Equinox, Frogs, Sparrows, Extraterrestrial Abductions, Planet Earth, Jumping, Neighbors, No Meat, Ravioli, and Bock Beer

March 20, 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 Equinox enthusiasts. Today is Saturday, March 20, 20212. Today is the 79th day of the year, and 286 days remain.

Vernal Equinox

The Vernal Equinox, aka the March Equinox or Spring Equinox, marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September. This occurs annually on either March 19th, March 20th, or March 21st. In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the first day of Spring while in the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the first day of Autumn. On the equinoxes, the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite. The latitude at which you live determines how close to being exactly equal to the equinox you actually are – the farther north, the wider the variance.
Author’s Note:
This year, the Vernal Equinox will occur Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 9:37 AM Greenwich Mean Time. This correlates to 5:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time or 2:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time. In my time zone (PDT) sunrise will occur at 7:12 AM and sunset will occur at 7:19PM. The sun will be 92.558 million miles away from Earth.

World Frog Day 

World Frog Day is celebrated annually on March 20th. You needn’t be an Anuran Biologist to conclude that this holiday celebrates frogs and recognizes the plight of Amphibians around the world.
There are approximately 6,000 known species of frogs in the world and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. They have existed for more than 200-million years. While most frog species develop from free-swimming tadpoles, some species lay eggs and the frog emerges fully developed. Frogs can breathe and drink through their skin. Some frog species are poisonous, and the Golden Poison Dart Frog has enough toxins to kill 15 adult men. The Australian Rocket Frog can leap 50-times its own body length – the equivalent of a human jumping the length of a football field. The Goliath Frog is the largest species of frog in the world at over a foot in length and weighing over 7-pounds. The smallest species of frog is Paedophryne Dekot is the smallest species which is less than ½ the size of a dime.
Frogs are a good indicator of the health of an environment.  A lack of frogs in the ecosystem is a huge warning sign that things are not well and may need urgent attention. Sadly, frog populations are dwindling around the world, with a massive 200 species lost to us since 1980. Additionally, approximately 30% of frog species are considered endangered. They are affected by habitat loss, infectious disease, invasive species, climate change, and pollution of water systems.
Frogs eat mosquitoes, which is useful in helping prevent the spread of many diseases. Frogs are also a food source for other animals, such as monkeys, snakes, birds, and fish. If you take frogs out of the equation you affect the entire food chain, so other species will also become extinct.
So, if you like to eat, like to drink, and like being healthy, maybe you should actually consider celebrating World Frog Day instead of passing it off as another superfluous holiday. Support organizations who are trying to clean up our environment.

World Sparrow Day

World Sparrow Day is celebrated annually on March 20th. You don’t need to be an ornithologist to deduce that this holiday celebrates sparrows – one of the world’s most common birds. This holiday was created by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organizations around the world to raise awareness of the house sparrow and then other common birds to urban environments and of threats to their populations.
Sparrows are seed-eating birds with conical bills, brown or gray in color, and many species have distinctive head patterns. Sparrows are more closely related to buntings and are also similar in both appearance and habit to finches, with which they sometimes used to be classified.
To celebrate World Sparrow Day, do a little birdwatching in your back yard, or in a park, or on a nature trail, and see how many sparrows you can spot.

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day 

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day is celebrated annually on March 20th. You don’t need to be from Venus, or Mars, to deduce that this holiday highlights extraterrestrial abductions.
If you believe in aliens from outer space, you’re not alone. Most of us at some point have at least considered the possibility that space aliens exist.
More than a few people believe that some of the Seven Wonders of the World, such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, were built by alien species visiting Earth, but that the people of the time lacked the language skills to express it. Who knows? And, if that is true, why wouldn’t they return to Earth occasionally to determine how we are progressing and to abduct a few random people from time to time to collect specimens for research?
Author’s Note:
I consider the possibility that aliens exist every time I watch the evening news, read political websites on the internet, or listen to a Hollywood pseudo-celebrity speak on any subject. Surely none of these people can be from this planet.
If you would actually like to be abducted by aliens, listed below are a few things you can do to increase your chances.

  1.  Reduce your IQ by about 50 percent.
  2.  Remove half of your teeth.
  3.  Move to a dilapidated trailer park (preferably in a remote area of the midwest or southeast).

