Cats, Shopping Carts, Old Maids, Doughnuts, Fish & Chips, Cheese, and Cognac

June 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 feline fanciers. Today is Friday, June 4, 2021. Today is the 155th day of the year, and 210 days remain.

Hug your Cat Day

Hug Your Cat Day is celebrated annually on June 4th. You needn’t be a veterinarian to ascertain that this holiday celebrates our precious, purring pals that provide us with a constant stream of entertainment and/or annoyance.
In Ancient Egypt, cats were revered and even worshiped as symbols of grace and poise. National Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect opportunity to put your cat on a pedestal and thank him/her for all those times he/she has curled up next to you after a long day.
Besides, showing your furry feline friend some affection is actually healthy for you. Studies have shown that cuddling with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease stress, and cats are no exception.
To celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day, give your feline furbaby a nice big hug – and while you’re at it, throw in some grooming, some extra treats, a new toy, and maybe a little catnip.

Shopping Cart Day

Shopping Cart Day is celebrated annually on June 4th. As you can easily intuit, this holiday celebrates shopping carts – or more specifically, commemorates the date in 1937 when Sylvan Goldman created the first shopping cart.
As the owner of the Oklahoma City area Humpty Dumpty Stores, Mr. Goodman was trying to devise a way to make shopping more convenient for his customers. He found a wooden folding chair and put a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs. Then, along with Fred Young, one of his employees, he began tinkering with other ideas. Their first crude shopping cart innovation consisted of a metal frame that held two wire baskets. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”. Another mechanic, Arthur Kosted, developed a method to mass-produce the carts by inventing an assembly line capable of forming and welding the wire. The cart was awarded a patent on April 9, 1940.
Although today we take shopping carts for granted, Mr. Goodman’s shopping carts were not an immediate success. Men found them to be “too effeminate” while his female shoppers found them too reminiscent of pushing baby carriages. However, in a marketing coup, he hired several male and female models to push his new invention around his store and demonstrate their utility, as well as greeters to explain their use, and soon, his shopping carts became extremely popular and Goldman became a multimillionaire.
To celebrate Shopping Cart Day, simply utilize a shopping cart today. Since there are a number of food and beverage-related holidays today, you shouldn’t have a problem celebrating this holiday – simply stuff your shopping cart with the ingredients you’ll need to celebrate them. WIN! WIN!

Old Maid’s Day 

Old Maid’s Day is celebrated annually on June 4th. Contrary to what you are probably thinking, this holiday does not refer to the popular children’s card game – Old Maid. Rather, the concept for this holiday had its genesis right after the end of WWII. Millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this era, it was noted that there were plenty of maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies were not getting younger as they awaited the return of their special soldier.  The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many young men did not return home at all. Dances and socials began to be held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It is from these occurrences that Old Maid’s Day emerged.
With the “liberation” of women propagated by the Women’s movement in the late 1960s, this holiday seems archaic in today’s society. No longer is the stigma of “Old Maid” acceptable. In fact, it is considered degrading to women. Many women are eschewing the societal norms of yesteryear and are choosing to educate themselves and start their careers before they even consider marriage, or are forgoing marriage altogether.
Whether or not you agree with this current trend, it is an undeniable fact of life. So be careful, very, very careful, where, and with whom, you decide to celebrate Old Maid’s Day lest you be branded a sexist, a misogynist, or worse.

