March 26th – Make Up Your Own Holiday

March 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my creative compadres. Today is Sunday, March 26, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

If you don’t like any of today’s other holidays, then Make Up Your Own Holiday Day is the holiday for you. It allows you simply make up a holiday of your own. On Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, you are the arbiter of what or whom you celebrate.
Are you feeling whimsical? Do you absolutely despise, or love, something or someone? Do you have a pet cause that you feel doesn’t get adequate recognition? Was there someone who impacted your life in a positive way that you feel needs recognition? Do you have a favorite character from a movie or television show that you feel needs to be celebrated? Today, you can celebrate it/them.
Be creative, but choose wisely…you don’t want to waste your own special holiday by duplicating one of the over 10,000 “holidays” already on the books.
I hereby proclaim today as Combobulated Day. There is nothing discombobulated about my life at the moment; nothing that is disconcerting, frustrating, or upsetting. I am at peace with myself and the universe. Therefore, I am “combobulated” [I not only made up my own holiday, I took the liberty of making up my own word to describe it]. Have a little fun with me on this Sunday/Funday and let me know what “holiday” you would like to create, and why.

Brother’s and Sister’s Day

Brothers and Sisters Day was created to celebrate that special bond between siblings. Our parents and grandparents are honored every year with their own special holiday, so why not honor our brother and sisters as well?
The idea is to keep this holiday simple and sincere. It is meant to be from the heart, not the pocketbook. Reflect on good relationships, heal wounded ones and strengthen bonds.

Neighbor Day

Neighbor Day is observed annually on the last Sunday of March. Neighbor Day was created in Melbourne, Australia in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home. The woman, Mrs. Elsie Brown, had been dead for two years – forgotten by her neighbors, her friends, and her family.
Since 2003, Neighbor Day has progressed from a reminder to connect with elderly neighbors to an annual celebration of strong communities and friendly streets. People of all ages participate because everyone everywhere is a neighbor no matter where you live or your personal circumstances.
Although Neighbor Day hasn’t caught on outside of Australia [yet], I mentioned it today to help spread the word about this worthwhile holiday in the hope that it will someday soon catch on and be celebrated worldwide. Being neighborly is something each of us should strive for every day, just as a matter of human existence. Many people don’t even know their neighbors. They live in their own world, totally oblivious to those who live right next door…let alone down the street. Get to know your neighbors today, especially if they are elderly of infirmed. Become involved in your neighborhood.

National Spinach Day

The Spinach plant is an annual plant thought to have originated in Persia, entering Asia first in India through Persian traders, then eventually China where it was known as “Persian vegetable. The earliest available historical record of the spinach plant was found in Chinese, saying that the spinach plant was introduced into China via Nepal. Food Historians believe that Spinach was first domesticated in Nepal during the first century.
During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici was known to have enjoyed spinach so much that it was served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.
Today the United States is the second largest producer of Spinach (China is first). The states that grow the most spinach are California, Arizona, and New Jersey.
Spinach is one of the best sources of Iron, even more even than beef. Spinach is also a great source of calcium and folic acid. Spinach has anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to the prevention of many cancers including colon, ovarian, gastrointestinal and prostate. Spinach is one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
Although disappointingly, it doesn’t give me the ability to thwart bullies and ne’er-do-wells like it does Popeye the Sailor, I still love spinach. I like to saute my spinach in butter or olive oil until it slightly wilts, then sprinkle it with some lemon juice. What is your favorite way to enjoy spinach?

National Nougat Day 

The origins of National Nougat Day are unknown, but I think we can all agree that it is a holiday worth celebrating. Recipes can range from the more traditional made with almonds and honey to those with hints of citrus.
In Italy, it is called torrone. In Spain, a nougat is called turrón. The United States has a version made with corn syrup called divinity.
There are three basics kinds of nougats:

1. White nougat – made with beaten egg whites and honey.
2. Brown nougat – made without egg whites and has a firmer, often crunchy texture.
3. Viennese or German nougat – chocolate and nut praline.

