NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY
National Relaxation Day on August 15th encourages us to slow down and unwind. It’s a day to focus on taking care of ourselves and take a moment to relax.
National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks, too. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong.
But he was right! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically. Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health.
What is your favorite relaxation activity?
- Reading a book
- Fishing with a friend
- A picnic in the park
- Walking along the beach
- Taking a drive in the country
- A movie
- Window shopping
- Lunch with friends
- Drinks with friends
- Watching sports
These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRelaxationDay
Take a deep breath, unwind while viewing your favorite TV show, or just find a quiet spot in a park and enjoy the summer breeze. Use #NationalRelaxationDay to post on social media and spread the word.
We also have 8 More Chill Ways to Relax that you might find helpful.
NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY HISTORY
Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in 1985 as a fourth-grader. In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value. Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.
WORLD HONEY BEE DAY
World Honey Bee Day on the third Saturday in August brings a buzzing celebration for beekeepers, honey lovers, and all blooming things.
The day recognizes both the honey bee and the beekeepers who tend the hives. It also encourages everyone to enjoy and buy locally grown honey.
Another important part of the day includes learning about honey bees and providing them with a supportive environment. When we plant wildflowers, orchards, and other flowering plants, we support pollinators such as honey bees. They depend on the nectar of a variety of plants for their survival. Conversely, we depend on honeybees for our survival, too! Without their pollinating abilities, many nutritious plants wouldn’t reproduce.
Besides, their delicious honey is an added bonus. We enjoy it in our baking, teas, and confections.
Honey bees do sting, but only if they perceive a threat – damage to their hive or being swatted at. Since they seek sweet nectar, sugary drinks and sweets will attract honey bees when flowers are not blooming yet. So, keep your beverages covered. If a honey bee comes close, either hold still or move slowly away. The honey bee will fly along to the next sweet thing as long as it doesn’t feel threatened.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldHoneyBeeDay
- Collect and spread local wildflower seeds to promote honey bee pollination.
- Flavors of honey vary depending on the variety of flowers and nectar available to the bees.
- Clover, alfalfa, lavender, orange, and chestnut are just a few to choose from.
- Replace your usual sweetener with honey for the day. Taste the difference!
- Give the gift of honey to a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member.
Don’t forget to share with your honey, too! Use #WorldHoneyBeeDay to post on social media.
WORLD HONEY BEE DAY HISTORY
World Honey Bee Day began as National Honey Bee Day in 2009 with a proclamation issued by the Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas J. Vilsek. The day grew rapidly bringing awareness to the benefits and environmental needs of honey bees.
NATIONAL LEMON MERINGUE PIE DAY
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th gives pie lovers and lemon lovers a chance to celebrate. Tart lemon curd and delicate meringue sing together in this deliciously bright pie.
When making a lemon meringue pie, the crust is usually made with shortbread pastry. The filling for the pie is lemon curd. Of course, the topping is a fluffy and crisp meringue.
Whip egg whites to stiff peaks to make a meringue. Add sugar to make it sweet. Meringues are baked in a slow oven so when they’re finished, they come out crisp and golden.
When life throws you lemons, make lemon meringue pie!
Since meringue is versatile, it can be baked into individual servings with fruit fillings. Pastry chefs also like to make meringue cookies, too. By adding cocoa, coffee or any number of flavorings, the light, airy cookies melt in your mouth. The same applies to meringue pies.
The meringue was perfected in the 17th century. Meanwhile, lemon meringue pie as we know it today was developed in the 19th century.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LemonMeringuePieDay
As the first pie day in August, be sure to get in on this celebration! Whether you make a pie yourself or go out for a pie, invite someone to join you. Pie is so much better when there is someone to share it with you. Have a cup of tea or coffee with it and some good conversation. Try this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe. Be sure to share your favorite recipes with us and use #LemonMeringuePieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LEMON MERINGUE PIE DAY HISTORY
While our research was unable to locate the creator of the day, we do have so many more pie days to celebrate!
- Peach Pie Day
- Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
- Pie Day
- Cherry Pie Day
NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY
National Leathercraft Day on August 15th honors the rich heritage, artistry, and skill of leathercrafting.
The versatility of leather has proven to be artistic and utilitarian since ancient times. In the hands of a skilled craftsperson, leather can be transformed into many items. From hard-working saddles and stylish boots to supple clothing or beautiful artwork, the options are endless. Perfected over time, specialty techniques and designs give mankind a durable material. And today, leather continues to be as fashionable as ever.
