National Park Service, Second-hand Wardrobes, Kissing and Making Up, Lamingtons, Banana Splits, and Whiskey Sours

August 25, 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 enthusiasts of the great outdoors. Today is Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Today is the 237th day of the year, and 128 days remain.

National Park Service Founders Day 

National Park Service Founders Day is celebrated annually on August 25th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the founding of the National Park Service. On this date in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed what is now called the Organic Act establishing the National Park Service. At the time there were 35 management areas including national parks and monuments. Currently, as part of the Department of Interior, the National Park Service is responsible for protecting 400 areas in each of the 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia totaling 84 million acres.
National Park Service Founders Day recognizes the superior conservation and preservation efforts of the National Parks System. Whether enjoying scenic trails, open spaces, watersheds or recreational areas, the National Parks Service provides a natural outdoor resource accessible to all Americans.
To celebrate National Park Service Founders Day, visit one of the 400 management areas across the country near you. Remember, without the National Park Service, the area you visit might otherwise not be open to public access.

National Second-hand Wardrobe Day 

National Second-hand Wardrobe Day is celebrated annually on August 25th. You needn’t be a ‘fashionista’ to ascertain that this holiday celebrates both the thriftiness and practicality of second-hand clothing. This holiday is also meant to encourage people to donate clothing to thrift stores to keep the process alive.
Why is it that people will buy so many things second-hand, but when it comes to clothing, there seems to be some sort of stigma attached?  In this day and age, with so many people in need of clothes and land fills becoming increasingly crowded, second-hand clothing is a perfect win-win solution — You get an article of clothing, and, as a bonus, you’re helping the environment.
Even if you normally wouldn’t be caught dead wearing used clothing, if nothing else, thrift shops can be a valuable resource in finding that perfect accessory for your Halloween costume. So why not visit your local thrift shop today and celebrate National Second-hand Clothing Day by looking for some bargains. If not that, then go through your closets, and if you find an item that you haven’t worn it in the last year, donate it. Every year, over 10 billion dollars worth of merchandise is sold in thrift shops, so someone is taking advantage all these bargains. Why not you?

Kiss and Make Up Day 

Kiss and Make Up Day is celebrated annually on August 25th. As you might suspect, this holiday urges us to let bygones be bygones and begin to start making amends. It is a holiday to set aside our differences and let the people from whom we are estranged know that, despite all the quarrels and the disagreements, they mean a lot to us. Kiss and Make Up Day was created by Jacqueline Milgate of Hilton, New York to give loved ones a scheduled day on which to mend relationships.
Kiss and make up” is an English language idiom that means to forgive someone. Whether with a family member, a neighbor, a colleague at work, or a classmate, everyone, no matter how close the relationship, has disagreements from time to time. Most of the time, these disagreements are minor and can be resolved easily, but sometimes these disagreements escalate into major feuds that isolate people from each other for long periods of time.
This holiday urges us to initiate steps to repair the broken relationships in our lives, so why not celebrate Kiss and Make Up Day by doing just that. If you wait for them to make the first overture, it your relationship might never be mended.

National Lamington Day 

Lamington Day is a holiday that is normally celebrated on July 21st, however, this year, for some unknown reason, it is being celebrated on August 25th. My source offers no explanation, but I suspect it could have something to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. According to this source, this holiday reverts back to its normal July 21st date next year.
I know, most of you are probably wondering right now, what, where, or who is a Lamington? Well, let me enlighten you. Lamingtons are a sweet, cake-based snack from Australia, consisting of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine-shaved coconut. They are generally eaten at tea time. Lamingtons were named after Lord Lamington, the governor of Queensland, around the beginning of the 20th Century. Believe it or not, there is an organization, the Australian Lamington Appreciation Society (ALAS), and they created this holiday – which is committed to the preservation and promotion of Australia’s ‘world famous’ Lamingtons.
Lamingtons are the result of a culinary “happy accident” that turned out to be Australia’s signature sweet treat. As the story goes, Lord Lamington was hosting a dinner party at the Government House in Brisbane. When it came time for their after-dinner tea to be served, he was informed that a maid/servant had accidentally spilled some of [his favorite] yellow sponge cake (which was to be served with the tea to his guests) into melted chocolate. Instead of losing his temper, he recommended that all the pieces of cake be dipped into the chocolate then rolled in coconut shavings to make them easier for his guests to eat with their tea.
If you plan to celebrate Lamington Day, you probably won’t find Lamingtons at your local market or bakery. Your best bet is to travel to Australia (but you’ll probably need a time machine to get there in time to celebrate this holiday since Australia is about 17-hours ahead of California time, so by the time you read this, Lamington Day will be history there). On the off-chance that you can’t make it to Australia on the spur of the moment, or don’t possess a time machine, your only other alternative is to try to make some Lamingtons at home. Here is one recipe for Lamingtons. Good luck!

National Banana Split Day 

National Banana Split Day is celebrated annually on August 25th. For some strange reason, this holiday celebrates one of America’s classic treats – the Banana Split. The origins of this holiday are unknown, but in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the banana split, they proudly celebrate the banana split with a festival each year around this time in August. In 2013, an official marker was placed at the site of the pharmacy where the first banana split was made.  The United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp depicting the banana split.  It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.  For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.
Just to refresh your memory, a traditional banana split is an ice cream treat usually served in a long, slender dish made by first splitting a banana in half lengthwise and laying it in the dish. The banana is then topped with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. The strawberry ice cream is then topped with pineapple topping. Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream.  Crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat. Today, though, there are many variations to the classic banana split – the only limiting factor is your imagination.
The first banana split was created by David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1904. He enjoyed inventing different sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. His split banana sundae became an instant success with the students at nearby Saint Vincent College and became a favorite at the pharmacy’s soda fountain. David’s first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” sold for a whopping 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes. Word of mouth spread the news about this new concoction to other areas of the country, and it soon became an American institution as well.
You don’t need an advanced degree in the culinary arts to celebrate National Banana Split Day. All you need are the requisite flavors of ice cream and the appropriate toppings – and, naturally, a banana. Get creative and put your own spin on this classic treat – or go to your favorite local “Ye Olde Ice Cream Parlor” and order one.

National Whiskey Sour Day 

National Whiskey Sour Day is celebrated annually on August 25th. You don’t need to be a professional mixologist to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of the classic, and original, mixed drinks made with whiskey – the Whiskey Sour.
The Whiskey Sour a classic whiskey cocktail and has been around for over a century and a half. The first recipe for a Whiskey Sour appeared in print in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book, “The Bon Vivant’s Companion or How to Mix Drinks.” It consisted of whiskey, lemon juice, powdered sugar, and a cherry and an orange slice for garnish. Following the simple sour template of spirit, sugar, and citrus, a Whiskey Sour is a crisp, well-balanced cocktail that packs a big wallop.
To celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day you need no special skills. Simply belly up to the bar and order a Whiskey Sour – or, if you’re so inclined, a Whiskey Sour is also really easy to make at home.  If you don’t already know how to make a Whiskey Sour, a simple internet search will yield a plethora of recipes.
Author’s Note: 
Whiskey is a distilled spirit made from a fermented mash of seed-fruit grains such as barley, rye or corn. Regardless of the variety or country of origin, a general rule of thumb is that all straight whiskeys must be aged at least two years in wooden vessels, which are most often constructed of oak. Having said that, it is important to note that each nation has its own rules and regulations about what constitutes a true whiskey. Once a bottle of whiskey has been opened, whiskey will still be drinkable for 5 years. An unopened bottle of whiskey can last more than a century.

Listed below is another holiday celebrated on this date that is worthy of mention. 

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