Animals, Habitat, Architecture, 10-4, Improving Your Office, Tooting Your Flute, Vodka, Cinnamon Rolls, and Tacos

October 4, 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 animal lovers. Today is Monday, October 4, 2021. Today is the 277th day of the year, and 88 days remain.

World Animal Day 

World Animal Day (sometimes also referred to as Blessing of The Animals Day or Blessing of The Pets Day and/or Saint Francis of Assisi Day) is celebrated annually on October 4th. Contrary to its name [ond one of its alternative names], this holiday doesn’t celebrate either animals or St. Francis of Assisi. Instead, this holiday celebrates the day when churches worldwide allow people to bring their animals to the church for a special blessing.
Primarily a Catholic celebration, this custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals, and his love for all creatures. For obvious reasons, this ceremony is celebrated outside, where a priest greets each animal and says the following blessing over them:

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air, and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amn.”e

He then sprinkles a few drops of holy water on its head and moves on to the next animal in line.
Unless you’re a Catholic, you have little reason to celebrate World Animal Day in this context. If you aren’t Catholic though, you can at least feel blessed by the animals in your life.

World Habitat Day 

World Habitat Day is observed annually on the first Monday of October. It was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202 and was first celebrated in 1986. It seeks to promote sustainable urban development and adequate shelter for all. Additionally, it is intended to remind us that we all share the responsibility of shaping the future of our cities and towns. Below is a quote from their website:

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all. This World Habitat Day will focus on promoting all levels of government and all relevant stakeholders to reflect on how to implement concrete initiatives to ensure adequate and affordable housing in the context of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at all levels, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

By definition, a habitat is the environment in which we live. When most of us think about habitat, we think of rainforests or open spaces where the creatures (often endangered) live. Rarely do we consider ourselves among these animals. Yet today, over half of the human population lives in poorly managed towns and cities where adequate shelter and basic services like water, sanitation, and electricity are threatened or sometimes non-existent. They don’t take into account that their environment is also considered their habitat.
To celebrate World Habitat Day, get involved with organizations such as Habitat For Humanity in your local community. Do your part to improve the “habitat” in which you live.

World Architecture Day 

World Architecture Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday in October. You needn’t be Frank Lloyd Wright or I. M. Pei to deduce that this holiday celebtates architecture. This holiday was created in 2005 by the Union International des Architects (UIA) to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate some of the great global architectural works.
Architecture shapes all of our lives through creativity and hard work. It plays an essential role in planning for the future, sustaining population growth, and tackling a number of social problems.
Each year, events are held in different locations bringing architects, engineers, planners, and developers together to showcase their work, discuss future projects, debate current issues and plan new business ventures.
To celebrate World Architecture Day, learn more about how architecture affects your life. If you don’t work in the field of architecture, take a few moments out of your day to appreciate the architectural feats that you see every day. If you do work in the industry, you should attend an event in your area.

Ten-Four Day 

Ten-Four Day is celebrated annually on October 4th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates 10-4 and obviously refers to today’s date (10/4).
Ten-four is the universal radio operator code to answer in the affirmative. Consequently, some people interpret this holiday as a celebration of all radio operators – both amateur and professional. However, since ten-four means to answer in the affirmative, other people interpret this holiday to mean that you should strive to remain positive today and answer questions in the positive when possible.
If you are a radio operator, you should celebrate Ten-Four Day by using your radio as much as possible today. If you’re not a radio operator, you’re probably wondering right now: Should I bother to celebrate Ten-Four Day at all? The answer to that question is a big 10-4. Be as positive as possible in your responses today.

Improve Your Office Day 

Improve Your Office Day is celebrated annually on October 4th.  You don’t need to be a cubicle drone to glean that this holiday urges you to spruce up your office environment today.
Working in a plain, corporate environment can be demoralizing, so why not take some steps to improve your work environment? There are a number of things you can do to spruce up your office space and make it seem less institutionalized and more “homey”. Buy a plant or two. Bring in a fresh flower every day. Put up a few pictures of your family, some artwork, or a picture of your next “dream” vacation destination. Upgrade your mouse-pad. Change the screen saver on your computer.
To celebrate Improve Your Office Day, simply take steps to create a more productive and personalized office space today. Don’t limit yourself to just your office at work either. Take time to spiff up your home office today too. A pleasant work environment at home is just as important as your work office.

