Weeds, Cats, Hot Tubs, Eggsibits, Picture Books, Food-On-A-Stick, Edy’s Pies, and Black Forest Cake

March 28, 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 gardeners. Today is Sunday, March 28, 2021. Today is the 87th day of the year, and 278 days remain.

Weed Appreciation Day

Weed Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. Before you aging hippies start salivating in anticipation, I should warn you that this holiday does not refer to that kind of ‘weed’ (that holiday comes next month). Weed Appreciation Day refers to your common, run-of-the-mill, everyday garden variety of weed.
Weeds are an important part of the ecosystem. Many birds and insects rely on weeds as their primary source of food. Many varieties of weeds, such as Dandelion, are edible and rich in vitamins and minerals.
I suggest, however, that before you go willy-nilly through your yard picking weeds at random for your dinner salad tonight in celebration of Weed Appreciation Day, that you do some research first. Some weeds are poisonous. This link includes a list of edible weeds that may be growing in your yard.
Author’s Note:
Someone once told me that there are no such thing as weeds – merely plants which you deem unworthy of being in your yard. In the interest of inclusion, my entire lawn is composed mostly of weeds. After all, who am I to judge which plant is worthy of a place in my yard.

Respect Your Cat Day  

Respect Your Cat Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. You don’t need to be a zoologist to ascertain that this holiday urges you to respect your favored feline furball(s) today.
Anyone who is owned by a cat, or who has ever been owned by a cat, knows that every day is Respect Your Cat Day. Cats deserve, demand, and expect respect at all times.
In my humble opinion, this holiday was obviously an idea conceived by a cabal of felines who cast an evil spell on their owners and made them create Respect Your Cat Day to pay homage to them – and as just another step in their quest for world dominance.
To be safe, celebrate Respect Your Cat Day by showing your feline furbaby a little extra love, give them a few treats, and a little extra kibble today.

National Hot Tub Day 

National Hot Tub Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. You don’t need to be the owner of a Jacuzzi to conclude that this holiday celebrated hot tubs.
Although hot tubs are a relatively recent fad here in America (having reached the pinnacle of their popularity in the late 20th century), the therapeutic and rejuvenating effects of soaking in warm water have been known for millennia. The earliest hot tubs were calderas in which hot stones were placed to heat the water. Therma in Ikaria has been a very popular place, particularly for hydrotherapy since the 4th century BC. The remains of wrecked marble bathtubs along with a pre-historic aqueduct that has been unearthed from this area bear ample testimony of the place’s popularity in ancient times. In 737 A.D., Japan’s first onsen opened near Izumo, Shimane, and centuries later the first ryokan (inns) were built, offering food, accommodations, and soaking tubs called ofuro. In ancient Rome, there were three types of baths: baths at home (balnea), private baths (balnea privata), and public baths (balnea publica). The practice of bathing was so engrained that the Roman legions, during their long occupations in foreign lands, built their own baths at mineral and thermal springs in the newly conquered lands. Examples are found all over Europe.
After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 and the rise of Christianity, cleanliness was abandoned since the Church considered that the practice of bathing a prelude to forbidden behavior. At Cluny, custom required monks to take a full bath at Christmas and Easter. Private bathrooms in castles, such as the one at Leeds, could often accommodate multiple bathers. From the 13th century onwards, baths gradually came into re-use, particularly in southern Europe under the influence of the Moors.
In the 1940s hot tubs began to appear in the US, inspired by the Japanese ofuro. Hydrotherapy pumps were introduced by Jacuzzi. Fiberglass shell hot tubs appeared around 1970 and were soon superseded by cast acrylic shells.
Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer, but it still may be a bit nippy in the evening. Everything is showing new signs of life and rejuvenation. Why should you be any different? What better time to enjoy a relaxing soak in your hot tub in celebration of National Hot Tub Day? Turn on some calming music and set the ambiance with some mood lighting, and you have the right ingredients to finally escape from the doldrums of winter. Sit back, chill and feel all the tensions of the world melt away in the warm embrace of the bubbles and steam. Sip one of your favorite beverages, (adult or otherwise), and relax until you become a “happy prune”.

