MARCH 3, 2018 | NATIONAL SOUP IT FORWARD DAY | NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY | NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY | NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY | NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY
NATIONAL SOUP IT FORWARD DAY
A warm cup of kindness comes in many forms. National Soup it Forward Day on March 3 encourages us to deliver love and kindness by the bowlful!
When I make a pot of soup, it’s nearly always enough to feed an army. Those time-worn recipes grow over time, and love seasons it to perfection. I make it to warm my home, to cure a cold and warm a soul.
Just as the recipes grow and provide a nourishing warmth, so can National Soup it Forward Day. When making one of your favorite soups at home, Soup it Forward. Deliver a healing pot of your delicious chicken noodle or split pea to a family or friend you know is in need. Perhaps they have been ill or down on their luck. Whatever the situation, a little of your home cooking and visit will be a nice change.
I know my creamy potato soup will Soup it Forward nicely. What soup will you be making on National Soup it Forward Day?
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make up your favorite soup and deliver it to someone you know who could use the warmth of kindness in their life. Use #HugInABowl and #SoupItForwardDay to share on social media.
Soup Sisters founded National Soup it Forward Day to encourage everyone to make a difference in each other’s lives through the warm, healing kindness of sharing a bowl of soup.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the National Soup it Forward Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.
Soup Sisters is an award-winning National non-profit organization Founded March 3, 2009. Since that time more than 1 million servings of nurturing and nourishing soup made by community people has been delivered monthly to 40 emergency shelters in North America for women and children fleeing family violence and domestic abuse. The organization’s Founder, Sharon Hapton launched Soup Sisters by celebrating a milestone birthday with a soup-making birthday party that provided the first delivery of soup to the Calgary Women’s Emergency shelter. That is the simplicity of Sharon’s vision: to give people a way to give back to their community by doing something tangible – getting into the kitchen, spending a night with friends, rolling up their sleeves and creating something heartwarming, heartfelt and with it a message of support to women and kids in crisis. Now operating in over 25 cities Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers deliver the gift of soup by providing a much needed ‘Hug in a Bowl’. Soup it forward with the universal comfort food and for added inspiration, you can find over 300 soup recipes in the Soup Sisters trilogy of cookbooks.
NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY
National I Want You to be Happy Day is observed annually on March 3. This day was created as a day encouraging us to do something to make others happy. Putting a smile on someone’s face tends to put one on ours, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE
It’s quite limitless. A flower here, a silly knock-knock joke there. Buy the person’s coffee standing in line behind you. Remind your kids how much you love them. Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a spectacular day, a happy day. Draw a happy face in the snow for a stranger to come across later. Give someone a hug. Use #IWantYouToBeHappyDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National I Want You to be Happy Day.
Written by Francis Scott Key, the “Star Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America. National Anthem Day commemorates the day our nation adopted “The Star Spangled Banner “as our National Anthem.
The story behind “The Star Spangled Banner” is as moving as the anthem itself. While an attorney, Key was serving in the Georgetown Light Field Artillery during the War of 1812. In 1814 his negotiation skills as a lawyer were called upon to release Dr. William Beane who was a prisoner on the British naval ship, Tonnant. Early in September Key traveled to Baltimore in the company of Colonel John Skinner to begin negotiations.
Key and Skinner secured Beane’s release but since the British navy had begun attacking Baltimore, the trio had to wait at sea to return to Georgetown.
Fort McHenry is built on a peninsula of the Patapsco River, and the city of Baltimore is just across the Northwest Branch. In 1814, the population of Baltimore was roughly 50,000 people, hardly the metropolis it is today. The country itself was still young, and often families of soldiers lived nearby and provided support to their soldiers.
The British navy abandoned Baltimore and turned their full attention on Fort McHenry on September 13. As the 190-pound shells began to shake the fort, mother nature brought a storm of her own. Thunder and rain pelted the shore along with the bombs and shells. Throughout the night, parents, wives and children in their homes could hear and feel the bomb blasts across the way. There were reports of the explosions being felt as far away as Philadelphia. It was a long night of fear, worry and providing comfort to one another.
At sea, Key had a similar night. Being a religious man, one who believed the war could have been avoided, he watched the bombs bursting in air over the water and steadily pummeling Fort McHenry. It was surely a sight to behold.
For 25 hours the star-shaped fort manned by approximately 1,000 American soldiers endured over 1,500 cannon shots. The Fort answered with their own with almost no effect.
In the early morning of September 14th, after Major George Armistead’s armed troops stopped the British landing party in a blaze of gunfire, he ordered the oversized American flag which had been made a few months before by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter, raised in all its glory over Fort McHenry, replacing the storm flag which had been raised during battle.
As Key waited at sea for dawn to break and smoke to clear, imagine the inspiring sight in the silence of the morning to see his country’s flag fully unfurled against the breaking of the day and the fort standing firm.
Key was so moved by the experience he immediately began penning the lyrics to a song which were later published by his brother-in-law as a poem titled “Defence of Fort M’Henry”.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Sing the Star Spangled Banner. Did you know there are three more verses to the original song? As a challenge, try learning them all. Use #NationalAnthemDay to post on social media.
Nearly 117 years passed after Key penned “Defence of Fort M’Henry” before it became the national anthem of the United States of America. “Hail Columbia” and “My Country and ‘Tis of Thee” held honorary places as patriotic songs, but the United States didn’t have an officially declared anthem until a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover, when “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3rd, 1931.
*Historical note: The spelling of “defence” in the original title of Key’s song is correct for the period.
Dagwood, eat your heart out. March 3rd is National Cold Cuts Day. Call them lunch meats, deli meats, sandwich meats or cold cuts. Some like them thick, while others stack them mile high. Others still just like them with cheese and crackers. However you like them, National Cold Cuts Day was made for sandwich and snack makers.
There are the deli staples like the humble turkey and ham. Then there are the culinary delights like salami and prosciutto and flavors that require a more acquired taste like head cheese and braunschweiger. Whatever your taste, there is a cold cut for everyone. Well, everyone except the vegetarian.
Every nationality has a flavor all their own when it comes to seasoning, curing and aging a variety of meats. The taste is altered by spices, smoking and time. When the animal is butchered, temperature and air circulation affect the flavor, too.
It’s essentially an art history lesson all rolled into one, and at the end of it all, there’s mouth-watering food that can be enjoyed with friends and a good beverage.
Or, it’s simply a piece of meat meant to make a meal. Breaking bread with friends sounds so much more delightful, though.
Bologna is one of the most popular cold cuts in the United States due to a famous commercial. Named after the Italian city of the same name, bologna is similar to an Italian sausage called Mortadella.
Other popular cuts are chicken, roast beef, pastrami, corned beef and pepperoni.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit a local deli and enjoy the following recipes:
Use #NationalColdCutsDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Cold Cuts Day.
National Mulled Wine Day is observed annually on March 3rd. This is a day for those 21 years and older to warm up from the winter chill with a nice glass of mulled wine.
Mulled spirits are wine and liquors that have been heated and spiced. Mulled wine is usually made with red wine with various spices, fruits and sometimes slightly sweetened with honey. Popular blends include cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus, vanilla, anise, cloves, raisins or pears.
Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in First Century Rome.
The combination of the heated spirits and spices are a warm welcome on a cold winter’s day and have long been considered a balm against illness during this time of year.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try making some at home with this recipe: Mulled Wine
Enjoy some mulled wine (Remember always drink responsibly and never to drink and drive) and use #NationalMulledWineDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Mulled Wine Day.
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