Korean War Vets, Walking, Stilts, Communication, Bagpipes, Scotch Whisky, and Crème Brûlée

July 27, 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 Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Today is the 208th day of the year, and 157 days remain.

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day 

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. As you can easily infer, this holiday marks the anniversary of the date in 1953 that the treaty was signed ending the Korean War – this year, the 68th anniversary. The original proclamation expired on the 50th anniversary in 2003, but it has been extended each year by the President since then. Here is this year’s proclamation.
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is not a federal holiday, but each year ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery, and on military bases in the United States and in South Korea. From 2000 to 2003, flags were flown at half-mast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, but before then and since then, the flag is flown as normal.
To celebrate National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day learn more about the history of the Korean conflict.

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day 

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is celebrated annually on July 27th.  As you might expect, this holiday is just a cutesy way to remind everyone about the health benefits of walking.
Walking is good workout for cardio, and helps with circulation. This form of exercise requires no special equipment (except pants). To celebrate Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, simply be sure to wear your pants today as you take your walk. If you are currently vacationing at a clothing optional resort, fold your pants and carry them under your arm as you take your walk today to celebrate this holiday.

Walk on Stilts Day 

Walk on Stilts Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates stilts, or more accurately, it encourages us to try to walk on stilts today.
Stilts are described as ‘pillars, posts, or poles employed to assist a person or structure in standing above the ground’. The process of employing stilts for mobility has been around since as far back as the 6th Century BC. Stilts have a long history of more practical uses,  however, most people have only seen stilts used by circus performers – such as clowns and jugglers – or on the TV variety shows of yore.
While most of us have only seen stilts employed for the purposes of entertainment, they have also been used in many industries – from shepherding to construction.  In the Landes region of France, shepherds would use stilts to watch their flocks from an elevated position. In the construction industry, they are commonly used by drywall contractors, because constantly moving their ladders is too time-consuming.
Walk on Stilts Day affords you the opportunity to get a new perspective on life – so, if you’re the adventurous type, try walking on stilts today to celebrate this holiday. If, like yours truly, you aren’t that adventurous, learn more about the history of stilts and their practical applications.

Cross Atlantic Communication Day 

Cross Atlantic Communication Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. You don’t need to be an intuitive to deduce that this holiday commemorates the date in 1866 on which the first sustained working telegraph cable between Europe and the Americas became operational. Prior to this, it took ten days for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship.
The idea of trans-Atlantic cable connecting Europe and the Americas is seen as the brain-child of entrepreneur Cyrus Field, who raised the cash and made the first attempt in 1857. The 1,700m miles of cable was too big for any one ship to carry, so two were employed, the USS Niagara and the HMS Agamemnon. The two ships met up in the middle of the Atlantic, their two wires were spliced together, and they headed out in opposite directions, laying cable as they went. The cables broke multiple times, and the mission was eventually abandoned. The following summer, after several trials and errors, they set out again, and this time completed the mission – connecting a spliced cable from Newfoundland to Ireland. On August 16, 1858, the first trans-Atlantic telegraph message was sent. The two countries celebrated, but over the next few weeks the connection deteriorated, and finally gave out.
No one tried again for several years, due in large part to the Civil War. But in 1865, Cyrus Field tried again. The Great Eastern, a ship large enough to carry the entire cable, had been built and was four times larger than the previous ships used. Captain by Sir James Anderson, the Great Eastern traveled from Ireland to Newfoundland laying cable as it went. A thousand miles into the voyage, the cable snapped and the mission was abandoned. However, the laying of the cable was finally completed the following year when the Great Eastern lay another, more durable cable between the two coasts and the first sustained trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was sent on this date, July 27, 1866.
With the technology we have these days, we take global communication for granted. However, to celebrate Cross Atlantic Communication Day, we should take the time to applaud the visionary efforts of Mr. Field and the others who saw the need for a faster, better means of communication between the nations of the world.

