Memorial Day, Meditation, Thought Growth, Hearing, Complete Sentences, Web Designers, No Tobacco, and Macaroons

May 31, 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 patriots. Today is Monday, May 31, 2021. Today is the 151st day of the year, and 214 days remain.

 Memorial Day 

Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday in May. As you can easily intuit from its name, this holiday honors those servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War in 1865 and was meant to honor the over 600,000 soldiers from both sides who were killed. It was traditionally observed on May 30th. In 1882, the name was officially changed to Memorial Day.
After WWI, this holiday was changed again to include all American soldiers who had lost their lives in all American wars. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create 3-day weekends. The law went into effect in 1971 and Memorial Day was included in this list of Monday holidays. At this time, it also was recognized as an official federal holiday for the first time.
Alas, as a result of it being celebrated as a part of a 3-day weekend, the actual reason we celebrate Memorial Day has become obscured and means little more to some people than a day off from work and a reason to have a family barbecue or outing. What a shame!
So, go ahead and celebrate Memorial Day by having your barbecue, your picnic, or your family outing – just please set aside a few moments to observe the true meaning of Memorial Day.
For more information regarding Memorial Day, click this link.

National Meditation Day

National Meditation Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. You don’t need to have reached a state of nirvana to deduce that this holiday celebrates the power of meditation.  Created in 2007, the goal of this holiday was to get 10,000,000 people across the world to unite through the power of meditation to pump positive energy into our negative world.
The theory was that good energy pumped into the world would have huge positive effects. In his book “Permanent Peace: How to Stop Terrorism and War – Now and Forever,” author Robert Oates asserts that meditation done by large groups of individuals can cause permanent change. The premise is simple: Like ripples on a pond radiating outward from a pebble’s splash, ripples of orderliness and harmony radiate outward from concentrated group meditators. According to Mr. Oates, the evidence for this idea has been repeated and is statistically significant. He claims that not only do signs of social disorder go down; such as violent crime, fires, traffic accidents, warfare, and terrorism, but, signs of coherence and progress go up.
Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is recognized as a component of almost all religions in one form or another and has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and/or psychophysical practices which may emphasize different goals — from the achievement of a higher state of consciousness to greater focus, creativity, or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.
The word meditation originally comes from the Indo-European root med-, meaning “to measure.” From the root med- are also derived the English words mete, medicine, modest, and moderate. It entered the English language through the Latin word meditatio, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved to have the more specific meaning, “contemplation.” In recent times, Far Eastern meditation techniques have been adapted and are increasingly being practiced in Western culture.
To celebrate National Meditation Day, Do some channel your “inner mystic” and do some introspective “navel-gazing” – preferably with a specific goal in mind.
Author’s Note:
I don’t know whether or not any of the gobbledygook above is factual or feasible, but it does tie in nicely with today’s next holiday, which is:

What You Think Upon Grows Day 

What You Think Upon Grows Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. In the same vein as the holiday above, this holiday urges us to think positively and try to eliminate negativity from our lives. This date was chosen to celebrate What You Think Upon Grows Day because it is the birthdate of one of the pioneers of modern positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, who was born on this day in 1898. Peale was a renowned author, speaker, pastor, and theologian who ministered at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over fifty years.
Legendary thinkers throughout history have often said that “thoughts are things”, and “what a man thinketh in his heart so is he”. It is also said that “men are makers of themselves”. The gist of all this hoopla is that you control your own destiny. If you think negative thoughts, negative things will happen to you, therefore, the converse must also be true.
We all know a “gloomy Gus” or two and we also know a few people who always put a positive spin on everything. But is there a correlation between their attitude and their success, or lack thereof, in relationships, business, or life in general? What You Think Upon Grows Day asserts that the correlation not only exists but is inevitable. A positive attitude produces a positive result and a negative attitude produces a negative result.
I don’t know if this is true or not, but to be safe, celebrate What You Think Upon Grows Day by trying to think positively today and gauge the results for yourself.