National Doughnut (Donut) Day

National Doughnut Day is observed annually on the first Friday of June. You don’t have to be a member of Law Enforcement to deduce that this holiday celebrates doughnuts – a tasty sweet treat enjoyed by millions of people worldwide every day. Interestingly, this holiday began as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 1938. It honors all of the female volunteers who served doughnuts to soldiers behind the front lines during World War I. It is often mistakenly thought that these doughnuts handed out to US enlisted men in World War I is the origin of the term doughboy in reference to soldiers, but the term doughboy has been documented to be in use since as early as the Mexican-American War of 1846–47.
Everyone enjoys a good doughnut. A doughnut is a pastry, a small, fried ring of sweet, leavened dough. Doughnuts leavened with baking powder (cake doughnuts) are denser than the fluffier, yeast-leavened (raised) doughnuts. There are many types of doughnuts. Just a few examples include Bismarcks or jelly doughnuts, raised doughnuts leavened with yeast, squares and twists, cake doughnuts, crullers (made from twisted cake doughnut dough), and French doughnuts made with cream-puff pastry dough. Doughnuts can be filled or unfilled, plain, glazed, or iced.
The Dutch are credited with inventing the doughnut. The original recipe, without a hole, was merely dough dropped into some hot oil. It was originally called an olykoek, [or oily cake]. The first written reference to “doughnut” is in Washington Irving’s 1809 in History of New York, where he writes of “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.” The first known printed record of the shortened “donut” appears in “Peck’s Bad Boy And His Pa,” a story by George W. Peck published in 1900. The doughnut with a hole that we all know and love today was invented in 1847. As the story goes, a 16-year-old American boy named Hanson Gregory used the top of a round tin pepper container to punch the holes so the dough would cook evenly. And the rest, as they say, is history.
To celebrate National Donut Day, pick up a freshly baked donut (or two) or buy a box of doughnuts to take home and share with your family – if there are any left by the time you get home.

National Fish and Chips Day

National Fish and Chips Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June. You need not be a fishmonger to conclude that this holiday celebrates Fish & Chips – an internationally-renowned dish combining battered, deep-fried fish filets with crispy French Fries (or, as the British call them, Chips). This holiday originated in the British Commonwealth in 2016. However, since many of us in America can trace our roots back to the British Empire, the holiday soon made its way ‘across the pond’ and is now celebrated here as well. Also, Fish & Chips are delicious and, in my humble opinion, should be celebrated all over the world anyway.
Fish and Chips became popular in the late 1800s when “trawl fishing” became a major industry in the North Atlantic. With the increased availability of fresh fish, not only in seaports but inland as well, the price of fish naturally went down. Cheap, filling, аnd high caloric foods are the foundation fоr working-class laborers thаt held incredibly physically demanding jobs. Thuѕ, “Fish and Chips” carts started cropping up all over major population centers. Soon, Fish and Chips spread all over thе world аnd some variation of the dish is found in almost every nation’s cuisine. In thе America’s Fish and Chips can be found in everything from corner burger shops аѕ part оf their fry menu to some оf thе most upscale restaurants whiсh provide them with оnlу thе bеѕt cod аnd sides. Today, Fish and Chips is really a meal thаt crosses all thе boundaries оf culture, class, аnd status.
You don’t need to be a brain sturgeon surgeon to figure out how to celebrate National Fish and Chips Day. Simply so enjoy some Fish and Chips today.

National Cheese Day 

National Cheese Day is celebrated annually on June 4th. You don’t need to be a turophile to decipher that this cheesy holiday, oddly enough, celebrates that delicious dairy product – cheese.
Cheese is an ancient food whose origin predates recorded history. This link will take you to a website where you can learn more about the history of cheese. If you have a favorite kind of cheese, this link will take you to a website where you can learn about the history of many different varieties of cheese – probably including yours.
To celebrate National Cheese Day, simply enjoy some of your favorite types of cheese in your favorite recipe — perhaps a cheese omelet for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, and/or Mac & Cheese for dinner. Now, I’m going to ‘cut the cheesiness’ and move on to the next holiday.

National Cognac Day 

National Cognac Day is celebrated annually on June 4th. As you might surmise, this holiday celebrated cognac – a premium quality, world-renowned, rather expensive, brandy – named after the town of Cognac in France.
Cognac comes from the double distillation of white wine made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and/or Colombard grapes. Aside from being a popular beverage used in a variety of different cocktails or sipped straight; it is very popular with chefs worldwide. It is used in a variety of savory and sweet gourmet recipes from cookies to seafood, to risotto – and so many more.
To celebrate National Cognac Day, have some cognac; either as a beverage or in one of your recipes.

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

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