Prime Meridian, Saints, Jobs, Brushes, Cooking For Pets, Calzones, and Vinegar

November 1, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning global travelers. Today is Monday, November 1, 2021. November 1st is the 305th day of the year, and 60 days remain.

Prime Meridian Day 

Prime Meridian Day is celebrated annually on November 1st. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates the establishment of the Prime Meridian. After all of the hullabaloo of Halloween yesterday, maybe you need a less hectic and less chaotic holiday today, and this holiday fill the bill. On this date in 1884, delegates from 25 nations met in Washington, D.C. and established time zones for the world with every 15 degrees of longitude equaling one hour.
All I can glean from the cobwebbed recesses of my time-addled brain is that Greenwich, England was chosen by this distinguished assemblage of delegates as the Prime Meridian. The reason that Greenwich was chosen escapes me, but I’m sure that there is a perfectly logical, sciency explanation. I remember sitting in class somewhere around the 4th or 5th grade and my teacher drawing an arbitrary straight line on a map of the world from the north pole to the south pole and that the line passed through Greenwich – and that it represented 0 degrees longitude. This line is also referred to as the International Date Line and is the primary cause of jet-lag.
To celebrate Prime Meridian Day, Learn more about how the Prime Meridian was determined. Then, get out a globe, or world atlas, and find the Prime Meridian. Find out what lines of longitude you live closest to — Or, just turn on your computer or smartphone and Google it. See, I told you this holiday would be less stressful. This link is intended to help you in your quest for knowledge about the Prime Meridian.

All Saints’ Day 

All Saints’ Day is a holiday celebrated annually on November 1st. You needn’t be a theologian to discern that this holiday celebrates saints by parts of Western Christianity – all of them.  However, in Eastern Christianity, it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. This holiday was created in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.  It begins at sunrise on the first day of November and finishes at sundown. This holiday honors and recognizes all of the saints of the Christian church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate over 10,000 recognized saints.
In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. Christians who celebrate All Saints’ Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and the living.
Other Christian traditions define, remember, and respond to the saints in different ways. For example, in the Methodist Church, the word “saints” refers to all Christians and therefore, on All Saints’ Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members of a local congregation, are honored and remembered. The Western Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
All Saints Day was originally celebrated in May. It was moved to November 1st to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween and Día De Loss Muertos (Day of the Dead). Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But, if moved they Christian holidays to this time period, the pagan holidays would slowly die away – Nice try, Catholic Church!

Job Action Day 

Job Action Day is celebrated each year on the first Monday in November. This holiday is a day of empowerment for workers and job-seekers — to put their career and job in the forefront, make plans, and to take action.
For people currently working, this holiday is an opportunity to not only examine their current job and employer but also evaluate both the stability of that job and employer as well as their personal fulfillment with their job. It’s a day to take stock of their career and develop a plan for their next career steps.
For job-seekers, this holiday is a chance to take a break from the daily grind of job-hunting to take a look at the bigger picture of their career, goals, and job-search strategies. It’s a day to develop plans for developing new job and career options and devising new and better ways to track down job leads and position yourself for employment opportunities.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, or dissatisfied in their current job, celebrate Job Action Day by evaluating your/their skill set, qualifications, and experience, forming a plan, then taking action to find the job that you want.

National Brush Day 

National Brush Day is celebrated each year on November 1st. One might easily conclude that this holiday is sponsored by a company such as Fuller Brush as a way to promote their wares, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This holiday, sometimes referred to as National Brush Your Teeth Day, serves as a reminder for everyone to follow the American Dental Associations guidelines for brushing in the wake of Halloween, the single most significant day of candy consumption in the United States.
National Brush Day was created in 2013 as an extension of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths public service advertising campaign by The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. The coalition of more than 35 leading oral health organizations and the Ad Council launched the campaign in August 2012. National Brush Day is designed to remind and encourage parents to get their kids brushing their teeth for just two minutes, at least twice a day. The simple act of brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes can have a substantial impact on cavity prevention as well as a myriad of oral diseases such as gingivitis.
To celebrate National Brush Day, spend some extra time explaining the importance of brushing your teeth to children. It also serves as a reminder to replace your toothbrush [at least every 90 days].

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day 

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day is celebrated annually on November 1st. As the name suggests, this holiday urges us to replace at least some of the store-bought commercial pet food we buy with some home made meals. Theoretically, we cook for your families every night. This holiday focuses on pet nutrition, and urges you to start cooking healthy dinners for our pets as an alternative to the expensive, and not necessarily nutritious, pet foods available commercially.
The originators of this holiday provide these tips for celebrating this holiday:

  •  Check with your vet before cooking for your pet
  •  Don’t waste seasonings in your pet’s meals, they don’t need them.
  •  Avoid using avocados, milk-based foods, garlic, chocolate, onions, salt and yeast dough. See a more complete list here.

To celebrate National Go Cook For Your Pets Day, use the guidelines outlined above to cook a special dinner for your fur-baby today. Remember to introduce new foods gradually. Make sure to add plenty of love.

National Calzone Day 

National Calzone Day is celebrated annually on November 1st. You don’t need to be a certified Italian chef to glean that this holiday celebrates calzone – a kind of baked pizza sandwich. This holiday was created in 2016 by Minsky’s Pizza to celebrate their 40th anniversary and delicious, handmade calzones.
Calzones are basically hand-held pizza pockets. They take the delicious toppings and cheese of a pizza and tuck it up tight in a warm garlicky, crusty package. Also known as calzoni in some parts of Italy, like the pizza, it originated in Naples. It looks much like a turnover, and its ingredients can be as variable as the toppings for pizza. The loose translation of the word calzone from Italian to English is trouser legs.
Calzone dough is infused with garlic and butter to add flavor. Sauces made from scratch with Italian herbs and spices lend that old world flair to every calzone recipe. As the mozzarella, provolone or parmesan melts into the sausage, spinach or whatever choice ingredients, the aroma will permeate the room and you will soon be salivating in anticipation.
To celebrate National Calzone Day, order some calzones from your favorite pizza parlor, or make some at home.

National Vinegar Day 

National Vinegar Day is celebrated each year on November 1st. You don’t need a superior intellect to decipher that this holiday celebrates vinegar – a world-renowned flavor enhancer, condiment, and ingredient.
Vinegar is over 10,000 years old. It has a legacy that goes back to ancient times, where it was inadvertently created alongside its alcoholic forbears —wine, beer, and other spirits. Vessels with traces of vinegar dating back to 6000 B.C.E. have been found in Egypt and China.
Vinegar was written about in Babylonian times circa 5000 BC. The vinegar to which they referred was made with dates, and soon found its way to kitchens and campfires everywhere. It is even mentioned in the Bible (in both the Book of Ruth and in Proverbs). Vinegar is specifically called for in the Talmud, to make the haroseth for Passover.
Vinegar requires a fermentation of sugar, and can be made from almost anything that contains it: fruits (apples, berries, coconuts, grapes, melons, peaches), grains (sorghum, rice, barley malt), whey, sugars (molasses, sugar cane, honey, maple syrup), or vegetables (beets, potatoes). The most commonly used varieties – not necessarily by foodies – are apple cider vinegar and distilled white vinegar.
“Modern” vinegar was created by the H. J. Heinz company in the late 19th century. Since they used vinegar to make their condiments and pickles, they decided to make their own vinegar, bottle it, and sell it for home use. Prior to this time, vinegar was fermented in barrels or crocks that were stored in barns or basements.
Do I really have to make a recommendation to you regarding how to celebrate national Vinegar Day?

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

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