AUGUST 1, 2020 | NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY | MEAD DAY | RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY | INTERNATIONAL MAHJONG DAY | NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY | NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY | NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY | NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY
NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY
On August 1st, National Girlfriends Day encourages women across the U.S. to get together and celebrate their special bond of friendship.
Girlfriends fall into many categories. While many grew up together, others meet through work or college. Still, others share a bond much deeper; sisters and mothers meet the definition of girlfriends, too.
Though these types of relationships cross our minds frequently, we often fail to set aside time to spend with each other. The day promotes the laughter and joys girlfriends bring. Rarely do girlfriends let another go it alone. Not only do they enjoy spending time together, they support each other, too. While laughing and sharing secrets, girlfriends offer advice, and celebrate successes. When it’s time for a glass of wine, a chat over a cup of coffee or to go for a long walk, girlfriends are there.
Friendship is one of the most special connections in life.
Whether we have one or many, girlfriends make life better, fuller, and complete. These are the friends that can make you laugh at life’s silliest things. A girlfriend is who you turn to when life is not so kind. In its simplest form, National Girlfriends Day celebrates the unlimited ways life is better with our girlfriends in it.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGirlfriendsDay
Today, let your gal pals know just how much they mean to you and how special they are in your life. Whether you go out for lunch or a drink, reminisce about the past or your future dreams. Give a small token of appreciation or mail a note. Maybe pick up the phone and make plans with your girlfriends. Be sure these relationships don’t become neglected.
Whatever you do, reach out often to stay in touch. Don’t forget to celebrate all the girlfriends who are brides to be! Visit the Amazon Wedding Registry to prepare for that special day. Post on social media using #NationalGirlfriendsDay.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY
The earliest formal announcement of a National Girlfriends Day that National Day Calendar® found was created by mother-daughter authors Kathleen Laing and Elizabeth Butterfield in 2002. They selected September 20th for their celebration along with the publication of their book Girlfriends Getaway.
However, two other claims to National Girlfriends Day on August 1st appear, too. The first is Mistress Susan at savionaire.com who started celebrating in 2003. The second is website team Allie Savarino Kline and Sally Rodgers of sisterwomen.com who started celebrating in 2006.
Mead Day, on the first Saturday in August, increases awareness and fosters camaraderie among mead makers. A long history and rich craft and trade follow mead where ever it is found.
One of the world’s oldest fermented beverages, mead is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar. A craftsman combines honey, water, and yeast to make mead. With honey production in high gear, Mead Day shines a spotlight on its key ingredient and the time-honored craft surrounding it.
Mead has been known to be called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”
The flavor of mead varies depending on the ingredients added to the fermentation. Anything from seasonal fruits, herbs, and blossoms can be added. Additionally, some mead makers carbonate their beverage like beer, sparkling cider, or wine. For a more hoppy flavor, makers add hops to the recipe.
In addition to hops, producers distill mead. The result creates a more liqueur quality mead producing a brandy.
Homebrewers look forward to this day every year. But it’s not the only day on the calendar for craftspeople where mead is concerned. In May, National Homebrew Day celebrates the craftspeople all across the country. Other days on the calendar important to mead producers include World Bee Day and National Pollinators Month. Why? Because without pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats and more, there would be no honey to make mead.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MEADDAY
Go out and enjoy a glass of mead. This is an excellent time for those in the mead craft to network with farmers, beekeepers, orchards, and others associated with pollinators. Mead making relies heavily on honey and the crops that bees, bats, and butterflies pollinate. Working together, these producers can not only secure their products for the following year but provide the essential blossoms for pollinators to find. (Always remember to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive). Post on social media using #MeadDay.
MEAD DAY HISTORY
American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created Mead Day in 2002.
RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY
On August 1st, Respect for Parents Day recognizes the leadership roles parents play in not only a child’s life but also in our communities.
Parents provide their children with the first expression of love and sense of security. As protectors and nurturers, parents set a foundation for leading and teaching children to be responsible. Each parent provides a form of communication and a way of making decisions and correcting mistakes.
A parent’s role in the community is essential, too.
In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,” Respect for Parents Day was born. These are the words of Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, as she created the day, which is observed on August 1st.
This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society. This isn’t limited to children only. Those who hold power over families must likewise respect the parent.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RespectForParentsDay
How do you show respect to your parents? If it isn’t something you think about much, consider these approaches:
- Call your parents and ask them about their day.
