Translations, Stupid Questions, Blasphemy, Mud Packs, Hot Mulled Cider, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Chewing Gum

September 30, 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 polyglots. Today is Thursday, September 30, 2021. Today is the 273rd day of the year, and 92 days remain.

International Translation Day 

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on September 30th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates all all the work that translators do. What you probably didn’t suspect is that this holiday commemorates the Feast of St. Jerome. St Jerome a Bible translator who became the patron saint of translators. With that said, this is not a religious holiday per se.
In today’s global economy, translators are more essential than ever. International Translation Day has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators since its creation 1953. In 1991, they launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity with the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in all countries, both secular and non-secular.
These days, there is any number of apps and widgets that will translate text for you. They may not be 100% accurate all of the time, but you’ll at least be able to get the gist of what you’re trying to translate. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of a translator. I usually use Google translate, but even it falls short sometimes – for instance when I’m trying to translate something from “social media- speak” to English. WTF!
To celebrate International Translation Day, translate something.

National Ask a Stupid Question Day 

National Ask a Stupid Question Day is celebrated annually on the last weekday in September. The roots of this holiday go back to the 1980s. At the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom.
I was taught that the only foolish question it the question not asked, but children sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid and asking it will result in ridicule from their classmates. Peer pressure can often be cruel, but don’t let that stop you today.
Celebrate National Ask A Stupid Question Day by speaking up and asking any questions you may have, no matter how stupid it may seem to you.

Blasphemy Day 

Blasphemy Day is celebrated annually on September 30. This holiday doesn’t celebrate blasphemy pre se, but it does coincide with the anniversary of the publication of some satirical drawings of Muhammad in Jyllands-Posten – one of Denmark’s leading newspapers. The publication of these drawings resulted in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. The caricatures of Muhammad caused some controversy within Denmark, especially among local Muslims. It soon mushroomed into an international controversy after Muslim imams in several countries stirred up violent protests in which at least 137 people were killed, embassies burned and other acts of recrimination were carried out because of the perceived blasphemy.
This holiday was created in 2009. According to the creators of this holiday, the Center for Inquiry,

“We’re not seeking to offend, but if in the course of dialogue and debate, people become offended, that’s not an issue for us. There is no human right not to be offended. We think religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are, but we have a taboo on religion.” 

I can offer no guidance on how you should celebrate Blasphemy Day – or even if it would be blasphemous to do so.

National Mud Pack Day 

National Mud Pack Day is celebrated annually on September 30th. Even if you aren’t an advocate of alternative medicine you should be able to figure out that this holiday celebrates the rejuvenating and medical benefits of mud packs.
Mud packs are mixtures of therapeutic clays, that when applied to the skin, are said to increase circulation, ease muscle tension, release toxins and boost immunity.  They work well on all skin types. While commonly used as a facial, mud packs treat the entire skin’s surface. Other claimed benefits of mud packs include relieving pain and swelling related to arthritis, digestion, stress and a quick treatment for bee and wasp stings. [Bear in mind that a mud pack is not an effective treatment for bee stings if you are allergic to bee stings and go into anaphylactic shock]. If you are not allergic, however, a mud pack will lessen the discomfort of a bee sting until you can get proper medical treatment, if needed.
Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. They are still popular, but the mud in facials has been replaced with mud baths and a variety of other treatments.
Guys, to celebrate National Mud Pack Day, why not treat your significant other to a gift certificate for a mud pack? Just be sure to make it crystal clear to her that you are not giving it to her because she needs it; but because you love her and mud packs are soothing, relaxing, and will make her feel good. Yeah, good luck with that!

National Hot Mulled Cider Day 

National Hot Mulled Cider Day is celebrated annually on September 30th. Logically, this holiday celebrates hot mulled cider – a soothing hot beverage.
Hot mulled cider is a delicious drink perfectly suited for crisp fall evenings. But basically, it is just a haughtier term for spiced apple cider and can be served with or without the addition of an alcoholic beverage. Apple cider is produced using a cider press and is a time-honored favorite of the autumn season.
Hot mulled cider is most commonly made at home. A simple search for “hot mulled cider” in your preferred search engine will yield a plethora of results from which you can choose. To celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day, enjoy some hot mulled cider today – with or without the booze!

