OCTOBER 12, 2018 | NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY | NATIONAL SAVINGS DAY | NATIONAL GUMBO DAY | NATIONAL FREETHOUGHT DAY | NATIONAL VERMONT DAY

NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY

 A day of honor is very much deserved to all of the hard-working farmers.  National Farmer’s Day is observed annually on October 12th as a day for them and to pay tribute to all farmers throughout American history.

National Farmer’s Day was previously known as Old Farmer’s Day.

From very early in American culture, a farmer’s endless hard work has been an example to all of us, and on National Farmer’s Day, we thank them for their contributions to our economy.

There are some cities and towns across the United States that have their own versions of Farmer’s Day, with celebrations and festivals on various dates throughout the year.  Many of them are held in September and October.

October does seem fitting for celebrating this National Day as it is near the end of the harvest.  Many farmers will be able to take a rest from their hard labor to join in the celebration of this holiday.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Thank a farmer for the hard work they do to supply us with food. Use #NationalFarmersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Records of National Farmer’s Day events exist dating back to the 1800s.  However, we have not determined the exact origins of the day.

National Savings Day - October 12
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NATIONAL SAVINGS DAY

National Savings Day sets aside October 12 to recognize those who value the act of saving and to provide simple steps to show getting started isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

Many of us already save every day. We’ve been doing it for a long time. We collect sentimental items because they mean something to us and they evoke emotion. These objects come in all forms. It could be a treasured baseball glove your dad played catch with you; an engagement ring passed down through generations, or boxes full of t-shirts representing years of concerts. We save lots of things for extended periods of time, and they accumulate quite well.

Transfering this concept to a portion of our paycheck every month isn’t that far of a stretch. Consider the savings account your junk drawer or the sock basket. Only when it’s overflowing, you won’t be so annoyed.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate National Savings Day, Capital One is launching a contest to reward everyone who makes the conscious effort to save. Share a photo of a treasured keepsake you’ve saved and tell us why it’s special. Follow @CapitalOne and post it on Twitter or Instagram using #ShareMySave and #Contest for a chance to win weekly cash prizes of $500 or one of our $10,000 grand prizes.  For more details, go to www.capitalone.com/sharemysave.

Use #NationalSavingsDay to be a part of the conversation on social media.

For great saving tips, visit Capital One at www.capitalone.com/sharemysave and use #NationalSavingsDay to be a part of the conversation on social media.

HISTORY

Capital One founded National Savings Day to empower people to feel more confident about their relationship with money by educating them on how saving money can be a simple, straightforward experience that fits more naturally into their lives and existing behaviors.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Savings Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

NATIONAL GUMBO DAY

A heavily seasoned, stew-like dish is in the spotlight on National Gumbo Day which is annually observed on October 12. Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, Gumbo is a dish that typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener and seasoned vegetables.  The seasoned vegetables may include celery, bell peppers and onions which are a trio known in Cajun cuisine as the “holy trinity. The dish is commonly served over rice. Gumbo is usually categorized by one of the following types of thickener used:

  • The African vegetable okra
  • The Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves)
  • Roux (the French base made of flour and fat)

Gumbo arose from a West African word for okra, which many believe is how the name and the ingredient also intertwined.  Gumbo is thought to have been first documented in 1802 and was listed in various cookbooks in the latter 19th century.  It gained widespread popularity in the 1970s when the United States Senate cafeteria added Gumbo to the menu in honor of Louisiana Senator Allen Ellender. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.  Since 1989, New Iberia, Louisiana has held The World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy these Gumbo recipes:

Chicken and Okra Gumbo
Seafood Okra Gumbo

Use #NationalGumboDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to locate the creator of National Gumbo Day.

NATIONAL FREETHOUGHT DAY

National Freethought Day is observed annually on October 12. The purpose of this National Day is to encourage people to be free thinkers and to base opinions on facts, science, logic and reason.

 

 

This day occurs on the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch trials on October 12, 1692.  On this day, Massachusetts Governor William Phips wrote a letter condemning the use of spectral evidence against the accused.

At some point, the trials did resume and “spectral evidence” was allowed but largely discounted and those convicted were swiftly pardoned by Phips.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Think rationally and use #FreethoughtDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Freethought Day.

 

National Vermont Day

On October 12, The Green Mountain State is recognized on National Vermont Day. It is the 14th state to join the United States. The state derives its name from French words vert for green and mont for mountain.

Populated primarily by Abenaki tribes before French and English settlers arrived, Vermont is a densely forested mountain state. Claimed by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609 for France, Vermont’s first European settlement was established in 1666 at Fort Ste. Anne. The first English settlement was built in 1724.

It should come as no surprise that Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state. While Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any other state, Vermont has more per square mile.

Movie makers love Vermont for its beautiful backdrops. Whether it’s for eerie thrillers (What Lies Beneath), a good drama (The Cider House Rules) or a comedy (Me, Myself and Irene), we can’t resist the stunning views. Such stunning landscapes lured the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music story to settle in Stowe, Vermont because of the similarities to their Alpine home.

Along with these majestic views come excellent skiing, hiking and the most beautiful bursts of autumn color.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Vermont’s magnificent nature and history. Uncover hidden treasures and find all Vermont has to offer! Use #NationalVermontDay to share on social media.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

On Deck for October 13, 2018

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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