchildren to sit down with you and try to copy or freehand a picture of a bird. While you are perusing through your tomes trying to find a suitable picture to copy, take time to learn a little about each one; especially if they are native to your area. That way, you can identify some of them on your next nature hike.

The third holiday today is All is Ours Day. Please note that the title of this holiday uses the word ‘ours’ rather than the word ‘mine’. All Is Ours Day is not a day to pursue your selfish interests. Rather, this is a day to pursue your dreams for peace, harmony, kindness, love, and/or faith for the ones you care about. Almost anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.

The final holiday today is Trading Cards for Grown-ups Day©. As children, many of us collected trading cards. But as we matured, they often got relegated to the attic or basement, only to be thrown away in a spring-cleaning frenzy. If your trading card collection survived, find it today and sort through it. You might find one that is actually worth some real $$$$. Just because we are [allegedly] adults, doesn’t mean that we can’t collect trading cards if we so desire. It’s never to late to take up a new hobby, so why not start a trading card collection today. I would trade my soul for a Victoria’s Secret edition Eva LaRue or Sarah Shahi trading card.

The food-related holiday today is National Empañada Day. An Empañada is Bread (pastry dough) stuffed with a filling, then fried or baked. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Spanish empañadas are usually pie-shaped, made with a broad variety of fillings (including pork, sausage, cod and sardines) and served in wedges; Latin American empañadas are typically made in individual, half moon-shaped portions and filled with minced, seasoned meat. Some Mexican restaurants serve dessert empañadas as well, and “gourmet” empañadas are interpreted by fine chefs. Empanadas were first served in the U.S. at Taco Bell™, however they are now found on menus at Latin American restaurants around the world.

On this date in 2002 – Ed McMahon filed a $20 million lawsuit against his insurance company, two insurance adjusters, and several environmental cleanup contractors. The suit alleged breach of contract, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress concerning a toxic mold that had spread through McMahon’s Beverly Hills home.
In 1789 – The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
In 1834 – In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.
In 1839 – The first Intercollegiate Rodeo was held at the Godshall Ranch, Apple Valley, CA.
In 1873 – Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine.
In 1913 – The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
In  1952 – President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
In 1953 – The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
In 1962 – The Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
In  1974 – Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
In 1975 – Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black manager of a major league baseball team.
In 1985 – Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure for permanent eyeliner to eliminate the need for eyelid makeup.
In 1986 – Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, CA.
In 1987 – Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned over remarks he had made. While on ABC’s “Nightline” Campanis said that blacks “may not have some of the necessities” to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.
In 1988 – Former President Reagan aide Lyn Nofzinger was sentenced to prison for illegal lobbying for Wedtech Corp.
In 1994 – Smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all U.S. military bases
In 1998 – The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. presented new evidence in an appeal for new federal investigation of the assassination of her husband.
And, in 2002 – Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play “Topdog/Underdog.”

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Guatama Buddha 563 BC – ‘The Enlightened One’.
Mary Pickford 1893 – Actress.
Sonja Henie 1910 – Ice skater.
Elizabeth “Betty” Ford (Bloomer) 1918 – Former First Lady.
Carmen McRae 1922 – Jazz singer.
Edward Mulhare 1923 – Actor.
Shecky Greene 1926 – Comedian.
John Gavin 1931 – Actor.
Dorothy Tutin 1930 – Actress.
Kofi Annan 1938 – U N secretary-general.
John Havlicek 1940 – Basketball player.
Peggy Lennon 1941 – Singer.
Darlene Gillespie 1941 – Mousekateer.
Hywel Bennett 1944 – Actor.
Stuart Pankin 1946 – Actor.
“Catfish” Hunter 1946 – Baseball player.
John Schneider 1954 – Actor.
Barbara Kingsolver 1955 – Writer.
Julian Lennon 1963 – Musician.
Robin Wright 1966 – Actress.
Patricia Arquette 1968 – Actress.
Emma Caulfield 1973 – Actress.
Taylor Kitsch 1981 – Actor.
Taran Noah Smith 1984 – Actor.
And finally, Kirsten Storms 1984 – Actress.

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