May 25, 2015 – MEMORIAL DAY – NATIONAL WINE DAY – NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY – NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY – NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY

24 May Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Memorial Day Last Monday in May

Memorial Day Last Monday in May

MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May.   This day is in honor and remembrance of all men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Originating after the American Civil War and formally known as Decoration Day, it began as a day to commemorate the Union and Confederated soldiers who had died during the Civil War.  Memorial Day had been extended by the twentieth century to honor all American soldiers who had died while in military service.

Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones that have passed away.

Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

When it is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country.   The raising of the flag at noon is for their memory being raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

Memorial Day is known to mark the beginning of summer.

NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR WISHES YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

 

For more great information on these and other holidays, check out the “Queen of Holidays” Jace Shoemaker-Galloway.

 

National Wine Day May 25

National Wine Day May 25

NATIONAL WINE DAY

National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25.  Each year, on this day, people enjoy a glass of their favorite wine with dinner, for dessert, with friends, at a restaurant, at home or at a wine-tasting event.
Wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years!
(There is also a separate, yet similar, National Drink Wine Day which is celebrated each year in February)

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients.  Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them into alcohol. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different types of wine. The well-known variations result from the very complex interactions between the biochemical development of the fruit, reactions involved in fermentation, and human intervention in the overall process. The final product may contain tens of thousands of chemical compounds in amounts varying from a few percent to a few parts per billion.

Wines made from fruits besides grapes are usually named after the fruit from which they are produced (for example, pomegranate  wine, apple wine and elderberry wine) and are generically called fruit wine. The term “wine” can also refer to starch-fermented or fortified beverages having higher alcohol content, such as barley wine or sake.” (Wikipedia)

  • In 1867, Archaeologists in Speyer, Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while they were excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses.  It dates back to at least 325 AD.  The bottle of wine is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.

NATIONAL WINE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Wine Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

On National Drink Wine Day in February 2016, you can be aboard a fabulous Caribbean Cruise.  Join us as we celebrate this National Day.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

 

National Missing Children's Day May 25

National Missing Children’s Day May 25

NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY

Observed annually, National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated each year on May 25th since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.

There was a series of high-profile missing children cases that made national headlines in the several years following the establishment of National Missing Children’s day.

Six year old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York City home on his way from the bus to school on May 25, 1979.  This day, May 25, the date of Etan’s disappearance, was designated as National Missing Children’s Day.  During the time of his disappearance, cases of missing children rarely gained national media attention, however, Etan’s case quickly received much coverage.  Etan’s father, who was a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of his son in an effort to try to find him.  This resulted in a massive search and media attention that focused the public’s attention on the problem of child abductions and the lack of plans to address them. 

For more information and awareness on National Missing Children’s Day visit the following links:

http://www.ojjdp.gov/programs/postercontest/

http://www.take25.org/MissingChildrensDay

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/may/national-missing-childrens-day-2013/national-missing-childrens-day-2013

 

 

National Brown Bag-It Day May 25

National Brown Bag-It Day May 25

NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY

National Brown-Bag-It-Day is celebrated each year on May 25.  It is a creative holiday about ways to save yourself money at lunch time by taking your own lunch with you.  Think creatively when packing your lunch.

Packing your own lunch for school or for work is a sure way to know exactly what you are eating.  You will be able to be in control of what you pack and can eat a good and healthy lunch.

If you have a refrigerator available where you work, there are more options as to what you can put into your lunch bag, such as yogurt, salads and dressings, cottage cheese, leftovers and etc.  If the fridge is not an option, there are still many good and healthy foods to choose from some of which include:  peanut butter or other sandwiches; apples, oranges, bananas or other fruit; protein bars, vegetable slices, and etc.  Ice packs work well for keeping food chilled when again, the fridge is not an option.  A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.

NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-LUNCH DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Brown-Bag-It Day, and “unofficial” National holiday.

 

National Tap Dance Day May 25

National Tap Dance Day May 25

NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY

National Tap Dance Day is celebrated each year on May 25.  This day is a celebration of tap dancing as an American art form.  

Several cities in the United States have events and performances to coincide with National Tap Dance Day.  One of the popular tap dance routines is the“Shim Sham Shimmy”.

NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY HISTORY

The brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval and Linda Christensen, National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on February 7, 1989 and was signed into American Law by President George. H.W. Bush on November 8, 1989.  The one-time official observance was on May 25, 1989.   May 25 was chosen as it is the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance born in 1878.  National Tap Dance Day, an “unofficial” National holiday has continued to be celebrated each year on May 25.

May 24, 2015 – NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY – NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY

23 May National Scavenger Hunt Day May 24

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National Scavenger Hunt Day May 24

National Scavenger Hunt Day May 24

NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY

Annually celebrated on May 24, National Scavenger Hunt Day is set aside as a day to enjoy the “good ol’ fashioned” fun of a scavenger hunt.

When was the last time you were on a scavenger hunt?  More than likely, it has been a long time.