- Schedule time each week to spend time with your parents doing something they enjoy.
- Tell your parents how much you appreciate everything they’ve done.
- Ask their opinion. Even if you don’t take their advice, at least consider their perspective.
- Help them with chores around the house, especially the heavy-duty ones, if your parents are older.
- Listen to their wants and needs. When you do, you’ll learn something you may not have known before.
- Surprise them with a token of your love and respect. If you’ve been listening to them, you might even surprise them with something they’ve wanted for a while.
- While you may disagree with them, consider their perspective. Their environment, when they were young, the experiences they have lived through (both good and bad) shape our parents and influence their choices.
- Give your parents some credit for your successes. Showing them gratitude for the love, support, and lessons they’ve instilled in, you will allow them to show pride in their children.
- Cook for them. It’s their turn to take a break and enjoy a relaxing conversation while someone else cooks for them.
Post on social media using #RespectForParentsDay and encourage others to join in.
RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY HISTORY
Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, created Respect For Parents Day, which is celebrated annually on August 1st. You can sign the proclamation written by Mrs. Dalrymple at Respect for Parents Day.
INTERNATIONAL MAHJONG DAY
On August 1st, International Mahjong Day deals a game to get the celebration started! Play your tiles well, and perhaps you’ll honor the day with a win.
The 19th-century strategy game became popular in the United States in the 1920s. While we play the game with tiles, it’s much like rummy. The players meld beautifully designed tiles with Chinese characters and symbols to earn points. Melds include pongs, kongs, chows, and the mighty Mahjong.
Because Mahjong traveled great distances, it challenges people from many different backgrounds. As a result, Mahjong also breaks down communication barriers, bringing neighborhoods and communities together. Since people of all ages play, the game also bridges the gap between generations.
There are also a variety of styles of Mahjong, including American, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japanese, just to name a few. Find the version you enjoy best to play. Learn several different ways to play and play them all. If you’ve never played, the season is perfect to learn.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMahjongDay
Take time to teach someone how to play Mahjong. If you don’t know how to play, gather some friends together, and learn! It’s simple once you can recognize the different characters and symbols. The tiles make Mahjong ideal for playing all year long, indoor, and in a park on a summer day. Use #InternationalMahjongDay to share on social media.
INTERNATIONAL MAHJONG DAY HISTORY
Riichi Mahjong Central founded International Mahjong Day to increase the awareness of Mahjong and how to play. Japanese style Mahjong is growing in popularity in Japan. This platform especially lends itself to a social element. As a result, professional leagues, much like those in the United States, are growing, too.
In September of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Mahjong Day to be observed annually on August 1st.
NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY
National Jamaican Patty Day on the first Saturday in August celebrates a delicious turnover style pastry. Be sure to enjoy one where ever you are!
Filled with a variety of fillings, Jamaican patties satisfy hunger with seasoned ground beef, chicken, seafood or vegetables. Made into a half-moon shape, the flaky crust provides a delicious package. While usually spicy, milder stuffings please those who are faint of heart.
Since the Jamaican Patty is similar to an English Cornish Pastry, it should be no surprise recipes for the dish hails from there. Many even suggest that the pastry came to Jamaica during the colonial days, bearing some resemblance to the Spanish empanada.
Among Jamaicans, the patty serves as a quick grab-n-go meal or snack. A typical person eats a patty or two for lunch while in school or at work. Meanwhile, the patty also works well as a hot and nutritious snack. And when paired with a coco-bread it becomes a belly-filling and satisfying meal in itself.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PattyDay
Enjoy a tasty Jamaican patty! All Golden Krust stores will feature 99 cent patties from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. As you celebrate, be sure to share tasty experience with others! Share the fun and post pics on social media, too. You can also learn more about Jamaican flavors and cooking. Share your experience using #PattyDay. Enjoy the flavor, try a new flavor or two, and Celebrate the Power of the Patty.
NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY HISTORY
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery founded National Jamaican Patty Day in May of 2015. The month of August is significant to Golden Krust for a myriad of reasons. Golden Krust first opened its doors for business in August of 1989. Jamaica also celebrates both Emancipation and Independence holidays in the month of August. Most importantly, Mavis Ephraim, the matriarch of the Hawthorne family was born in the month of August.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Jamaican Patty Day to be observed annually on the first Saturday in August.
ABOUT GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY & GRILL
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is the brainchild of Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne, also the founders of Hawthorne & Son’s Bakery in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and parents of the present owners.