National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day 

National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day is celebrated annually on September 30th. You don’t need to be a Michelin chef to deduce that this holiday celebrates extra virgin olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil, (aka: EVOO to Rachel Ray fans), is the purest and most flavorful of all the varieties of olive oil, and therefore, is the most expensive. Extra-virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. There are very specific standards that olive oil has to meet to receive the label “extra-virgin.” Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains a truer olive taste and has a lower level of oleic acid than other olive oil varieties. It also contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals found in olives. Extra-virgin olive oil is considered an unrefined oil since it’s not treated with chemicals or altered by temperature. What sets it apart is the low level of oleic acid and the absence of sensory flaws. It contains no more than 1% oleic acid and typically has a golden-green color, with a distinct flavor and a light peppery finish.
While you can cook with extra-virgin olive oil, it does have a lower smoke point than most other ‘cooking’ oils – which means it burns at a lower temperature. Save your pricey, good quality extra virgin olive oil for dipping bread, making dressings, dips, cold dishes – and use the less expensive stuff for everyday cooking and baking.
To celebrate National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day, simply treat yourself to some extra virgin olive oil today.

Chewing Gum Day 

Chewing Gum Day is celebrated annually on September 30th. Oddly enough, this holiday celebrates chewing gum – or, to be more specific, it  celebrates the birthdate of William Wrigley, Jr. (of Wrigley’s Gum fame).
Although chewing gum was not invented by Mr. Wrigley, he is largely responsible for bringing it into virtually every household in America. People have been chewing “gum-like substances” since the dawn of mankind. Chewing gum, as we know it, was invented in 1871, when Thomas Adams received a patent on the first gum-making machine. After experimenting with different flavors, he manufactured the first flavored gum in the United States, Adams’ Black Jack, a licorice-flavored gum. It was also the first gum available in stick form. Mr. Wrigley soon followed suit by introducing Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gum. And, the rest, as they say, is history.
Chewing gum, especially the sugarless variety, can be beneficial to one’s oral health. It’s not health food folks, but chewing gum aids in the production of saliva, which can help keep bacteria in your mouth at bay; and it freshens your breath as well.
To celebrate Chewing Gum Day, simply chew a few sticks of your favorite flavor/type of gum today.

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

 

VFW, Women’s Health, Heart Day, Coffee, and Biscotti

September 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 veterans. Today is Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Today is the 272nd day of the year, and 93 days remain.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day 

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day is celebrated annually on September 29th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the VFW – or more precisely, the anniversary of its original founding on this date in 1899. It is celebrated at VFW Posts and in communities around the world. This is a holiday devoted to the VFW charitable organization and its dedicated members who are so deeply committed to serving those who bravely serve this nation. On this date in 1899, a small group of Spanish-America war veterans joined together in Columbus, Ohio to form what would become the nation’s largest and most dedicated group of combat veterans. For 122 years now, the VFW has been unwavering in its devotion “to honor the dead by helping the living.” VFW and its Auxiliary members carry out their stated mission by promoting goodwill, patriotism and youth scholarship through national veterans and legislative services, military assistance and community service programs, youth activities and scholarship programs, as well as millions of volunteer hours in their local communities. 
Since the VFW is a non-profit organization, the best way to celebrate Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day, is with a small donation to your local VFW Post.

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day 

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is observed annually on the last Wednesday of September. As you might suspect, this holiday focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. This holiday is the largest women’s health event in America for women. Because of its grassroots nature, the National Women’s Health and Fitness Day event provides an excellent opportunity for local organizations to showcase the health-related programs and services they offer to women in their communities. The event is geared toward women of all ages.
More than 500 groups and organizations across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations. An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in these local activities.
Local health and fitness activities vary widely based on the organizations hosting the events and the interests of local women in their communities. Activities are non-competitive and may include walking events, exercise demonstrations, health screenings, and health information workshops.
The goal of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is to encourage women to take control of their health: to learn the facts they need to make smart health choices and to make time for regular physical activity.
To celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, look for an event in your area.

World Heart Day 

World Heart Day is celebrated annually on September 29th. You don’t need to be a brain surgeon, or a heart surgeon for that matter, to conclude that this holiday has the goal of improving the overall health of people by encouraging them to make lifestyle changes and promoting education about ways to keep your heart healthy. With the increase of obesity, poor diet, and the lack physical inactivity in children and young people World Heart Day is more important than ever.
This holiday is an integral part of the World Heart Federation’s campaign to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The World Heart Federation has found that heart disease and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death, killing 17.1 million people every year –  more than cancer, HIV and AIDS, and malaria.
Common causes of cardiovascular disease are smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and glucose levels – all of which can be overcome by living a healthier lifestyle. Just a few simple steps such as eating healthier, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.
Take an honest look at your lifestyle and see where you can make improvements as you celebrate World Heart Day today.

