SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 | NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY | NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY | NATIONAL HUG YOUR HOUND DAY | NATIONAL WIENER SCHNITZEL DAY | NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY | CARE BEARS SHARE YOUR CARE DAY
NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY
National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th. We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood. Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend!
In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi. This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The caricature became an instant classic.
The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy. Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear”.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Remember your teddy bear and use #NationalTeddyBearDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Teddy Bear Day.
NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY
Each year on the Sunday following Labor Day, grandchildren across the country honor their grandparents.
There is a special bond that can only be shared between grandchildren and their grandparents. Grandparents are full of hugs and kisses, family history, wisdom, patience, love, and guidance. National Grandparents Day gives grandchildren the opportunity to show love and appreciation to their grandparents.
National Grandparents Day has its very own song. The National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California announced in 2004 that A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill would be the official song of the United States National Grandparents Day holiday. The Council presented Prill with the National Songwriter’s Award in recognition of his highly popular composition A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.
The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day.
National Grandparents Day is expected to grow in significance over the next decade and beyond as the number of grandparents in the United States rises from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020 as a result of the baby boom.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Show your appreciation for everything your grandparents have done for you. Keep them in mind and use #NationalGrandparentsDay to post on social media.
Celebrated in the United States since 1978, the United States Senate and President Jimmy Carter nationally recognized Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the significant contributions that seniors have made throughout history. It was also her hope to have the youth “adopt” a grandparent, not just for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime.
In February of 1977, Senator Randolph along with the concurrence of other senators introduced a joint resolution to the Senate requesting the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as “National Grandparents Day”. Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day and on August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.
There are some who claim the origin of this holiday resides with the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna of North Syracuse, New York, who recognized seniors and their importance as early as 1961. New York Congressman James T. Walsh awarded her efforts on February 21, 1990, in front of the United States House of Representatives, thanking Hermine Beckett Hanna “for her important role in the establishment of Grandparents Day”.
NATIONAL HUG YOUR HOUND DAY
National Hug Your Hound Day is observed annually on the second Sunday in September. This day is dedicated to your furry pooch and the way your dog spends her day. National Hug Your Hound Day is about truly observing your dog (from his point of view) in his environment and everyday life. As you celebrate your furry friend, remember that today is about keeping our hounds healthy, happy and safe.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take today to spend a little extra time with your pups, get down to their level and make sure their environment and the places you take them are warm, comforting, inviting and safe. Oh yeah, and give your hounds some hugs! Use #NationalHugYourHoundDay to post on social media.
National Hug Your Hound Day was created by Ami Moore, author and Canine Behaviorist. Her desire is to make America more “pup friendly”, as it is in Europe. She would like for our dogs to be accepted in more places, especially public ones such as taxis, malls and restaurants and to appreciate the companionship our dogs give us and the value of it, both emotionally and physically.
NATIONAL WIENER SCHNITZEL DAY
National Wiener Schnitzel Day is observed annually on September 9. A traditional Austrian dish, Wiener Schnitzel is made with veal.
A law in Austria requires this dish to made strictly with veal. Wiener Schnitzel is made by tenderizing a thin slice of veal which is then lightly salted and breaded. It is then deep-fried in clarified butter. The term “Wiener Schnitzel” was first used in the early 1830s, though similar recipes appear earlier.
Wiener Schnitzel is traditionally served with lettuce salad, cucumber salad, or potato salad. Some people serve it with parsley potatoes. A slice of lemon may also be served with the schnitzel. Rice, roasted or mashed potatoes and French fries have also become popular side dishes to Wiener Schnitzel lately.
Variations of the dish exist in many cultures throughout the world including making it with pork rather than the traditional veal.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Go out for dinner and eat Wiener Schnitzel. Post photos on social media using #wienerschnitzelday.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origins of this food holiday.
NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY
Each year on the second Sunday in September, people come together in observing National Pet Memorial Day. On this day, pet owners honor their pets, both past and present, and think about and share with others the important role their beloved pets have played in their lives.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Keep both past and present pets in your mind. One popular tradition on this National Day is to plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial. Use #NationalPetMemorialDay to post on social media.
Pet Memorial Day was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.
CARE BEARS™ SHARE YOUR CARE DAY
For 35 years, Care Bears have taught children of all ages about sharing their feelings and caring for others. The Care Bears toy line was originally introduced in 1983 to caring fans everywhere and they’ve never been out of the heart and minds of fans since. Recently, the huggable Cousins have been reintroduced for digital natives on Netflix in the Netflix Original Series: Care Bears & Cousins.
At their core, CARE BEARS™ SHARE YOUR CARE DAY have heart and are all about love, caring and sharing with others. Care Bears also support charities around the world that help families in need, including We Care Bears, ZachKapCares, Fathom/en-ABLE, United Way, Operation Smile and many more.
With help from a team of Care Bears Ambassadors, Care Bears hope to generate national support for a movement called #ShareYourCare to inspire people toward philanthropic generosity not just on that day, but every day of the year!
HELP CARE BEARS CELEBRATE
The most significant part of this holiday is its main goal: With the help of a team of Care Bears Ambassadors, as well as several Care Bears partners, the Share Your Care Day movement, hopes to inspire acts of kindness and goodwill across the United States and beyond. Care Bears have taught fans worldwide the importance of caring for others. Share Your Care Day is the perfect opportunity for everyone to participate in acts of kindness – and to remember that goodwill and consideration toward others are important every day of the year.
Participation is as simple as doing something nice for someone else – this could include treating a friend to coffee, sharing a toy with a sibling, doing an extra chore without being asked, or helping an older neighbor bring their trash cans to the street. Bigger inspirations for this holiday could be acts of philanthropy like planting a tree, buying a meal for a homeless person, or spending time volunteering for a charity.
The #ShareYourCare movement is all about acts of kindness, big and small. Care Bears encourage you to do something nice for someone today, such as treating a friend to lunch, sharing a toy with your sibling, taking out the trash for your mom, helping an older neighbor across the street. Or inspire others with bigger acts of philanthropy like planting a tree, buying coffee or lunch for a homeless person or spending a day volunteering for a charity. Care Bears hope to embolden you to be kind, think of others and #ShareYourCare every day
For more information regarding the Care Bears 35th Anniversary, please visit: www.carebears.com and follow #35YearsofCaring and #ShareYourCare Day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL CARE BEARS #SHAREYOURCARE DAY
Care Bears #ShareYourCare Day was submitted by American Greetings Entertainment in April 2015. The Registrar of National Day Calendar originally declared September 9th as Care Bears Share Your Care Day in May 2015.
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