Save Your Hearing Day 

Save Your Hearing Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. As you might surmise, this holiday serves as a reminder that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected.
Hearing loss can be attributed to a number of causes including health, genetic, and environmental. Environmental causes are the ones over which you have the most control. If your job requires you to be around high-decibel noise for prolonged periods of time, be sure to wear adequate hearing protection.
Around your home, don’t blare your music at a volume that can be registered on the Richter Scale. The same thing applies when you are driving in your car. Additionally, never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ears to clean them.
To celebrate Save Your Hearing Day take time today to learn other ways to prevent hearing loss. It is also a good day to schedule a hearing test with your healthcare professional.
Authors Note:
I speak from experience on this subject. I spent over half of my 20+ year military career as a jet aircraft mechanic. Hearing protection was required by the USAF, but, being young, dumb, and invincible, I often didn’t heed the warnings about wearing hearing protection. The result: I now have about a 25% hearing loss in my mid-range hearing. I often have to annoyingly ask people to repeat themselves because I missed what they said.

Speak in Complete Sentences Day 

Speak in Complete Sentences Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. You needn’t be a grammarian to ascertain that this holiday is set aside to celebrate the increasingly lost art of speaking, and writing, properly. As slang, informalism, and social media lingo continue their assault upon the English language, this holiday reminds us of the importance of good language skills. The origins of Speak in Complete Sentences Day are unclear, but I found references to it as far back as 2004.
OMG, do we really have 2? Well yes, that is if you choose to celebrate Speak in Complete Sentences Day – at least for today. Speak in complete, grammatically correct sentences in all of your conversations today.
Author’s Note:
Although this holiday specifies speaking in complete sentences today, I feel that it should be expanded to include writing in clear, coherent sentences as well. So, today, feel free to be the ‘grammar Nazi’ on ‘social media’ to your heart’s content. 

Web Designer Day

Web Designer Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. Oddly enough, this holiday is all about appreciating the web designers of the world and celebrating the job they do. Web designers basically make the internet pretty, and the internet would be a drab and boring place without them.
It takes a lot of brainstorming, coding, and long hours of tedium to make a well-designed website. A good web designer is an invaluable asset to any business. Finding that perfect balance between “too busy” and “basic” is no easy task. It is the job of a web designer to make their company’s website aesthetically pleasing, yet at the same time make it functional. If a company’s website is too “busy” potential customers might click away because they can’t easily find the information they seek. By the same token, a “basic” drab, dull, “industrial” looking website can be equally a turn-off to potential customers. Striking that perfect balance can be the difference between a company’s success or failure, and the web designer makes that happen.
So if you use a web designer in your business, or you have a web designer among your family or friends, give them a big “Thank You” today in celebration of Web Designer Day. Peruse the internet to find examples of websites that are either “too busy” or “too basic.”

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. As you might suspect, this holiday strives to bring awareness of the health issues, and dependency issues related to tobacco use. It stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco.
According to the World Health Organization’s website: The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, changing the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, to 31 May.
And for the 34th consecutive year, I will not be participating. I tend to ignore ‘holidays’ with the words World, Global, or International in the title as a general rule anyway. I know that I should quit smoking, and someday I will. But when I do, it won’t be because of some “World” holiday.
However, if you want to celebrate World No Tobacco Day by trying to quit tobacco, by all means, go ahead! Your health is your decision. Don’t let my feelings on the subject affect your decision.
Author’s Note:
This holiday is not to be confused with the Great American Smokeout which happens in November each year.

National  Macaroon Day 

National  Macaroon Day is celebrated annually on May 31st. You don’t need to be a patissier to conclude that this holiday celebrates that world-renowned egg-white-based treat – the macaroon.
A macaroon is a small unleavened cake with a crispy outer layer and a moist, chewy center. Although they are classified as cakes, they use no flour and are leavened by whipped egg whites. They are flavored with sugar, and sometimes also with coconut, potato starch, or nuts. They date back to a 9th-century Italian monastery.
Because they are flourless, macaroons are popular among the Jewish community, especially during Passover, where Judaism bans cooking with flour. Although they are the same size as cookies, macaroons do not contain any flour and therefore do not fall into that classification. The most popular macaroon varieties are coconut, almond, and chocolate.
The word “macaroon” comes from the Italian word for paste: “Maccarone.” A primary ingredient in early macaroon recipes was almond paste. This link will provide you with a more complete history of macaroons.
To celebrate National Macaroon Day, simply enjoy some macaroons today – either store-bought or homemade.

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

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