American gossip columnist, author, songwriter and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

“A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually without purchasing them — or perform tasks or take photographs of the items, as specified. The goal is usually to be the first to complete the list, although in a variation on the game players can also be challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner.”(Wikipedia)

Scavenger hunts have become popular at weekend get together’s, parties, family gatherings and holidays, however, this would be a great day to have a scavenger hunt at the office or put one together for the neighborhood kids and let the fun begin.

NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Scavenger Hunt Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
National Escargot Day May 24

National Escargot Day May 24

NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY

National Escargot Day is celebrated each year on May 24th.  This day is in honor of the famous French dish of cooked land snails. Escargot is a delicious dish, enjoyed by many, however it is an acquired taste.  It is usually served as an appetizer in French restaurants.
Escargot {es.kar.go} is the French word for snail.

The dish of Escargot is usually prepared by removing the land snails from their shells, cooking them with garlic, butter and wine, then placing them back into their shells, with the sauce, for serving.  You are then provided with a special snail tong and snail fork for your use.

Escargot are high in protein and low in fat (without the butter).

Following is one of our “tried and true” recipes:
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1845,156177-249199,00.html

Bon appétit!

 

NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Escargot Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

May 23, 2015 – NATIONAL LUCKY PENNY DAY – NATIONAL TAFFY DAY

22 May National Taffy Day May 23

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National Lucky Penny Day May 23

National Lucky Penny Day May 23

NATIONAL LUCKY PENNY DAY

National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated each year on May 23rd..
“See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck.”
 When you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies, it just might be your lucky day!

Years ago a penny was actually able to buy something.  Most often remembered is the big section of candy at the store that sold for a penny a piece.  Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much if anything at all.  Changes in the price of metal commodity causes the metal value of pennies to exceed their face value.  There are many nations that have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States.

1793 – The first pennies in the United States were made of copper.

See how many pennies you can find!

NATIONAL LUCKY PENNY DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Lucky Penny Day, an ‘unofficial’ National holiday.

 

 

National Taffy Day May 23

National Taffy Day May 23

NATIONAL TAFFY DAY

National Taffy Day is celebrated annually on May 23.  Taffy candy has been made and sold for many years and has become a popular souvenir of many vacationers.

“Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until fluffy.”  It is then rolled and cut into small pieces before it is wrapped in a waxed paper which keeps it soft.  Taffy is noted for its fruit flavors however there are other flavors available as well, including licorice.

Salt water taffy in was invented 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

More fun facts about taffy can be found at:
http://www.candyusa.com/FunStuff/FunFactsDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=975

Happy National Taffy Day!

NATIONAL TAFFY DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Taffy Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

May 22, 2015 – NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY – NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY – NATIONAL MARITIME DAY – NATIONAL DON”T FRY DAY

21 May National Vanilla Pudding Day May 22

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National Vanilla Pudding Day May 22

National Vanilla Pudding Day May 22

NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY

May 22nd is the day we celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day.  Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.

Following are some “tried and true” recipes, all containing vanilla pudding,  for you to use and share with your family and friends.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Moms Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Delight Cake

Dessert Pizza

NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Vanilla Pudding Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day May 22

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day May 22

NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY

Each year on May 22 we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day.  The day is all about playing music.  If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument.  Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one.  If you have never played an instrument before, National Buy A Musical Instrument Day might be the motivation you need to start.

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day is not just for school aged children, this observation is for people of all ages.  One is never too old to learn something new.  You may have always wanted to play the piano or the guitar.  It is possible that playing a musical instrument is on one’s “bucket list

If you are young or old, musically experienced or just beginning, May 22nd is the day to go instrument shopping.

NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

We have recently been informed that this day was originally observed on May 18th, the birth date of Meredith Willson.  Willson was an American composer, songwriter, flutist, conductor and playwright, best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man.  We will investigate this claim and if correct, will make the change needed.

 

National Maritime Day May 22

National Maritime Day May 22

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY

National Maritime Day is observed annually in the United States on May 22.  It was created to recognize the maritime industry and also to  recognize America’s Merchant Marine for all the great contributions and sacrifices they have made, and are still making, for our country.   Special acknowledgment is given to ships and seafarers that have held an important place in our country’s history.

On this day, there are celebrations and ceremonies around the country giving special recognition to the people our maritime nation depends on.  There is a national ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Department of Transportation headquarters.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.marad.dot.gov/education_landing_page/maritime_day/maritime_day.htm

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY HISTORY

May 22 is the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia.  This was the first transoceanic voyage fueled by steam. National Maritime Day was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933.

 

National Don't Fry Day Friday Before Memorial Day

National Don’t Fry Day Friday Before Memorial Day

NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY 

Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day.  The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun.  It is important for everyone to remember to use good sun protection and sun safety practices.

Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.  The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us.   We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun.  Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.

Skin cancer is curable if it is found early.  Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles.  See your doctor if you have any concerns.  Be safe!

For more information see : http://skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day

NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY HISTORY

National Don’t Fry Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was created by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

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