Biological Clocks, Guide Dogs, Denim, Cubicles, Noise Awareness, and Blueberry Pie

April 28, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

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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 clock watchers. Today is Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Today is the 118th day of the year, and 247 days remain.

Biological Clock Day

Biological Clock Day is celebrated annually on April 28th. If you think that this holiday pertains only to women, you are – WRONG! In fact, both men and women, young and old are subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have.
All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm, which helps their bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the Earth rotates. Have you ever stayed awake for an “all-nighter” and felt “off” for many days afterward; or flown through multiple time zones and felt the effects of “jet lag”? This comes from the disruption to your internal clock.
Circadian Rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins. These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and metabolism. These “clock genes” normally keep us awake during the day and asleep at night.  But when a clock gene mutates, it can disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Sunlight, air travel, and even the seasons can disrupt our Circadian Rhythms and the quality and amount of sleep that we get. [Do I even need to mention the government-imposed disruption of our Circadian Rhythms – Daylight Saving Time]?
To celebrate Biological Clock Day, just be thankful that your body is working hard to keep itself in sync with the planet without any effort from you.

International Guide Dogs Day

International Guide Dog Day is observed annually on the last Wednesday of April and has been since 1992. You don’t need 20/20 foresight to deduce that this holiday commemorates guide dogs – and the important role they play in helping the blind and visually impaired live a nearer-to-normal life. Additionally, it celebrates the hard-working professionals who dedicate their time to train and match guide dogs to their prospective owners. Guide dogs are carefully trained to avoid obstacles, access public transportation, cross roads safely, and other daily tasks to help their handlers’ specific needs.
Training a guide dog is a long, involved process. The actual training process takes between three and nine months, depending on the level of service they are to provide. However, the guide dog training process doesn’t even begin until the dog is out of the ‘puppy stage” – usually at about 14 months of age. Puppies are entered into the program at about 8 weeks and are usually fostered by people who know how to do basic obedience training and can cull out those who don’t have the temperament or are lacking in some other way. As a general ‘rule of thumb’, the typical guide dog isn’t placed in his permanent home until he is around 2 years old. Guide Dogs of America trains 70% Labrador retrievers, 15% Golden Retrievers, and 15% German Shepherds for their guide dogs. Once the dogs complete their formal 2-year training, they are matched with a blind or visually impaired student based on size, lifestyle, energy level, and personalities of both the student and dog to form a happy relationship.
To celebrate International Guide Dog Day, donate to an organization that trains guide dogs. If you’re interested and qualified, volunteer to foster a potential guide dog puppy.

Denim Day 

Denim Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in April. Contrary to what you may be thinking, this holiday has nothing to do with the popular and versatile fabric used to make clothes. Instead, it focuses on the controversial subject of sexual violence against women.
Since 1999, Peace Over Violence has held a Denim Day campaign in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses, and students are asked to make a social statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
To celebrate Denim Day, livery yourself in your Levi’s or Lee’s, wriggle into your Wranglers, or if you want to be both “ostentatious” and “woke,” doll up in some designer jeans. Be sure to let everyone know why you are wearing denim today.

Cubicle Day

Cubicle Day is celebrated annually on April 28th. You needn’t be a corporate drone to ascertain that this holiday celebrates those ubiquitous, impersonal, cramped, corporate caves known as “cubicles.”
Designed by Robert Propst and known for a complete absence of individuality, cubicles were first introduced in 1967 as a way to subdivide open office space and give workers a perceived modicum of privacy. Whether you love them or hate them, these modular systems were built to be easily reconfigured in almost as many ways as a bucket of Lego bricks, and today’s cubicle options include pods of workers with shared tasks as well as personal office cubes.
The best way to celebrate Cubicle Day is to brighten up your cubicle by decorating or redecorating it. Whether you choose to use Feng Shui to improve the Chi of your space, or simply redesign it to form walls to protect you from the annoying habits of your neighbor, use this holiday to individualize your little section of the cube farm.

International Noise Awareness Day

International Noise Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday of April. You don’t need a decibel meter to conclude that this holiday is a global campaign, to raise awareness of noise and its effect on the welfare and health of people. It was founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication.
Noise affects people in many ways, but it seems that the only time noise gets any interest is when it is annoying to the general public. On this holiday, people are urged to find ways to reduce the noise level of their lives.
To celebrate International Noise Awareness Day, establish a quiet hour in your home where all televisions, radios, computers, smartphones, electronic games, and anything else that pollutes your environment with noise are turned OFF! Have a conversation with your family, or just go outside and enjoy the sounds of nature.

National Blueberry Pie Day

National Blueberry Pie Day is celebrated annually on April 28th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates that delicious dessert – blueberry pie.
Blueberries, (or star berries as the Native Americans called them), are one of nature’s superfoods. They are one of only a few naturally blue foods found in nature and are native to the Americas. The chemicals found in blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and may contribute to fighting certain cancers and preventing other diseases.
Americans have filled their pies with delicious, fresh-picked blueberries since the colonial era, and today, blueberry pie is still one of the most popular fruit pies in the United States. The blueberry season begins in late April and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Independence Day celebrations.
To celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day, simply enjoy a slice of blueberry pie for dessert tonight.
Author’s Note:
Maine produces more blueberries than any other state. In fact, 25% of all lowbush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine, which also makes Maine the largest producer of blueberries in the world.

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

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