Bagpipe Appreciation Day 

Bagpipe Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. You needn’t be a musician to glean that this holiday celebrates the ancient (arguably) musical instrument – the Highlands Scottish Bagpipe. This instrument is a quintessential part of the Scottish tradition. This holiday celebrates the tunes of this traditional instrument that were used to herald battles, to begin auspicious events such as weddings and to bid farewell at funerals.
Historians believe that bagpipes originated in ancient Egypt as early as 400 BC. From there, the migrated to Ancient Rome and were eventually brought to Scotland by Roman Legions where they evolved into the instrument we know today.
Bagpipes are second only to percussion in the evolution of musical instruments. Today, the typical bagpipe consists of three pipes emerging from a sack-like bag. These bags are crafted from elk or sheep skin. These sacks fill with air that is released when the musician presses his arm to create the music. There is also a fourth pipe that holds nine holes to create changes in chord and pitch.
Since I am not an advocate of any form of torture, I can not, in good conscience, urge you to listen to bagpipe music today in celebration Bagpipe Appreciation Day. You can, however, learn more about the evolution of bagpipes and how they became the national instrument of Scotland.

National Scotch Whisky Day

And, while we’re on the subject of Scotland, today is also National Scotch Whisky Day – also celebrated annually on July 27th. You should be able to figure out from its name that this holiday celebrates Scotch whisky – a world-renowned alcoholic beverage.
The Babylonians of Mesopotamia were likely the first people to distil alcohol sometime in the 2nd millennium BC. At the time distillation was only used to make various perfumes and aromatics. The earliest records of the distillation of alcohol for drinking date back to 13th century Italy, where harder alcohols were distilled from wine. Soon, the practice of distillation spread through medieval monasteries and was used largely for medicinal purposes, such as the treatment of smallpox and other illnesses. Distillation spread to today’s Great Britain in the 15th century, and the Scots began making whisky shortly thereafter.
Scotch whisky, first and foremost, must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an alcohol by volume (ABV) of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water, and yeast, other grains can be included, but, by law, no fermentation additives can be used. There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch and blended Scotch. If it’s made with just malted barley and water and bottled as whisky from one distillery, it is referred to as one of the famous “single malt” Scotch whiskeys. If a Scotch is made with other grains, it’s referred to as “single grain.” There are also blended Scotches – such as the top-selling Johnnie Walker – that use whiskeys from multiple distillers. Scotch whiskeys are aged in oak casks, but unlike American straight whiskeys, the casks don’t have to be new. Many American white oak casks that once held bourbon or other American whiskeys find a second life in Scotland to age Scotch whisky, and some distillers also use casks that formerly contained sherry or port to add different flavors. Though single malt Scotches are made only from barley and water, their flavors vary enormously depending on where the distillery is located, the kind of water used, the way the whisky is aged and other variables.
To celebrate National Scotch Whisky Day, simply enjoy a shot of this fine whisky today. It is best when enjoyed “neat” or “on -the-rocks” but it can be used in a variety of cocktails as well.
Author’s Note:
Yes, I know how to spell whiskey. However, in Scotland and Canada, whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas, in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”. Since this holiday concerned Scotch whisky, I used the Scotch spelling.

National Crème Brûlée Day 

National Crème Brûlée Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Crème Brûlée – a popular dessert enjoyed worldwide.
Crème Brûlée a rich creamy custard topped with a layer of hard caramel. Combining crunchy and creamy together into a single bite, it has been one of the hallmark desserts of Paris for centuries. Crème Brûlée has been around for quite some time, with the first recipe appearing in a recipe book by Francois Massialot in 1691. Oddly though, for all of its association with France, and specifically with Paris, it has appeared in only the one French cookbook. Since then, Crème Brûlée recipes are printed in books from other countries.
Traditionally served in ramekins, Crème Brûlée has the appearance of a small pie or tart, but once you crack that caramel shell, you’ll know that you are enjoying something truly special. When translated into English Crème Brûlée literally means “Burnt Cream”, but don’t let that deter you from trying this decadent dessert.
To celebrate National Crème Brûlée Day, find a restaurant that offers Crème Brûlée and try it. Alternatively, Crème Brûlée is not too complicated to make – basically, it is a simple custard with sugar sprinkled on the top then browned with a kitchen torch, so why not try making it at home. Here is one recipe if you want to give it a try.

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

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