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Today is March 24th and it is:

World Tuberculosis Day

 

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness about tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

March 24th marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis--the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.

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I plan on posting interesting tidbits about each day/date of the calendar.  I hope others will add to it as well.  It can be related to any subject as long as it happened on or is correlated in some way with that particular date.

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What is Mother's Day?

 

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Flowers for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father's Day, the celebration honoring fathers.

Mother's Day around the world

In most countries Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, among them the USA, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. One notable exception to this rule are the UK and Ireland, which celebrate Mother's Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother's Day on March 21st (vernal equinox). Most East European countries celebrate Mother's Day on March 8th. For a complete overview of the dates of Mother's Day around the world see Mother's Day on Wikipedia.

In most countries, Mother's Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in America. When it was adopted by other countries and cultures, it was given different meanings, associated to different events (religious, historical or legendary), and celebrated on a different date or dates.

Some countries already had existing celebrations honoring motherhood, and their celebrations have adopted several external characteristics from the US holiday, like giving carnations and other presents to your own mother.

The extent of the celebrations varies greatly. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one's mother not to mark Mother's Day. In others, it is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture (compare the celebrations of Diwali in the UK and the United States).

 

 Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother's Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent the UK. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April.

Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday, is now a day to honor mothers and other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law. Many people make a special effort to visit their mother. They take cards and gifts to her and may treat her to brunch, lunch or high tea in a cafe, restaurant or hotel. People who cannot visit their mother usually send gifts or cards to her.

An important part of Mothering Sunday is giving cards and gifts. Common Mother's Day gifts are cakes, flowers, chocolates, jewelry, and luxurious clothing. Some people do not give a physical gift, but choose to treat their mother or grandmother to a special meal, beauty treatment or fun outing...

 

Many Australians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures. It is annually observed in Australia on the second Sunday of May.

Events and observations associated with the holidays we list may be canceled or otherwise affected due to measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with event organizers for details.

 

Is Mother's Day a Public Holiday?

Mother's Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, May 10, 2020 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Australia.

Public Life

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday but it is on a Sunday, when many organizations, schools, and government offices are closed. Public transport systems run to their normal Sunday schedules and restaurants or cafes may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat. Shops and department stores may also be busy in areas where there is Sunday trading.

Background

Many Australians follow the Mother’s Day traditions that stem from observances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Mother’s Day date in Australia is the same as the date observed in the United States, which is the second Sunday of May each year. However, it is an Australian who is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother's Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers.

 

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As hospitals get increasingly overwhelmed, medical staff around the world have posted pictures of themselves holding up signs to tell people to stay home.
 

Hundreds of Miles From Home, Nurses Fight Coronavirus on New York’s Front Lines

“Every day you go in and you’re like, ‘Can I do this for one more day?’’’ a nurse from North Carolina .

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.

The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA's state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.

The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.

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NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY – April 25

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Each year on April 25th each year, National Zucchini Bread Day encourages bakers to make this delicious bread.   

Many explorers who came to the Americas brought back what they considered strange foods, including the zucchini. The zucchini eventually found its way to Italy, where it was named zucchino. Native Americans referred to zucchini as “something eaten raw.” However, we all know that zucchini tastes best cooked, especially in bread.

Zucchini bread is similar to other quick breads like banana bread. Other quick breads you might be familiar with making include muffins, scones, and biscuits. When baked, Zucchini and banana bread go into the oven in loaf pans. When finished, slice and serve with butter, peanut butter, jam, or just plain. 

 

#NationalZucchiniBreadDay

Celebrate the day by making fresh zucchini bread for yourself. Dip into your freezer stash from last year’s bumper crop and bake the day away. Be sure to plant more zucchini so you can celebrate this day next year, too! 

Enjoy this delicious recipe: Mom’s Zucchini Bread recipe.

Use #NationalZucchiniBreadDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY HISTORY

Despite the popularity of this food holiday, we have been unable to identify its origins.

 

Cinnamon Swirl Zucchini Bread

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Zucchini Crumb Cake

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National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day – April 21, 2020

Bulldogs, beautiful? Well, yes! French, American, or English — bulldogs portray glamour in their own special way. That’s why we present National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day each April 21. (In case you’re wondering, our photo shows a very pretty French bulldog.)

True — people (as a rule) can’t get away with a lot of slobbering and wrinkles, but bulldogs make it an art form. They started popping up as furry companions in historical literature about five centuries ago. Today this sweet sidekick continually ranks as one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. French bulldogs currently sit fourth on the American Kennel Club’s list. (Bulldogs, technically a separate breed, are fifth.)  

Here’s more on why we love them so much.

 
NATIONAL BULLDOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL DAY ACTIVITIES
  1. Volunteer at an animal shelter

    It’s heartbreaking, but not every bulldog gets to celebrate National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day in the comfort of their own forever home. Lend a helping hand to bulldogs — and every other dog breed — by volunteering some of your time to your local animal shelter. Your heart will be full afterward, and you’ll probably even get some puppy kisses to help sweeten the deal.

  2. Visit a pet-friendly restaurant or bar

    Pack up your bulldog and head out to grab some tasty food and drinks. Most pet-friendly restaurants set out water bowls for your pup to enjoy as they hang out with you, but if you do a little research, you may even find a spot that has a menu dedicated just to the hounds.

  3. Indulge your pet

    Stopping at the local pet bakery on a daily basis probably isn’t the best thing for your furry friend’s waistline, but today is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day, and that means ALL bulldogs are beautiful. Today is the perfect reason to indulge the bulldogs in your life—big and small. Yes, this also means you should stop by the human bakery and treat yourself as well.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL BULLDOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL DAY
  1. They make drool cool

    Acknowledging the beauty of everyday life is a sure way to elevate your mood. Bulldogs? They’re gorgeous just the way they are – drool hanging out of the corner of their mouth and bull-legged posture just add to the beauty.

  2. They're adaptable

    Bulldogs are great for city dwellers and country folk. This breed is fairly low-energy, so they don’t require a ton of exercise. They'll be content whether sniffing around a huge backyard or are taking a nap on the floor of your apartment.