Eggsibit Day 

Eggsibit Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. With Easter fast approaching, it is time to think about festively decorated ovum once again and perhaps honing your ovum decorating skills with a practice session before the “big day”.
Eggsibit Day is an eggstraordinary holiday that eggsibits beautifully decorated eggs, with events that take place each spring worldwide. At these annual Eggsibit Day events, judges from the National Egg Art Guild award prizes for the most original, the most beautiful, and the most humorous egg designs.
People have been decorating eggs for centuries. One of the most traditional forms of this ancient art is the wax-resist method, which is popular in eastern Europe. Artists use a stylus to create a design on the egg with melted beeswax before dipping it in the dye. The wax seals that section of the design so it doesn’t absorb the color. They adjust the wax and repeat the process with different colored dyes to create intricate patterns.
To celebrate Eggsibit Day, host your own eggsibit event. Invite some friends over for an eggstraordinarily eggciting evening of egg decorating and fun.

Children’s Picture Book Day

Children’s Picture Book Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. Many of our fondest childhood memories lie in images of our favorite picture books we had as kids or the picture books we read to our own children. From Dr. Seuss and classic fairy tales to books about curious monkeys, engines that could, magic dragons, and even a big red dog, picture books captured and catapulted our imaginations and those of our children to a world beyond.
Picture books are usually the first books children “read”. Picture books show creativity and humor in pictures and often include a valuable life lesson for young readers. These beautifully illustrated books help children begin their life-long love of reading.
In honor of Children’s Picture Book Day, why not revisit one or two of your favorite picture books for old-times’-sake? Picture books prove the old adage, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”

Something On A Stick Day

Something On A Stick Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. You needn’t be a kabab chef to deduce that this holiday celebrates food-on-a-stick.
Americans love food on a stick. From lollipops, popsicles, candy apples, and corn dogs, to gourmet shrimp skewers, fondue, and Shish-Kabobs, almost any meat or vegetable can be eaten on a stick. You even eat those little cocktail wieners and cheese cubes from the appetizer tray with toothpicks…a form of a stick Heck, you can even eat cake on a stick. The “trendy” thing these days is cake-pops (crumbled cake mixed with frosting, formed into a ball, and put on a stick). JEEZ.
To celebrate Something On A Stick Day, plan your own “food-on-a-stick” menu. From appetizers to main courses to desserts, everything you eat today should be served on a stick. Be creative, and enjoy.

Eat an Edy’s Pie Day

Eat an Edy’s Pie Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. You don’t need to be an ice cream aficionado to figure out that this holiday celebrates Edy’s Pie – a popular brand of Eskimo Pie. In fact, until last year (2020) this holiday was known as Eat an Eskimo Pie Day. My source gave no information regarding the reason for the change in name.
Eat an Edy’s Pie Day celebrates one of America’s favorite frozen treats – the Eskimo Pie. Eskimo Pie is an ice cream confection, the brand name for a chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar wrapped in foil.  The Eskimo Pie was invented by a high school teacher named Christian Kent Nelson. It is skewered onto a thin wooden stick, which is used as a handle to make it easier to eat. It was the first such dessert sold in the United States.
Although Eat an Edy’s Pie Day is not celebrated on the date that Mr. Nelson was granted his patent as one might logically infer, it is celebrated on the date that he was born (in 1893). According to legend, Mr. Nelson pursued the idea of a chocolate-coated ice cream bar in Onawa, Iowa in 1920. After experimenting with different ways to adhere melted chocolate to blocks of ice cream, Nelson began selling his invention under the name “I-Scream Bars”. In 1921, he filed for a patent which was issued on January 24, 1922. The I-Scream-Bar was an immediate success. Somewhere along the way, Mr. Nelson partnered with chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover to mass-produce the “I-Scream-Bar” under the new trademarked name “Eskimo Pie” (suggested by Clara Stover, Russell Stover’s wife). No one knows the reason for the name change.
You don’t need to be a member of the “intellectual elite” to know how to celebrate Eat an Edy’s Pie Day. All you need to do is eat an Eskimo Pie (Edy’s if you can find it).

National Black Forest Cake Day 

National Black Forest Cake Day is celebrated annually on March 28th. Oddly enough, it celebrates Black Forest Cake – a rich dessert loved worldwide.
Black Forest cake is the English name for the German dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, meaning “Black Forest cherry torte.” The name is derived not from the ingredients of the cake, but rather, is named after the specialty liquor (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser) of the region of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany.
Black Forest cake is most commonly made of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In some traditional recipes, sour cherries are used between the layers, and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake. In the United States, alcohol is usually not used, but sometimes in America, it is made by substituting a fruit syrup for the spirits. In Germany, liqueur is a mandatory ingredient. Otherwise, the cake can not legally be sold under the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte name.
To celebrate National Black Forest Cake Day, simply enjoy a slice of Black Forest Cake. If you don’t want to make one, you can usually find them sold in bakeries and larger supermarkets.

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

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