National Coffee Day 

National Coffee Day is celebrated annually on September 29th. For reasons unfathomable to a tea aficionado like me, This holiday celebrates coffee – one of the world’s favorite beverages.
Each year, nearly 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil. If you do the math (taking into account the small percentage of people, like yours truly, who dislike coffee; and those too young to drink coffee regularly) that 5800 billion cups annually breaks down to about 5 cups of coffee per day for the average coffee drinker. That’s a lot of coffee folks.
But, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate.
If you are a coffee drinker, there are a number of local and national businesses offering free or discounted cups of coffee to celebrate Coffee Day 2016. Some businesses celebrate National Coffee Day by donating proceeds to nonprofit and charity groups. According to my sources, some of the National Coffee Day deals include: McDonald’s will donate coffee proceeds to nonprofit charity Covenant House; Krispy Kreme is giving away a free original glazed donut and a small coffee; At participating Dunkin’ Donuts you can get a medium hot coffee for 66 cents; At Peet’s Coffee you can get a free cup with any food purchase.*
If you want to celebrate National Coffee Day, be sure to check out social media. Many companies use their social media pages offer coupons and advertise their National Coffee Day promotions. Also, check with your local barista to see if their establishment is celebrating National Coffee Day.
*At participating locations.

National Biscotti Day 

National Biscotti Day is cele3brated annually on September 29th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to discern that this holiday celebrates that world-renown crispy Italian cookie – biscotti.
Biscotti are almond biscuits that originated in Prato Italy. The secret to their signature crispness is that they are they twice-baked. Biscotti are the result of the need to preserve food for a long time. Twice-baked foods were often taken on long journeys and wars by Roman Legions. Since then they became a popular part of the dietary culture of Italy and eventually spread across the globe finding a new home in coffee shops worldwide.
The cooking process starts with a barely wet dough of flour, sugar, eggs, and unskinned/unroasted almonds, without any form of yeast or fat. This dough is baked once in a slab, then baked again after being sliced into the signature shape known to the end customer. While the traditional recipe involves almonds, as mentioned above, they can also be made with pine nuts, walnuts, dry fruits like raisins, or just about any low-moisture ingredient you can think of.
To celebrate National Biscotti Day, simply enjoy some biscotti today. You can find them is virtually every supermarket, bakery, or coffee shop. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is a simple biscotti recipe you can easily make at home – instead of taking out a second mortgage on your house to buy some at that trendy new coffee shop down the street.

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

Voter Registration, Good Neighbors, Drinking Beer, and Strawberry Cream Pie

September 28, 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 members of the responsible electorate. Today is Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Today is the 271st day of the year, and 94 days remain.

National Voter Registration Day 

National Voter Registration Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Tuesday in September. As you can readily assume from its name, this holiday urges you to register to vote [if you haven’t already] so you can utilize your right to choose who represents you – locally, statewide, and federally. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the this holiday in 2012. In that inaugural registration drive in 2012, more than 300,000 Americans registered to vote. The holiday came about because in 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.
On National Voter Registration Day hundreds of local, state and national organizations will partner with other grassroots organizations and businesses to help to stage thousands of public events in an effort to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration. Volunteers will be at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts – anywhere people gather, to assist anyone who wants to register to vote.
Voting is not only a right, it is a way to make your voice heard. To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, register to vote (if you aren’t already). I urge you to do so because every election is pivotal in deciding the course of our beloved country takes toward the future.

National Good Neighbor Day 

National Good Neighbor Day is celebrated annually on September 28th. As you might suspect, this holiday urges all of us to be good neighbors today. This holiday was created by Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970s. She recognized the importance of good neighbors and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of Congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with many governors. Below is President Carter’s Proclamation, issued in 1978.

“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the Peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is the concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September. However, in 2003, the Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, changing National Good Neighbor Day September 28th.
Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. When I was growing up, we often socialized with our neighbors. Sadly, these days, for a variety of reasons, many people don’t associate with the people/families around them. Their hectic lifestyle, often combined their self-indulgence, or with a sense of general apathy or ennui, causes them to ignore the people around them.
To celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, get to know your neighbors a little better. Invite them over for coffee or cocktails. Start a conversation with them the next time you see them out in their yard.