The day recognizes the dedication and creativity of leather workers. Passionately, their inspiration comes alive through their designs and time-honored traditions. When a leatherworker designs a piece, expect outstanding quality and skill.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLeathercraftDay
Take a leathercrafting class to create your own cherished pieces that will become family heirlooms. Appreciate the leatherwork around you from luxurious upholstery to classic clothing, taking note of the finest details. Admire the stitching and the smoothly burnished edges, too. Find the piece you’ve been seeking. Wear the durable, superb quality of leather.
Share your preferred leather styles and stitches. Do you have a favorite leather piece? Use #NationalLeathercraftDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY HISTORY
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Leathercraft Day to be observed on August 15th, annually.
About Tandy Leather
Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919, Tandy has become synonymous with leather and leather crafting. A century later, the company, sitting headquartered in Fort Worth, lives by its mission statement “to teach and inspire the art of leather crafting one person, one class, one neighborhood, one community at a time.”
For more information, go to www.tandyleather.com.
On August 15th in History
Tivoli Gardens opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The amusement park is the second-oldest running amusement park in the world.
Julian Carlton sets fire to Taliesin, the home Frank Lloyd Wright shares with his mistress, Mamah Chaney. Carlton and his wife were working as servants in the home and the blaze killed seven people, including Chaney and two of her children.
The Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans opens to traffic.
A plane crash near Point Barrow Alaska kills aviator Wiley Post and humorist Will Rogers.
The Metro Goldwin Meyer film, The Wizard of Oz, premiers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
The birth of stadium rock begins when The Beatles perform for a crowd of 60,000 at Shea Stadium in New York.
The three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens. The festival hosted 32 acts and an estimated 1/2 million attended the fair.
Astronomer Jerry Ehman discovers a signal from the Big Ear Radio Observatory located in Ohio. The signal earned the name “Wow!” due to the note Ehman wrote on the data log.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now opens in theaters.
The Los Angeles Dodgers retire the number of Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda.
Ryan Lochte swims world record backstroke at the Beijing Olympics
The mammal named olinguito is discovered in the Andes. Related to the raccoon family, it is the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.
Recipe of the Day
Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings; yields 1 quart
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar over medium heat. Stir to a light yellow and well combined.
In a separate small pan add milk and warm over medium-low heat, until it begins to simmer. Do not stir.
Slowly add milk to egg and sugar mixture, stirring continuously.
Return to heat and bring to 165 degrees. Do not allow to boil.
Immediately remove from the heat.
Pour into airtight container and chill.
Once thoroughly chilled, stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.
Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Born on August 15th
Napoleon Bonaparte – 1769
The French military leader and emperor rose to power during the early 17th century.
Edith Nesbit – 1858
The poet and children’s author published more than 60 books under the name E. Nesbit.
Florence Harding – 1860
Before becoming the 29th First Lady of the United States, Florence Harding helped run the Marion Star newspaper owned by her husband and future president, Warren Harding.
Edna Ferber – 1885
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright published notable works such as So Big.
Elizabeth Bolden – 1890
When Lizzie Bolden died at the age of 116 years and 118 days, she had lived through 21 U.S. Presidents. At the age of 30, the passage of the 19th Amendment would provide Bolden with her first opportunity to vote in a Presidential election. The supercentenarian was the oldest living person in the world at the time of her death.
Julia Child – 1912
Child revolutionized television with her cooking shows. The chef hosted several cooking shows and published several cookbooks, most notably Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She was also known as “The French Chef.”
Paul Rand – 1914
As a graphic designer, Rand became known for his corporate designs. Many are recognizable today, including logos for UPS, Google and IBM.
Stieg Larsson – 1954
Best known for his crime novels, Larsson’s novels were published after his death. The first book in his Millennium series was Men Who Hate Women. The novel was marketed under the title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when it was published in English.
Debra Messing – 1968
Best known for her role as Grace Adler in the TV sitcom Will & Grace, Messing was nominated nine times for a Golden Globe but has never won. She did, however, win an Emmy in 2003.
Ben Affleck – 1972
Since his breakthrough role in the film Good Will Hunting, Affleck has acted in and produces several films. Films to his credit include Argo, Gone Girl, Pearl Harbor.
Kerri Walsh Jennings – 1978
In 2016, Walsh-Jennings earned her fourth Olympic medal, making her the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian. She won three golds with Misty May-Treanor and one bronze with April Ross.
Carl Edwards – 1979
The retired professional stock car driver, Carl Edwards, was nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020.
Joe Jonas – 1989
The singer/songwriter and actor first gained fame in the music world with the band the Jonas Brothers.
Jennifer Lawrence – 1990
Actress, Jennifer Lawrence, is best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian series The Hunger Games.
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