Creating Holidays, Legal Assistants, Purple, Solitude, Spinach, and Nougat

March 26, 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 my creative compadres. Today is Friday, March 26, 2021. Today is the 85th day of the year, and 280 days remain.

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day 

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day is celebrated annually on March 26th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to deduce that this holiday, quite simply, gives you the freedom to create your own holiday. If you have ever wanted to celebrate something unique, celebrate something of special interest to you, or commemorate a special event in your life,  then Make Up Your Own Holiday Day is custom-made for you. On this special holiday, you are the arbiter of what, or whom, or when, or where, or why, or how you celebrate.
Are you feeling whimsical? Do you absolutely despise, or love, something or someone? Do you have a pet cause that you feel doesn’t get adequate recognition? Was there someone who impacted your life in a positive way that you feel needs recognition? Do you have a favorite character from a movie or television show that you feel needs to be celebrated? Well, today, you can celebrate it/them. However, be creative, but choose wisely – you don’t want to waste your own special holiday by duplicating one of the over 1500 “holidays” already on the books.
I hereby proclaim today as Combobulated Day. There is nothing discombobulated about my life at the moment; nothing that is disconcerting, frustrating, or upsetting. I am at peace with myself and the universe. Therefore, I am combobulated. Have a little fun with me and celebrate Make Up Your Own Holiday Day by letting me know what “holiday” you would like to create, and why.
Author’s Note: 
So, in effect, I not only made up my own holiday, but I also took the liberty of making up my own word to describe it. If you Google the word combobulated you will find a few definitions for it, but none are from credible sources and cite no etymology for the ‘word’. While the word combobulated does not appear in any credible lexicon, perhaps it should. It seems like a natural antonym for the word discombobulated (or vice versa) and seems like it should be the “root word” for it. Come on lexicographers, get your act together. Make combobulated a real word!

Legal Assistant’s Day

Legal Assistant’s Day is celebrated annually on March 26th. You needn’t be a law professor to ascertain that this holiday celebrates legal assistants – that stalwart group of individuals whose sole job is to make lawyers appear intelligent and competent.
Legal assistants support lawyers in areas such as corporate law, criminal law, immigration, and litigation. Their duties may vary depending on the type and size of the law firm they work at, but their contributions are a vital part of every law firm. Listed below are just some of these duties:

  • Conducting legal research, such as research about laws, regulations, and legal articles.
  • Investigating and gathering information about cases. One way this is done is by conducting appointments and interviews with witnesses, lawyers, and clients.
  • Drafting contracts, letters, and other legal documents.
  • Organizing files, legal documents, and correspondence, and keeping them up to date.
  • Helping lawyers prepare for trials, hearings, and corporate meetings and assisting them during them.
  • Performing administrative and customer service tasks like greeting clients, answering emails and phone calls, doing accounting and billing duties, and scheduling meetings.

You should celebrate Legal Assistant’s Day in any manner you deem to be appropriate for you.

Purple Day

Purple Day is celebrated annually on March 26th. You could logically assume that this holiday celebrates the color purple – but, if you make that assumption, you would be totally WRONG! Purple Day is a holiday dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. This holiday was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a young girl who struggled with epilepsy. Her goal was to raise awareness about epilepsy so myths about it would go away, and so those who have it would know they aren’t alone. That same year, The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined Cassidy to help her get her idea off the ground. In 2009, the day was launched internationally when The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia was joined by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation. Since then, many schools, businesses, organizations, politicians, and celebrities have become involved with the holiday. More than 100,000 students, 95 workplaces, and 116 politicians participated in 2009. People have now participated in all seven continents.
Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes recurrent seizures. Sometimes they happen rarely, but sometimes they happen multiple times a day. Nerve cells and neurons communicate in the brain through electrical and chemical signals, and the seizures come from a sudden electrical discharge in the brain. The seizures don’t all look the same—some cause blank stares, while others cause muscle spasms, odd sensations, uncontrolled movements, or convulsions. It all depends on where the abnormal discharge happens in the brain. The seizures may be triggered by things such as lack of sleep, missing meals, forgetting medication, stress, illness, and flickering screens.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders—about 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide, with about 2.2 million of them being in the United States.  Epilepsy is not a disease, is not contagious, and is not a psychological disorder—it is a seizure disorder. Onset usually happens in youth or in the later stages of life. Some children may outgrow it, and some adults have remission. There isn’t a cure, but surgery can eliminate seizures for about 10-15% of people. Half of those with it can also control seizures with medication. Many famous people have had the disorder, such as; Danny Glover, Margaux Hemingway, Neil Young, Prince, and even Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
To celebrate Purple Day, learn more about epilepsy – its causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Solitude Day

