MARCH 31 – NATIONAL CRAYON DAY – NATIONAL PROM DAY – NATIONAL TATER DAY – NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY – NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY
Every March 31st children and adults alike open up a box of crayons and enjoy coloring. What a better way to take part in National Crayon Day?
Wax and chalk based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.
In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal. The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate success.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get out your crayons and color away! Use #NationalCrayonDay to share on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Crayon Day.
NATIONAL PROM DAY
March 31st is recognized as National Prom Day. It is a day to honor friendship, cherish memories, celebrate history, and enjoy the fun and excitement this milestone event brings.
National Prom Day celebrates this special time in every teen’s life, a time that’s not only filled with fashion, friendship and fun but where safety, peer pressure and insecurity can sometimes go along with it. That’s why building a community that encourages confidence, empowerment, individuality and inner beauty is so important as we celebrate young adults all around the world.
National Prom Day proudly supports Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), an organization that shares common values and a long-standing champion in educating young people. While SADD’s core focus remains on traffic safety, it has expanded its mission to include substance abuse, suicide, depression, bullying, violence, body image and more.
HOW TO OBSERVE
National Prom Day 2017 celebrates the efforts of SADD with a donation for every promgirl.com and promguy.com sale on March 31st. Additionally, we encourage all generations to share prom photos from year’s past on social media using the hashtag #NationalPromDay with the tag @promgirlxo and @promguytux. Let’s re-live history with a Flashback Friday by sharing some of the most treasured memories in each of our lives and embrace this special occasion that continues to hold so much tradition. If prom photos are not available, we encourage sharing any image that celebrates confidence and tagging friends who have empowered with confidence.
National Prom Day was submitted by PromGirl and was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016. For more information visit nationalpromday.org.
NATIONAL TATER DAY
National Tater Day is observed annually on March 31. This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.
There are numerous ways to fix and enjoy the potato:
Baked – Boiled – Steamed – Roasted – Mashed – Fried – Grilled – Scalloped – French Fries – Cottage Fries – Hash Browns – In Stew – In Soup – Potato Salad – Potato Dumplings – Potato Pancakes – Anyway You Like Them!!
This day may have originally had a different meaning. At the beginning of April, there is a celebration of the sweet potato (Tater Day) in parts of Kentucky. Sweet potatoes are one of the main cash crops in that area. Tater Day started way back in the early 1840s with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes. It is the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.
Worldwide, there are more than four thousand potato varieties.
Since the time potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, their consumption has been a major part of the North American diet. In the United States, there are over 100 varieties of potatoes.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Have your potato, tater or spud the way you like it. Use #NationalTaterDay to post on social media.
The origin of this day may be the Kentucky celebrated Tater Day. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Tater Day.
National Clams on the Half Shell Day is observed each year on March 31. This food holiday is a day for the clam lovers to enjoy a unique dish.
The best variety of hardshell clams (also called Quahogs) for serving on the half-shell is the topneck, but you will find recipes using littlenecks and cherrystone as well. The topnecks run about two inches across, and the meaty clam is enough for a bite-sized morsel of Atlantic saltwater goodness.
Clams on the half shell can be raw, steamed, grilled or even smoked.
One popular “on the half shell” recipe originated in Rhode Island. Often served as an appetizer, Clams Casino is a dish with toasted breadcrumbs and bacon. Legend has it the recipe for Clam Casino dates back to 1917 and the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island. According to Good Housekeeping Great American Classics, maître d’hôtel Julius Keller and Mrs. Paran Stevens developed clams casino for her guests, as she wanted to serve up something special and named it after the hotel. The dish soon became so successful, word spread, and it began appearing on menus across the nation.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #ClamsOnTheHalfShellDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of Clams On The Half Shell Day.
NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY
National Bunsen Burner Day is observed every March 31st. This day honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.
Named after Robert Bunsen, a Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame which is used for heating, sterilization and combustion. The gas can be either natural gas (usually methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane or a mixture of the two.
The invention of the Bunsen burner opened up new opportunities for the use of natural gas. A standard tool in chemistry, the Bunson burner is found throughout schools and laboratories around the world. Most students become familiar with the use of Bunsen burner for at least one semester during their high school career.
HOW TO OBSERVEUse #NationalBunsenBurnerDay to post on social media.
National Bunsen Burner Day commemorates the birth of chemist this standard chemistry tool is named for. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Bunsen Burner Day.
About National Day Calendar
Founded in 2013 in the historic town of Mandan, North Dakota, National Day Calendar began as a kernel of curiosity that exploded into a growing collection of ways to Celebrate. Every Day, founder Marlo Anderson and his team seek out all the daily, weekly and monthly observations and celebrations to keep you up to date and informed. Through daily updates, social media, mobile applications and much more, National Day Calendar helps you #CelebrateEveryDay!