  3. They make great watchdogs

    They’re sweet-natured, but the staunch, muscular appearance of bulldogs can be intimidating. Although bulldogs are usually easygoing and lazy, when provoked, they're not afraid to make their presence known when necessary.

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The Most Beautiful Butterflies: Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Morpho Most Beautiful Butterflies In The World

Butterfly Symbolism and Meaning

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. There are some religions sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

 

Calling the forests of Central and South America its home, the Blue Morpho Butterfly is one of the world’s largest butterflies. This fluttering creature’s wings are bright blue and have lacy black edges, the result of light reflecting off microscopic scales on the back of their wings. They are not all about aesthetics, however: the underside of this butterfly’s wing is a dull brown and serves as camouflage against predators.

 
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World Backup Day – March 31, 2020

 

We’re fortunate enough to have access to the most powerful computers to date, but what would you do if you lost everything on your computer? Crashes happen more often than you think, data recovery can cost you hundreds of dollars, and recovering everything you’ve stored on your computer is not guaranteed. We understand, life gets hectic and it’s easy to forget to back up your files. Join us on March 31st, as we celebrate World Backup Day.

 

World Backup Day Activities

Copy your files to an external hard drive
Set aside 15 minutes to an hour to back up all of the existing files on your desktop, laptop or pc. Simply purchase a hard drive of your liking - we recommend 1TB drives or more - and copy your files to the drive.


Play in the clouds
Can't buy a hard drive in time? No worries! There are plenty of companies that specialize in storing your documents online. Do your research and figure out which service works best for you. We recommend the Google Cloud, WMware Storage or Barracuda Cloud Storage, but they are all great!


Back that thing up party
Invite all the employees on your team to back up their files with one of the methods above. This will create a safer culture among your staff and prevent any projects from slipping through the crack. The last thing you need is a client asking for a file that was wrongfully discarded.

 

Why We Love World Backup Day
Being prepared is half the battle
Wake up and smell the coffee. Crashes happen more often than not. Are you prepared to lose that project you have been working on all semester? What about those important documents you stored to help you get ready for tax season? Are they easily replaceable? We advise you to make copies if you haven't done so yet.


Peace of mind
As mentioned above, if your files are irreplaceable then we highly encourage you to back up your documents. Keep in mind that it is better to be safe, than be sorry. Duplicate your files on to as many storage devices as you like to make sure that you are clear from accidents that may occur.


An archive to dig through
Just like opening an old, untouched photo album, it can often be a trip down nostalgia lane to dig into old folders on long-forgotten hard drives.

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Cute fur babies, Dave!

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Here are our 3 Grand Puppy's!

Kona is the oldest and a rescue dog who had a very hard young life! She had puppies when she was about a year old. She was a bait dog for preflights. 

Now she is a spoiled lady which she deserves to be. She is an American Bulldog. 

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  • Next is Lola a Golden retriever. She was bred at a kennel and is still a puppy at 3.

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Oakley is the true puppy in the group! He is around 6 months old and part of a litter from a rescue mother. 

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National Puppy Day – March 23, 2020

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Prepare yourselves for an overdose of cuteness, because March 23 is National Puppy Day! Established in 2006, National Puppy Day is a paw-some day for all dog enthusiasts to celebrate unconditional love and fawn over the undeniably cute furballs that bring so much happiness into this world. While we’re all softies when it comes to our four-legged friends, today is also designed to raise awareness about puppy mills and help prospective pet owners consider adoption.


History of National Puppy Day
Founder, Colleen Paige’s mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. It’s also an excellent opportunity to show off your dog’s supermodel side and give them some extra cuddles for all the joy they bring. So sit back and indulge in the endless stream of adorable puppy photos, but keep in mind that today might be the best excuse to bring home your own fluffy canine as your next best friend!


Colleen Paige first brought adoption awareness to a national level with National Dog Day in 2004, which was later adopted by the New York State Legislature in 2013. This day is celebrated on August 26 and is the day Colleen adopted her first dog, “Sheltie” when she was 10 years old. Since then, Colleen has inspired millions with her compassion and has brought worldwide attention to animals in need. She has shone a light on dogs putting their lives on the line every day for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom, and for our safety.

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National Puppy Day and National Dog Day are now great opportunities to adopt a dog because shelters typically have the highest intake of dogs around summertime. With 30 to 40 animals entering the shelter daily, we need public support to help save lives, and these national holidays do just that — by encouraging and reminding people to adopt, donate, and love their animals more every year.

 

National Puppy Day Activities
Teach your pup a new trick
At their young age, puppies are always open to new things and teaching a trick can be a great learning experience for both of you. Activities like these can help further develop your puppy's social skills and even strengthen your companionship — your pup will enjoy the extra treats along the way too!


Pamper your pup
Sometimes your pup is worthy of a 5-star spa treatment. Start with a bubble bath and end with a grooming session to bring out their baby soft coat. An extra belly rub can't hurt too — your pooch will be sure to thank you later!


Look at photos and videos of adorable puppies
Puppies are often the best medicine, no matter your state of mind. There are so many you might be at it for a while.

 

5 Im-PAWS-ible Puppy Facts

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Jolly Green Puppy
In rare cases, the fur of a light-haired puppy can get temporarily stained by a green pigment in the mother’s placenta, making them appear green at first.


The Tiniest Tea-cup
According to Guinness World Records, the smallest puppy in the world was a Chihuahua named Milly, measuring as an adult at 3.8 inches tall.


Bilboa’s Botanic Puppy
Since its opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain has been home to a 40-foot tall puppy statue adorn with 37,000 flowers.


Spotless Puppies
Dalmatian puppies are born without any spots and instead accrue them over time.


Sleepy Puppy
Though their energy picks up pretty fast, much like human’s newborn puppies sleep on average of 15-20 hours a day.


Why We Love National Puppy Day
They're Great Listeners
Puppies are a judge-free, guilt-free zone. No matter how big or how small the problem, they're always there to comfort and lick your problems away.


