Holidays are such an important part of each countries tradition along with supporting its culture. Some of the most popular holidays on earth either revolve around the Christian belief such as Easter and Christmas however there are other popular ones such as Independence Day, New Year Day, and Valentines and so on. Then there are strange and weird holidays that really have no meaning besides the mere purpose to have an excuse to celebrate something. Have you ever wondered what is going on around the world today?
Today marks the 317th day of the year!
48 days left this year!
Here is what is going on today around the world:
1. United States:
*National Young Readers Day: Another great holiday to have your children read a book or magazine, anything to get them reading!
*School Pride Day: This is always done on the Tuesday of American Education week which is this week. Schools celebrate this date in different ways however my old high school used to have fun assemblies created by our school pride team. I believe it is the perfect day to give thanks for being provided with an education – either in school or home schooled.
*National Mom’s and Dad’s Day: There is a children’s day, grandparents day and so on, it is only befitting that parents have a special day for everything that they do.
*National Community Education Day: This goes along with the American Education week. It is a day to celebrate education in the American society.
*Artificial Snow Birthday: Unfortunately I could not find the exact person who created the first artificial snow however today in1946, the first artificial snow was stated to have been seen.
*Fantasia Birthday: If you are a Disney film fan, then you will enjoy this anniversary of the first release of the film in 1940.
*Holland Tunnel Birthday: Today marks the opening of the famous tunnel that connects Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, New Jersey. It was opened in 1927.
*Actor’s Day: This is a holiday set aside each year for the profession of acting.
*Robert Louis Stevenson Birthday: According to Wikipedia.org, he was a “Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature.” He was born in 1850.
*Whoopie Goldberg’s Birthday: Whoopie, born Caryn Elaine Johnson, is an actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. She can be seen on “The View”, a morning talk show each morning in America. She was born in 1955.
*National Indian Pudding Day: Today is the day to dig out those old holiday recipes for Native American Indian Pudding. I believe the ingredients usually include corn meal, molasses and apples.
*Sadie Hawkins Day: Apparently this holiday was started because of a Comic Strip called “Lil Abner”. Although this was much before my time, the comic strip is said to have had a father distraught over his “ugly” daughter. So, he created Sadie Hawkins Day which the main event was a large race. All single men in the town of the fictional “Dogpatch” would start the race and run until the end of it. After a few minutes all the single women were let loose to chase after the men. If the women catch a man, he was claimed as hers and was to be wed in marriage. There was such popularity in the idea, it became an annual event and a holiday.
*Ginger Alden Birthday: An actress at heart however is better known as the fiancé of Elvis Presley. She was born in 1956.
*Neil Richard Flynn Birthday: Famous for his role as the janitor in Scrubs, Neil was born in 1960.
*Monique Coleman: Most noted for her role in the movie High School Musical and the third edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She was born in 1980.
*Samkon Kaltho Gado Birthday: He is an American football player that was born in 1982. He was born in Nigeria however now plays for the Miami Dolphins.
*Kumi Koda Birthday: A famous Japanese singer famous for her single, “Take Back”. She was born in 1982.
*Brent Kinsman & Shane Kinsman Birthday: The identical twins are most noted for there acting work in Desperate Housewives and Cheaper by the Dozen 1 &2.
2.US Virgin Islands:
*Harvest Festival: Today is the day to commemorate the last harvest.
* Dorothea Christiane Erxleben Birthday: She was the first female medical doctor in Germany. She was born in 1715.
*Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria Birthday: She was the Princess of Bavaria and later became the Queen of Prussia in 1840. She was born in 1801.
*Amalie Auguste Birthday: She was born in 1801 as the Princess of Bavaria and later became the Queen of Saxony.
*Jiaqing Emperor Birthday: He was born in 1760 and was known as the emperor of the Manchu Qing dynasty.
*Huang Xiaoming Birthday: He was born in 1977 and is a Chinese actor most famous for his role in The Return of the Condor Heroes.
*Stephen Baxter: A English writer most famous for his science fiction work such as Xeelee Sequence, Destiny’s Children and Time’s Tapestry series. He was born in 1957.
*Takuya Kimura Birthday: Known for his work with the famous Japanese group, SMAP he was born in 1972.
*Iovis epulum: This is a Roman festival called Feast of Feronia in English. According to Wikipedia.org, she “was a marginal rural goddess in Roman religion, to whom woods and springs were sacred, and a more important goddess among the Latins.”
*Feast of Saints: This is a Roman Catholic holiday that celebrates the saints: Bricius of Tours; Mother Cabrini; Saint Homobonus; Stanislaus Kostka; St. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople and All the Saints of the Premonstratensian Order.
*International Phone Dictionary Day: This is an international holiday to celebrate the T9 Dictionary (basically the alphabet on the numbers of the keypad of each phone). Without the T9 where would we be in technology, there would be no text messaging. It was started by a group of secondary school students to mock other weird and unusual holidays in the world. It has stuck on as a holiday though.
*World Kindness Day: This is a holiday that I celebrate each year since it was started by a series of conferences in 1996-1997 in Japan, when I lived there the first time, by a group known as the World Kindness Movement. It is a day that people around the world are supposed to bring forth kindness and general compassion for others.