Skyscrapers, Bowling Leagues, Food Banks, Wearing Teal, Lazy Moms, College Colors, and Welsh Rarebit

September 3, 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 fans of towering architecture. Today is Friday, September 3, 2021. Today is the 246th day of the year, and 119 days remain.

National Skyscraper Day 

National Skyscraper Day is celebrated annually on September 3rd. You needn’t be an architect to ascertain that this holiday celebrates skyscrapers.  Last month we celebrated Skyscraper Appreciation Day, but this holiday is different. This holiday celebrates the birth date of architect Louis H. Sullivan, born on this date in 1856.  He has been called the “father of skyscrapers” and is considered by many to be the creator of the modern skyscraper. He was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.
The current record-holder for the world’s tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa, previously known as the Burj Dubai. It was completed in 2009 and took 5 years to build. This immense structure stands a whopping 2,723 feet high to the top of its antenna spire. It has 163 floors. This makes it nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building, which stands a mere 1,454 feet high including its antenna spire.
In America, in order to qualify as a skyscraper, the building must be at least 500 feet tall, whereas in Europe, a skyscraper is defined as a building that it over 330 feet tall. There is some controversy as to whether this height should include the antenna spire or not. My research could not find a definitive answer.
With that said, any building that towers above the skyline of a city qualifies as a skyscraper in my book. Not only do skyscrapers define the skyline, they help to define a city’s identity. In some cases, exceptionally tall skyscrapers have been built, not out of necessity, but to help define the city’s identity and project an aura of power as a city.
To celebrate National Skyscraper Day, learn more about the engineering needed to build a skyscraper. Are there any skyscrapers in your city?

U.S. Bowling League Day 

U.S. Bowling League Day is celebrated annually on September 3rd. As you might easily surmise, this holiday celebrates bowling and bowling leagues.
Bowling leagues are very popular in this country, and, in many areas of the country, the period around Labor Day marks the start of bowling leagues.
Bowling was primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840. Bowling was called ninepins, and the game was popular with gamblers. To squelch the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned 9-pin bowling in 1841 which led the creation of indoor bowling lanes, and owners added one pin to their rack to circumvent the new law.
Over the years, many different clubs tried to organize bowling and create a universal set rules. However, it wasn’t until 1895, when the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New York City, that the game as we know it came into existence. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score of 300 which still stands today. Other rules, such as lane length, widths, and distances between pins were also determined.
Bowling leagues are a fun way to get out and commiserate with family, friends, or coworkers in a relaxed environment. I’ve been in a few bowling leagues myself over the years – although I still suck at bowling, and my solid 130 average strikes fear into the hearts of very few. You don’t have to be a member of a bowling league to celebrate U.S. Bowling League Day. Take your family out for a family bowling night tonight. There is nothing like a few frames of bowling, a brewski or twoski, and some tortilla chips slathered in molten hot cheese sauce and jalapeno peppers to bring a family together.

National Food Bank Day 

National Food Bank Day is observed annually on the first Friday of September. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates food banks – those charitable organizations that distribute food to the needy. This holiday was created in 2017 by St. Mary’s Food Bank to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their creation in 1967. St. Mary’s Food Bank distributes 250,000 meals daily through the efforts of dedicated staff, partnering agencies and volunteers.
The goal of National Food Bank Day is to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy, and education. Food Banks play a vital role in our communities daily – not just in emergencies. Food banks across the country help some of the 42 million men, women, and children who struggle with putting food on the table. The reasons range from illness to job loss and a general change in circumstances – that can happen to anyone of us at any time.  Food banks fill the gap for those living on a meager budget. Many food banks offer educational opportunities that help people change their situation and begin anew.
To celebrate National Food Bank Day, Make a donation [either of non-perishable food or cash] to your local food bank – or volunteer to work there whenever there is a need.
Author’s Note:
Although totally unconnected to the creation of National Food Bank Day, the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Ida a couple of days ago, and the resulting record-breaking flooding leaving hundreds of thousands of people without food or shelter, serves to illustrate the importance of well-stocked Food Banks.

