Category: April 07

  • GOOD FRIDAY – Friday Before Easter

    GOOD FRIDAY

    The Friday before Easter commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the Christian Faith and is called Good Friday.

    Christians around the world recall the biblical story of Jesus’s crucifixion on this day. The day goes by other names as well, such as Holy Friday, Black Friday, and Great Friday. Though sources conflict, the phrase “Good Friday” may have been derived from “God’s Friday,” though sources conflict.

    The observance is central to the Christian holy season that leads up to Easter when Jesus Christ was resurrected. While Easter has become a traditional celebration in the secular world, Good Friday has remained a holy and spiritual observance.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GoodFriday

    • Churches across the country hold services.
    • Depending on the denomination, their services and traditions may vary.
    • Many spend the day in meditative reflection.
    • Some churches will fast, selected hymns are chosen for services and a black cloth is draped over the altar and cross.
    • Other churches will include specific prayers such as the Stations of the Cross.
    • Similar to making Easter bread, some make hot cross buns for the observance. Learn more about the biblical story of the crucifixion.
    • Use #GoodFriday to share on social media.

    GOOD FRIDAY HISTORY

    The celebration of Good Friday has been observed for centuries, some say since at least the 4th century.

    Good Friday FAQs

    Q. When does Good Friday happen?
    A. Since Easter is based on the lunar calendar, Good Friday can happen anytime between March 20th and April 23rd depending upon when the first full moon occurs after the spring equinox.

    Q. How do different countries celebrate Good Friday?
    alfombra de asserinA. Different cultures around the globe celebrate Good Friday with varying traditions.

    • El Salvador – Artists create alfombra de asserin (sawdust rugs) using colored sawdust. The artwork depicts a variety of scenes or patterns in honor of Good Friday.
    • London – Reenacts the crucifixion as a passion play. The performance is free to the public.
    • Ireland – Eggs are marked with a holy cross and are then eaten on Easter Sunday.
    • Israel – Christians walk in Jesus’s footsteps in Jerusalem where he was crucified.
  • NATIONAL GIRL ME TOO DAY – April 7

    NATIONAL GIRL, ME TOO DAY

    National Girl, Me Too Day on April 7th recognizes the strength and endurance of women of all ages and is an opportunity to show support for each other. 

    Take a moment to look at the women around us. Neighbors, shopkeepers, sisters, even strangers. If you ask any one of them a single thing they have had to overcome, many could respond, “Girl, me too.”

    National Girl, Me Too Day is striving to break down divisions among women of all walks of life. The day reminds each woman they have all carried similar burdens and struggles. By lifting each other up, we help to mend the past and make a better future for our children.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGirlMeTooDay

    • Give a greeting card of encouragement to a woman you don’t know or don’t usually associate with.
    • Encourage other women in their endeavors. Build them up for challenges ahead.
    • Visit girlmetoo.com for more information.
    • Use #NationalGirlMeTooDay and #GirlMeToo to share on social media. 

    Girl Me Too LogoNATIONAL GIRL ME TOO DAY HISTORY

    Symonia Montgomery, the creator of the Girl, Me Too movement, founded National Girl, Me Too Day to encourage women to support each other and first celebrated the day on April 7, 2017.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Girl, Me Too Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.

    ABOUT GIRL ME TOO™

    GIRL, ME TOO! was established to promote the healing, empowerment, and education of women and young ladies while encouraging healthy relationships amongst all women. GIRL, ME TOO was developed during the personal struggle of two women looking at life through each other’s eyes. This experience sparked a movement seeking to change the way we, as a female gender, respond to certain situations as well as how we interact with one another. 

    We are dedicated to helping our sisters heal from the pain of the past while providing the tools needed to empower the future. Poetry has been a mighty vessel in our growth. It allows women from all walks of life to come together. They join in the arts, mentoring, public speaking, and education to give a voice to our situations. Each time you hear Girl, Me Too, you know you are not alone. Remember, “Divided we stand strong because we have no choice, but standing together, we have the power to change the world.”

    Our Mission

    The mission of GIRL, ME TOO! ™ is to achieve relationship stability amongst all women, by offering a gateway to heal from past pains, hurts, and fears. Our healing will help provide the tools needed to view life through the other person’s eyes, which can bring forth understanding instead of judgment. This awareness will birth to empowerment and unity across a nation. GIRL, ME TOO! ™ is dedicated to being the change we want to see through education, philanthropy, volunteerism, and sustainability. Say it with me “I’m designed for greatness” GIRL, ME TOO! ™ You can check out our website at girlmetoo.com.

  • NATIONAL NO HOUSEWORK DAY – April 7th

    NATIONAL NO HOUSEWORK DAY

    National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait. 

    Take a break from the sweeping, dusting, and dishes. Dirty windows? They will wait one more day. The vacuum will remain banished to the closet. And mopping? Well, tomorrow it’s a date. 

    While we don’t have to overlook the obvious necessary sanitary needs, we can leave a few dishes in the sink for the day. If the toys are scattered, leave them. Books cluttering the table? They can stay, too. Those chores you dread the most? Postponed for 24 hours. All general spring cleaning is delayed, too. Have closets been calling your name and begging, “Clean me!”? Ignore the voices. Do your cupboards need organizing? Hit the pause button on those, too. 