Solitude Day is celebrated annually on March 26th. You don’t need to be a ‘loner’ to glean that this holiday celebrates solitude.
Solitude is often thought of as being negative and It is associated with loneliness and antisocial behavior. It may also be viewed as selfish and unproductive. And, in fact, too much alone time can be detrimental to physical and mental health. However, the opposite can also true. People who are always engaged in social activities can get burned out. A balance is needed, and Solitude Day can help restore this balance and bring many benefits.
It often is hard to find solitude in our fast-paced world. However, solitude is needed occasionally and when it is experienced, can provide psychological and physical benefits. Both the mind and body benefit from rest and time away. It takes a lot of energy to interact with others and to adhere to social norms. A little ‘alone time’ provides the opportunity to recharge and refocus. With solitude, we can increase our concentration, and thus, our productivity.
Solitude gives us time to reorganize of thoughts. It enables us to reflect on past social interactions, to determine if they were handled properly. It gives us perspective and the opportunity to develop socially, so we can improve future social interactions. Solitude also contributes to self-discovery and finding one’s own voice. It increases the ability for deep thought. One’s productivity and creativity can benefit from deep thought so they are better able to work through problems without distraction.
To celebrate Solitude Day, carve out a few minutes from your busy day today to be alone with your thoughts. Find a serene spot, free of interruptions, and just “be”. Ommm!

National Spinach Day 

National Spinach Day is celebrated annually on March 26th. You don’t need to be a farmer to deduce that this holiday celebrates spinach – one of the most nutrient-rich leafy vegetables.
The Spinach plant is an annual plant thought to have originated in Persia, entering Asia first in India through Persian traders, then eventually China where it was known as “Persian vegetable. The earliest available historical record of the spinach plant was found in Chinese, saying that the spinach plant was introduced into China via Nepal. Food Historians believe that Spinach was first domesticated in Nepal during the first century.
During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici was known to have enjoyed spinach so much that it was served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.
Today the United States is the second-largest producer of Spinach (China is first). The states that grow the most spinach are California, Arizona, and New Jersey.
Spinach is one of the best sources of Iron, even more even than beef. Spinach is also a great source of calcium and folic acid. Spinach has anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to the prevention of many cancers including colon, ovarian, gastrointestinal, and prostate. Spinach is one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
To celebrate National Spinach Day, simply enjoy some spinach today. Fresh spinach is the better choice, but frozen spinach will do in a pinch. Under no circumstances should you eat that disgusting spinach that comes in a can, YUK!
Author’s Note:
Although disappointingly, it doesn’t give me the ability to thwart bullies and ne’er-do-wells like it does Popeye the Sailor, I am what I am, and that’s all that I am , and I still love spinach! I like to saute my spinach in butter or olive oil until it slightly wilts, then sprinkle it with some lemon juice. What is your favorite way to enjoy spinach?

National Nougat Day 

National Nougat Day is celebrated annually on March 26th. You needn’t be a master confectioner to infer that this holiday celebrates nougat – a tasty, sweet, world-renowned confection. The origins of this holiday are unknown, but I think we can all agree that it is a holiday worth celebrating. Recipes can range from the more traditional made with almonds and honey to those with hints of citrus.
Nougat is made by whipping egg whites together and adding honey or sugar, roasted nuts, and sometimes candied fruit. Some experts believe that nougat has been around since ancient Roman times. Nougat is enjoyed worldwide as both a candy all on its own and paired with, or covered in, chocolate or other flavorings.
In Italy, nougat is called torrone and in Spain, it is called turrón. The United States has a version made with corn syrup called divinity.
In the United States, the “nougat” used as an ingredient in many modern candy bars is different from the traditional recipes. These commercial versions are made with a mixture of sucrose and corn syrup aerated with a whipping agent such as egg white or hydrolyzed soy protein or gelatin. It is the preferred and often used ingredient of large candy companies because it is inexpensive to make and used as a filler. in a variety of different candy bars, including Mars, 3-Musketeers, Snickers, Milky Way, Zero, Salted Nut Rolls, Reese’s Fast Break, Reese’s Whipps, Baby Ruth, Charleston Chew, and many others.
There are three basics kinds of nougats:

1. White nougat – made with beaten egg whites and honey.
2. Brown nougat – made without egg whites and has a firmer, often crunchy texture.
3. Viennese or German nougat – chocolate and nut praline.

To celebrate National Nougat Day, simply have some nougat in any of its forms. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making some at home. It is considered somewhat challenging for kitchen novices, but if you know your way around the kitchen it shouldn’t be a problem.

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

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