Hoyle, Individual Freedoms, Herbs, Lemon Juice, and Chop Suey

August 29, 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 game enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, August 29, 2021. Today is the 241st day of the year, and 124days remain.

According To Hoyle Day 

According to Hoyle Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. You needn’t be a “card shark” to ascertain that this holiday honors Edmond Hoyle who died on this day in 1769. Although he made his living primarily as a tutor and attorney, he became famous for his expertise in the rules and strategies of card games and board games.
Whist was a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Seeing a need for a standardized set of rules for the game, in 1743, Edmond Hoyle published a book entitled “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist: Containing the Laws of the Game and Also Some Rules”. The popularity of his treatise inspired him to write a book, expanding his treatise on Whist to include the rules and strategies of many other card games and board games such as backgammon and chess. Over time, the phrase “according to Hoyle” has become synonymous with settling any disputes about the correct rules or procedures in any activity or game.
To celebrate According to Hoyle Day, plan a family game night and play a few card or board games. Just be sure that you have the latest edition of Mr. Hoyle’s book on hand to ensure family harmony.

Individual Rights Day 

Individual Rights Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday does not celebrate our individual rights. Rather, it celebrates the birth date, in 1632, of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government’s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves.
According to Locke, “Anything that a man has as a matter of human rights or civil rights is to remain inviolably his” and although Locke conceded that humans surrendered some natural rights in exchange for the collective protection afforded by societies, he held that basic individual rights include life, liberty, property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to petition government. It is, of course, the foundation of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.
Individual Rights Day was created by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, who supports John Locke’s philosophies regarding the rights of society’s smallest minority and basic unit – the individual. It was created so mankind can contemplate the importance of this concept and use reason to ensure their own survival.
To celebrate Individual Rights Day, simply cherish the rights afforded to you by the Bill of Rights. Learn more about our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day 

More Herbs, Less Salt Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. As you can easily infer from its title suspect, this holiday promotes the use of healthy herbs over salt.
Sodium chloride (table salt) is an essential part of our diet. It maintains the balance of fluids in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diets can lead to some serious health problems; such as water retention, dehydration, and hypertension. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is often easier said than done – it takes thought, time and effort to prepare fresh and nutritious food when less healthy options are often much easier and more convenient.
We all want our food to taste good but we need to restrict our salt intake. A variety of fresh herbs – such as parsley, oregano, sage, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and many others add flavor to our dishes but don’t pose any serious health risks, and can do just as much to enhance the flavor a dish as a heavy dose of salt.
To celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day, learn about different herbs and the flavors they impart into your food. Try to completely eliminate salt from your diet – just for today. If you’re successful, it might put you well on your way to a healthier diet.

Lemon Juice Day 

Lemon Juice Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates lemon juice – and its myriad uses.
While I’m on the subject of imparting flavor without the use of salt, I would like to first point out that lemon juice, used sparingly, is a great way to enhance the flavor of foods. Besides garnishing seafood and making lemonade, lemon juice can be used in a variety of dishes; sauces, seasoning vegetables, and baking.
However, lemon juice doesn’t stop there. Lemon juice is an incredibly versatile product that also has a number of uses outside the kitchen as well. You can use lemon juice to freshen your breath, lower your blood pressure, repel insects, create blond highlights, and treat infections. Lemon juice is also an effective cleaning agent that is used in many commercial cleaning products.
This link will give you the history of the lemon, and information on the many varieties of lemons available.
To celebrate Lemon Juice Day, research ‘other than traditional’ ways to use lemon juice —  Or, just make some lemonade.

Chop Suey Day 

Chop Suey Day is celebrated annually on August 29th. You don’t need to be a 5-Star Asian chef to deduce that this holiday celebrated that world-renowned Asian dish – chop suey. Although listed in multiple sources, none offered any information regarding the creation of this holiday.
For us westerners, Chop Suey is basically Chow Mein without the noodles. It is a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables. In fact, the name “chop suey” is derived  from tsap seui, a Cantonese word meaning; “(miscellaneous leftovers, odds and ends).” Chop Suey is traditionally served with plain rice to soak up all the delicious flavors. Here in America, meat like pork or chicken is often added for extra flavor.
There are many myths and legends regarding the creation of Chop Suey and nobody knows for sure where it originated, but the Chop suey that we know and love here in America is thought not to be an authentic Chinese dish, but in fact, is an American-Chinese creation. Some culinary experts give credit for its creation to the personal chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang, who is said to have created the dish in 1886 in New York City, but other experts differ, saying that it was created much earlier than that as a cheap dish that was served to the Chinese workers who helped build the railroads. Other “experts” claim that in the 1860s, a Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco created Chop Suey. He was forced to serve something to a bunch of drunken miners after hours. To avoid a beating, having nothing fresh to offer, he threw leftovers in a wok and provided a makeshift meal to the miners. And finally, other “experts” contend that Chop Suey is, in fact, a traditional Chinese dish from the Taishan district of Guangdong Province in China that may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. (Taishan was the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States and some contend that chop suey was brought to America by these immigrants).
Anyway, to celebrate Chop Suey Day, simply order some Chop Suey today – either as take-out or enjoy it in the ambiance of your favorite Chinese restaurant. No matter where it originated, it is delicious.

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

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