National Drink Beer Day 

National Drink Beer Day is celebrated annually on September 28th. You don’t need to be a master brewer to ascertain that this holiday is all about beer – one of the world’s most popular adult beverages.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two general categories; ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
Beer aficionados have a wider selection of beers from which to choose than ever before. The explosion in the craft beer market keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors all the time. Artisanal beers offer such a variety of new beer experiences – from hard root beer to raspberry, to caramel to different herbs – that you might find it hard to decide which one to try first.
There’s really only one way to celebrate National Drink Beer Day. Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history. Cheers!
Author’s Note:
Please drink responsibly. You don’t want this special day to end badly. 

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day 

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day is celebrated annually on September 28th.You needn’t be a pâtissier to discern that this holiday celebrates one of America’s quintessential desserts – Strawberry Cream Pie. The origins of this holiday are unknown – but who cares. It celebrates strawberries and pie –and that is reason enough to celebrate.
When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie for your National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebration today, you will find that there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts are generally sweet, but can vary from graham cracker, to cookie crumb, to a traditional single-crust pie dough. The strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.
You don’t have to be a ‘rocket scientist’ to figure out how to celebrate National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. No matter which variation of Strawberry Cream Pie is your favorite, enjoy a slice today.

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

Crushed Cans, Ancestors, Corned Beef Hash, and Chocolate Milk

September 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 environmentally conscious aficionados of mashed metal. Today is Monday, September 27, 2021. Today is the 270th day of the year, and 95 days remain.

National Crush A Can Day 

National Crush A Can Day is celebrated annually on September 27th. As you might suspect, this holiday encourages you to gather your recyclable cans together today, crush them, then take them to your recycling center. Although this holiday specifies cans, it is probably a good idea to gather all of your recyclables, (plastic, paper, glass, etc.), together and tale them along as well – making one trip to the recycling center makes sense for the environmentally astute because making one trip also means using less environmental-pollution-producing carbon-based fuel as well.
There are a number of ways to crush your cans. In my research today, I discovered a scientific way to crush your aluminum cans. This link will give you insight on how to perform this method. Although highly impractical and not actually all that friendly to the environment because you have to use energy to crush the can, it seems impressive nonetheless.
There are more practical, albeit less impressive, ways to crush your cans. First, you can invest in (or make) a can crusher. This is the method that I recommend. The second way is to crush them with a heavy object, such as a coffee can filled with cement, with an embedded handle. You could also stomp on them with your feet, crush them in your hands or smash them on your forehead. However, personally, I don’t recommend any means of crushing cans that involve the use of body parts – things can too easily go awry – causing an unnecessary trip to the Emergency Room.
No matter the method you use to crush your cans, celebrate National Crush A Can Day by taking your crushed cans, and other recyclables, to the recycling center today.

Ancestor Appreciation Day 

Ancestor Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on September 27th. You needn’t be a genealogist to deduce that this holiday encourages you to get in touch with your roots today by beginning to research your family tree.
Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far your family has come. It can also give you “bragging rights” if you chance across someone famous (or infamous) in your family tree.
Being knowledgeable about your ancestry can also benefit you medically. Knowing if there is a history of heart disease, cancer, or any one of a number of genetic diseases in your family can provide you and your doctor with vital information necessary for your preventive health regimen.
To celebrate Ancestor Appreciation Day, start looking into your ancestry today if you haven’t already. Also, in researching your family tree today, I hope that yo find that more closely resembles a spreading oak – than a totem pole.

National Corned Beef Hash Day 

Corned Beef Hash Day is celebrated annually on September 27th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to conclude that this holiday celebrates, oddly enough, corned beef hash.
Corned beef hash is a favorite dish here in America. I’m not talking about that putrid looking dog-food-like mystery substance you buy in cans at the supermarket. I’m talking about real corned beef sliced from a brisket, then chopped or ground and fried with diced potatoes, onions and bell pepper. Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, corned beef hash also makes an excellent dinner served with some type of green vegetable. Heck, I’ve been known to even make a sandwich out of it for lunch.
Corning beef refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that are mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Author’s Note:
Smoking a corned beef brisket, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami – which would also make a tasty hash.