They Sniff Out Health Problems
Studies show that babies raised in close contact with a puppy get sick less often than those who aren't. Not only do they help build up our immune system against allergens but their strong sense of empathy promotes a stress-free, nurturing environment. Puppies can help shed and sniff your way to better health.


They Keep Us Active and Stress-Free
Let's face it, puppies can be a handful, but chasing them has surprising health benefits. They keep us constantly exercising, which helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Who knew puppies could help us revamp our workout routine?

 

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Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (IrishLá Fhéile Pádraiglit. 'the Day of the Festival of Patrick'), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

 

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilís, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services and historically the Lentenrestrictions on eating and drinking alcoholwere lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[10] Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, especially amongst Irish diaspora. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. However, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish people.

 

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National K9 Veterans Day – March 13, 2020
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Are you excited for National K9 Veterans Day this March 13, or are we barking up the wrong tree? Our little furry friends are already awesome as it is. But dogs who have been trained to serve our country are even more heroic. Plus, they look so cute and serious in their little uniforms. K9 dogs have been around ever since 1942, when an organization called Dogs for Defense was founded to train dogs to be sentries for supply depots. The program was approved by the U.S. Army in March 1942, the U.S. Army K9 Corps was founded on March 13, 1942, and the rest is history (literally). Get ready to celebrate America’s patriotic puppers!

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How to Observe National K9 Veterans Day
  1. Adopt a retired K9 dog

    K9 dogs are loved and appreciated, but unfortunately, there are some that are left without homes after their service ends. If you’re ready for a new pooch, adopt one of these dogs instead of buying one from a breeder! One organization that helps you find these dogs is linked here.

  2. Give your own pooch a treat

    While we’d love to give every retired K9 dog some TLC this holiday, sometimes you can’t locate one for the purposes of treat-giving. If that’s the case, show your own furry friend how much you love him! He’ll appreciate it, and you’ll be honoring the spirit of the holiday. It’s a win-win!

  3. Teach your dog a new trick

    Old dogs can’t learn new tricks — but your dog can! Celebrate the incredible training of a K9 dog by training your own dog a bit. You’ll have an excuse to spend time with your dog, and you’ll feel great when you finally get him to perform the trick. Try starting out with getting your dog to roll over or shake your hand.

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Why National K9 Veterans Day is Important
  1. They’re here to protect us

    Dogs already bring us such joy by being lovable and loyal. However, they bring us even more joy when they’re working toward justice. From the first sentry dogs in Dogs of Defense to dogs that are trained to sniff out contraband or follow criminals, K9 dogs can do it all. And they have. Historically, K9 dogs have comprised Search and Rescue teams at Ground Zero, served as Security Dogs, and more. We thank them for their service!

  2. They’re adorable as anything

    You know the expression “there’s nothing cuter than a man in uniform?” We’d like to adapt that, because whoever coined it was clearly talking about dogs. We have two points to back up this argument. Firstly, there’s something so precious about how serious K9 dogs gets when they’re doing their jobs. Secondly, they get tiny little police vests. Case closed.

  3. They’re incredibly well-trained

    In a time where some parents can’t even get their own children to regularly take out the trash, K9 dogs are impeccably trained. Don’t believe us? Some K9s are trained to bite down on the arms of criminals to keep them in place upon command. However, the dogs are not allowed to draw blood. So they know exactly how hard to bite down to hold without being violent. That’s incredible! K9 dogs, we salute you.

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National Girl Scout Day – March 12, 2020

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Steel your resolve. Dieters, beware! There are Girl Scouts everywhere, and they’re all trying to sell you kryptonite … aka, their most delicious cookies. Whether your favorite flavor is minty Thin Mints or gooey Tagalongs, we can all agree that Girl Scout cookies make the world go round. They’re so good, they deserve a holiday. And they have one … of sorts. Get ready to celebrate this March 12, because it’s National Girl Scout Day! Part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day commemorates the anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting. In 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the meeting in Savannah, Georgia. And Girl Scouts has only grown from there! So grab a cookie (or 12) and get ready to celebrate.

National Girl Scout Day Activities
  1. Buy some cookies

    Yes, you read that sentence right. We’re giving you the excuse you’ve been longing for to go out and buy those cookies! 100% of the money from cookie sales goes back into the organization. Image result for girl scout cookiesFurther, all the money you spend stays local. That means instead of funding Girl Scouts HQ, your money is helping directly support your community and its development. Personally, we think that’s pretty awesome!

  2. Create your own Girl Scout badge

    Okay, so you’re probably too old to run out and join Girl Scouts (and if you’re not, we hope you’re using the internet with parental supervision). However, you can do the next best thing and create badges for yourself. Set challenges and then give yourself badges when you complete them! Have you always wanted to try a new hike but could never find the motivation? Create a wilderness explorer badge! We’re exaggerating, but you get the point.

  3. Spend time with your favorite Girl Scout

    We all know a Girl Scout. Maybe it’s your daughter; maybe it’s your little cousin. Either way, spend a little time with them this National Girl Scout Day and let them know how loved and appreciated they are. Tell them they’re going to change the world! Girl Scouts is all about lifting girls up, and you can support that mission this March 12.

Why We Love National Girl Scout Day
  1. Girl Scouts empowers girls

    The Girl Scout mission is to “[build] girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” How could we not love an organization who wants to create powerful girls? We need the next generation to be both smart and altruistic, and Girl Scouts is trying to accomplish just that. Queen Bey explains it better than we ever could: “Who run the world? Girls!"

  2. Their cookies are delicious, darn it

    Excuse our French; we get very excited about Girl Scout cookies. We’ve started minor wars with our friends over which flavors are the best. And it’s all because of those delicious circles of minty, chocolate, peanut-buttery goodness. Image result for girl scout cookiesWe can’t stop eating them. We don’t want to stop eating them! We will gladly give up being healthy or in staying in shape if it means we can eat mass quantities of these wonderful cookies. Plus, a hot body is overrated … right?