    All regularly scheduled housework resumes on April 8th. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNoHouseworkDay

    • Leave the housework.
    • Pick up a good book for the day.
    • Play board games with the kids.
    • Watch a good movie or two.
    • Binge-watch a television series you’ve been saving to see.
    • Play your favorite musical instrument.
    • Teach someone to paint.
    • Families, break out the Legos and give this Bingo Building Block game a try. Download and print the cards. You will need to cut them apart. There are 6 cards. You’ll need the bricks listed at the top of the card in red, yellow, green, and blue plus one Lego person per player plus a set for the caller. It should keep you away from housework for a while.
    • Share how you’re celebrating the day using #NationalNoHouseworkDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL NO HOUSEWORK DAY HISTORY

    Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com created National No Housework Day.

    Housework FAQ

    Q. If I don’t do housework today, will it still be there tomorrow?
    A. Rarely does housework do itself. So, it is very likely that any incomplete housework will still be there for you to do tomorrow. That said, chances are if you do complete the housework today, there will still be more tomorrow.

    Q. I live in an apartment. Is it still called housework?
    A. Yes.

     

    April 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1933

    President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

    1940

    The United Nations establishes the World Health Organization.

    1949

    The musical South Pacific opens on Broadway. Its critical success leads to 10 Tony Awards.

    April 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Walter Camp – 1859

    Known as the “Father of American Football,” Walter Camp played an integral role in molding the sport into the game athletes play today. From the line of scrimmage to the creation of the quarterback, Camp played, coached, and developed rules valuable to establishing a lasting, competitive sport.

    Billie Holiday – 1915

    Born Eleanora Fagan, the American jazz singer rose to stardom in the 1930s singing with Duke Ellington and saxophonist Lester Young. The saxophonist would give her the nickname “Lady Day” which she would use in her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues.

    Francis Ford Coppola – 1939

    Award-winning director, writer, and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, brought memorable films to the big screen during the 1960s and 70s including The Godfather series, Patton and Apocolypse Now.

    Jackie Chan – 1954

    Born in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong as Chan Kong-sang, Jackie Chan began his career in the film industry as a child actor in a Bruce Lee film. Since then, the stuntman turned filmmaker brought his action-packed abilities to the U.S. with films like Rush Hour and The Karate Kid.

  • NATIONAL COFFEE CAKE DAY – April 7

    NATIONAL COFFEE CAKE DAY

    On April 7th, National Coffee Cake Day gives us a reason another reason to linger over a cup of joe. We can also break out some of our favorite recipes and deliver a heartwarming, home-baked item to a friend or two. As many bakers know, coffee cakes take very little time to make and bring a lot of satisfaction to both the baker and the receiver. 

    Coffee cake is a cake intended to be eaten while enjoying a cup of coffee, maybe for breakfast or during a coffee break. They’re an excellent excuse for a visit and a conversation starter.

    The coffee cake itself does not contain any coffee. They are usually single-layer cakes made in square, rectangle or ring-shaped pans. Coffee cakes are often flavored with cinnamon or other spices, seeds, nuts and fruits, such as blueberries or apples. Typically they have a crumb topping or a glaze drizzle.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoffeeCakeDay

    • Bake a coffee cake.
    • Invite friends and family over to enjoy a delicious coffee cake.
    • Pick one up at the local bakery. Give a shout-out to the baker, too.
    • Try this delicious recipe: Amaretto Cherry Coffee Cake recipe
    • Use #NationalCoffeeCakeDay to post on social media.

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    NATIONAL COFFEE CAKE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this delicious food holiday. 

    Coffee Cake FAQ

    Q. Does a coffee cake have coffee in it?
    A. Coffee cake doesn’t usually have coffee in it, though it can. It is usually enjoyed with coffee.

    Q. What are some good flavors that go well with coffee cake?
    A. Coffee cake is one of those versatile baked goods that goes well with many different flavors. Many recipes call for cinnamon, lemon, almond, or vanilla as a basic flavor. However, other flavors, like ginger, orange, cranberry and peanut butter also go well in coffee cake.

     

  • NATIONAL BEER DAY – April 7

    NATIONAL BEER DAY

    National Beer Day on April 7th annually, recognizes the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall.

    One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed. It is also recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.

    Perhaps there’s a porter or a Belgian in your glass. Whether yours is fermented or not, dark or pale, hoppy, bitter, smooth, raise your mug. Lift it high among friends around the world, thanking those who work brewing delicious beer in your local area. And besides, beer lovers have more selection than ever before. The craft beer industry continues to challenge the classics, providing a wide variety of choices. Thanks to these opportunities, new beer drinkers are joining the club every day. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeerDay

    • Grab a beer and spend some time with friends.
    • (Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.)
    • Celebrate with a pint of pale ale, lager, stout, wheat beer or pale ale.
    • Use #NationalBeerDay to post on social media.
    • Visit the Celebration Deals page for the best beer offers around.

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    NATIONAL BEER DAY HISTORY

    On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

    Our research found this day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England. April 7th corresponds with the date the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became active. In 2009, Smith and Connolly created a National Beer Day Facebook page. From this page, they invited friends to join, and word spread to many sources.

     

     

    Beer FAQ

    Q. What are the different types of beers?
    A. Many types and styles of beer are on the market. Two prominent styles of beer are lagers and ales. They are further broken down by pale, dark, stouts, pilsners, and other types of beer.

    Q. Do light beers contain less alcohol?
    A. Most light beers contain less alcohol than regular beer.