Ampersands, Quiet, Pardons, Literacy, and Date Nut Bread

September 8, 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 glyph fans. Today is Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Today is the 251st day of the year, and 114 days remain.

National Ampersand Day 

National Ampersand Day is celebrated annually on September 8th. From jotting a shorthand “and” – to branding corporate names, the ampersand, that curly, quirky little glyph (&), is both ubiquitously useful & quite aesthetic. An ampersand is actually a ligature (joining together) of two letters, “e” & “t”. In Latin, the word “et” means “and“. There are many different styles of ampersands, depending on what font you use. As long as you can see (or as long as the type designer thinks he sees) an “e” and a “t,” you’ve got an ampersand.
At one time, the ampersand was the 27th letter of the English alphabet. The word “ampersand” itself is a mondegreen – a word that comes about from a mistaken pronunciation. When students would recite the alphabet, instead of saying X, Y, Z “and” they would say, X, Y, Z “and per se and”. Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today – ampersand. It all became too confusing to students, so it was dropped from the alphabet sometime in the 18th century.
To celebrate National Ampersand Day, use lots & lots of &’s in your correspondence today. Also, try to find a creative way of incorporating & into different words. Below is an example.

R&dy’s gr&ma liked to sit under her c&leabra listening to Big B& music – which R&dy streamed for her from the P&dora App on his &droid cell phone.

& that’s about all I have to say about National Ampersand Day.

Quiet Day

Quiet Day is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday on September. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates the most enjoyable sound in the world – quiet.
It is a proven fact that peace and quiet are good for the both the body and the mind. Studies have shown that allotting some quiet time for yourself each and every day can have a positive effect on your body, and in some cases, can even lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. However, it’s increasingly difficult in today’s world to experience real quiet, and that’s why this holiday is so important.
Noise is everywhere and there seems to be no escaping it – it’s on your commute to work, in the busy office, in the café at lunch, on the school playground, and even at home. Every day we are bombarded with the chatter of TV, the radio, and even our friends and family. We seem to never get a moment of quiet contemplation, a chance to give our vocal chords a rest, or to simply listen to the world around us and simply experience it. We simply can’t seem to get away from the buzz of everyday life. Sometimes it’s just all too much. Quiet Day is dedicated to taking a little time to free your mind from the tumult of everyday life.
Noted self-help author and a motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said;

“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this voice. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”

In India, there are meditation retreats where time is spent kneeling, and in contemplation, – sometimes for as long as 10 consecutive days. These are called Vipassana retreats. Vipassana is a word which means; “to see things as they really are.” It comes from ancient Buddhist practices.
While the celebration of Quiet Day is just one day, the principles of this holiday can, and should be, be applied every day. The peace and clarity it brings have the possibility of opening your mind to things about your life that have long since been buried in the clamor of your daily existence.

Pardon Day 

Pardon Day is celebrated annually on September 8th. The roots of this holiday go back to this date 1974 when President Gerald Ford the 38th President of the United States, pardoned his predecessor, former President Richard Nixon, for any wrongdoing related to the Watergate scandal. In August 1974, Nixon had resigned from the office of the President – the only President to do so in the history of the United States, after impeachment proceedings against him were started in the House of Representatives because of his connection to the Watergate Scandal. The pardon was controversial. Many experts believe that it was a contributing factor to Ford’s inability to get elected as President 2 years later.
Since none of you, hopefully, will never have need of a Presidential pardon, you can celebrate Pardon Day in other ways. Why not use this holiday to make your mother proud and bring back a little politeness and civility. In today’s busy society, too many people race about their lives, forgetting the small courtesies in life. Among the easiest things to let slip by, are simple manners and etiquette. Saying “pardon me” or “excuse me” as appropriate will be a good start toward reaffirming the good manners your mother tried to instill in you as a child. You can also use this holiday to seek pardon or forgiveness for mistakes and grievances you have committed. Take the opportunity to clean the slate and start anew.

International Literacy Day 

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on September 8th. If you’re reading this post, you should be able to discern that this holiday celebrates literacy. This holiday was created by the United Nations and is promoted by the UN’s UNESCO. According to their website: “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.”
Literacy is a global issue. Although billions of people in the world are literate, this holiday places emphasis on the billions more who are not. It seeks to improve literacy rates among the population in every nation of the world.
To celebrate this holiday, demonstrate the fact that you are literate by writing using properly structured, coherent sentences today – especially if you are using one of the many social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Just for today, dispense with your abbreviations, emoticons, and run-on sentences. Use proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization — And, for Pete’s sake, use a spellchecker!

National Date Nut Bread Day 

National Date Nut Bread Day is celebrated annually on September 8th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates Date Nut bread.
Dates are one of the world’s oldest fruits. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. Historians believe that the ancient Moors brought the date to Spain and later introduced it to America.
The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939, but I think that date nut bread has been around longer than that. My Grandmother, born in the late 1800’s, had a recipe for date nut bread that she said she got from her mother, so there is no way of telling how long recipes for date nut bread have actually been around. Dates are notorious for their high sugar content, so it is no surprise that most date nut bread recipes do not call for any other sweeteners.
Date nut bread is the perfect dish for any occasion. It is delicious, healthy, and relatively easy to make. To celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day, try your hand at baking a homemade loaf of this quasi-healthy treat. If you’re not handy in the kitchen, date nut bread can be found in some bakeries and supermarkets these days. So enjoy some date nut bread today, no matter how you procure it.

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

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