  3. They taught everyone we know how to make lanyards

    Let’s be real — none of us would know how to make lanyards without a Girl Scout. Whether you made your first lanyard in summer camp or on the elementary school playground, you learned how to do it from a Girl Scout. We don’t know exactly why all Girl Scouts make lanyards, but we’ve all reaped the benefits. What would life be without lanyards? Backpack zippers would be much less swanky, at the very least. Thank you, Girl Scouts.

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Today is.... National Napping Day – March 9, 2020
Ever feel jet-lagged after daylight savings? March 9 is National Napping Day and it’s the perfect day to help you recuperate from the “spring forward.” Don’t doze off as I tell you this, I promise this won’t be a snooze fest! Napping is actually scientifically proven to be better for you than coffee or energy drinks. So now you can feel less guilty about enjoying this not so guilty pleasure. You may have lost that extra hour in the day but you can feel like you caught up on some sleep by celebrating the day in style.
History of National Napping Day

National Napping Day was created in 1999 by a Boston University professor and his wife. William Anthony Ph.D. and his wife Camille Anthony created this holiday to spread awareness on the importance of getting enough sleep and its benefits. The holiday was meant to help make up for the amount of sleep lost when the hour changes. The date was chosen because studies have shown that people are already at their most tired and sleep deprived after daylight savings changes. The change of the hour really makes a difference, but National Napping Day can make you feel like there was no change at all.

However, even though the holiday wasn’t created until 1999, the Spanish already had the tradition of taking an afternoon “siesta.” That’s good news for Spain, since daylight savings won’t affect the routine of the people there too much. The Ancient Romans were known to take midday naps as well. With the hustle and bustle of modern life midday naps seem more like a thing from the past to most people. Naps are seen as luxuries now, a symbol of extra time most of us can’t afford. But back then naps were seen as a necessity and were sometimes used for medicinal purposes and even religious practices. Even though National Napping Day was created 21 years ago, it still doesn’t have actual recognition as an official national holiday. Although National Napping Day isn’t technically a real holiday, who doesn’t love a reason to nap?

 

National Napping Day Activities
  1. Take a nap

    This might seem obvious but with our busy schedules sometimes we ignore the things our bodies need, like rest. The best way to enjoy this holiday is to get comfy and rest. Close the curtains, set your phone to silent, snuggle up in your favorite pj’s and relax.

  2. Set up a sleeping playlist

    Sometimes even though we want to relax or fall asleep we just can’t seem to turn our brains off. Setting up a calm music playlist can help your brain relax and make it easier to fall asleep. This is a great way to unwind and discover new music.

  3. Turn off your phone

    This is the hardest one I know! But when we’re distracted by what's going on on our phones it's hard to get our body and brain to be relaxed enough to fall asleep. If you can’t bear to turn it off then set it to silent and try to get a quick 20 minute nap in.

     

    5 Facts About Sleeping That You Didn’t Know About
    1. You can’t dream while napping

      If you are sleeping the recommended time for napping then you shouldn’t be able to dream.

    2. If you do dream you may be sleep deprived

      The only way you can dream is if you take a 90 minute nap which is not as recommended.

    3. Not all naps are the same

      Taking a 20 to 30 minute nap will make you feel energized while a 60 minute nap will make you feel more rejuvenated albeit somewhat groggy.

    4. REM sleep is the most important stage when sleeping

      REM sleep is very beneficial to cognitive function and can be achieved through longer naps.

    5. You have REM sleep during a 90 minute nap

      90 to 120 minute naps encompass all stages of sleep including REM sleep.

    Why We Love National Napping Day
    1. It’s super healthy for you

      There are so many health benefits to napping that may make you think twice next time you decide to skip a nap, including increased awareness, brain performance and a decrease in stress. One of the biggest benefits is that it keeps your heart healthy. People who nap reduce the risk of heart disease and heart related death. Now we can definitely say we heart National Napping Day!

    2. They put you in a better mood

      When we’re tired we are more prone to mood swings, irritability, and impulsivity, but with a short nap you can wake up feeling brand new! Studies show that taking short afternoon naps can make you feel more happy and it can even improve your sex life.

    3. Gives us a reason to relax

      Let's face it, we’re sleep deprived! Sometimes we can get caught up in our busy day to day lives and our crazy schedules. All it takes is a 20 to 30 minute nap to feel energized for the rest of the day. National Napping Day is the perfect day to let yourself hit the snooze button.

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National Read Across America Day – March 2, 2020

March 2 is National Read Across America Day, a day to celebrate our favorite activity. The day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. The day occurs each year on the birthday of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, so a perfect way to celebrate is to don a Seussian hat and read one his famous tales, like One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. On National Read Across America Day, students, teachers, parents, and community members around the nation come together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading — join us!

NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY ACTIVITIES
  1. Make a date with a book

    When you have a good book, you’re never alone. Celebrate National Read Across America day by taking your favorite book for a coffee, glass of wine, or even out to dinner. Sit at the bar or at a table for two and get lost in your book while out in public.

  2. Go to a reading

    Groups around the country host readings on National Read Across America day. Check out what your local libraries and bookstores have on offer, and if you have kids, see what their schools are planning. Some events may be looking for volunteers to read out loud to kids — what a treat (and a gift).

  3. Have a birthday party for Dr. Seuss

    Invite friends over to celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading! Have Seuss-themed snacks — butter-side down toast, green eggs and ham — and have friends read selections from their favorite Seuss books.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
  1. Reading is exciting

    Reading takes us to exciting new places, enchanted lands, and even faraway galaxies. When we read, we can be detectives, explorers, and heroes. Ever stayed up late to finish a book by flashlight under your covers? Or missed your bus stop because you were so engrossed in a chapter? Reading adds excitement to our lives!

  2. Reading makes us smarter 

    Did you know that reading actually increases your brain power? It’s true! Regular reading can slow the decline of memory and brain function that comes with age. And of course, as Dr. Seuss says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

  3. Reading is relaxing

    Even reading for just six minutes can reduce stress, according to research. In fact, reading is more calming than listening to music or going on a walk! Curling up with a good book and cup of tea (or another favorite beverage) is one of life’s great joys — and relaxers.