International Earth Day

If your taste in holidays runs more toward the terrestrial, today is International Earth Day. International Earth Day is always celebrated on the day of the official Vernal Equinox. It was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. International Earth Day was founded by John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa.
In September 1969, he proposed the establishment of Earth Day to the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors. After approval, he gained support from many others, including the [then] UN General Secretary, U Thant. In 1970, McConnell wrote an Earth Day Proclamation which was ultimately signed by UN Secretary-General U Thant on March 21, 1971.
Author’s Note:
International Earth Day is different from the U.S. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd.

National Jump Out! Day

National Jump Out! Day is celebrated annually on March 20th. The name of this holiday is somewhat deceptive because rather than encouraging you to ‘jump out’ at someone as it infers, it actually was created to encourage children to become more active by jumping rope. Although mostly considered a children’s activity, jumping rope is often used by professional athletes to train for endurance, so there is no reason that non-athletic adults can’t also jump rope to become healthier.
To celebrate National Jump Out! Day, grab a jump rope and start hopping your way to a healthier, happier you.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day?  

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day? is celebrated annually on March 20th. If you watched any children’s programming that aired in America between 1968 and 2001 you will instantly realize this holiday’s name as the theme song from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and can then easily deduce that it commemorates the birth on this date in 1928 of Fred McFeely Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers – the host this iconic children’s show. His gentle and soft-spoken demeanor taught children that respect for the things and people around you, and a good attitude, were equally as important as learning your colors and letters.
To celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day, do something ‘neighborly’ for the people you encounter today. you can also celebrate this holiday by wearing a sweater, reflecting on what we continue to learn from him, and/or by talking – very – slowly – with – meticulous – annunciation.
Author’s Note: 
In addition to his television show, Mr. Rogers was also an author, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He died of stomach cancer on February 27, 2003, at age 74. His work in children’s television has been widely lauded, and he received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999.

Great American Meat Out Day 

Great American Meat Out Day is celebrated annually on the first day of Spring. Even if you’re a devout carnivore, you can conclude that this holiday urges us to cut meat from our diet today.
There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the fact that red meat consumption is bad for our health, and that we all need to eat less of it. These findings have spawned many organizations and events that promote healthy eating by reducing our consumption of meat.
With that said, celebrate the Great American Meat Out Day in whatever manner you deem appropriate for you as an individual.
Author’s Note:
Being one of those aforementioned devout carnivores, I believe that the best way to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet – which includes red meat in moderation. So, if you are celebrating this holiday, don’t bother to invite me to dinner. I won’t show up unless there is meat on the menu.

National Ravioli Day 

National Ravioli Day is celebrated annually on March 20th. As you can easily determine, this holiday celebrates ravioli – a world-renowned pasta dish.
Ravioli are basically pasta pillows stuffed with a variety of cheese(es), meat, seafood, or vegetable fillings. Ravioli can be circular or square; specialty shapes like hearts and fish are also made. They are generally served in butter or olive oil sauce, tomato sauce, or as an ingredient in soups.
To celebrate National Ravioli Day, simply enjoy some ravioli today. The easiest way is to go to an Italian restaurant and order some. But, a wide selection of pre-made ravioli are also sold in most supermarkets these days, so you could pick some up there and prepare them at home. Also, pasta is relatively simple to make from scratch, so why not try making some ravioli at home tonight? If your favorite cookbook doesn’t have a recipe, there are bazillions of ravioli recipes online.  No matter how you obtain them, have some ravioli for dinner tonight.
Author’s Note:
Please, please, please, no matter what you do, don’t serve that canned ravioli crap. I tried some once, and they were disgusting. I tried feeding the remainder to my dogs, and they wouldn’t even eat them – and they lick their butts.

National Bock Beer Day  

National Bock Beer Day is celebrated annually on March 20th. You don’t need to be a master brewer to ascertain that this holiday celebrates bock beer – a strong, hearty beer enjoyed worldwide.
Bock beer is a dark strong Lager beer. If you’ve ever ordered a pitcher of bock beer, you may have noticed how full you can get simply by drinking it. This is because, centuries ago, German monks created the hearty, dark brew, using all of the ingredients found in bread. They adopted it as a form of “liquid bread” to give them carbohydrates and calories as they fasted during Lent.
To celebrate National Bock Beer Day, try some bock beer today. If you’re accustomed to the Kool-Aid-like swill that domestic brewing companies call beer, you might have to acquire a taste for the much heartier bock beer, but don’t let that deter you from trying it.

With 30 holidays listed in my sources on this holiday-laden date, to avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the remainder of today’s holidays are listed and linked below.

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