Paranormals, Public Radio, Specially-abled Pets, Press Freedom, Garden Meditation, Textiles, Lumpy Rugs, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Custard

May 3, 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 paranormal friends. Today is Monday, May 3, 2021. Today is the 123rd day of the year, and 242 days remain.

Paranormal Day 

Paranormal Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. You needn’t be a “seer” or a “medium” to predict that this holiday celebrates all things paranormal.
The word “paranormal” is a general term used to describe an experience that is outside the range of a normal experience. It was coined sometime between 1915 and 1920 and is generally used to describe phenomena that science cannot easily explain or measure. The word itself comes from “para” meaning above and “normal” meaning standard, so essentially it refers to something above or beyond ordinary experience. Even today, there are many things that can’t be explained by science or logic.
These days, it seems like the topic of the paranormal is everywhere. The popularity of the 2007 film “Paranormal Activity” raised interest in the paranormal and it has gone “mainstream”. And, we can’t discount the role that the Internet and online games play in popularizing the subject of the paranormal. Gone are the days of paranormal experiences being considered taboo, or just a source of parlor tricks and the occult. According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2005, about 73 percent of Americans believed in at least one type of paranormal experience from a list presented to them in the survey. The majority believed in extra-sensory perception, closely followed by haunted houses, ghosts, and telepathy. Another survey conducted in Australia revealed that 70 percent of respondents had a paranormal experience that changed their lives, generally in a positive way. Many reported having premonitions while others mentioned sensing the presence of a person or animal that wasn’t there. Have you ever had a premonition that came true, or had a feeling that you were being watched when you are alone in a room? If so, that could be classified as paranormal activity.
Although to my knowledge, Paranormal Day is not an ‘official’ holiday anywhere, it is recognized around the world as a day to honor all those who believe in paranormal experiences as well as those who engage in paranormal activities. Believers in the paranormal gather to exchange stories or experiences.
Even if you are skeptical, you can still celebrate Paranormal Day. Watch some scary movies, have a ghost-themed party, visit some places in your area rumored to be haunted, or just get a psychic reading.

Public Radio Day 

Public Radio Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. It doesn’t take much imagination to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Public Radio. 
When you hear the term ‘public radio’, you might think about your local public radio station or the state-run radio stations that are the norm in many nations around the world. However, here in America, public radio refers to non-commercial broadcasts that are funded through a combination of listener donations and government support. Though public radio is funded in part by grants from federal and local governments, public radio stations and content producers in the United States function independently from government influence.
Radio as we know it started its evolution in the early 1900s, and the first regular, non-commercial, non-governmental radio broadcasting was done by a station at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This station, 9XM (now known as WHA), started broadcasting in 1916. These broadcasts were not what we hear today; instead, they were mostly Morse code signals. In 1917, non-governmental radio broadcasts of all kinds were halted in the face of World War I. After the war ended, radio technology had grown and changed enough to send voices and music.
In the 1940s, the lower range of numbers in the FM band was set aside for educational and non-commercial purposes, thus setting public radio apart from other types of radio.
In 1967, President Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, which catalyzed the formation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The CPB is a non-profit organization funded by the federal government and covers both radio and television public broadcasting. The formation of the CPB formalized the association between public radio stations and led to the founding of National Public Radio (NPR). Since its founding in 1970, NPR has evolved into a major media organization that produces and syndicates informational and educational programming across the nation.
Although television and the Internet are ever more popular, many people still rely on the radio as a source of news and entertainment. Not all public radio programming is produced by NPR. Local affiliates decide which programs air, and when. Some content is produced independently by organizations such as Public Radio International (PRI) and some content is produced locally through college and university programs.
If you enjoy listening to public radio, I urge you to make a donation today in celebration of Public Radio Day.

National Special-abled Pets Day

National Specially-abled Pets Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. As you might suspect, this holiday seeks to help  educate the public about caring for disabled pets, and find homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets. This holiday was created in 2006 and is now internationally embraced.
Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth defects or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet.  Most of the time it’s as if they never had to readjust to life – and we just need to keep up with them.
If you want to celebrate National Specially-abled Pet Day, to consider adopting a specially-abled pet. Although it can be difficult and a bit heart-wrenching at times, a specially-abled pet can be a rewarding addition to any family.

