MARCH 14, 2018 | NATIONAL WRITE DOWN YOUR STORY DAY | NATIONAL PI DAY | NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY | NATIONAL REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST DAY | NATIONAL LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES DAY | NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY
NATIONAL WRITE YOUR STORY DAY
Everyone has a story. On March 14, National Write Your Story Day challenges you to tell your story in written form.
You may think to yourself, “There’s nothing in my life to tell.” It will surprise you once you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and the words start filling the pages. Words have a way of triggering memories. They form a moment in time, and before you know it, there’s a story flowing from your fingertips. Even if you never share your tale, it can be an essence of who you are and where you’ve been.
Trips down memory lane or recreating the moment when a spark of inspiration occurred, are more intriguing than you know. Today, they fill blogs, inspire novels and entire television series. More importantly, they are treasures to family and loved ones.
National Write Your Story Day encourages us to start telling our personal story today. There’s a story worth recounting in there somewhere!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Commit to writing your story. Grab pen and paper or your favorite electronic device and begin typing away. We all have a story to tell. Use #WriteYourStoryDay to share on social media.
Mitzy founded National Write Your Story Day in September of 2017. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed it will be observed annually beginning March 14, 2018.
Mitzy is an Author, Artist, Guide and founder of Mitzy TV, which pushes to inspire authors and artist to become better individuals. This business also works to provide direction and encouragement to others so that they can push their work out into the world where it can best serve others.
NATIONAL PI DAY
National Pi Day is observed annually on March 14th.
The 3rd month and the 14th day of the year is a consistent day to celebrate the mathematical constant π. Also known as pi, the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14. National Pi Day is celebrated by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Our research has found that there are different ways that people celebrate National Pi Day. Some of the celebrations include:
- Eating a slice of pie
- Pie eating contests
- Discussing the significance of the number π
- More recently watching Life of Pi
- Finding 3.14 deals in as many version of π as possible. For example
Use #NationalPiDay to post on social media.
The earliest known official, or large-scale celebration of Pi Day, was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.
On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224) recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.
NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY
America’s #1 snack food is recognized each year on March 14th. On National Potato Chip Day, this snack will be enjoyed by millions of people across the country.
How the popular potato chip came to be.
On August 24, 1853, an unhappy restaurant customer, complaining that his potatoes were too thick and soggy, kept sending them back. Chef George Crum decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible, frying them until crisp and added extra salt. To the chef’s surprise, the customer loved them, and they soon became a regular item on the restaurant’s menu under the name of “Saratoga Chips.”
Alternative explanations of the beginning of potato chips date them to recipes in Shilling Cookery for the People by Alexis Soyer (1845) or Mary Randolph’s The Virginia House-Wife (1824). There are many references between these dates to sliced potatoes being fried in grease but whether they were fried to a crisp is not clear.
What is clear is that by the late 1870s, the term “Saratoga Chips” was being widely used as a standard menu item on train cars, hotel restaurants, and street carts. The name carried on into grocers when the chips were made in larger batches by bakeries. They shipped them by wagon to the restaurants and grocers by the barrel, and the grocers would then sell to private families by the pound. Folks were instructed to bake the chips in a hot oven for a few minutes, and they would be as crisp as if fried that same day.
The Dayton, Ohio-based Mike-sell’s Potato Chip Company, founded in 1910, calls itself the “oldest potato chip company in the United States.” New England-based Tri-Sum Potato Chips, originally established in 1908 as the Leominster Potato Chip Company, in Leominster, Massachusetts, claims to be America’s first potato chip manufacturer.
- In the 20th century, potato chips spread beyond chef-cooked restaurant fare and began to be mass-produced for home consumption.
- Flavored chips were introduced in the 1950s.
- Potato Chip revenues are over $15 billion a year worldwide!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Grab a bag of potato chips to enjoy and use #NationalPotatoChipDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Potato Chip Day.
NATIONAL REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST DAY
Observed annually on the second Wednesday in March, National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day celebrates the contributions of these medical professionals.
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HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #RegisteredDietitianNutritionistDay to post on social media.
National Dietitian Nutrition Day was created in 2008 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association), to raise awareness of the indispensable role that registered dietitian nutritionists play in helping people enjoy a healthy life.
NATIONAL LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES DAY
Observed annually, March 14th is National Learn About Butterflies Day. Spring and summer are just right around the corner, so it is an excellent time to take a few minutes and learn something new about butterflies and appreciate their beauty.
Butterflies need our help to survive as they rely on flowers and other natural sources for survival. We can help them by planting more flowers.
- There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide.
- Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches.
- Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species.
- Many butterflies migrate over long distances. Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to the northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Read up on butterflies or find a good sunny spot to watch some. Use #LearnAboutButterfliesDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Learn About Butterflies Day.
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY
National Children’s Craft Day is observed annually on March 14th. This day is an attempt to bring awareness of crafting to children. By opening children’s eyes to the world of crafts, their imagination is sparked, and from there, the possibilities are endless. National Children’s Craft Day is part of National Craft Month.
Crafting can give children a sense of accomplishment as well as help build their self-esteem. As with adults, in children crafting is also a stress reducer.
Craft stores hold special classes throughout the month of March, so there are opportunities for children to get involved. It’s also an opportunity for children to interact with others, to learn something new and to have fun without electronics or television. When stimulating a child’s creativity, we encourage their curiosity and use of tactile skills as well.
It doesn’t cost a lot to get a child involved with crafts. Many common household items can be used for projects.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get children you know crafts to work on and use #ChildrensCraftDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Children’s Craft Day.
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