Laughing, Backyards, Swallows, Iraqi Freedom, Chocolate Caramel, and Poultry

March 19, 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 cachinnating compadres. Today is Friday, March 19, 2021. Today is the 78th day of the year, and 287 days remain.

Let’s Laugh Day

Let’s Laugh Day is celebrated annually on March 19th. You don’t need to be a comedian to ascertain that this holiday encourages you to laugh as much as you can today.
Whether it’s because of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the faltering economy, the divisive political climate, your never-ending to-do list, and/or the fact that everything – except for your paycheck – seems to be rising, Americans are stressed out these days. Let’s Laugh Day encourages you to let go of all that stress and have a good laugh or two today. And, while you’re at it, try to make everyone you encounter today laugh as well.
We’ve all had those “Don’t you dare look at me or else I’ll start laughing again” moments with our friends and/or family, but who knew they were healthy? Watching a good comedy show or getting the “giggle fits” with your friends can burn up to 40 calories per 10-minute session. According to Web MD, laughter can also help boost your immune system, relieve tension, make you feel relaxed, and increase endorphins released by your brain, and helps reduce your blood pressure and decreases pain. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases antibodies, boosting your immunity to all sorts of illnesses and diseases. Laughing also helps relax your muscles and helps you relax.
As a bonus, laughter plays a significant role in the mating ritual. According to Psychology Today magazine, “the laughter of the female in a relationship is the critical index of whether or not that relationship is successful.”  So, you see, laughter is good for your mind, your body, your soul, and your libido.
Apparently, Reader’s Digest has it right. “Laughter is the best medicine.” So, in celebration of Let’s laugh Day,  go ahead, yuk it up today. It’s good for you. Let me try to get you started.

You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving…but you do need a parachute to go skydiving a second time.

Someone stole my mood ring, and now I don’t know how to feel about it.

I took the shell off of my ‘racing snail’ thinking it would make him run faster. But alas, it just made him more ‘sluggish’.

Now, please return the favor and leave something in the comments to make me laugh.

National Backyard Day

National Backyard Day is a brand new holiday being celebrated for the first time this year (2021). The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Backyard Day to be observed on March 19, annually. You needn’t be a member of MENSA to deduce that this holiday encourages us to get outdoors and enjoy our backyards once again. It was created by Zyrtec, a leader in the allergy medicine industry, so you also needn’t be a member of MENSA to deduce that they have the ulterior motive of using this holiday as a means to sell more of their product to people with allergies.
For many of us, our backyards are our own private refuge. We use them as a place to relax and commune with nature. For the most part, we created our backyards to reflect our own personalities – from the type(s) of plants we planted to the landscape features we incorporated into our design. Some of us go with just the basic lawn, with some plants around the edges. Others, however, design unique water features, koi ponds, or vegetable gardens into our sanctuary. As the saying goes; “Whatever floats your boat.”
With this stupid Covid-19 pandemic and the winter months, many of us have been confined to our houses for waaaaay too long this year. So, no matter how elaborate [or not] your backyard is, celebrate National Backyard Day by exiting your stuffy old house and venturing into your private sanctuary, and enjoy it. Pack a picnic lunch or fire up the barbecue and have an alfresco meal in your backyard. Or, simply go into your backyard and wile away an hour or two in solitude contemplating life.

Swallows Return To Capistrano Day  

The Swallows of Capistrano return to Mission San Juan Capistrano, their summer nesting grounds, on March 19th each year. At dawn, the little birds begin to arrive and start rebuilding their mud nests, which cling to the ruins of the Great Stone Church of San Juan Capistrano. The arches of the two-story, vaulted Great Stone Church were left bare and exposed after the roof collapsed during the earthquake of 1812. The Great Stone Church which is thought to be the largest and most ornate building in any of the missions takes on a more humble role — that of housing the swallows.
After spending the summer within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, the swallows take flight again, and on the Day of San Juan, October 23rd, they leave – circling the Mission once to bid farewell.
The return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano has been a part of Old California lore since the late 1700s. The town of San Juan Capistrano takes on an almost fiesta-like atmosphere as revelers await the “miracle” of the swallows’ return. However, in recent years, the number of swallows returning to Mission San Juan Capistrano has dwindled, and at least once, no swallows returned on this date. Sadly, the reason that the number of swallows returning to Capistrano is dwindling is due to the encroachment of humans that is destroying their habitat through development in the area. Don’t worry, the swallows are not endangered [yet], they are just choosing other nesting areas.

Iraqi Freedom Day

On March 19, 2003, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein elected not to step down from power, per a United Nations resolution. Two hours after the 9:30 p.m. EDT deadline, the United States, British and Australian forces began airstrikes. According to the Council on Foreign Relations: “Operation Iraqi Freedom began, with the United States and coalition forces, striking a target in Baghdad where, intelligence reports indicated, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his top deputies had gathered in underground bunkers.”
President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation and said, “The early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq have begun.”

National Chocolate Caramel Day 

National Chocolate Caramel Day is celebrated annually on March 19th. You needn’t be a master chocolatier or a master confectioner to conclude that this holiday celebrates the combination of two of the world’s favorite flavors – chocolate and caramel.
The union of chocolate and caramel is arguably one of the greatest flavor combinations ever conceived by man. These two ingredients appear in countless candy bars, ice cream flavors, confections, and desserts.
Famed chocolate manufacturer Milton Hershey began his career in a caramel company. In the late 1800’s he began experimenting with ways to improve caramel candy and found some German-built machines for manufacturing chocolate. His attention would eventually shift completely to chocolate, but Hershey’s first product was a chocolate-covered caramel.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate National Chocolate Caramel Day. Simply have a candy bar that combines these two ingredients. DUH!

National Poultry Day 

National Poultry Day is celebrated annually on March 19th. Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs which include commercially farmed chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant  – with chickens being the most commonly farmed fowl. Poultry Day is a fowl holiday that celebrates the birds that we commonly consume in our diet. In general, poultry is lower in fat, and cholesterol than other meats, making them a healthier choice.
Unlike turkeys, ducks, and geese, chickens are not native to the Americas. Scientists once believed that chickens were introduced to America by European explorers in the 16th century. However, there is now DNA evidence that indicates that chickens first arrived in the Americas on the western shores via the Polynesians at least a century earlier, perhaps as early as the late 12th or early 13 century.
To celebrate National Poultry Day, eat some sort of poultry for each meal today. Poultry is a versatile meat that can be cooked in a variety of ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming, so there is really no reason not to celebrate.
Fowl Factoids:

  • Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees poultry production in the United States.
  • Estimates place the annual production of chickens at around 9 billion in the United States.

For millennia, man has debated; “Which came first, the chicken or the egg”. The answer to that question, at least in my house today, is the egg (two actually, over medium, accompanied by fried taters and toast).

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

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