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It’s Mardi Gras time, arguably one the best celebrations in the world. It stretches from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas) all the way until Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” to reflect the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It’s also a time to bring out those colorful beads and masks and party! This celebration goes on in many parts of the world in various forms. So get out there and join the Mardi Gras celebrations on February 25, and party with the world!  

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The roots of the celebration have been woven together for centuries from medieval spring festivals and feasts that were based on the Christian calendar.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated around the world in its various forms all of which harken back to these roots of spring festivals and religious fasting in preparation for the Holy day of Easter.

Credit for bringing Mardi Gras to America goes to French explorers Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d’Iberville and Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville. In 1699, d’Iberville reached the mouth of the river on Shrove Tuesday near what is now Louisiana and named it Pointe du Mardi Gras.

Thanks to their establishment of Fort Louis de la Mobile, modern-day Mobile, Alabama lays claim to the first Mardi Gras celebration on American soil in 1703.

When de Bienville established Nouvelle Orleans in 1788, Mardi Gras celebrations reportedly began immediately. In 1875, Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

What is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is another name for Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. It begins the season of Lent for Christians. Fat Tuesday falls on February 25, 2020.

What happens on Fat Tuesday?

Traditionally, Lent is a period of fasting. So on Fat Tuesday one is supposed to bulk up on fatty, rich foods that you do not eat during the Lenten time. That’s one of the reasons pancakes and fastnachts (which contain fat, sugar and eggs) are often eaten on the holiday.

The day also marks the end of shrovetide or Carnival (or Carnaval), which is the week leading up to Lent.

Fat Tuesday is about readying oneself for Lent, not just by feasting before a fast. For Christians, it is a time to reflect, confess and ready one's spirit for the forty days of repentance that is Lent.

“To shrive” is to hear confessions. Thus, Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting as well as penance.

Does it have any other names?

It is also called Mardi Gras, which means Fat Tuesday in French. It is referred to as Fastnacht Day in Germany - meaning “the eve of the fast” - and Fetter Dienstag. In England, it is also called Pancake Tuesday because of the traditional pancake meal that occurs on that day.

Why Fastnacht Day?

Some of us like to name our days after the food we consume. Shrove Tuesday is the day where many people eat a Pennsylvania Dutch doughnut, called fastnacht. Fastnachts have been a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition for generations and were originally designed as a way to use up all the lard in the house before the beginning of Lent. 

How do you spell fastnacht?

Fastnacht is pretty common, but fausnacht, fauschnaut, faschnacht, fassenacht and fosnacht are also acceptable. Feel free to invent your own version for added confusion.

 
Video: Can you spell fastnacht?
 
How fattening are they? 

Depends on the recipe. Fat grams can range from about 7 to 12 per fastnacht. Some say the calorie count is as low as 200. Others say it's nearly 500.

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National Chili Day – February 27, 2020

On February 27, we celebrate National Chili Day — a moment to pay homage to the legendary dish that brings people together, and can tear them apart. Chili is the ultimate people-pleaser, but it’s also the ultimate cook-off dish. Family recipes are guarded like crown jewels, and secret ingredients are never spoken of above a whisper. And the debates about what makes true chili — beans or no beans? —are fierce! But these are all part of what makes chili such an experience. When chili is being served — perhaps with some chopped onions and shredded cheese on top — everyone comes to the table.

 

NATIONAL CHILI DAY ACTIVITIES
  1. Cook up your favorite chili

    Maybe your go-to recipe is in your head, or maybe it’s earmarked in your favorite cookbook. Maybe you need to call your mom and have her give your step-by-step instructions. However the chili gets on the stove, get it there, and then enjoy a piping hot bowl of the good stuff.

  2. Host a chili cook-off

    Everyone, and we mean everyone, has a chili recipe. So invite everyone over and have a chili throw down. Competition will be fierce, but so will your appetites.

  3. Go on chili tour

    We mean it when we say that everyone has a chili recipe — that includes the chefs at your favorite restaurants. Find out which spots in your town have chili on the menu, and do your own version of a progressive dinner to find your favorite. Then next year on National Chili Day, you’ll know where to head.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CHILI DAY
  1. It's hearty

    Some soups are barely an appetizer, but chili is a meal unto itself. A big bowl of steaming chili can warm you up and satisfy you like few other foods can. It sticks to your bones and keeps you full.

  2. Everyone has an opinion

    Secret chili recipes are the stuff of legend — and of deliciousness. The variety in the dish is mind-boggling, and means you’ll never get sick of showing up at a friend’s house and hearing that chili being served. And chili has sprung one of the fiercest food debates there is: do beans belong in chili?

  3. It brings people together

    Chili is the ultimate comfort food. You start feeling good the minute you open the door, its spicy aroma wafting through the air. Hold a steaming bowl of the stuff in your hands and you’re on your way to perfect culinary experience. No one misses chili night. It’s informal, cozy, and a time for people to be together.

     

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    International Polar Bear Day – February 27, 2020
     
     

    Polar bears are some of the coolest creatures on the planet, and they live in some of the coldest places on Earth. Each year on February 27 we celebrate these magnificent creatures on International Polar Bear Day. The day was established by Polar Bears International, an organization devoted to preserving polar bears and the sea ice they depend on, to draw global attention to the plight of these magnificent mammals.

     

    HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY
    1. Chill out 

      Polar Bears International, the organization that started International Polar Bear Day, encourages friends of polar bears to celebrate by taking part in their Thermostat Challenge by lowering their thermostats on February 27 to reduce carbon emissions (and help the polar bears).

    2. Visit a polar bear

      What better way to celebrate International Polar Bear Day than to see one of these exceptional creatures in action. Check to see if your local zoo features a polar bear exhibit (just a few examples that do: the Bronx Zoo in New York, the San Diego Zoo, and the Oregon Zoo). No polar bears nearby? Checkout highlights from Explore.org’s live cams.

