420, Look Alikes, Volunteers, Chinese Language, Cheddar Fries, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and Lima Beans

April 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 holidays 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 hippie-dippy friends. Today is Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Today is the 110th day of the year and 255 days remain.

420 Day (aka National Pot Smokers Day and/or Weed Day)  

National Pot Smokers Day is celebrated annually on April 20th (4/20). You don’t need to be a member of late-1960s counter culture to determine that this is a holiday where millions of people across the world celebrate the conspicuous consumption of marijuana — In other words, just another ordinary day. But why 420, you ask?
Well, the history of its origin is somewhat cloudy (perhaps because the ones who created this holiday did so in a cloud of marijuana smoke). According to the editor of High Times, Steven Hager, the term “420” originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking students who called themselves the Waldos. The term 4:20 was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Other versions say 420 originated from a police dispatch code that identified a marijuana-related crime; or that 420 was the number of chemical compounds that are found in marijuana.
Whatever its true origins, this holiday has evolved into a movement to loosen or eliminate laws regarding the use of marijuana and is now firmly implanted in the marijuana subculture.
As I have mentioned before, I am staunchly anti-drug, so, I can not, in good conscience, urge you to celebrate 420 Day (aka National Pot Smokers Day and/or Weed Day).

Look Alike Day 

Look Alike Day is celebrated annually on Aprile 20th. For the few of you who didn’t stop reading this post after the first paragraph and immediately begin your 420 Day celebration, Look Alike Day is precisely what the name implies.
Choose someone you admire and respect (or someone who you just want to look like), then do your best to emulate their appearance. Style your hair to match theirs and clothe yourself in a manner similar to what they normally wear.
To celebrate Look Alike Day, you don’t have to worry about acting or speaking as they do. Today is Look Alike Day – not Imitate Day.

Volunteer Recognition Day

Are you still with me? Volunteer Recognition Day is celebrated annually on April 20th. As you might expect, this holiday honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. They are all the real-life saints and superheroes of this world. Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of so many people. They give comfort, improve lives and in some instances, save lives. And, they seldom ask for recognition.
You can celebrate Volunteer Recognition Day by thanking volunteers for their work; getting involved in a volunteer activity yourself, or donating to a volunteer group.

UN Chinese Language Day 

If you’re still able to concentrate at this point, UN Chinese Language Day is celebrated annually on April 20th. You don’t need to be from the most populous country in the world to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the Chinese language.
This is another one of those self-serving United Nations-created “holidays” that I love so much. I will now remove my tongue from my cheek and offer a link here for you so that you can find more information about this holiday – on the off chance you want to celebrate UN Chinese Language Day.

National Cheddar Fries Day

I’d bet that some cheddar fries are sounding pretty good right now for those of you celebrating 420 Day. National Cheddar Fries Day is celebrated annually on April 20th. As you can infer without too much mental strain, this holiday celebrates cheddar fries – that cheesy combination of two of the world’s most popular foods – cheese and French fries. This holiday was created in 2016 by Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar located in Dallas, TX to celebrate their ‘signature dish’ – cheddar fries.
Cheese fries are thought to have originated in the United States and became popular after the debut of Cheez Whiz in 1952. Cheddar fries are just one of many variations of this dish in which the fries are topped with aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Bacon, chives, jalapeños, and other such toppings can also be added. They are typically served with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.
If, for some odd reason, you are unable to drop everything and travel to Dallas and partake in the original version of cheddar fries at Snuffer’s, do not despair. You can still celebrate National Cheddar Fries Day by making a similar version at home. Here is the recipe.

National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day 

For those of you who are still with me and not busy making a batch of “Brownies,” National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day is celebrated annually on April 20th. Even in your stupor, you should be able to deduce that this holiday celebrates pineapple upside-down cake – a classic dessert.
Pineapple Upside-down Cake is a cake made by putting the topping in the pan first. Melted butter and brown sugar are put into the bottom of a cake pan and covered with fruit, most popularly pineapple rings. The batter is then poured on top and the cake is baked. After the cake is baked, it is inverted, and the fruit that was once at the bottom forms a tasty and decorative topping.  For best results, you should let the cake sit for about 5-minutes before inverting it and the pan should be non-stick to avoid parts of the cake sticking to the pan which would have an unpleasant effect on the appearance of the cake.
The first documented Pineapple Upside-down cake recipe was found in a 1924 fund-raising cookbook published in Seattle. However, the Dole company is credited with popularizing the cake during the 1940s. To celebrate National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day, simply bake one of these classic cakes and serve it for dessert tonight.

Lima Bean Respect Day 

If you still have room in your stomach after scarfing down junk food due to your cannabis-induced case of the “munchies,” Lima Bean Respect Day is celebrated annually on April 20th. Even if you’re barely conscious, you should still be able to conclude that this holiday celebrates lima beans and urges you to show them the respect they deserve.
Lima beans are incredibly good for you. They are filled with nutritious fiber, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Lima beans are also low in fat and contain protease inhibitors that stall the development of cancerous cells.
Humans have been cultivating lima beans since 6000 BC. Today, people use them in recipes for soups, spreads, casseroles, and salads. In Japan, green baby lima beans are an important ingredient in bean paste, which is a popular dessert. Succotash, a dish usually found in the southern region of the United States, combines lima beans, corn, and chili peppers.
Lima beans may not be your favorite healthy vegetable, but today is the day to show them some respect in your celebration of Lima Bean Respect Day.

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