Nature Photography, Smiles, the Magna Charta, Kites and Electricity, Janitors, Lobster, and Cherry Tarts

June 15, 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 nature lovers. Today is Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Today is the 166th day of the year, and 199 days remain.

Nature Photography Day 

Nature Photography Day is celebrated annually on June 15th. You needn’t be a whacko environmentalist to ascertain that this holiday’s goal is to spark an interest in nature photography – but also to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes worldwide through images that portray the delicate balance of nature. It was created in 2006 by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).
The NANPA and I encourage you to celebrate Nature Photography Day by grabbing your camera and venturing forth from the confines of your humble abode to a nearby park, or a nature trail, or even your backyard, and capturing images of flora and fauna at its finest. You won’t find a better time of year to photograph nature than late Spring. Most plants are in bloom or producing fruit, many species of animals have borne their young, and the weather is still reasonably mild — The opportunities are endless.
 Author’s Note:
Just be aware that no matter where you go you leave a carbon footprint, so try to keep your impact on the environment to a minimum. Don’t trample all over a micro-ecosystem just to get “the shot”. You can take good pictures and still remain on the prescribed trails. To illustrate my point, I captured each photograph below without deviating from the beaten path and disrupting the fragile ecosystem.*
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*Click on each picture above for a more dramatic, full-sized view of the image. Happy trails to you.

Smile Power Day 

Smile Power Day is celebrated annually on June 15th. You don’t need to be a dentist to deduce that this holiday was created to make people aware of the power of a good smile.
Smiles are meant to be shared with others. A smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope, and an expression of emotion. There is an old saying: “Smile – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.” That old adage is certainly apropos on Smile Power Day. Smiles are infectious. If everyone around you is smiling, it is hard not to smile yourself, even if you’re in a bad mood. This may be nothing more than trying to fit in with the group, but no matter the reason, it works.
To celebrate Smile Power Day, broadcast your most toothy smile to everyone you encounter today. Who knows, you might just turn someone’s bad day around. Besides, it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Just make sure that your smile is sincere. People can spot a phony smile a mile away.

Magna Charta Day 

Magna Charta Day is celebrated annually on June 15th. You don’t need to be a historian to surmise that this holiday celebrates the Magna Charta – the foundation of most democracies around the world.
Magna Charta is Latin for “the Great Charter” and is one of the most important documents in political history. Drawn up in Britain and signed on 15th June 1215, it outlines the rights of the common people and limits the powers of the monarchy. Since then it has been used as the basis for civil liberties around the world, advancing the cause of liberty. Our “Bill of Rights” is based upon this historic document. Although it may seem of little consequence to Americans, who sometimes take freedom for granted, for the English this date marks the first time that the basic belief in the value of the individual was recognized by the ruling government.
Although this day does not appear in the official calendar of any church, it is a day of great religious significance throughout the English-speaking world. One of the 48 personal rights and liberties guaranteed by the Magna Charta was freedom of worship.
To celebrate Magna Charta Day, learn more about this historical document. You can begin by reading this article.

Fly a Kite Day and National Electricity Day

Fly a Kite Day/National Electricity Day are both celebrated annually on June 15th. They are basically the same holiday under different names. Both celebrate the anniversary of the date on which Benjamin Franklin conducted his famous kite experiment in 1752 during a thunderstorm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although he didn’t “discover” electricity through his experiment – electricity has been around since the dawn of time – Mr. Franklin proved that lightning is electricity by suspending an iron key from the kite to attract a lightning bolt.
To celebrate Fly a Kite Day, simply fly a kite today – preferrably sans key and lightning storm. To celebrate National Electricity Day, simply be glad that electricity is now readily available to make our lives so much easier.
Author’s Note:
Click on the highlighted text in the title of each of these holidays above for more information. 

Justice for Janitors Day 

Justice for Janitors Day is celebrated annually on June 15th. You needn’t be a sanitation engineer to determine that this holiday celebrates janitors – or more precicely, the date on which a peaceful protest by janitors in Los Angeles became violent.
On June 15, 1990, a peaceful protest of [mostly immigrant] janitors in Los Angeles, took a bad turn when police officers confronted marchers – striking them with batons. The confrontation led to more than three dozen marchers being injured. That event garnered international sympathy and support for the janitors and ultimately became a flashpoint for one of the most successful low-wage worker campaigns in recent history.
Since 1990, the Justice for Janitors movement has organized more than 133,000 janitors – bringing higher wages, benefits, and standards to these workers, and providing families the ability to buy homes, pay for doctor’s visits, and save for college and retirement.
To celebrate Justice fo Janitors Day, learn more about the events leading up to this protest and the ramifications of the aftermath.

National Lobster Day 

National Lobster Day is celebrated annually on June 15th. You don’t need to be an oceanographer or seafood chef to conclude tha this holiday celebrates that sweet, succulent seafood – lobster.
Lobsters were once considered peasant food. In the 1800s, lobsters were plentiful and New Englanders could simply walk down the beach and capture them during low tide. Many servants lived off of lobster during this time period. In fact, one Massachusetts community had to pass a law that limited how often you could serve lobster to your servants. It was a modest three times a week. Today, lobster is considered a luxurious delicacy all over the world. In the state of Maine alone, lobster fishing is a billion-dollar industry.
There are many ways to enjoy lobster, but the most popular cooking methods are boiling, baking, steaming, and grilling. And, the best way to celebrate National Lobster Day is to simply devour some lobster tonight.
Author’s Note:
As I have pointed out in prior posts, I am not a big fan of seafood, but I do enjoy the occasional crustacean – and lobster is certainly no exception. Lobster is a  bit “pricey” for my budget as a general rule, but, after being in Covid -19 lock-down for the last year I may just celebrate by going out for some “surf & turf” this evening anyway. What the heck, I deserve it after endless months of my own home cooking and/or take-out food. 

Cherry Tart Day 

Cherry Tart Day is celebrated annually on the third Tuesday in June. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates cherry tarts – a classic dessert prized worldwide. The origins of this holiday seem to be linked to the annual National Cherry Festival held in Traverse City, Michigan each year. Cherry tarts are presented in an appealing open-faced crusty pastry shell.
Although cherries are grown on several continents, they have a relatively short growing season. While cherries are plentiful during thair growing season, they don’t have a long shelflife so it is important to use them quicky after purchase.
Cherries are in season now, and what better way to enjoy some cherries than in a delicious cherry tart? Tart shells are relatively easy to make yourself at home or are readily available pre-made at any supermarket, so there is no reason not to enjoy a cherry tart for dessert tonight in celebration of Cherry Tart Day.
FACTOID:
Maraschino Cherries are not a variety of cherry. Rather, Maraschino cherries are cherries that have been processed to preserve them – akin to pickling. Also, take note, Maraschino is pronounced mara-SKEENO, not mara-SHEENO.

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

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