    3. Have a Coke

      Coca-Cola helped polar bears capture our hearts. Polar bears and Coca-Cola seem to have been inseparable since time immemorial—but actually, the relationship began with a French Coca-Cola ad in 1922. By humanizing the polar bear, Coca-Cola made an otherwise scary predator accessible to millions. So crack open a Coke, and say a toast to the best bears.

       

    WHY INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY IS IMPORTANT
    1. Polar Bears aren’t actually white

      Polar bears are exceptional animals. Here’s just one reason to love them: their iconic white coat isn't actually white at all—it's transparent. Polar bears are covered in a thick layer of clear, air-filled fur that luminesces in the light. Underneath all that hair is black skin designed to absorb the warmth of sunlight.

    2. Polar bears are the Michael Phelps of the animal kingdom

      Polar bears may look chubby and lazy, but don't be fooled. The largest land carnivores on Earth are able to swim up to 60 miles at a single stretch—without rest—in search of food.

    3. Polar bears need our help 

      Polar bears live in the Arctic areas of the northern hemisphere, which are being threatened by loss of sea ice from global climate change. Two-thirds of the planet’s polar bears could be gone by 2050, and scientists estimate the bears could be extinct by 2100.

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National Margarita Day 2019 is February 22 and is one of the most popular National Food Holidays.

We pay tribute and honor the margarita on this special day of celebration. We so deeply respect and value its place in our history that we have set aside Feb. 22 of every year as National Margarita Day.

Loved and consumed by millions, friends and families around the world honor this sacred tequila, triple sec and lime drink every year on February 22.

There are thousands of mexican restaurants that celebrate National Margarita Day every year on February 22nd and one of the most famous restaurant is Margaritaville. This is one of the most famous and iconic restaurants in Nashville TN.

The fact of the matter is that no one really knows when the margarita was invented – or National Margarita Day for that matter, but the drink is believed to have been invented sometime around World War II. One of the most common origin stories associated with this drink is that it was invented by Rancho La Gloria restaurant owner Carlos Herrera in 1938.

However, this idea is contradicted by many people who claim that it was invented by Don Carlos Orozco in October of 1941. As the story goes, Mr. Orozco was working as a bartender at Hussong’s Cantina – a restaurant in Mexico – when the daughter of the German ambassador named Margarita Henkel walked into the restaurant and asked for a special drink. He then whipped her a drink that was equal parts tequila, an orange liqueur and lime. This concoction was then placed in a salt rimmed glass and served to her. Since this lady’s name was Margarita, that is the name that he decided to give the drink.

 

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History of Door County Cherries

National Cherry Pie Day is February 20th! To celebrate we are looking back at the long history of cherries in the county.

Door County cherries have become an icon of the county and for good reason. It began in the late 1800s when Joseph Zettle began planting apple trees in the shallow soils and found that the apple trees flourished. Soon, the fruit-growers of Wisconsin took notice. The University of Wisconsin’s Horticulture Department began testing various fruits to see what would be an ideal crop for the county. Apples, plums and pears were all planted, but the ultimate success was found in 1896 when the tart cherry crop greatly exceeded the expectations. Within 50 years Door County would harvest 10% of the annual cherries grown in the United States.

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With an increase in production, the county had to begin shipping the cherries to markets nationwide. A converted old pea canning plant was converted into what became, at the time, the world’s largest cherry canning plant. Even during the great depression, the cherry orchards were able to continue profiting by promoting the cherries through great marketing. A weeklong cherry blossom festival was at the heart of this promotion, bringing in thousands of tourists to the peninsula and hosting parades in each community.

Watch our Historic Door County video that highlights the long history of cherry orchards in Door County and find out how the Packers football team aided the industry during the summer picking season.

8 Door County Cherry Recipes

Among the humble cherry's many virtues, its versatility in cooking may be one of its best. Check out this collection of our favorite cherry-infused culinary delights for pleasing your dinner guests or putting your cherry haul to good use.

9 Door County Cherry Videos

If you just can't wait for your trip to see Door County's plethora of cherries, our many videos exploring the region's favorite fruit can help sate you. From historical perspectives and cultural significance to 360º tours and fantastic bird's-eye views of our glorious orchards, we've got your cherry curiosity covered.

 
Pick Your Own Cherries

Between mid-July and mid-August, Door County’s cherry crop will turn from a golden yellow to a deep red. Orchards offering pick-your-own: Choice Orchards, Lautenbach’s Orchard, Meleddy Orchard and Sorens Valhalla. Grab your buckets and get picking.

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National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

The purpose of National Drink Wine Day is to spread the love and health benefits of wine.  Wine has played an important role in history, religion and relationships.  We embrace the positive benefits of wine such as new friends, reduced risk of heart disease and the enhancement of food and life. Believe it or not, there was a time when wine was more widely consumed than water. During the Dark Ages, water was often unsafe to drink, so wine was drunk (pun intended) at nearly every meal as a safer alternative. Centuries later, wine is still praised for both its health benefits and the unique role it has played throughout history. For National Drink Wine Day on February 18, we get out our corkscrews, let the wine flow, and reflect on this healthy, historical beverage that also makes us tipsy.

Fun Facts About Wine

  • The smell of an older wine is called a bouquet; the smell of a younger wine is the aroma
  • Wine only has 1/10th the antioxidants of soy sauce
  • The states of California, Florida, and New York lead the U.S in wine consumption
  • Wine has been produced in southwestern France since Roman times
  • The Romans mixed lead with wine to help preserve it and give it a sweeter taste
  • Ice wine (known as Eiswein), made by frozen grapes, was invented by the Germans
  • Not all wines improve with age
  • More wine grapes are planted than any other crop in the world
  • Grapes for dark red wines grow in warmer climates, while white wine grapes grow in cooler ones

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The Nation Goes Red in February

National Wear Red Day® – Friday, February 7, 2020

On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. From landmarks to news anchors and neighborhoods to online communities; this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.

 

 

American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.                                            

-The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
-The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
-While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. 
 
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Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow, predicting an early or late spring during the 134th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2020 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

 

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And since the little runt didn't see his shadow today, we will be blessed with six more weeks of winter.  Or so the story goes!

