NATIONAL WALKING DAY
The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association sponsors this day to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk. Wear your sneakers (or take them with you) to work, and at some point in the day, you are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk.
Here are some great ways to make that 30-minutes more enjoyable:
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Take a friend to pass the time.
- Make sure to stretch those muscles.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Move your arms, too.
- Make sure you have good posture.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take thirty minutes out of your day to go for a walk and use #NationalWalkingDay to post on social media.
As part of the American Heart Association’s efforts to promote healthy living, National Walking Day was started in 2007. For more information visit www.heart.org.
NATIONAL FIND A RAINBOW DAY
National Find A Rainbow Day is observed annually on April 3rd.
There are people that see rainbows as an artistic masterpiece in the sky, to others it is a sign of hope and to many a sign of promise.
It can be all three; beauty, hope and promise. (Jill Magnus)
A spectrum of light in the form of a multicolored arc, appearing in the sky, is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere. These rainbows always appear directly opposite of the sun. The light is refracted (bent) when it enters a droplet of water, then is reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.
Red is the color that is visible on the outer part of a rainbow and violet on the inside of a primary rainbow. Children learn in science class the mnemonic ROYGBIV to help them to remember the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Many forms of airborne water can cause rainbows including, rain, mist, spray and dew.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Find yourself a rainbow or use the garden hose or a prism to make one yourself. Use #NationalFindARainbowDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Find a Rainbow Day.
NATIONAL FILM SCORE DAY
On April 3, National Film Score Day recognizes the musical masterpieces called “Film Scores” and, more specifically, the very talented composers who create them.
Imagine your favorite film without a few well-placed notes enhancing the emotion of a dramatic on-screen exchange or some rousing orchestral music elevating the intensity of a thrilling chase scene. Would Star Wars, Jaws, The Lord of the Rings films, or the Harry Potter films be the same without their complementary musical scores? Without the film score, would we be compelled to cower in fear in our seats, or imagine a fascinating newly discovered world? Music heightens emotions, sharpens our senses and focuses our attention. Without a doubt, the film score indeed is the fiery soul of a film.
Throughout film history, from the perennial classics to the modern day blockbusters, we easily recognize our favorite movies merely by a few notes of a film’s orchestral soundtrack. Those chords often ignite a rush of fond memories and, with each new film released, a talented composer creates another magnificent work of musical art that elicits a new set of lasting movie memories.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Jeffrey D. Kern from Movie Scores and More Radio foundedNational Film Score Day to celebrate and highlight the tireless achievements of the talented composers and their treasured musical masterworks that bring so much joy to moviegoers around the globe!
Why April 3rd?
On April 3, 1942, Alexander Korda’s film The Jungle Book was released with an orchestral score by the legendary composer, Miklós Rózsa. The following year, a recording made directly from the soundtrack was published in its entirety on 78-RPM record album with narration by Sabu, the film’s star. The Jungle Book soundtrack became the first commercial recording of a non-musical U.S. film’s orchestral score to ever be released. The album was a success.
CHILDHELP NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month the first Wednesday of April has been dedicated to a Childhelp National Day of Hope. Everyone across the country is asked to make a life-long commitment to joining the fight to end child abuse and neglect.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Lighting a 5 wick candle and observing a 5-minute silence represents the approximately 5 children who die every day as a result of abuse in the United States. Fight to end child abuse and use #ChildhelpNationalDayOfHope to post on social media.
Childhelp National Day of Hope was designated by a Congressional resolution in 2000.Childhelp.org was founded by Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara who worked to bring this day and the victims it honors to light.
NATIONAL TWEED DAY
National Tweed Day is observed annually on April 3rd. This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.
Some people think that National Tweed Day is celebrated to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed. Tweed was born on April 3, 1823. He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time. While being considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history. He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of stolen public money.
Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the tweed fabric. Originally produced in Scotland, the textile is a durable, rough, woolen cloth which was initially hand woven. The colors are traditionally earthy and blend well with the Scotish landscape. There are different families of tweed with various categories and styles of tweed that fall into these differing categories. Depending on which estate the tweed represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the pattern, it could be a very particular tweed indeed. Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Wear something tweed or do some research on William Tweed. Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Tweed Day.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MOUSSE DAY
Every April 3rd National Chocolate Mousse Day recognizes the decadent dessert that gained popularity in France in the 1800s.
Mousse is prepared by beating eggs or cream or both to a frothy, airy consistency and then folding the ingredients together to create a light, creamy delight.
While mousse can be either savory or sweet, for this day we will focus on that all-time favorite, chocolate.
The words mousse and chocolate are derived from the French language, so it isn’t difficult to believe France is where to begin looking for the beginnings of this versatile creation. While we have no exact point in time when this might have been, we do know chocolate was introduced to the French around the year 1615, and they fell in love.
Then a century later the French developed a method for making a mousse. Savory led the way, but it couldn’t have been long before the same approach was applied to chocolate.
In the United States, an advertisement in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1887 included classes on how to make chocolate mousse offered by a Miss Parloa. She also advised how to make potato soup, larded grouse, potato timbale and corn muffins.
From dark chocolate to milk chocolate, bittersweet or any combination, there is plenty of variety when it comes to chocolate mousse.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give this recipe a try: Ghirardelli Chocolate Mousse recipe.
Use #ChocolateMousseDay to post on social media.
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Our research was unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Mousse Day.
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