In 1989, Lowell, President, and CEO, along with his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, pooled all their resources to open the first Golden Krust retail location on East Gun Hill Road in Bronx, NY. By 1996 they owned 17 Restaurants throughout New York City. The business became so successful the Hawthorne’s felt encouraged to create franchises, and they seized the opportunity to do just that.
In that same year, Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. granted a franchise license. The pivotal year of 1996 signified Golden Krust’s relocation to its plant in the South Bronx, eventually purchasing the entire block from 172nd Street to Claremont Parkway on Park Avenue.
Today, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill operates a chain of over 100 Restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
To satisfy all tastes, at Golden Krust we offer a variety of fillings which include Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Cheezee Beef, Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetable, Spinach, and Soya. Try them all and let us know your favorite!
NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
Grab your discs and call up your friends! The first Saturday in August is National Disc Golf Day!
How to Play Disc Golf
Disc golf and traditional golf share many common characteristics. For example, both sports include a goal of reaching each target with the fewest number of strokes; or in the case of disc golf, throws.
While disc golf parallels the traditional game in many ways, there are differences. Instead of clubs and a ball, the only gear necessary is a disc or Frisbee™. Players start from a tee pad which is generally a rectangular area made of anything from rubber to cement or even brick. After each throw, the player progresses down the fairway.
From where the disc lands, the player throws again and repeats until the disc lands in the target. As in traditional golf, the total number of throws a player takes to get the disc into the target is equal to the score for that hole.
Since the late 1960s, enthusiasts have been playing disc golf. The game became a formalized sport in the 1970s. In the beginning, targets were nothing more than tree trunks or wooden posts cemented into the ground. As the game progressed, courses replaced trees and posts with metal baskets with chains. The chains added a benefit of helping to catch the discs. Initially, the metal baskets were called a Disc Golf Pole Hole. However, today, these modern-day targets come in dozens of design variations with the same general idea and technical specifications in mind.
Benefits of Disc Golf
Several advantages to disc golf immediately jump to mind. First of all, the sport is convenient and inexpensive. While on vacation or camping, discs easily pack along with other gear without adding much space or weight. Unlike traditional golf, a majority of disc golf courses across the country are open to the public. That means no fees, memberships, or tee times.
As a growing international sport, the number of courses is increasing all the time. In August of 2015, the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition to Flying Disc sports providing a global platform for Flying Disc sports, including disc golf.
People of all ages and abilities play disc golf. The sport offers a terrific low-impact, cardiovascular workout that can test both physical skill and mental determination. Not only that, but disc golf brings the whole family together for an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment together.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDiscGolfDay
The Professional Disc Golf Association encourages you to get out on the course to celebrate National Disc Golf Day. With courses in all 50 states, finding a course near you should be easy. Invite friends tp lay a round or two with you. The PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource to locate courses in your area. Use the #NationalDiscGolfDay to share where you plan to play and what your favorite courses are on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
The Professional Disc Golf Association founded National Disc Golf Day to celebrate one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. August is a significant month for the sport of disc golf. The first patent (#4,039,189) was issued on a chain catching device to “Steady” Ed Headrick on August 12th, 1977, which changed the future of the sport. It is now a standard for course design.
Additionally, on August 2, 1974, disc golfers in the Rochester, NY area decided to make their annual City of Rochester Disc Golf Championship a big national tournament. Their goal was to find out just how many other people around the country were playing disc golf. They called the event the American Flying Disc Open, and to attract the attention of the Frisbee™ community, they put up a brand new 1974 automobile to be awarded to the winner!
NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY
On August 1st, National Minority Donor Awareness Day focuses attention on the need for minority donors. The day is part of the awareness campaign of National Minority Donor Awareness Week.
The day highlights the need, especially among minorities, for more organ, eye, and tissue donors. Another focus of the day includes honoring minorities who have donated. While providing education, the day also encourages others to register as donors. At the same time, part of being informed includes practicing good health habits. The healthier the population, the fewer transplants needed.
Within the African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander-American communities, there is a serious shortage of transplants. Minorities make up 57% of those on the organ waiting list. Due to chronic conditions, minority patients are at an increased need for transplants affecting the heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver.
Facilities take into consideration several factors when matching donors to recipients. However, blood type is the most critical component. Ethnic groups often have similar blood types. As a result, success rates increase when recipients are paired within the same ethnic or racial group. It’s necessary to know organ donation isn’t based on race or ethnicity. Anyone can donate because all organs can save a life.