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  • Super Bowl Sunday – February 2, 2020
 
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 Is the first Sunday in February (February 2), America’s love affair with football springs into full bloom. After 16 hard-fought matches spanning 17 weeks, the two best football teams in the NFL battle their way to a world championship in the grandest TV spectacle in America.

But over the past 51 years, the Super Bowl has evolved into much more than a championship football game. It is a cultural phenomenon that nearly a third of Americans anticipate the whole year round, each for his or her own reasons: the spicy chicken wings, the hearty chili, the ice cold beer, the rowdy friends, the big-budget commercials, the spectacular halftime show, and last but not least, the football. So crack open a cold one, settle down on the couch, and flip on the TV—it’s Super Bowl Sunday!

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Survey according to one of the top New York PR Firms:

 

Super Bowl Sunday Activities
  1. Host a Super Bowl party

    Want to guarantee that you'll have friends for at least the next year? Host a Super Bowl party. It's a good excuse to bring together all your friends, and we mean all—including friends of friends of friends who you've only met once. The bigger the crowd, the more fun you'll have screaming at the TV together.

  2. Have a halftime show marathon

    The Super Bowl halftime show is a who's who of the hottest and most influential musicians of the year. Travel back in time to watch some of the most iconic halftime performances of all time, and get a glimpse of what music was capturing America's heart in years past. We recommend performances by Beyonce in 2013, Bruce Springsteen in 2009, Prince in 2007, Janet Jackson in 2004, U2 in 2002, and Michael Jackson in 1993.

  3. Gorge on chicken wings

    Get this: America eats approximately 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl. As the veritable mascot of the Super Bowl, chicken wings are as important to this holiday as turkey is to Thanksgiving. Don't forget to stock up on napkins!

Why We Love Super Bowl Sunday
  1. It's the great unifier

    On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans from all walks of life gather together on their collective couch for four hours of focused concentration... on their TVs. Over 100 million Americans are watching the Super Bowl at any given moment. That's over 31% of the U.S. population!

  2. It's not actually about football at all

    Not a football fan? Not to worry. The Super Bowl may center around a football game, but it's not actually about the sport itself—it's about the company, the commercials, and most of all, the food. Plus, the halftime show just might be the pop culture event of the year. You might even get to witness a wardrobe malfunction!

  3. Food, food, food

    After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S. Pizza deliveries account for 60% of all food take-out orders, while other indispensable favorites include chicken wings and potato chips. If that's not a reason to show up to the party, we don't know what is.

     

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Across the country on January 9th each year, citizens take the lead to show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. 

Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities.  They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated.

From local, state and federal, their duties command dedication. The jobs are often thankless and take them away from their families for long hours. Rarely do they know what their days have in store for them. Often law enforcement are the only paid emergency resource a community has. More often they work in coordination with other local, state, and federal organizations to make communities safer.

On National Law Enforcement Day, we have an opportunity to thank them for their service and offer a token of respect.

 

#LawEnforcementAppreciationDay

There are several ways to show your support. Send a note of thanks to your local, county or state police agency. Wear blue, turn your social media channels blue or shine a blue porch light to show your support. Find more ideas at Concerns of Police Survivors and share your support using #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay to share on social media.  

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

Several organizations came together to create National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Some of the organizations supporting the observance include:

  • Concerns of Police Survivors
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • International Association of Chief of Police
  • Officer Down Memorial Page
  • Law Enforcement United
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
  • International Conference of Police Chaplains
  • National Troopers Coalition

Since then the inaugural celebration, nationwide many more organizations have joined forces to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) to spread encouragement and respect to these dedicated men and women.

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National Bagel Day – January 15, 2020
 
What is National Bagel Day?

National Bagel Day is January 15. Bagels have a history that is richer than your favorite cream cheese spread! These rounds of dough can be found just about anywhere: breakfast joints, coffee shops, supermarkets, or even your kitchen pantry. In fact, 2018 saw more than 354 million bagels sold. 

National Bagel Day History
Bagels have a long and highly documented history that travels from the Jewish families of Poland in the 1600s to wrapped up in parchment paper in your hands today. And, unlike many things created nearly five-hundred years ago, bagels are remarkably unchanged. Sure, cream cheeses and butters and flavors and toppings may have evolved over time but bagel is a beigel is a beygal
 
Bagels made the jump to America with a massive Polish-Jewish immigration in the 1800s that firmly entrenched itself in New York City where it thrived. In fact, an entire union was created in the early 1900s called Bagel Bakers Local 338 to support the growing, immigrant-led industry. That also begat the “bagel brunch,” that we still enjoy to this day with little to no changes: lox, cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, and red onions. 
 
While bagels were hugely popular in New York City almost immediately, they didn’t make their way to the national scale until the mid 20th-century where automation and bread slicing (the coolest thing!) made mass manufacturing much more efficient. Since then, bagels have taken off to include a variety of flours, toppings, dips and smears but still remain – by and large – exactly as they were in the 1600s. 
 
National Bagel Day timeline
1950s Bagels Become An American Staple

Bagels are sold in supermarkets across the nation and surpass the donut as an essential breakfast item.

Early 1900's New York Icon

Over this century, the popularity of bagels spread through the growing Eastern European and Jewish-immigrant communities in New York City.

1610 New Baby, New Bagel

The first known written records about bagels appears in Krakow, Poland which dictated that bagels should be gifted to women soon after childbirth.

1300s The First Bagel Appears

The beginnings of the modern bagel can be traced to the Polish obwarzanek, a thin, boiled, then baked ring of dough.

Traditions of National Bagel Day
Eat a bagel
Pretty easy! Head to your local bakery and take a big ole bite into a yummy, warm, crispy, doughy, bagel with your favorite toppings!
 
Bake a bagel
Surprisingly simple and rather enjoyable, there’s nothing that tastes or smells better than freshly baked bagels straight out of the oven. A great activity for you and your loved ones. 
 
Give a bagel
Considering that the initial written context of bagels came as a traditional gift for pregnant women, this will go great at any maternity ward! Or, just give it to someone you know who lives bagels. 
 