Nougat is made by whipping egg whites together and adding honey or sugar, roasted nuts, and sometimes candied fruit. Some experts believe that nougat has been around since ancient Roman times. Nougat is enjoyed worldwide as both a candy all on its own and paired with, or covered in, chocolate or other flavorings.
In the United States, the “nougat” used as an ingredient in many modern candy bars is different from the traditional recipes. These commercial versions are made with a mixture of sucrose and corn syrup aerated with a whipping agent such as egg white or hydrolyzed soy protein or gelatin. It is the preferred and often used ingredient of large candy companies because it is inexpensive to make and used as a filler. in a variety of different candy bars, including Mars, 3-Musketeers, Snickers, Milky Way, Zero, Salted Nut Rolls, Reese’s Fast Break, Reese’s Whipps, Baby Ruth, Charleston Chew, and many others.
You don’t have to be a genius to know how to celebrate National Nougat Day, simply have some nougat in any of its forms. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making some at home. It is considered somewhat challenging for kitchen novices, but if you know your way around the kitchen it shouldn’t be a problem.

More Holidays

Mothering Sunday – Observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent, 21 days before Easter.

 

On This Date 

  • In  1780 – The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.
  • In 1804 – The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
  • In 1804 – The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans.
  • In 1878 – Hastings College of Law was founded.
  • In 1885 – Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, NY.
  • In 1898 – In South Africa, the world’s first game reserve, the Sabi Game reserve, was designated.
  • In 1910 – The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S.
  • In 1937 – Spinach growers in Crystal City, TX, erected a statue of Popeye.
  • In 1938 – Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria.
  • In 1942 – The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
  • In 1945 – The battle of Iwo Jima ended.
  • In 1951 – The U.S. Air Force flag was approved. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars, and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
  • In 1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.
  • In 1956 – Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in “Studio One” on CBS television.
  • In 1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court supported the 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in the State Legislature.
  • In 1972 – The Los Angeles Lakers broke a National Basketball Association (NBA) record by winning 69 of their 82 games.
  • In 1973 – Women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
  • In 1975 – The Biological Weapons Convention went into effect. The treaty banned the development, production and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons. It has now been ratified by most countries worldwide.
  • In 1979 – The Camp David treaty was signed by Israel and Egypt that ended the 31-year state of war between the countries. Egypt’s President Anwar al-Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the treaty, which ended 30 years of war between the 2 countries.
  • In 1982 – Ground breaking ceremonies were held in Washington, DC, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • In 1991 – Four South American countries established Mercosur, the Southern Common Market.  The countries were Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
  • In 1992 – In Indianapolis, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He only served three.
  • In 1995 – Seven of the 15 European Union states abolished border controls. Known as The Schengen Agreement, it abolished regular border checks within most of Europe.
  • 1997 – The 39 bodies of Heaven’s Gate cult members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the Hale-Bopp comet.
  • In 1998 – In the U.S., the Federal government endorses new HIV test that yields instant results.
  • In 1998 – Unisys Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. pay a $3.15 million fine for selling spare parts at inflated prices to the U.S. federal government.
  • In 1999 – In Michigan, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection and putting it all on videotape on September 17, 1998, for the television show “60 Minutes.”
  • In 2000 – The Seattle Kingdome was imploded to make room for a new football arena.
  • Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia. The ex-KGB officer has been lauded for leading Russia out of the 1990 economic crisis and criticized for building a regime that many have described as authoritarian and undemocratic.
  • In 2007 – The design for the “Forever Stamp” was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and abour 20-million other people.

  • Robert Frost 1874 – Poet.
  • Duncan Hines 1880 – Food critic.
  • Al Jolson 1886 – Entertainer.
  • Tennessee Williams 1911 – Author.
  • William C. Westmoreland 1914 – U.S. Army general.
  • Sterling Hayden 1916 – Actor.
  • Strother Martin 1919 – Character actor.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor 1930 – Supreme Court Justice.
  • Leonard Nimoy 1931 – Actor.
  • Alan Arkin 1934 – Actor.
  • James Caan 1940 – Actor.
  • Nancy Pelosi 1940 – U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Erica Jong 1942 – Author.
  • Bob Woodward 1943 – Journalist.
  • Diana Ross 1944 – Singer.
  • Johnny Crawford 1946 – Actor.
  • Steven Tyler 1948 – Aerosmith.
  • Vicki Lawrence 1949 – Singer, actress.
  • Martin Short 1950 – Actor.
  • Teddy Pendergrass 1950 – Singer.
  • Curtis Sliwa 1954 – Guardian Angels.
  • Leeza Gibbons 1957 – TV personality.
  • Marcus Allen 1960 – Football player.
  • Jennifer Grey 1960 – Actress.
  • Gabriele “Nena” Kerner 1960 – Singer.
  • John Stockton 1962 – Basketball player.
  • Michael Imperioli 1966 – Actor.
  • Amy Smart 1976 – Actress.
  • Keira Knightley 1985 – Actress.
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