NATIONAL DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY
Celebrated each year on May 14, it is National Dance Like a Chicken Day, also known as National Chicken Dance Day! This is a fun day from start to finish! Everyone has probably danced the ”Chicken Dance” at least once in their lifetime if not more. This fun, silly song is popular at wedding dances, Oktoberfests, and other celebrations and it gets guests of all ages up and moving on the dance floor.
The “Chicken Dance” is a fad dance to an oom-pah song and is now a contemporary dance throughout the Western world. The song was composed by Swiss accordion player, Werner Thomas, in the 1950′s and originally titled “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance). In the late 1970′s, the name of the song was changed to “Vogeltanz” (The Bird Dance) or “Vogerltanz” (Little Bird Dance or Birdie Dance). When arriving to America in the 1970′s, the song had acquired choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions and the name was again changed to “The Chicken Dance“.
- Cincinnati, Ohio — September 20, 2004 — At the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, rock musician Vince Neil served as Grand Marshall at the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.
- Judson Laipply’s Evolution of Dance featured ”The Chicken Dance”.
- November 13, 2009 — In support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CIHT-FM played “The Chicken Dance” continuously until 389 tickets for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime were purchased for $100 each. They played for over 3 hours straight.
- April 23, 2010 — An attempt at the World’s Largest Chicken Dance record was held at Byron Center, Michigan at Jake’s Restaurant in a fund-raiser for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Jake’s Restaurant is the site of a giant plastic chicken sculpture.
- July 4, 2010 — Mandan, North Dakota established a new World Record for the Longest Chicken Dance at their annual Independence Day Parade and Street Festival.
The Mandan, ND “Chicken Dance” line covered twenty-four city blocks and was 1.627 miles long.
NATIONAL DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Dance Like a Chicken Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS DAY
May 14, 2014 marks National Receptionists Day’s 23rd year of celebration. Each year on the 2nd Wednesday in May, millions of people across the United States celebrate this day by appreciating, honoring and thanking the receptionists that make that first important impression for the company/business they work for.
The receptionist can make or break a good first impression for the business of which she/he is employed.
A receptionist is described as an employee taking an office/administrative support position. Her/his work is typically performed in a waiting area such as a lobby or front office desk of an organization or business. The receptionist is employed by an organization to receive or greet, help and direct visitors, patients or clients and answer telephone calls. Receptionists may also be known as front desk personnel, operators, customer service representatives, concierge or information desk clerks.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there are more than one million receptionists in the United States.
In 2014, the first International Receptionists Day effort will be launched.
NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS DAY HISTORY
National Receptionists Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, originated in 1991 by the National Receptionists Association.
NATIONAL UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY
Each year on May 14, it is National Underground America Day.
National Underground America Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was created by architect Malcolm Wells in 1974. Wells (1926 – 2009) is considered “the father of modern earth-sheltered architecture”. Wells who was also a writer, illustrator, draftsman, lecturer, cartoonist, columnist, and solar consultant, practiced what he preached by living in a modern earth-sheltered building of his own design. He took up the challenge of underground architecture as he believed the Earth’s surface was “made for living plants, not industrial plants”.
Retiring in 2004, Wells continued his advocacy for underground living until the end of his life.
Happy Underground America Day!
NATIONAL THIRD SHIFT WORKERS DAY
National Third Shift Workers Day, which is also known as National Night Shift Workers Day, is annually celebrated on the second Wednesday in May.
This day was created to honor all workers, who work hard through the night (night after night), for the necessity and benefit of the company of which they are employed.
NATIONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is celebrated each year, in the United States, on May 14. Today is a food holiday designated to the biscuit.
Biscuits are made using baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent rather than yeast. A typical buttermilk biscuit recipe contains flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter and buttermilk. They are often referred to as “quick bread”, indicating they do not need time to rise before baking.
Prior to the American Civil War, biscuits emerged by cooks as a cheap addition to meals. While being made, the dough was beaten and folded to incorporate air, which expanded while baking, causing the biscuit to rise. The biscuit soon became popular as the people realized the hardness of the biscuit, compared to a slice of bread, worked better to wipe up gravy on their plates, creating the well known meal, biscuits and gravy.
Alexander P. Ashbourne patented the first biscuit cutter in 1875.
Supermarkets offer pre-shaped, ready-to-bake, biscuits which can be purchased in small refrigerated cylindrical segments of dough in a cardboard can. In 1931, Ballard and Ballard patented these refrigerator biscuits.
Biscuits have been a staple of the Southern United States cuisine for many years and are often made with buttermilk. Traditionally served as a side dish with butter, they are also served at breakfast with butter, molasses, light sugarcane syrup, maple syrup, sorghum syrup, honey, jam or jelly or as a breakfast sandwich.
NATIONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Buttermilk Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
May 14 Holidays Celebrated Around The World:
DONATE A DAY’S WAGES TO CHARITY DAY – (Always the second Wednesday in May)