Super Bowl, Men, Ballet, Finger Waving, Cards, and Fettuccine Alfredo

February 7, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Every day is a holiday. Therefore, there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let today’s festivities begin.

Good morning American football enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, February 7, 2021. It is the 38th day of the year, and 327 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Preface:
Before I begin today’s post, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is some sort of televised contest today involving a group of Native American Chieftains from Kansas City and a group of buccaneers from Tampa Bay. Apparently, the prizes for the winners of this contest are prestige and trophy – and some sort of gaudy bauble to wear on one of their appendages.
I am not a sports enthusiast, so the outcome of this contest is of no consequence to me. 

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is currently celebrated annually on the first Sunday in February. While it is not an officially sanctioned holiday [yet], you would never know it by the way people act.  It is, by far, the most popular and most-watched sporting event of the year in America. It draws more than 160 million viewers annually – or roughly half of the population of the United States.
As a consequence, it also demands the highest advertising prices. This year, a 30-second spot will cost between 5-million dollars and 5.5-million dollars, and that price is independent of which teams are playing. Advertising spots for the Super Bowl are sold long before the teams are decided. By comparison, the average price of a 30-second ad during Game 7 of this year’s historic World Series was just over $500,000, and the cost of a similar spot during the 2016 Oscars was about $2 million.
In addition to the game and its advertisements, another reason people watch the Super Bowl is the half-time show. It is a major production in and of itself featuring A-list celebrities, ‘pop icons’, and major rock and roll stars. So, you see, the Super Bowl has evolved into much more than just a football game. It is a cultural event with something for everybody.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest food event in America, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. However, the foods consumed on this day tend to be of the finger-food variety – such as Buffalo chicken wings, baby back ribs, sub sandwiches, pizza, and other hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, people consume 14,500 tons of chips and 8 million pounds of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday.
Sadly, many police departments have noticed a dramatic increase in drunk driving citations on Super Bowl Sunday. Additionally, they also see a huge uptick in spousal abuse and domestic disturbance calls.
It is not for me to tell you how to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. That is a matter of personal preference. Some of you will probably go “all-out” with your celebrations, while others won’t even bother watching. Personally, I’ll be watching – but mostly for the commercials. I haven’t decided on what Super Bowl fare I will be consuming yet, but it will probably be some sort of take-out finger-food.

Man Day 

Man Day is celebrated annually on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. It has been officially reserved as a time for the neglected men of the world to finally get some recognition.
C’mon ladies, your significant other(s) are about to spend a significant amount of moolah on you for Valentine’s Day. Let them have just one day to just relax and enjoy themselves doing what they want to do in peace without any interruptions.

Ballet Day

Ballet Day is celebrated annually on February 7th. The purpose of this holiday is twofold. First, Ballet Day celebrates the date on which ballet was first performed in America – February 7, 1827, at the Bowery Theater in New York. Second, it celebrates the dance itself. Ballet, in French, means simply “to dance.” Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production.
Ballet has gone through many incarnations before it becoming the highly structured dance that we know today. In the early days, there were no tutus or ballet slippers. Its roots are in court dances, so ballet attire incorporated the proper dance dress of women at the time – formal gowns that descended to the ankle. And unlike modern performances, the audience would join the dance as it came to a close.
Later, ballet took on a haughtier tone and was performed strictly by the nobility, and would blend dance with speech, music, verse, song, and a great amount of pageantry. As time progressed, so did ballet. It spread throughout the world, from Russia to Germany, and many other cultures, each refining and adding nuance to the dance. Today, ballet is loved worldwide for its intrinsic beauty, its majesty, its music, its costumes, and its passion.
To celebrate  Ballet Day, learn more about this graceful art form. If possible, attend a ballet performance tonight.

Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day 

Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day is celebrated annually on February 7th. This holiday urges you to wave “hello” to everybody you meet today and mean it. It could very well start a conversation and lead to a lasting friendship.
And, yes, this holiday means everyone – even that one “special neighbor” down the street who normally only rates a “one-finger” wave. You know who he is. Every neighborhood has one. If you don’t know who he is, then you’re probably him. [Please note that I purposely used the male gender merely for the sake of continuity. Feel free to substitute another gender if it is applicable in your particular circumstance].
With all the challenges we’re facing these days, isn’t it time to lighten up – at least for one day? Celebrate Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day by greeting everyone you encounter today with a friendly [five finger] wave.

Send a Card to a Friend Day 

Send a Card to a Friend Day is celebrated annually on February 7th. Do you have friends with whom you are out of touch, but still think about often? Well then, this holiday was meant for you. It urges us to reach out to some friends today that we haven’t heard from for a while by sending them a card.
From what I can glean from my sources, this holiday applies to both conventional paper cards or notes and e-cards, so there is really no excuse not to celebrate Send a Card to a Friend Day by sending a friend, or two or three or more, a card today to let them know that they are still in your thoughts.

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day 

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day is celebrated annually on February 7th. As you can logically infer from its name, this holiday celebrates a classic pasta dish renowned worldwide.
Fettuccine Alfredo is a delicious pasta dish made with fettuccine (a flat ribbon-cut noodle) tossed with butter, cream, and melted Parmesan cheese. Fettuccine Alfredo is delicious on its own, or with vegetables, meat, or seafood on top.
A chef named Alfredo di Lelio created Fettuccine Alfredo in 1914. His wife had just given birth to their first son and hadn’t regained her appetite. He invented the dish to entice her into eating again, and it worked. It is a variation of a classic old Italian dish, fettuccine al burro (fettuccine with butter). Soon after, he began serving Fettuccine Alfredo at his restaurant, Alfredo al la Scrofa, in Rome.
To celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, enjoy this delicious pasta dish with your family and/or friends tonight.
Author’s Note: 
There are many different pasta shapes and textures, but do you know why? Well, each type of pasta holds sauce in a slightly different way. For example, wide noodles (like Fettuccine) and short pasta (like rotini or farfalle) are best suited to thick cream sauces while long strands (like spaghetti) and hollow shapes (like Rotini or Penne) work best with chunky tomato-based sauces.

Below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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