National Chocolate Milk Day 

National Chocolate Milk Day is celebrated annually on September 27th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates chocolate milk – a world-renowned beverage enjoyed by young and old alike.
Chocolate milk was invented in the late 1600s by Sir Hans Sloane, for whom London’s Sloane Square is named (and whose collection of art objects and curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum). Sloane devised a means of mixing the ground cacao beans with milk, to make it more pleasant. He brought both cacao and his recipe (most likely unsweetened) back to England. As a physician, Sloane was initially interested in the medicinal properties of cacao. Mr. Sloane thought chocolate milk had soothing qualities and the recipe was initially sold in apothecary shops.
In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Shortly thereafter, Cadbury started adding sugar to this chocolate powder and marketed it as an “anytime beverage; soothing to the stomach”.
Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious.
Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. So, to celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day, enjoy some chocolate milk as a treat today. Don’t forget to grab your box of cookies out of the cupboard. Now, will you pass the Graham Crackers, please! I’m ready to start my celebration.

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

Situational Awareness, Gold Star Mothers, Rivers, Johnny Appleseed, Shamu, Lumberjacks and Pancakes, Better Breakfasts, and Dumplings

September 26, 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 keen observers of your surroundings. Today is Sunday, September 26, 2021. Today is the 269th day of the year, and 96 days remain.

National Situational Awareness Day 

National Situational Awareness Day is observed annually on September 26th.  If you weren’t already aware of it, this holiday urges us to be more observant of the things going on around us. This holiday was created by Pretty Loaded, LLC in 2015.
Situational awareness is the foundation of one’s personal safety since it focuses on being aware and paying attention to your environment. It is really just another word for mindfulness and developing it will make you more present in daily activities, which in turn helps you make better decisions in all aspects of life.
National Situational Awareness Day highlights the importance of using situational awareness skills in everyday life to stay out of harm’s way. Harm may come in the form of walking in front of a moving car or from an assailant, both of which can happen from any myriad of distractions – from daydreaming to being distracted by your smartphone, which cause you not to be aware of the surroundings and situation.
In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before may keep someone safe by giving them time to act instead of react. The lack of or inadequate situational awareness has been identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error. Although many people today lack a sense of situational awareness, our ancestors used it to survive. It is a skill that can be taught and it has been taught for decades to law enforcement and the military, but it is not exclusive to them. Most experts agree that it is a skill that should be learned by everyone.
The concept of situational awareness was identified during World War I by Oswald Boelke who realized ‘the importance of gaining an awareness of the enemy before the enemy gained a similar awareness and devised methods for accomplishing this.
To celebrate National Situational Awareness Day, take a look at what’s going on around you. Are there any dangers present? Is there a Lego lurking on the floor waiting for you to find it with your bare feet? Is your cat about to knock your wife’s favorite family keepsake off of the shelf? Is there someone sneaking/lurking around in your neighborhood? Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to avoid a catastrophe.

Gold Star Mother’s and Families Day 

National Gold Star Mother’s and Families Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday in September. It pays tribute to those who have lost their son daughter, or loved one while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. organization was incorporated in 1929 and obtained a federal charter from the United States Congress. It began in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the United States. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day and it is proclaimed annually by each president. In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the holiday to be “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day”.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces. Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America.
To celebrate Gold Star Mother’s and Families Day, use the link that I provided above to learn more about this worthwhile organization.

World Rivers Day 

World Rivers Day is observed annually the last Sunday of September.  You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that this holiday is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the vital role our rivers play in the ecology of our planet and strives to increase public awareness and encourage the responsible stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in almost every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.
The United Nations launched the “Water for Life Decade” in 2005 to increase awareness of the need for better care of our limited water sources. The first World Rivers Day was established shortly afterward in response to an environmental proposal by internationally respected river advocate, Mark Angelo, who sponsored BC (British Columbia) River Day events beginning in 1980.
To celebrate World Rivers Day, why not visit your favorite nearby river and have a picnic.

Johnny Appleseed Day 

Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated biannually on March 11th and September 26th. As you should easily be able to discern from its name, this holiday honors Johnny Appleseed – [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman – born in Leominster, Massachusetts on this date in 1774].
John Chapman was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio,  Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, a property had to have a certain amount of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to decide which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute because it was never recorded, however, it is believed to be around 11 March 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.