International Toot Your Flute Day 

International Toot Your Flute Day is celebrated annually on October 4th. As you might infer, this holiday is a day to “toot your flute,” “blow your own horn” and boast about your many achievements. It is all about you – and all that you have accomplished in your life.
Celebrating International Toot Your Flute Day does not require a musical instrument or any musical prowess whatsoever. It is a day to be proud of the many worthwhile things you have done.
To celebrate International Toot Your Flute Day, take some time for “you” today and reward yourself with a nice dinner at a good restaurant, or a night out at the movies. This holiday is also a day for self-promotion. Make a list of the reasons you deserve that raise or promotion and present it to your boss. Present a comprehensive, coherent case to your spouse regarding why you feel that you deserve a night out with the boys/girls.

National Vodka Day 

National Vodka Day is celebrated annually on October 4th. Logically, this holiday celebrates vodka – a distilled adult beverage lauded worldwide.
Vodka is a clear liquor, mostly made from water and ethanol distilled from a fermented substance, such as grain, potatoes, or sugar beet molasses. It was invented in either Russia or Poland around the 11th century – both countries claim credit for inventing it. The extremely cold temperatures of the Russian and Polish winters inhibited the shipment of wines and beers, which could freeze during transit. Until the introduction of distilling into Eastern Europe, strong alcoholic drinks were made by fermenting strong wine, beer, and mead, freezing them, and then drawing off the concentrated alcoholic slush from the frozen water.
Today, vodka accounts for 20 to 25 percent of spirits sold today in North America – making it our most popular adult libation. This notable feat occurred in the 1970s when sales of vodka outpaced bourbon – America’s former favorite spirit.
To celebrate National Vodka Day, simply enjoy some vodka today – either straight or in a mixed cocktail.
Author’s Note:
Always consume alcoholic beverages in moderation, of course.

Cinnamon Roll Day 

Cinnamon Roll Day (aka – Kanelbullens Dag) is celebrated annually on October 4th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates cinnamon rolls – a world-renowned sweet treat. In Sweden, the country of its presumed origin, the cinnamon roll takes the name of kanelbulle (literally: “cinnamon bun”) and for some unknown reason, October 4 has more recently started to be promoted as “kanelbullens dag” (Cinnamon roll day).
A cinnamon roll (also cinnamon bun, cinnamon swirl, and cinnamon snail) is a sweet roll served commonly in Northern Europe and North America. It consists of a rolled sheet of yeast-leavened dough onto which a cinnamon and sugar mixture (and raisins or chopped grapes in some cases) are sprinkled over a thin coat of butter. The dough is then rolled, cut into individual portions, ad baked. In North America, cinnamon rolls are frequently topped with icing (often confectioner’s sugar-based) or glaze of some sort. In northern Europe, nib sugar is often used instead of icing.
To celebrate Cinnamon Roll Day, simply bake a batch of cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning.

National Taco Day 

National Taco Day is celebrated annually on October 4th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to figure out that this holiday celebrates tacos – a world-renowned Mexican dish made with a chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood protein base, wrapped in a soft corn tortilla, along with other complementary toppings such as tomatoes, onion, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to describe his experiences in the New World. In his letter, he mentioned a delicious meal the Aztec inhabitants prepared with “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” It is the first historical reference to tacos – although there is some evidence that tacos with small fish were eaten in Mexico before Spaniards arrived there.
While the original tacos were served in warm, soft corn tortillas, here in America we prefer tacos made with crispy pre-made, U-shaped taco corn tortilla shells. These hard-shelled taco shells were first described in a cookbook in 1949.
To celebrate National Taco Day, make some tacos for dinner tonight. You are the arbiter of the ingredients and toppings you use.

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

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