Star Wars, Firefighters, Birds, Renewal, Respect for Chickens, Orange Juice, and Candied Orange Peel

May 4, 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 space cadets. Today is Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Today is the 124th day of the year, and 241 days remain.

Intergalactic Star Wars Day

Intergalactic Star Wars Day is celebrated annually on May 4th. You needn’t be an extraterrestrial to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the entirety of all of the Star Wars movies to date. I can state with statistical certainty that everyone in America from my generation has seen at least one of the movies from the original Star Wars trilogy. The first film in the series was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals.
Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy’s final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released. The three prequel films were also released at three-year intervals, with the final film of the trilogy released on May 19, 2005.
In October 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that it would produce three new films, with the first film, Star Wars Episode VII, planned for release in 2015. True to its word, Disney released “Star Wars Episode VII— The Force Awakens” on December 18, 2015.
20th Century Fox still retains the distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original film Episode IV: A New Hope, while holding the rights to Episodes I–III, V, and VI until May 2020.
But wait, if the first, Star Wars, was released on May 25, 1977, why then do we celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th? Unless you just awakened from a four-decade coma, the answer is obvious. One of the most memorable lines from the original Star Wars movie was; “May the force be with you.” Punsters have twisted that line to be; “May the fourth be with you”, which is why Intergalactic Star Wars Day is celebrated today, May 4th.
To celebrate Intergalactic Star Wars Day watch any of the Star Wars movies from any of its incarnations.

International Firefighters’ Day

International Firefighters’ Day is observed annually on May 4th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates firefighters – those selfless individuals who dedicate themselves to the protection of life and property, and the environment – often at the risk of their own lives.
A firefighter’s duties can range from rescuing a helpless kitten from a tree or rooftop to fighting a multi-alarm conflagration involving hazardous materials to battling an out of control forest fire – or anything in between. Firefighting requires extensive training, and as well, firefighters are required to keep abreast of new firefighting techniques and equipment throughout their careers. Firefighters in many communities are volunteers; while others are paid by local or state governments.
If you know any firefighters, past or current, celebrate International Firefighters’ Day by thanking them today for all that they do they do.

Bird Day

Bird Day is celebrated annually on May 4th. Even a bird brain should be able to deduce that this holiday celebrates birds. There are several other “bird-related holidays” observed every year, but this “Bird Day” is the oldest. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, the first Bird Day was celebrated on May 4, 1894. It was created by Charles Almanzo Babcock of  Oil City, PA. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Bird Day and Arbor Day events are focused upon conservation training and awareness.
However, it is also a good day for bird-watching, so get some birdseed, fill up your bird feeder, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching your fine feathered friends enjoy their new bounty in celebration of Bird Day.

Renewal Day

Renewal Day is celebrated annually on May 4th. You needn’t be looking for a fresh start to figure out that this holiday is a holiday for new and old beginnings.
Over the course of our hectic lives, things change. We lose track of friends and distant relatives. All too quickly, the pressures and demands of everyday life often cause us to become out of touch with those we care about. That college roommate you vowed to keep in touch with soon loses out to your starting a family and getting a job. That comrade-in-arms you with whom you served in that God-forsaken Hell-hole becomes a distant memory as you start your life in the civilian world. You move away from home to start your career while your parents and siblings remain behind. Renewal Day is the holiday to renew, rejuvenate, and rekindle those lost relationships.
Renewal Day can also be interpreted to mean that you can reinvigorate your relationship with yourself. Ask your boss for that raise, start a new exercise regimen, change your hairstyle, rearrange the furniture in your house, or sign up for a class at your community college. Anything to get yourself out of the rut that “life” has created for you.
Celebrate Renewal Day in any manner you deem appropriate for your particular circumstances.

International Respect for Chickens Day 

International Respect for Chickens Day is celebrated annually on May 4th. You probably think that this holiday is just another one of those quirky, silly little holidays that I like to cover in these POSTS – but actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
International Respect for Chickens Day is an annual project of United Poultry Concerns designed to celebrate the dignity, beauty, and life of chickens and to protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. Although International Respect for Chickens Day specifies chickens, it encompasses all forms of domestic fowl – ducks, turkeys, and other commercially raised game birds.
Chickens can make good companion animals and can be tamed by hand feeding, and some people find chickens’ behavior entertaining and educational. Calling someone a “dumb cluck” might not be as big a “put down” as you might think either. Chickens have a range of about 20 distinct calls, have demonstrated problem-solving skills, the use of representational signaling, and the ability to recognize each other by facial features, so they are more intelligent than they seem. Roosters are another story though. They can be aggressive and aren’t recommended if you have small children. Also, check your local ordinances because some municipalities ban or restrict the raising of chickens.
In nature, chickens live for five to eleven years depending on the breed and, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s oldest chicken died of heart failure when she was 16 years old. However, in commercial chicken farming operations, they don’t fare nearly as well. A meat chicken generally lives only six weeks before slaughter. A free-range or organic meat chicken will usually be slaughtered at about 14 weeks. Hens of special laying breeds may produce as many as 300 eggs a year. After 12 months, the hen’s egg-laying ability starts to decline, and commercial laying hens are then slaughtered and used in baby foods, pet foods, pies, and other processed foods.
Two ways to celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day immediately come to mind. First, you can respect chickens by eating some chicken today — Or you can respect chickens by refraining from eating chicken today. You are the arbiter of how you celebrated this holiday.

Orange Juice Day 

Orange Juice Day is celebrated annually on May 4th. It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates orange juice – one of America’s favorite fruit juices.
Orange juice refers to the juice of oranges. It is made by squeezing the fresh fruit, by drying and later rehydrating the juice, or by the concentration of the juice and later adding water to the concentrate. A healthy drink, orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and potassium.
To celebrate Orange Juice Day, have a cold, refreshing, glass of OJ today. It is a healthy drink that is good any time of the day.
Author’s Note: 
Because of the importance to its economy, orange juice was adopted as the official beverage of Florida in 1967.

National Candied Orange Peel Day 

National Candied Orange Peel Day is celebrated annually on May 4th. you don’t need to be a confection connoisseur to determine that this holiday celebrates candied orange peel – a sweet confection and garnish used primarily in baking.
Candied orange peel is boiled in sugar water, sliced, then sprinkled with more sugar. The method of preserving foods using sugar can be traced back to ancient China and Mesopotamia. However, the candied peel as we know seems to come from Arab culture. Chefs would serve candied fruit at banquets. Through trade and immigration, candied fruits eventually reached America, where they became the key part of some of the most well-known cakes and sweets of European tradition, – such as the Italian Panettone which uses candied orange and lemon within its mixture.
These days though, unless you are a professional in the culinary arts, you probably aren’t familiar with candied orange peel. It is most commonly used in holiday cakes and cookies. If you’ve ever actually eaten a slice of fruitcake, you have probably eaten candied orange peel.
Since most store-bought fruitcake has a half-life equivalent to that of Plutonium, and since you probably still have some leftover from last Christmas, find it in that dusty corner of your pantry and have a slice for a snack today to celebrate National Candied Orange Peel Day. See if you can identify the candied orange peel (or any of the other ingredients for that matter).

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

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