National What Day: Some holidays in October and November
Today is National "Something Day". Have you noticed lately everything has a day? Not like in "every dog has it's day" but in a day of celebration. What I mean is just about every day on the calendar is a celebration of something. Oh, sure, we know about Mothers Day and Fathers Day but did you know about Alaska Day? Let's start with October....October 18th is Alaska Day, the celebration of Alaska being formally transferred to the United States (from Russia). It is a paid holiday for State employees in Alaska and is observed statewide. Not so unusual you say? Well, you're right, but what are some of the more 'unusual' days of celebration?
Unusual Days of Celebration
How about National No Beard Day? You read it right, "no beard". It is celebrated on October 18 so if you want to participate you'd better start shaving! I find it more than amusing that this day falls in October...in the 'old' days men started to grow their beards in the fall to keep their face warm in the winter...maybe someone in Florida started this one! Anyway, all you clean shaven guys definitely have a day to celebrate.
Going back to the beginning of October, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day...no national day for vegetarians, this is a World celebration. I have nothing against vegetables or fruit either for that matter but I have to admit I'd truly be lost without my meat. I know all the downfalls and 'sins' of eating meat but I can't help myself.
October 3 is Techie's Day. Now really, who doesn't know a techie that they owe something to? Remember when that virus knocked out your computer and you had to call a techie friend to get you back up and running? What about all the techies that keep all those glorious websites going and going? Shouldn't we all thank a techie? Let's write this one on the calendar so we don't forget it next year.
October 5 is World Teachers Day. I will not make any wise cracks about this one. Every one of us owes something to a particular teacher or perhaps even a group of teachers that helped us or encouraged us along the way. Definitely a day worth celebrating and definitely worth a world celebration.
In 1986 a group of computer folks established Mad Hatter Day (October 6)...what could be more appropriate in a world gone awry? Of course we know the Mad Hatter was a fictional character but then don't we know some folks who could wear the hat quite well?
I couldn't pass this one up, October 6 is also "Come And Take It Day"...I wonder what's running through your head right now and no, I'm not talking about the movie of the same name? Could be a day to take whatever you want OR it could be a celebration of the first shot in the Texas Revolution fought near Gonzales, Texas...I know, that's exactly what you were thinking right?
If you're looking for exercise, October 8 is American Touch Tag Day. Remember playing touch tag as a kid? You may have played as just 'tag' but if you're over thirty you almost certainly played touch tag. There are variations of tag throughout the world. Of course no one ever wanted to be "it" but it was necessary to play the game. Take your kids outside on this day and teach them how to play.
If you want to celebrate a day that makes no sense to me, how about Moldy Cheese Day on October 9. I don't know about you but whenever I find moldy cheese in my refrigerator I have a tendency to throw it out, not to celebrate it. Although mold is common in some cheese, and most people slice off the mold and eat the rest (ugh), in others you'd simply throw the whole thing out. Then there are moldy cheeses like Brie and blue cheese where mold belongs...I knew there was a reason I didn't eat those cheeses.
October 29 is National Cat Day..as a precursor to Halloween this is a perfect celebration. I'm sure all the cat lover's out there don't appreciate my humor surrounding Cat Day. They have been companions and independent pets for centuries but then there are dog lovers and there are cat lovers. (Just FYI National Dog Day is August 26.)
There are tons more in October but let's skip ahead to November just for time and space sake.
November 2 is Deviled Egg Day. We all love eggs and there are a lot of people out there who love Deviled Eggs. No one seems to know how this celebration began, or when, but that doesn't stop people from celebrating it. According to sfist.com, "The first recipe for stuffed, hard-boiled eggs were printed in medieval European cookbooks. Cooks at the time stuffed their eggs with raisins, cheesees, and sweet and savory spices." Just a bit of trivia to help you with your celebration.
November 2 is also "Day of the Dead". Before you start locking your windows, it's a day to remember the dead...Widely celebrated in Mexico, and I do mean celebrated. It is also celebrated around the world in similar cultures. It is a day to celebrate and remember, hopefully loved ones, and many places hold big celebrations with parades and special feasts.
November 3 is Housewife's Day...I know this one is long overdue and needs to be celebrated right up there with the greatest. There isn't a living soul among us who hasn't been affected by a housewife at some time in our lives...grandmother, mother, wife...we know one or more housewives. I found one site that labeled this day "Retro Housewife Day"...I'm not touching that one. Now if Jeannie would only come out of her bottle, fold her arms, and make all the housework go away this would truly be a celebration.
More "Days" in November
Its not that we're a food oriented society but November 3 is also Sandwich Day. Ah, the glorious sandwich. We know the name came from the 4th Earl of Sandwich but where did the idea of the sandwich itself come from? That's all over the charts, from an ancient Jewish sage who wrapped meat in a matzo to the Netherlands where meat hanging from rafters was sliced off and eaten with bread and butter. We know now the end result is probably one of the world's most popular meals.
Here's a good one for you...Marooned Without a Compass Day, November 6. I don't know about you, but if you walk me in the woods and turn me around, I'm lost, compass or no compass. Even a GPS has a hard time telling me the right way to go. My point is I don't see being marooned without a compass as a good thing. I can remember returning to my hotel after a conference (probably a ten minute drive) taking me two hours and two stops for directions!
Next to Christmas and Halloween this is my new favorite holiday "National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day ". Celebrated on November 7th I can only say whoever thought this one up is a genius. Now I know there are chocolate lovers out there who don't like bittersweet chocolate but I can't imagine why! Chocolate and almonds, oh my...this is definitely a day to celebrate.
Button Day, November 16...do you remember all those tins or jars your grandmother had filled with buttons? Everyone saved buttons in case they needed them but did you ever see anyone use them? What about all those extra buttons that came with the new shirt or skirt or whatever...have you ever used them either? Doesn't matter, you save them anyway. It seems the National Button Society may be responsible for this holiday and it is one everyone can relate to. If you're a teacher you could have your students make something out of buttons for National Button Day and help lots of households get rid of lots of buttons without having to throw them out!
This is just the tip of the iceberg, after all there are thirty one days in October and November and I've not covered half of them! I bet your sitting there thinking, well, she forgot "Name Your Car Day" (October 2) or "Chaos Never Dies Day" (November 9) and I know National Popcorn Day is January 19...I didn't forget them, really, I just thought you'd had enough for one sitting! Though I know many of you are wondering why I didn't write about National Coffee Day, you can read Millionaire Tips Hub about that one! Your comments will let me know if you want more or you've had enough already!
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