Shamu the Whale Day 

Shamu the Whale Day is celebrated annually on September 26th.  You needn’t be an oceanographer to conclude that this holiday celebrates Shamu – the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla.
Shamu is the name used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name given to the “star” of those shows – beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960s. When the original Shamu died in 1971, the name “Shamu” was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to various orcas at various times when performing in “Shamu” shows in SeaWorld parks. Sea World continues to use the trademarked name “Shamu” for the “stars’ of orca their shows in all of their parks nationwide to this date.
Listed below are a few interesting orca facts:

  1. Orcas are not whales at all. Rather, they are the largest members of the dolphin family.
  2. Female orcas can live to 90 years. Male orcas can live to 60 years.
  3. Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
  4. On average, an orca eats 500 pounds of food a day. 
  5. Orca pods consist of up to 40 members and the often hunt in groups.

To celebrate Shamu the Whale Day, learn more about the original Shamu, and about orcas in general.

Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day 

Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day is celebrated annually on September 26th. It may seem a bit odd that a themed holiday is being combined with a food-related holiday – but in actuality, they are one in the same holiday. Lumberjack Day was created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable. They were tired of other themed holidays, such as “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, (which we celebrated last week) and decided that it was about time that lumberjacks got some recognition. Venable, herself a former lumberjack, admitted that the original idea for this holiday was conceived as an excuse to go out and eat pancakes and waffles with friends – and there is where the connection with pancakes begins.
Over the next few years, Lumberjack Day grew as more and more people began celebrating the holiday, getting dressed up in plaid and beards, carrying fake axes and throwing huge lumberjack themed parties.
In 2013 Lumberjack Day exploded on the internet and was redubbed National Pancake Day. It garnered recognition in places like Food.com and Buzzfeed. Perkins Restaurants, and many smaller restaurants, even offered free pancakes on the newly created National Pancake Day. Since then Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day celebrations have spread all across America.
Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Lumberjacks, and most other Americans. Early settlers of this country ate pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America and countless more worldwide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish Aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day, make and eat some pancakes today — Plaid flannel shirts, beards, and axes are optional. If you really want to impress your family/friends, learn some lumberjack lingo to intersperse into your breakfast conversation.
Author’s note:
I once tried to be a lumberjack, but I couldn’t cut it – so they gave me the ax. But seriously, while my sources listed these two holidays individually, they all made the same correlation. 

Now, with that said, I offer you the following holiday.

National Better Breakfast Day 

National Better Breakfast Day is celebrated annually on September 26th. Yon don’t need to be a nutritionist to ascertain that this holiday urges us to make a healthier breakfast a part of our daily routine.
Dieticians agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sadly, to most of us, breakfast is either greasy, fatty pork products with fried eggs and maybe with some style of fried potatoes, cold sugar-laden cereal with milk, or a cup of coffee and a piece or two of toast wolfed down as we rush out of the house.
Research shows a clear link between breakfast and school performance. Eating a balanced breakfast (a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) is linked with helping children concentrate and do well in school. The same holds true for the performance of adults in the workplace.
Cottage cheese mixed with fruit or peanut butter on an English muffin combined with a glass of milk has no frills, but will noticeably fuel your body and brain to get you through a busy day. Protein (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, eggs) + carbohydrate (oatmeal, toast, cereal) + fat (already included in the foods you choose) are all essential for a balanced breakfast.
To celebrate Better Breakfast Day, simply strive to carve out a few extra minutes each day to enjoy a healthy breakfast. This website offers you some good options for your healthier breakfast.

National Dumpling Day 

National Dumpling Day is observed annually on September 26th.  As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates dumplings – a favorite in most cuisines worldwide. This holiday was created by TMI Food Group in 2015.
For the unenlightened, dumplings are small pieces of dough generally, but not always, wrapped around a filling. Dumplings are most commonly made with flour, potatoes or bread. There are many types of dumplings. Ravioli and tortellini are types of dumplings, as are European perogies, Chinese potstickers and wonton, and so are those dollops of biscuit dough you drop into your ‘chicken  & dumplings’. The fillings for dumplings include meat, fish, vegetables, and sometimes even sweet fruits such as apples (as in apple dumplings).
Cooking methods also vary. Popular methods of cooking dumplings include boiling, steaming, simmering and even frying. Dumplings are often eaten as a main course or as a side dish but are also popular in soups and stews. Dumplings are becoming more popular in modern cuisine. They can be served as an appetizer or a part of the main meal. The flavor and shape possibilities of dumplings are endless.
To celebrate National Dumpling Day, do some research about the many different types of dumplings. Then, include some type of dumplings on your menu today.

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

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