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NATIONAL ALL IS OURS DAY

Celebrated each year on April 8, it is National All Is Ours Day.  The meaning of this day is looked at in different ways.

Today can be looked at as a time to reflect on all of the beauty of nature and all the wonderful things in life and that they belong to everyone.  Become aware of all of the beauty in your surroundings.  All of these spectacular gifts that we have been given are shared by all.

Another way to view National All Is Ours Day is to appreciate everything that we have and do not dwell on what we do not have.  All that we have is a blessing and our lives are a blessing and it is ours, therefore, all is ours!

Some people also look at today as a day to share all that you have.  The greatest times and the greatest things in life are those that are shared.

NATIONAL ALL IS OURS DAY HISTORY

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

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NATIONAL ZOO LOVERS DAY

Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is celebrated.  Today is a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the other millions of people that visit zoos each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun filled day.

A few zoo facts:

  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United States first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.

NATIONAL ZOO DAY HISTORY

Our research was not able to find the creator of National Zoo Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL EMPANADA DAY

April 8 celebrates a food holiday, National Empanada Day.  Empanada’s are a stuffed bread or pastry that is baked or fried.  The name, empanada comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

Empanadas are made by folding the dough or bread around stuffing.  The stuffing usually is made from meat, cheese, vegetables, or fruits but may be made with other ingredients.

A  cookbook published in 1520 in Catalan, the Libre del Coch by Ruperto de Nola, mentions empanadas filled with seafood.

In the South and Southwest United States empanadas are called Creoles.  They are a half-circle flaky crust filled with seasoned pork, beef or chicken and cheese.  In the Southeastern United States, empanadas are referred to as a “fried pie” and are a pastry filled with fresh or reconstituted dry fruit such as apples, apricots, peaches or sweet potatoes and then fried.  In New Mexico, it is a winter tradition to make sweetmeat empanadas for Christmas.  They are made with ground pork, sugar, pinon nuts, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, sealed in tortilla-like dough and then deep fried in lard.

For everyone who has never had an empanada, today would be a good day to try something new.

Following is a link to some delicious empanada recipes:   http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-00,empanada,FF.html

NATIONAL EMPANADA DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Empanada Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo

Zoo Statistics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney’s_Animal_Kingdom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empanada

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

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