National Bagel Day FAQs
When is National Bagel Day?
National Bagel Day is every year on January 15. 
 
Should I eat a bagel on National Bagel Day?
We recommend eating bagels as often as possible, but especially so on National Bagel Day. 
 
What's the difference between a bagel and a donut?
Bagels are actually a type of bread, which is different than a donut, which is a type of fried dough. 
 
National Bagel Day Activities
  1. Have a bagel at every meal

    Take this day as an opportunity to appreciate the versatility of the bagel, and feel free to use it as an excuse to try as many flavors as you would like!

  2. Share the bagel love

    What office, classroom, or group of friends doesn't love bagels? Scope out your local bagel shops for exclusive National Bagel Day deals and spring for a dozen delicious bagels to share.

  3. Find the best bagel in town

    Everyone has their favorite bagel place, so maybe it's time to figure out which one is the best. Maybe each place has its own specialty bagel — be adventurous and try it out!

Why We Love National Bagel Day
  1. There are countless varieties

    Have you ever walked into a bagel shop and noticed all the different flavors available? From bagels weaved with cinnamon raisin swirl to the classic everything bagel, there is always a variety to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings.

  2. Bagels are versatile

    Many of us have had bagels for breakfast, but how about as a deli sandwich or maybe a pizza bagel? The chewy and dense texture make bagels a perfect vehicle for toppings, spreads, anything else delicious you can think of!

  3. They are convenient

    You can find bagels at grocery stores, coffee shops, and even gas stations. You can eat them toasted or just plain. Either way, they are still a delicious and easy choice when you are on-the-go.

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NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY

On January 5, add a little extra something special to desserts to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day.  Add whipped cream! Not only does it add creaminess and a bit of pizzaz, but it also makes the difference between the ho-hum or a celebration kind of beverage or dessert. 

This holiday falls on the birthday of Reddi-Wip founder Aaron “Bunny” Lapin (January 5, 1914 – July 10, 1999). Lapin invented Reddi-Wip in 1948, and the holiday celebrates whipped cream’s contributions to the dessert world. 

While most often sweetened and flavored with vanilla, whipped cream dresses up desserts with other flavors, too. With a hint of coffee or chocolate or the zing of orange or mint, whipped cream adds a delightfulness to pies, cakes, and beverages.  We call it by other names, too, such as Chantilly cream or creme Chantilly, milk snow or snow cream. 

Recipes from the 16th century included whipped cream sweetened and aromatized. In these recipes, naturally separated cream is whipped, typically with willow or rush branches, then the resulting foam on the surface would from time to time be skimmed off and drained, which was a process taking an hour or more.

The English name whipped cream found its beginning in 1673. The name snow cream continued to be used throughout the 17th century.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WhippedCreamDay

Try one of the following recipes:

Whipped Cream
Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting
Caramelito Cookies with Vanilla Whipped Cream and Candied Nuts
Milk Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream

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NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY HISTORY

While the day is celebrated on Reddi-Wip founder, Aaron “Buddy” Lapin’s birthday, National Day Calendar continues seeking information on the founders of the day. The country has observed the day since at least 1984 according to an article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on December 30 of that year written by Susan Dundon.

Interestingly, a horse named King Of Peru won the National Whipped Cream Day claiming stakes race on January 5, 2001. Every horse in a claiming stakes race is up for sale.

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Well What is Special about January 2, 2020 is ...

  • 2nd day of the year. There are then 364 days left in 2020.
  • 1st Thursday of 2020.
  • on the 1st week of 2020 (using US standard week number calculation).
  • 12th day of Winter. There are 78 days left till Spring.
  • Birthstone for this day: Garnet
January 2, Zodiac Sign
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Capricorn
 
January 2, 2020 United States Holidays & Popular Observances
  • January 2, is the 9th of the 12 days of the Christmas Season (Twelvetide).
 
January 2, 2020 Popular Holidays & Observances Worldwide
 
  • Public Holiday - New Zealand
  • Bank Holiday - Canada
  • Berchtold Day (Berchtoldstag) - Switzerland
  • Guru Govind Singh Jayanti (गुरु गोबिंद सिंह जयंती) - India
  • New Year Day Holiday - Cuba, Moldova, Romania & Serbia
  • Scotland: New Year's Holiday - United Kingdom
  • Black and White Carnival (Carnaval de Negros y Blancos Comienza) - Colombia
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NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY

On December 25th, National Pumpkin Pie Day dishes up the slice many Americans are looking for around the dinner table. As they enjoy time with family or friends, they also take the opportunity to honor the ever-humble and often favored pumpkin pie. 

Often eaten during the fall and winter months and invited to Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, in the United States, pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert. The pumpkin itself is a symbol of harvest.

To make a pumpkin pie, the pulp of the pumpkin is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, and sugar and is typically flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. 

 

Pumpkin pie recipes were found in seventeenth-century English cookbooks, such as Hannah Woolley’s 1675, The Gentlewoman’s Companion.  A century later, pumpkin pie recipes began to appear in American cookbooks.

Pumpkin pie became a familiar addition to the Thanksgiving dinner in the early seventeenth century when the pilgrims brought it back to New England. Initially, the pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar, then baking it whole.

Many seasonal pumpkin pie flavored products fill the grocery store shelves. We find the flavor in ice cream, pudding, coffee, lattes, cheesecake, pancakes, candy, and even beer. All season long, advertisers pitch pumpkin in their seasonal drinks and scents.

Candles, diffusers, and waxes promise to fill our homes pumpkin pie scent. Before long, our homes smell like a bakery. Some of us haven’t turned on the oven since June. 

The pie brings back such fond memories, too. Writers and poets include pumpkin pie in their seasonal poems, songs, and stories.The 1844 Thanksgiving poem, “Over the River and Through the Wood,” written by Lydia Maria Child, references pumpkin pie in one of its verses: “Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”  Another familiar one is the song, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” contains the lyric, “Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie, and we’ll do some caroling.”

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