National Anthem, Wildlife, Peach Blossoms, Happy, Cold Cuts, and Mulled Wine

March 3, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning patriots. Today is Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Today is the 62nd day of the year and 303 days remain.

National Anthem Day 

National Anthem Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd. You needn’t be a xenophobe to ascertain that this holiday celebrates our National Anthem.
On this date in 1931, the “Star-Spangled Banner” officially became the National Anthem of the United States. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. However, the “Star-Spangled Banner” wasn’t made the official national anthem until March 3, 1931, by a congressional resolution, which was signed by [then] President Herbert Hoover – well over a century after it was written.
Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. “Hail, Columbia” served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, whose melody is identical to “God Save the Queen”, the British national anthem, also served as a de facto anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them “The Star-Spangled Banner”, as well as “America the Beautiful”.
Many people mistakenly believe that “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written during the Revolutionary War, but this is not the case. It was composed during the War of 1812. In August 1814, the British army detained Dr. William Beanes as a prisoner of war. He was a friend of Francis Scott Key. On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key and a U.S. negotiator boarded a British vessel where Beanes was being held. He negotiated his friends’ release. But then, Francis Scott Key was detained that day along with the negotiator. They were held until after the attack on Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore. He watched the bombardment of the fort from the ship. The next morning, he was ecstatic to see that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry. This inspired Mr. Key to write the poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry” the following day (September 14, 1814).  The lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner” were derived from that poem and were set to the melody of a popular British drinking song, “To Anacreon in Heaven” (or “The Anacreontic Song”), written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. The melody was already popular in the United States. With its new-found lyrics, “To Anacreon in Heaven” soon became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” which soon became a well-known American patriotic song in its own right. With a range of one octave and one-fifth (a semitone more than an octave and a half), it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.
To celebrate National Anthem Day, simply sing the National Anthem today. Additionally, try to learn the other three verses.

World Wildlife Day 

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd. On this date in 1973, the United Nations General Assembly created World Wildlife Day to protect Endangered Species throughout the world.
The importance of wildlife, whether plant or animal, in every area of human life, from culinary to medical, can not be understated. Hundreds of endangered species are being threatened every year, and extinction is at an all-time high. They created CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to ensure that the world did not continue to lose species vital to the survival of mankind.
Wildlife takes many forms – from plants to birds, from sea life to the cute bunnies and deer that roam our forests. Wildlife benefits us in many ways and has must be preserved if we are to survive. World Wildlife Day serves to remind us of our responsibilities to our planet and all of the life forms with which we share it.
To celebrate World Wildlife Day, why not visit your local zoo or botanical garden? Concentrate not only on the many types of wildlife there but on the steps that the staff there are taking to preserve each species. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a nature walk, with a book of local flora and fauna in hand, to help you identify the species of wildlife in your local area and figure out their role in nature. And, as always, you can celebrate World Wildlife Day with your wallet. In all probability, there are a number of worthwhile environmental organizations in your area that could use your financial support.

Peach Blossom Day

Peach Blossom Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd. It is a holiday that celebrates the approach of spring when peach trees begin to blossom – and for girls to celebrate being girls?
The roots of Peach Blossom Day trace directly back to Japan. However, there it has less to do with the approach of spring and more to do with young women being looked upon as delicate flowers – like the peach blossom. A Doll Festival is held in Japan every year on this date, which just happens to coincide with the time when peach trees bloom in Japan.
Simply stated then, in Japan, it’s an opportunity for girls to celebrate being girls – but in the rest of the world, it signifies the approach of spring.
Celebrate Peach Blossom Day in any manner you deem appropriate for your age/gender or preferred season of the year.

“I Want You to be Happy ” Day  

“I Want You to be Happy ” Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd. As you can glean from its name, this holiday encourages you to go out of your way to make people happy.
There are endless ways to make someone happy. Give an old friend a call, compliment someone on a job well done, send your sweetie a bouquet of flowers, or cook a special meal for your family.
Be creative. Celebrate “I Want You to be Happy Day by making an extra effort today to make someone happy – even if it means simply leaving their presence.

National Cold-Cuts Day  

National Cold-Cuts Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd. It is the one holiday of the year where it is perfectly acceptable to be “full of bologna”.
Cold-cuts are pre-cooked sausages, meats, or meatloaves that are usually served cold in sandwiches or on party trays. They are available in supermarkets, local groceries, delicatessens, butcher shops – heck, you can even find them in convenience stores. You can buy them already sliced in vacuum packs, or have them sliced to order at the deli counter.
Beware! Although tasty, most cold-cuts are high in fat and sodium, so celebrate National Cold-Cuts Day responsibly – in accordance with your own personal dietary needs and/or restrictions.

National Mulled Wine Day 

National Mulled Wine Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd. You don’t need to be a professional mixologist to determine that this holiday celebrates mulled wine – an internationally renowned wine-based hot beverage.
Mulled wine is a favorite drink throughout most of Europe during the winter months. It is nothing more than wine (usually red) served warm with spices such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, star anise seeds, and sugar added. The ingredients differ slightly from region to region – but it is still basically just warm spiced wine.

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

 

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