Wear Teal Day 

Wear Teal Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in September. While this holiday does urge you to doff teal-colored attire today, the reason isn’t merely to make a fashion statement. This holiday encourages us to wear teal today to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer and to learn more about this “silent killer”.
Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35 to 74. It is estimated that 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year and that more than 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.
When a woman is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. However, due to ovarian cancer’s non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent. Due to the nature of the disease, each woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer has a different profile and it is impossible to provide a general prognosis.
To celebrate Wear Teal Day, don your finest teal-colored garb today and help spread the word about ovarian cancer. And, of course, a donation to your local cancer society would be appreciated as well.

National Lazy Mom’s Day 

National Lazy Mom’s Day is observed annually on the first Friday in September. You need not be a mom, or lazy for that matter, to deduce that this holiday urges moms across America to make an effort to relax – without any guilt.
Today’s busy moms often find it hard to find any time for themselves – work,  housework, cooking meals, carpools, shopping and other errands, after-school activities for the kids, settling petty family squabbles, etc. leaves very little time for moms to enjoy a relaxing moment to herself.
National Lazy Mom’s Day seeks to change that – at least for 1-day. Listed below are a few things that moms can do today to celebrate National Lazy Mom’s Day:

  1. Delegate the chores.
  2. Place a moratorium on family feuds.
  3. Don’t cook anything! Let your family fend for themselves. Bonus points if you can get them to bring your meals to you.
  4. Take a nice long soak in a hot bath.
  5. Light an aromatic candle, snuggle into a cozy blanket with a cup of hot tea and escape into a trashy romance novel.
  6. Treat yourself to a massage or, what the heck, an entire spa day.
  7. Take your dog for a nice long walk. I know this sounds like a chore, but really, it’s not. Studies show that physical activity can noticeably improve your mood…and both you and your fur baby get some healthy exercise.
  8. Call a friend who always makes you laugh.
  9. Catch up with friends on Facebook, or better yet, meet in person over lunch.
  10. Allow yourself to be silly for a little while. Hula hoop, jump rope, or just dance around the house to the music in your head.

National College Colors Day 

National College Colors Day is an annual celebration observed on the first Friday of each college school year. You don’t need to be an alumnus of any institution of higher learning to conclude that this holiday celebrates the colors adopted by colleges to represent their institution. This holiday was created in 2004 by the College Licensing Company, and is dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience.
Since this holiday encourages students and alumni, or merely supporters of the institution, across America to show their college spirit by wearing their college or universities colors throughout the day, why not celebrate National College Colors Day, by donning your local college’s colors today and wearing them proudly?
Author’s Note:  
You can bet that I’ll be wearing red and white in honor of the only college I attended – Bakersfield Junior College. Go Gades! RAH, RAH, RAH! ZIS BOOM BAH!

National Welsh Rarebit Day 

National Welsh Rarebit Day is celebrated annually on September 3rd. You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Welsh Rarebit – a popular “peasant-food” dish.
Welch Rarebit is a peasant dish consisting of a cheese sauce made with ale or beer and poured over toast. It similar to Swedish fondue, except that in a fondue, pieces of bread are dipped into the sauce rather than having the sauce poured over them. The Welsh term “rarebit” most probably means “rabbit.” The name of the dish is likely meant as a way to poke fun at the dish and the poor Welsh people who had to eat it. However, there are probably as many different versions of how the dish got its name as there are people of Welch ancestry.
Much in the same way that “mock turtle soup” is not actually made from turtle. Welsh Rarebit does not contain any rabbit. In the most popular version, cheese sauce served over toast was a substitute dinner when the men came back hungry from an unsuccessful hunt – without meat (rabbit).
In the eighteenth century, Welsh Rarebit was served as a succulent supper and was also known as a tavern dish. It was mostly made with cheddar cheeses and a wheat-type bread, opposed to the typical European fondue and Swiss cheeses. As with any dish, there are different versions and variations of Welsh Rarebit, however, common ingredients found in most recipes are cayenne pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika.
Welch Rarebit may be just a simple peasant dish, but it is filling. So, to celebrate National Welsh Rarebit Day, try some Welsh Rarebit for dinner tonight. Myriad recipes are available in most cookbooks, or online.

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

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