Life Day 24138: Happy (Chinese) Valentine’s Day.

August 13, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, August, 13, 2013.
Good morning Valentines. The first holiday today is Chinese Valentine’s Day. Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Lunar (Chinese) calendar. Because the Lunar calendar is based on the first appearance of a full moon in any given year, this holiday’s date varies widely on the Julian calendar. For example, last year it was on the 23rd of August. Next year it will be on the 31st of August. Chinese Valentine’s Day evolved from an ancient love story from Chinese folklore. As a result of being handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation over thousands of years, there are several versions of the story. Below is one of the the most popular:
The Goddess of Heaven (also known as the Queen of Heaven) had seven beautiful, young daughters. The seven daughters came down to earth. They decided to bathe in a pristine river, leaving their clothes on the shore. Along came a cow (ox) herder named “Niu Lang”.  He took their clothes to see what they would do. The daughters decided that the youngest, and most beautiful,  named Zhi Nü should go out of the water and recover their clothes. Because Niu Lang saw her naked, they had to get married. They fell madly in love, and shared several years of marital bliss. Finally, her mother became irritated by her absence from Heaven, and ordered her to return. Seeing how much Zhi Nü missed her husband, the Jade Emperor of Heaven brought the couple back together. Ultimately, Zhi Nü was allowed to visit her husband, Niu Lang just once a year. The annual reunion occurs on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar.
Other names for this holiday are the Daughter’s Festival, Festival of Seven Daughters, Seventh Sister’s Birthday, Festival of Double Sevens, and Night of Sevens.
Just for fun, this link will take you to a conversion chart to convert the lunar calendar to the Julian calendar.

The other holiday today is International Left-Hander’s Day. Rejoice southpaws! Today is your day. The history of International Left-Hander’s Day dates back to 1976. It was created by Left Handers International to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.
Left-handers comprise from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. They are unique people who have unique problems. Many items and tools we right-handers use every day are inconvenient for left-handed people to use because they are designed by and for right-handed people.
On a more serious note, for reasons not fully understood, left-handed people are statistically far more likely to develop schizophrenia than right-handed people.
To celebrate this holiday, invite some friends or family over and have some lefty vs righty games. If you don’t have any (or enough) lefties, have a left-handed game night where you are only allowed to use your left hand. Pool, darts and ping pong come to mind, but you could also play board games, or games like Pictionary or Charades; but only using your left hand.

The food-related holiday today is National Filet Mignon Day. Filet Mignon is the most expensive cut of meat from a beef. It comes from the small end of the tenderloin, which runs across the back of the steer. Because this area of the animal is not weight-bearing, the connective tissue is not toughened by exercise. This results in extremely tender meat, the most tender of all beef cuts. It is lightly marbled and mild flavored compared to other cuts, and is best served rare to medium rare.
The term “filet mignon” is a French derivative, the literal meaning is small (mignon) boneless meat (filet). The entire tenderloin accounts for less than 1% of the total useable meat from a beef carcass. Filet Mignon’s are often wrapped in bacon because of the absence of fat in this particular cut of meat. Note: Chateaubriand is the center, thickest cut from the tenderloin, and is also a specific preparation method.
You should be able to figure out on your own how to celebrate this holiday.

On this date in 1961 – Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.
Also on this date in history:
1521 – Present day Mexico City was captured by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez from the Aztec Indians.
1784 – The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.
1846 – The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.
1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray.
1912 – The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA.
1931 – The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK.
1932 – Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out “for all or nothing.”
1934 – Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers.
1935 – The first roller derby match was held at the Coliseum in Chicago, IL.
1959 – In New York, ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
1985 – The engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenagger was announced.
And, in 1994 – It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but also helps prevent colon cancer.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
Annie Oakley 1860 – Sharp-shooter.
Bert Lahr 1895 – Actor, comedian.
Alfred Hitchcock 1899 – Producer, director.
Regis Toomey 1902 – Actor.
Gene Raymond 1908 – Actor.
Ben Hogan 1912  – Golfer.
Neville Brand 1920 – Actor.
Fidel Castro 1926 – Dictator.
Pat Harrington 1929 – Actor.
Don Ho 1930 – Musician.
Kevin Tighe 1944 – Actor.
Gretchen Corbett 1947 – Actress.
Dan Fogelberg 1951 – Musician.
Danny Bonaduce 1959 – Child actor.
And finally, Quinn Cummings 1967 – Child actress, author.

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