January 6th – Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit…

January 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

January is one of the newer months to the calendar we know today. It was named after the God of Beginnings and transitions, Janus.  In Latin, Januarius means the month of Janus.  It was added to the calendar with 29 days around 713 BC by King Numa Pompilius to conform with the lunar calendar. Julius Caesar gave it the 31 days when he created the Julian Calendar, and it still has 31 days after the transition to the modern Gregorian calendar. 

National Bean Day

National Bean Day celebrates beans in all sizes, shape,s and colors. Although the creator and origin of National Bean Day are unknown, it was listed in all of my sources today.
Beans are a healthy and, if prepared correctly, a tasty food as well.
Beans (legumes) are one of the longest-cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BC. Beans are an important source of protein and they are also an excellent source of fiber. One cup of cooked beans provides between 9 and 13 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol. Additionally, beans are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron. They are a healthy choice for any meal or snack.
Green, red, kidney, lima, or soy — There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world, but only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption. No matter which variety you choose, familiar or exotic, have some beans or legumes for dinner tonight.
Factoids:

  • With over 40,000 known varieties of beans, if you tried a different variety of bean each day, it would take you nearly 110 years to sample them all.
  • The peanut is not actually a nut, but rather a legume.

Epiphany or Three Kings Day

Epiphany or Three Kings Day is the Twelfth Day of Christmas and the day that the three Magi/Kings/Wise Men saw the baby Jesus and announced his birth to the world. Western religions tend to emphasize the arrival of the Three Kings, whereas Eastern religions put more emphasis on the Baptism of the baby Jesus.

National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day

Just as there are no tried-and-true rules regarding when to put up your Christmas tree, there are also no hard and fast rules regarding when to take your tree down. Taking down your tree is a matter of personal preference or family tradition. Many Americans ditch their tree the day after Christmas while others wait until New Year’s Day or the day after. For some people, the actual condition of the tree dictates when they will take down their tree. Still, others wait until they have a day off from work or when they have a few extra hands to help out.
But some people follow a more traditional path. The official holiday season ends on Jan. 6 (Epiphany) – following the 12 days of Christmas, which officially begins on the evening of Dec. 25.
So, with today being the Twelfth Day of Christmas signifying the end of the holiday season, it is time to give your Christmas tree the old heave-ho (or heave-ho-ho-ho if you will).

Apple Tree Day 

Cuddle Up Day

National Shortbread Day

National Smith Day

National Technology Day

World Day for War Orphans

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