For more information, see: http://organdonor.gov/awarenessweek/awarenessweek.html
HOW TO OBSERVE #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay
Learn more about organ donation. While you’re reading up, consider joining a fundraiser or creating an event in your community. Find out more about the different types of donations and the technologies making a donation more successful. If you’re a donor or a recipient, share your success stories. Post on social media using #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay.
NATIONAL MINORITY AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
National Minority Donor Awareness Day is an observance that is paired with National Minority Donor Awareness Week. Both observances work to create awareness of the minority community’s need to increase donorship.
NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
On August 1st, National Raspberry Cream Pie Day takes advantage of the ripe berries available this time of year. If you’re fortunate enough to enjoy some fresh-baked raspberry cream pie, it’s a day to celebrate!
Raspberries are the edible fruit of the raspberry plant. Not only do they grow on woody stemmed perennials, but they’re a very commercial crop, too. If their thorny stems remind you of a rose bush, that’s because they are in the rose family. Their genus name is Rubus.
Approximately 100 tiny drupelets cling together to make up one raspberry. Raspberry pulp and juice fills the drupelets. The drupelets adhere to a receptacle attached to a stem. Once the receptacle is removed, the raspberry is left with a hollow core.
When you’re eating your pie, keep in mind that raspberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. They also contain vitamin B1, B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper, and iron.
- All temperate regions of the world grow raspberries.
- At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However with new technology, cultivars, and transportation,
they can now be obtained year-round.
- Did you know, an individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
- One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RaspberryCreamPieDay
Invite some friends to go picking raspberries. Afterward, bake up a raspberry cream pie. Then be sure to enjoy a slice with everyone. We even have some recipes for you to try:
Also, don’t forget to share your results by using #RaspberryCreamPieDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of this pie holiday.
NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY
National Mustard Day on the first Saturday in August recognizes a versatile condiment. Used in many different cuisines, mustard comes from the seeds of the mustard plant.
Depending on the kind of mustard, flavors and color will vary. For example, white or yellow mustard comes from a mustard known as Sinapis hirta. Brown or Indian mustard come from Brassica juncea. And black mustard comes from Brassica nigra.
The mustard seed may be used whole, ground, cracked or bruised in cooking, too. When mixed with liquids such as water, lemon juice or broth, mustard produces different textures and flavors. At times, cooks use the paste as a sauce or even a marinade. Try mixing mustard with other seasonings to create a dry rub for roasts, chicken or chops.
Since some mustards are zestier than others, the spice pairs well with meats and cheeses. Pile up slices of ham, turkey, and Munster between your favorite crusty bread. Next, add some creamy mustard and fresh veggies. That’s how you build a sandwich with zing. The same can be done with salads, hamburgers and hot dogs, too.
Once you’ve mastered the sandwich move on to dressings, glazes, and soups. Around the world, the spice is used in many forms beyond the seed. For example, in India, the entire plant is used from the sprouts to the mature greens. Expressing the oil of the seed is beneficial for both cooking and medicinal uses. Try a Mediterranean recipe by making creamy tahini or aioli and make your dishes sing. Similar recipes can be found in northern and southeastern Europe, too.
And don’t forget Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Because of mustard’s diversity, cooks reach for the spice and condiment more often than almost any other spice in the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONALMUSTARDDAY
If you’re in Middleton, Wisconsin, head down to the Mustard Museum for a festive day of mustard sampling and events. Everywhere else, try tasting a variety of mustards at home or in a local spice store. Find one that makes your tongue happy and add it to your cooking. An even easier way to celebrate is by inviting friends over for a cookout of hot dogs and burgers. Top one off with your favorite kind of mustard and enjoy!
Experiment and try new recipes with mustard as the spotlight ingredient. Post photos on social media using #NationalMustardDay.
NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY HISTORY
The Mustard Museum began sponsoring National Mustard Day in 1991. In 2010, the event moved to the current home of the Museum in Downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. With more than 6,000 enthusiastic mustard lovers in attendance annually, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local charity.
Recipe of the Day
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Prep: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 10 minutes
1 dozen chocolate chip cookies
6 scoops of ice cream (any flavor)
Place one scoop of ice cream in the middle of six cookies and top with the remaining six cookies.
Gently press down and smooth out edges.
Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.
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