NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY
Every year on April 23rd National Take a Chance Day encourages us to break out of our comfort zone.
Most of us have unaccomplished goals or dreams. What if this was the day to take the chance to make them happen? Even if it is just the first step toward that goal, it will be one step closer than before.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain
Uncertain where to start? Polish up that resume’, sign up for a foreign language class, or buy a pair hiking shoes. Those are all first steps to taking chances on new jobs, traveling to a foreign country, or hiking that trail.
Ready for a bigger chance? Buy that plane ticket or finally, take your business plan to the bank. It’s time to broaden those horizons.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate your goals or dreams by taking a chance and getting started today! Share on social media using #NationalTakeAChanceDay
Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Take a Chance Day.
NATIONAL PICNIC DAY
April 23rd is a day for everyone to enjoy a meal outside. It is National Picnic Day!
There are a variety of ways to take part in a picnic. This meal hearkens back to mid-18th-century al fresco French dining when all you needed was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and fruit and you could have a party under the sky.
From the French for piquenique, picnic means a meal eaten outdoors.
From barbecues to simple cold plates, picnics are light informal affairs intended to be relaxing and fun for everyone to enjoy the day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate this day by having a picnic of your own. If the weather does not cooperate, have a picnic in your home on the living room floor! Share your photos on social media using #NationalPicnicDay.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Picnic Day.
NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is observed annually on April 23.
Born April 23, 1564, William Shakespeare is the author of some of the world’s most celebrated plays and poems. In 2016, we honored the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. What better way to celebrate his life and art than to speak like poet and playwright.
We can speak like Shakespeare by substituting thou, thee and ye for you and they. Rhyming couplets and creative insults were his particular favorites.
Many of the phrases we use today we can owe to Shakespeare.
We could make you wait with bated breath for the list. We could send you on a wild goose chase to find them. For goodness sake, you might just be the laughing stock if we did!
Oh, come now. No need to fight fire with fire. Come what may we will give you the naked truth and teach to you talk like Shakespeare. We’ll snatch you out of the jaws of death and put you in a pickle too while we are at it!
What makes your hair stand on end? Did we set your teeth on edge? Well, what’s done is done.
You may be such a sorry sight, but still, the world is your oyster even if you wear your heart on your sleeve. Aye, you have seen better days! We must send you packing. It’s all Greek to you anyway!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Spaketh like Shakespeare and celebrate his birthday. Share on social media by using #TalkLikeShakespeareDay.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed for National Talk Like Shakespeare Day.
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day was first launched in 2009 by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which was inspired by another day devoted to talking in character – International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day giving the theater’s efforts official recognition. For more information on National Talk Like Shakespeare Day visit http://www.shakespeare400chicago.com/talklikeshakespeare.html
The day also coincides with English Language Day which began in 2010 as a cultural recognition day by the United Nations.
NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY
National Lost Dog Awareness Day is observed every April 23rd.
This day was created not only to bring awareness to the dogs that go missing but to also celebrate the reunions. Through networks of shelters, veterinaries, social media and other media sources, many lost canines are reunited with their loved ones. National Lost Dog Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn more about prevention and networking.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Participate in National Lost Dog Awareness Day by posting your experiences on social media using #LostDogAwarenessDay.
The first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day was celebrated on April 23, 2014.
For more information regarding this day visit http://www.lostdogsillinois.org/lost-dogs-of-america-announces-the-first-annual-national-lost-dog-awareness-day/
NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY
April 23 recognizes the food holiday National Cherry Cheesecake Day. There are a large variety of recipes for cherry cheesecake. Some cherry cheesecake recipes call for the cherries to be mixed into the batter and others place the cherries on top.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Cherry cheesecake might be a nice way to end supper tonight! Try this for dessert: Cherry Cheesecake recipe.
Share your cherry cheesecake photos on social media using #CherryCheesecakeDay.
We were unable to find the creator of National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
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