Starting Your Own Country, the Humane Society, Going For a Ride, Stopping Violence, and Cranberry Relish

November 22, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning prospective potentates. Today is Monday, November 22, 2021. November 22nd is the 326th day of the year, and 39 days remain.

National Start Your Own Country Day:

Start Your Own Country Day is celebrated each year on November 22nd. As you can readily infer from its name, this holiday urges us to show our dissatisfaction with the way our country is currently being run and consider what we would do differently if we had the opportunity.
The idea for National Start Your Own Country Day arose from the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. Its concept was to honor those free-spirited souls who dared to hope and believe in a better world where they too could declare any land their own.  This World’s Fair celebrated modern technology and when it first opened in April of 1939 the event was dubbed, “Building the World of Tomorrow.” It was an entertainment-based answer to the depression that had hit the United States and the rising tension of the upcoming World War II. America needed hope and they found it in the World’s Fair where freedom from bureaucratically idiocy was championed.
Start Your Own Country Day brings up some interesting ideas about just how free the world really is and what it means to declare your independence. The concept of starting one’s own country is probably quite appealing to some of us right now. But there are a few things to consider before you renounce your citizenship and attempt to create your own fiefdom. First of all, it’s probably illegal, unless you already live on a private island with an indisputable title to said property. Secondly, where would you get such essential government services as police, fire, military, and medical upon which we rely. Where would you get your water and electricity? Yes, starting one’s own country is a bit more complicated than you might think.
So, to celebrate Start Your Own Country Day, instead of contemplating ways to ‘start your own country’ – how about contemplating ways to make this country better?

Humane Society Anniversary Day:

Humane Society Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on November 22nd. A few people can make a difference and this holiday highlights this fact perfectly. On this date in 1954, a small group of like-minded people concerned with animal welfare founded the Humane Society. You don’t need to be a psychic to foresee that holiday celebrates the anniversary of the founding of this worthwhile foundation.
In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, Dr. Albert Schweitzer noted that “compassion, in which ethics takes root, does not assume its true proportions until it embraces not only man, but every other living being.” This is the principle on which journalist Fred Myers and three others founded the Humane Society in Washington D.C. They wanted to address what they perceived as cruelties to animals on a national scale and to resolve animal welfare problems by applying strategies beyond the ability of local organizations.
Although the Humane Society does not maintain any local shelters or oversee local animal care and control agencies, it does provide assistance to shelters and sheltering programs. It also operates the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which provides free veterinary services for animals in impoverished communities. The group’s current major campaigns target five issues: factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse.
To celebrate Humane Society Anniversary Day, learn more about the Humane Society. Wikipedia has a more detailed explanation of the origins of the Humane Society and the role it plays in protecting animals. It goes without saying that making a donation to your local Humane Society chapter would also be greatly appreciated.

Go For a Ride Day:

Go For a Ride Day is celebrated each year on November 22nd. As you might suspect, this holiday urges us to take a break from our holiday preparations and go for a leisurely ride today.
As the holiday season approaches, life becomes even more chaotic and stressful than usual. You need to find an outlet for all of the stress and frustration that comes with that chaos, and one good way to “get away from it all” is a nice, relaxing ride.
Of course, your family car isn’t the only mode of transportation in which you can take a ride. You can take a ride in an airplane, a boat, a train, or a bus. You can ride your bike, your motorcycle, or your horse. If there is snow where you live, you can ride your snowmobile, or take a sleigh ride. Heck, if you can find someone willing enough (and strong enough), you can take a piggy-back ride. The point of this holiday is to take a ride in, or on, something today – and to relax while enjoying the ride.
Speaking of transportation, here are a few things transportation-related which also happened to occur on this date.

  • Nov. 22, 1904: Mathias Pfatischer of Philadelphia, Pa. received a U.S. patent for “the first direct current, interpole, electric motor.”
  • Nov. 22, 1927: Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin patented the snowmobile.
  • Nov. 22, 1977: “Regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic passenger jet, the Concorde, began on a trial basis. 

So, why not celebrate Go For a Ride Day by going for a ride in/on whatever conveyance is most relaxing for you. You don’t need to have a particular destination in mind celebrate and enjoy this holiday, and you can certainly bring your family or friends along for the ride – unless, naturally, they are the source of your stress, in which case you should go for a ride by yourself.

National Stop the Violence Day

National Stop the Violence Day is observed annually on November 22nd. You needn’t be a member of MENSA to discern that this holiday urges us to try to find ways stop the violence that is now rampant in our society today.
This date was chosen because it is the date on which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas, TX – and America lost its innocence. Each year many media outlets, broadcast and online, call for a one-day cease-fire on America’s streets. The objective is obvious – to stop the violence on our streets.
To celebrate National Stop the Violence Day, we are encouraged to wear white ribbons and drive with our headlights on as a show of peace and to show support for a non-violent society.

Cranberry Relish Day

National Cranberry Relish Day is celebrated each year on November 22nd. Oddly enough, it celebrates cranberry relish – a traditional dish served in many households across America during the holiday season. Cranberry Relish is believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900s.
First, I guess, I should define exactly what a ‘cranberry relish’ is. Cranberry relish is similar to a chutney. It is made from fresh [uncooked] cranberries chopped finely [but not pureed] combined with apples, oranges, sugar and spices. It can be served alongside your poultry in place of the traditional cranberry sauce. It can be spooned over a block of cream cheese and used as a dip for crackers, or you can use it as a topping for waffles or pancakes for your festive holiday breakfast.
There are many different recipes for cranberry relish and it seems that every family has their own favorite. The common ingredient, of course, is cranberries. Other ingredients may include apples, oranges, pineapple, celery, sugar, salt, pecans, orange zest, lemon juice, and brandy.
To celebrate Cranberry Relish Day, make some cranberry relish. If you don’t already have a traditional family recipe for cranberry relish, there are myriad recipes available online from which to choose if you want to give it a try.

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

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