Sherlock Holmes, Musical Instruments, Merchant Marines, and Vanilla Pudding

May 22, 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 mystery lovers. Today is Saturday, May 22, 2021. Today is the 142nd day of the year, and 223 days remain.

Sherlock Holmes Day

Sherlock Holmes Day is celebrated annually on May 22nd. You don’t need to be a great detective to ascertain that this holiday celebrates one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. But why does Sherlock Holmes deserve a holiday in his honor? Elementary my dear Watson. Since his creation over a century ago, the character of Sherlock Holmes has garnered millions of fans worldwide. He is among the most renowned fictional characters and besides being the main character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, he has been portrayed on stage, in films, on television, and on the radio more than any other character in history. He is literally a literary icon.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, said the character [Sherlock Holmes] was originally inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for whom Doyle had worked as an assistant. Like Holmes, Bell was famous for his ability to draw broad conclusions from minute observations. Francis “Tanky” Smith, a policeman and master of disguise who was Leicester’s first private detective, is also thought to have influenced the character. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story first appeared in print in 1887 and other Sherlock Holmes stories continued to be published for the next forty years, until shortly before the author’s death. During this time, the detective had countless adventures, usually accompanied by his loyal friend and assistant, Dr. Watson.
To celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day, channel your “inner Sherlock” and play a rousing game or two of “Clue” with your family.

Buy a Musical Instrument Day 

Buy a Musical Instrument Day is celebrated annually on May 22nd. This holiday is pretty much a self-explanatory holiday. Even if you aren’t particularly musically inclined, you should be able to deduce that this holiday urges us to purchase a musical instrument today.
No one knows for sure when the first musical instrument was invented, but historians believe that flutes made of animal bones date back 37,000 years. Today there are 6 main instrument categories – percussion, woodwinds, brass, strings, keyboard, and electronic.
Worldwide, the most played instrument is the piano, followed by the guitar and the drums. 21 million Americans play the piano – that’s more than all other instruments combined! Other popular instruments include the flute, ukulele, saxophone, clarinet, trombone, and violin. Playing a musical instrument can increase abilities in other areas. Children who play a musical instrument are shown to read at advanced levels, have larger vocabularies, and work better in teams.
If you are a musician, then Buy a Musical Instrument Day is the day to upgrade or add to your collection. If you have contemplated taking up a musical instrument, today might be the day to take the plunge and make the purchase. You are never too old to learn something new.

National Maritime Day 

National Maritime Day is celebrated annually on May 22nd. As you might surmise, this holiday is celebrated in the United States and honors those who serve in the United States Merchant Marine. It was created by Congress in 1933 to recognize the maritime industry. The date of May 22 was chosen because it marks the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first-ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.
The men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have made contributions to this country during war and peace since its infancy. They have participated in every war from the Revolution to the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They transport troops, supplies, and equipment to war zones, often at great peril.425
To celebrate National Maritime Day, take time out of your busy day to remember those selfless people who are currently at sea keeping you safe. 1

National Vanilla Pudding Day 

National Vanilla Pudding Day is celebrated annually on May 22nd. You needn’t be a member of MENSA to conclude that this holiday celebrates vanilla pudding – a sweet, creamy dessert loved worldwide.
Most culinary historians agree that pudding recipes evolved from custards, which date back to Ancient Rome. The sweet creamy dessert that we all know and love today has been around since the 19th century.
Pudding mixes were introduced in 1936 by Jell-O (General Foods), but they required cooking milk and the mix on the stovetop with constant stirring until it boiled, then time to let the mixture cool and “set.” Jell-O introduced its first line of instant pudding mixes in the 1950s. The advertising campaign announcing the new product promoted it as the “busy-day dessert.”
To celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day, make some delicious vanilla pudding today – either from scratch or from an instant mix.
Author’s Note:
I think I will slice some bananas into mine, then pour the mixture into a pre-baked graham cracker crust and top it with whipped cream. I’ll call it Vanilla Pudding Cream Pie/with bananas – I’m such a culinary innovator.

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

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