MAY 7, 2018 | NATIONAL MELANOMA MONDAY | NATIONAL BARRIER AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL PASTE UP DAY | NATIONAL PACKAGING DESIGN DAY | NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY

National Melanoma Monday - First Monday in May
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NATIONAL MELANOMA MONDAY

May is designated as National Melanoma Month.   Included in that designation is National Melanoma Monday, which is the first Monday in May.  The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and it is the deadliest of skin cancers.

There will be many events focused on skin health, sun safety, tanning prevention, and skin cancer screenings and resources.

All are asked to join the American Academy of Dermatology in wearing orange and encouraging others to wear orange for skin cancer awareness.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Learn more about melanoma, skin screenings and use #MelanomaMonday to post on social media.

HISTORY

Founded by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Monday has been raising awareness since at least 1984.  For more information on prevention and screening visit www.melanomaknowmore.com.

NATIONAL BARRIER AWARENESS DAY

On May 7 we are charged with breaking down obstacles on National Barrier Awareness Day.  We are responsible for dissolving stigmas that keep people with disabilities from advancing in education.  It’s an opportunity to tear down walls and build ramps that will help provide access.  Where there are misunderstandings, there is potential for the development of new technology that may bridge the gap.  Policies that are antiquated and are preventing those with disabilities from accessing their full potential can be re-assessed.  If there was ever a time to speak up about questionable treatment of a human being, National Barrier Awareness Day encourages us to do so now.

“Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.

Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”

Visible and invisible barriers are equally difficult to overcome.  With advocacy, education and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Break the barriers and work toward eliminating all of the cultural, employment, legal, and physical obstacles that confront individuals with disabilities!  Share your support using #BarrierAwarenessDay.

HISTORY

Proclamation 5472, signed by United States President Ronald Reagan, was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 8, 1986, declaring May 7 of 1986 as National Barrier Awareness Day. Since that day, many people across the country have continued to observe National Barrier Awareness Day each year on May 7.

NATIONAL PASTE-UP DAY

National Paste Up Day is observed each year on May 7.  This day is about remembering those times before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when newspapers, magazines and catalogs were compiled by hand and those that worked so tediously in their positions.  Paste-up refers to a method of preparing and laying out pages of publication.  A paste-up artist was also known as a layout artist, mechanical artist, production artist or compositor.  Part of the daily duties of the paste-up artist would be to cut the type into sections and arrange it carefully across multiple columns.  The headline and other typographic elements were often created and supplied separately by the typesetter, leaving it to the paste-up artist to determine their final position on the page.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Word processing technology today seems to have eliminated the art of paste-up.  Bring back the art of paste-up using #NationalPasteUp and share your paste-up art on social media. 

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Paste-Up Day.

NATIONAL PACKAGING DESIGN DAY May 7
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NATIONAL PACKAGING DESIGN DAY

National Packaging Design Day is observed annually on May 7th.  Celebrate the art of packaging design as well as design professionals.  The global design community and those appreciative of beautiful, well-crafted packaging through sharing inspiring designs, exchange ideas, historical facts, information and awareness to the craftsmanship behind the package.

Living in the golden age of packaging, the packaging is now much more than a means to protect a product or display a name; it’s the physical representation of a brand to the consumer.  Packaging is compelling, it’s not just what’s on the shelf that matters, but the unveiling process as well:  the layers, the textures, the moment of anticipation before seeing the product. People may not think of the packaging designers when purchasing a product or while opening a gift, but they exist, orchestrating the process from sketch to shelf.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Check out Design Packaging’s Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Packaging Design Day and share packaging you love, or an inspiring designer with #PackagingDesignDay.

HISTORY

National Package Design Day was founded by Design Packaging and proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar on April 22, 2015.

NATIONAL ROAST LEG  OF LAMB DAY

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day is observed each year on May 7.  The leg of lamb is a mild and tender cut of meat that, when roasted, is a unique and tasty dish to many.  A typical preparation involves covering the leg of lamb with butter, rosemary sprigs pushed inside incisions cut in the leg, and rosemary leaves sprinkled on top.  The lamb is then roasted for two hours at 360 degrees and usually served with carrots, roasted potatoes, green vegetables and gravy.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Find a recipe and make a Roast Leg of Lamb today!  Use #RoastLegofLamb to share on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Roast Leg of Lamb Day.

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