World Press Freedom Day 

World Press Freedom Day (or just Press Freedom Day) is celebrated annually on May 3rd. You don’t need to be an ace reporter to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s most vital freedoms – freedom of the press. Created by the United Nations in 1993,  it recognizes the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalist have made for this freedom.
The United States enjoys the freedom of the press, but many other countries do not. The foremost indicator of the freedom a nation’s citizens enjoy is the freedom (or lack thereof) that the press has to criticize the Government. This right should not be taken lightly. 
Celebrate World Press Freedom Day in whatever manner you deem appropriate.

Garden Meditation Day

Garden Meditation Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. You can easily infer from its name that this holiday encourages you to find the time to relax in your garden for a while today.
Meditation is one of the best forms of relaxation. The key to Garden Meditation Day is to get away from your TV or computer (or the myriad of other distractions after your long day at work).
To celebrate Gardenn Meditation Day, find a quiet, serene place after your stressful day and contemplate the meaning of life, the beauty of nature, or just contemplate your navel. Relax and forget about all the stressful things in your life. OMMMM!

National Textiles Day

National Textiles Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. You don’t need to be a clothing manufacturer to conclude that this holiday recognizes all that textiles do to improve our lives. National Textiles Day was founded by Valley Forge Fabrics and was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.
Consider all the ways textiles improve our lives — From the clothing you wear to the linens on your bed to the fluffy towels hanging in your bathroom; from the drapes in your living room to the carpeting on your floor to the upholstery in your car, textiles are all around us. From fashionable style to everyday necessity, textiles provide us with a wealth of design possibilities.
Textiles are woven fibers of either natural or synthetic materials. The resulting fabric is used to make coverings for a variety of uses from clothing and bedding to furniture covers as well as rugs, drapery, and canvas for art and shelter. Not only does textile lend itself to multiple uses it is versatile, and its texture and color are unlimited.
Celebrate National Textiles Day by looking around you and seeing the variety of different ways textiles are used in your home.

Lumpy Rug Day

Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd, This holiday is intended to make you aware that “all rugs are not created equal”, and to let you know that you should appreciate a good rug if you are lucky enough to own one.
Rugs should be comfortable, smooth, and even. Many people spend a great deal of time on their rugs watching TV, playing games, putting together puzzles, and sometimes catching “forty winks”.
Few people like lumpy rugs. They are unsightly and uncomfortable to walk on. If you have a lumpy rug in your home, today is the day to consider replacing it with a quality, “lumpless” rug in celebrartion of Lumpy Rug Day.

National Raspberry Tart Day 

National Raspberry Tart Day , is celebrated annually on May 3rd. It doesd’t require a “genius-level” IQ to glean that this holiday celebrates raspberry tarts – a sweet, but tangy dessert. 
A tart is a type of pastry similar to a pie, except that the crust will stand on its own when baked and can be removed from the pan. Tarts are usually filled with fresh fruit or a combination of pastry cream and fresh fruit. Individual-sized tarts, baked in specially-sized tart pans, are also popular.
To celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day, enjoy a raspberry tart for dessert today. If you don’t feel like baking today, your neighborhood supermarket will generally have a variety of tarts available for purchase (get there early to be sure you get a raspberry one).

National Chocolate Custard Day 

National Chocolate Custard Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. Obviously, this holiday celebrates chocolate custard – a world-renowned dessert. 
Custard as we know it dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used as a filling for pastries. After the 16th century, fruit creams became popular and it was about this time that custards began to be made in individual dishes or bowls rather than as fillings for a crust.
Today custard is used to fill tarts, Danish pastry, cream puffs, and éclairs. It is also mixed into trifles and is part of other sweet and savory delights. Custards are prepared in two ways – stirred or cooked on top of the stove, or baked in the oven. The main difference between a custard and a pudding is that custards are egg-based while puddings are milk or cream-based. 
To celebrate National Chocolate Custard Day, enjoy some chocolate custard this evening for dessert. 

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

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