Flowers, Middle Names, Girl Scouts, Alfred Hitchcock, and Baked Scallops

March 12, 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 flower children. Today is Friday, March 12, 2021. Today is the 71st day of the year, and 294 days remain.

Plant A Flower Day  

Plant A Flower Day is celebrated annually on March 12th. You needn’t be a horticulturist to conclude that this holiday urges us to plant a flower today. Spring is nigh upon us, and there is no better indicator of that than blooming flowers – but first, they need to be planted.
Plant A Flower Day is as good a day as any other to get outside and commune with nature. Gardening is a great hobby. It’s enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. It is something that virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health.
With over 400,000 flowering plant species in the world, it is almost certain that you can find a few varieties of flowers that you like. From the simple daisy to the elegant rose, and from the colorful wildflowers dotting the countryside to the elaborate and vibrant flowers of southeastern Asia, flowers have made our lives more colorful for millennia.
Flowers have been around for nearly as long as the planet itself. Over the centuries, flowers have served numerous purposes, from decorative to medicinal to ceremonial. As early as 2,500 BC, Egyptians were using flowers to adorn tables and great halls, as well as show respect for both the living and the dead, and a wide variety of flowers were even uncovered in the tombs of pharaohs. A couple of millennia later the Ancient Greeks and Romans began using flowers in much the same way as the Egyptians but also began using them as herbs. In China, flower arrangements became popular in the 3rd century BC, where they played important roles in religious practices and traditional medicine.
Flowers have also been a part of various religions and mythologies and their traditions and rituals. Imagine a wedding reception without the bouquet toss, imagine Christmas without poinsettias, and imagine what poetry and art would be without flowers.
Celebrating Plant A Flower Day is easy – go to the nursery and buy a variety of your favorite types of flowers. Then, take them home and plant them. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirt under your fingernails. And, don’t forget to take the time out, somewhere along the way, to stop and smell them.

Middle Name Pride Day

Middle Name Pride Day is the sixth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on the Friday of the first complete week in March. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to determine that this holiday urges you to take pride in your middle name – if you have one.
Middle names date back to ancient Rome but took on the form we know today in the Middle Ages when Europeans followed a given name with a baptismal name and a surname. Immigrants to America continued the tradition. Over time, the religious connotations of middle names diminished, and other names began to be used. Today, middle names are often used to honor a relative such as a grandfather, a grandmother, or a mother’s maiden name.
Today’s name celebration requires honesty and possibly a little courage as well. So to celebrate Middle Name Pride Day, reveal your middle name, whether you like it or not, to three people who don’t already know it.
My middle name is McCutcheon (my mother’s maiden name). Mission accomplished. Now, it’s your turn.

Girl Scout Day  

Girl Scout Day is celebrated annually on March 12th. You don’t need to be an advocate of teaching life skills to young women to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the millions of Girl Scouts around the world.
Today marks the 109th anniversary of the founding of the first Girl Scout troop on this date in 1912. It was started in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordon Low. There were 18 girls in the original troop. Ms. Low believed that all girls should have the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. She organized service projects, outdoor adventures, and enrichment programs to get girls out of the house and into the community. The group eventually became a national organization and was chartered by Congress on March 16, 1950.
Today, over 3.2 million girls and adults are active Girl Scout members, and over 50 million women are Girl Scout alumni. According to the mission statement of the organization, Girl Scouting:

“builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

So, celebrate Girl Scout Day by learning more about this worthwhile organization.
Author’s Note:
Also, never forget, the Girl Scouts sell us their delicious cookies every year.

Alfred Hitchcock Day 

Alfred Hitchcock Day is celebrated annually on March 12th. Since today marks neither the anniversary of his birth, nor the anniversary of his death, I can find no discernible reason why this holiday is celebrated today, but a number of my sources indicate that it is true.
Many industry insiders consider Alfred Hitchcock to be the greatest filmmaker of all time. His career spanned over 6 decades. His use of lighting, camera angle, and music to manipulate his audiences is unparalleled. Today’s crop of gore-filled “slasher” flicks pale in comparison to his mastery of suspense.
As good as he was at keeping people on the edge of their seats, he had a wonderfully delightful, wry sense of humor, which was evident in the introductions to the dramas he presented on his long-running TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. It is also illustrated by one of his own quotes:

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” 

The perfect way to celebrate Alfred Hitchcock Day would be to settle in with the family tonight and watch a couple of his classic suspense movies – or a few episodes from his TV series. You should be able to find both online with a simple Google search.

National Baked Scallops Day  

National Baked Scallops Day is celebrated annually on March 12th. You don’t need to be a Poissonnier to determine that this holiday celebrates baked scallops – a world-renowned seafood dish.
Scallops can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.
Scallops have two types of meat in one shell: the adductor muscle, called “scallop”, which is white and meaty, and the roe, called “coral”, which is red or white and soft. Scallops are very low in fat and are deliciously prepared in a variety of ways, but since this holiday is National Baked Scallops Day, I guess you are supposed to bake them today. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking them.
If you’re a seafood lover, celebrate National Baked Scallops Day by trying some tonight. Even if you don’t particularly like seafood, give them a try anyway. This recipe is one of a gazillion recipes for baked scallops available online if you want to try to bake some at home.

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

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