OCTOBER 21, 2017 – NATIONAL SWEETEST DAY | NATIONAL PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE DAY | NATIONAL REPTILE AWARENESS DAY
NATIONAL SWEETEST DAY
National Sweetest Day is observed on the third Saturday in October by people of all ages.
Just in time for its 100th Anniversary, National Sweetest Day encourages everyone to be generous even in the smallest ways. From its inception as Candy Day in 1916, this day reminds us that even small tokens improve the lives of those around us who are suffering or going without. While the day may have begun with candy and sweets, encouraging us to take home sweets to our sweethearts and friends, it is a day full of lessons in persistence, resilience and doing small things in greatly.
On National Sweetest Day, take care of all those who need care. Even those who need great care, when given the smallest token will feel the effects. A little treat, a card, a show of support during a time of need may be the sweetest gift on this day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give a gift to someone who needs a reminder of the sweetness in the world on The Sweetest Day of the Year. Use #NationalSweetestDay to post on social media.
National Sweetest Day found its beginnings in a holiday founded by the National Confectioners’ Association in 1916 called Candy Day.
Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Pumpkin may be added to cheesecake recipes in various ways. For example, it may be swirled throughout, mixed thoroughly with all ingredients or layered. Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked, flavored and are often served topped with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.
An ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece. It has been found that the earliest attested mention of cheesecake is by the Greek physician, Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.
James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912. In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is now the most commonly used cheese for this creamy dessert and many other recipes.
North America has several different styles of cheesecakes:
- New York-style cheesecake
- Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
- Farmer cheese cheesecake
- Country-style cheesecake
- Lactose-free cheesecake
- Cheesecake Kludys
- Chicago Style Cheesecake
- Savory cheesecake
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try one of the following recipes to celebrate:
Use #PumpkinCheesecakeDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.
NATIONAL REPTILE AWARENESS DAY
Each year on October 21, people across the nation observe National Reptile Awareness Day. Created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.
A reptile is any amniote that is neither a mammal nor a bird, is cold-blooded, has scales or scutes and can lay eggs on land. Scutes are the thick bony or horny plates which form the dermal layer of such reptiles like turtles and crocodiles.
There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit the zoo to see some reptiles or do some research on them. Use #ReptileAwarenessDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Reptile Awareness Day.
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