Viet Nam Vets, Mom and Pop Businesses, Smoke and Mirrors, Niagara Falls, and Lemon Chiffon Cake

March 29, 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 vaunted Viet Nam veterans. Today is Monday, March 29, 2021. Today is the 88th day of the year, and 277 days remain.

Viet Nam Veteran’s Day  

Viet Nam Veteran’s Day, also known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, is celebrated annually on March 29th. You needn’t be a veteran to deduce that this holiday celebrates the servicemen and servicewomen who served in Viet Nam.
On this date 48 years ago, in 1973, the last 2,500 troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam, thus ending military involvement in Viet Nam. At the time, it was the longest war in America’s history (since replaced by the second war in Iraq). Viet Nam Veterans Day honors all of those who served in Vietnam and those who didn’t return.
Those of my generation remember how unpopular the Viet Nam war was here in America and the despicable way that the returning Vietnam veterans were treated, but I won’t dwell any further on that subject.
Most of us have family members who served during the Vietnam era…father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or cousin. Regardless of your feelings about the war, celebrate Viet Nam Veteran’s Day by giving thanks to anyone you encounter today who served in Viet Nam and take a moment to honor those who didn’t return. This link offers statistics and clears up many of the misconceptions you might have, about the war.
Author’s Note:
I have also seen Viet Nam spelled as one word, Vietnam. The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam prefers the two-word spelling and claims that the one-word “westernization” of the name of their country is insulting and incorrect. According to them, Viet and Nam are separate words, each with their own meaning, and all Vietnamese words are comprised of one syllable. 

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is celebrated annually on March 29th. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to conclude that this holiday celebrates mom-and-pop businesses. They are the backbone of this country and today we celebrate that entrepreneurial spirit that built this great nation.
However, these days, the deck seems to be stacked against them. “Big-box retailers have huge corporate conglomerates to support them, as do chain restaurants and other service-oriented businesses that fall under a corporate umbrella. Yet each day thousands of stalwart individuals take the plunge and start a new business, even though the failure rate of a “mom and pop type of business is somewhere around 70% to 80%. If you own a small business or have ever owned one, give yourself a pat on the back.
To celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, patronize the Mom & Pop store in your neighborhood rather than that National Chain or “Box Store”, even if you have to pay a little more.

Smoke and Mirrors Day  

Smoke and Mirrors Day is celebrated annually on March 29th. You don’t need to be a professional prestidigitator to determine that this holiday is about illusions. The term “smoke and mirrors” is a euphemism used to describe the fact that things are not always as they seem. For example, magicians use smoke and mirrors to perform most of their “magic tricks”.
You see examples of smoke and mirrors every day in one form or another. The most obvious example of smoke and mirrors is ‘legalese’ – that incredibly convoluted language deliberately used by lawyers in contracts and other legal documents. They are designed to make sure that no “average Joe” can understand them – therefore needing a lawyer to interpret them. Advertisers are adept at using “smoke and mirrors” to sell their products – and politicians are experts at using smoke and mirrors to disguise their true beliefs. The so-called mainstream media also use smoke and mirrors-type tactics in selecting which stories they cover, and/or to what extent they cover them.
To celebrate Smoke and Mirrors Day, just be aware the everything that you see and hear is first run through a “filter”. A person’s beliefs, upbringing, and environment determine how they interpret information, and you should always take that into consideration before you accept what they say as fact. One man’s Fascist is another man’s patriot.

Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day

Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day is celebrated annually on March 29th. This holiday is celebrated by locals in and around Niagara Falls to commemorate the day, in 1848, that ice blockages caused rivers to run dry. This, in turn, reduced the flow of water to such an extent that Niagara Falls’ usual rate of flow (3,160 tons of water per second) came to a complete halt [actually, the water was still flowing underneath the ice, but the surface of the ice was frozen solid]. The flow over the falls was stopped for about 40 hours. It has never happened again – although it still occasionally slows to a trickle during especially harsh winters.

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day 

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day is celebrated annually on March 29th. You don’t need to be a pastry chef to infer that this holiday celebrates lemon chiffon cake – a light, airy type of cake loved the world over.
An insurance salesman, aptly named Harry Baker, invented chiffon cake in the 1920s. He sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles and all of the Hollywood elites fell in love with the dessert’s lighter-than-air texture. Baker carefully guarded the recipe for over twenty years before selling it to General Mills (home of the Betty Crocker brand) for an undisclosed amount.
The recipe for chiffon cake debuted in a 1948 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. General Mills marketed it as “the first new cake in 100 years” and it quickly became a nationwide sensation. The secret recipe called for vegetable oil instead of butter or shortening and instructed the baker to beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately.
So, to celebrate National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, enjoy a slice of lemon chiffon cake today. Sorry, but, you’ll have to bake it yourself. Here is a link to Mr. Baker’s/Betty Crocker’s original recipe. Although there are many flavors of chiffon cake, today’s reason to celebrate is – lemon. However, should you choose to celebrate this holiday with one of the other flavors; including chocolate, orange, walnut, and/or spice, no one will be the wiser.

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

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