Category: June 25

  • GLOBAL SMURF DAY – Saturday Closest to June 25


    Every year on the Saturday closest to June 25th, Global Smurfs Day celebrates these little blue cartoon characters. It’s also a great day to learn more about the Smurfs.

    Most people who watch the Smurfs probably remember Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, and Jokey Smurf. But what about the lesser-known Smurfs like Finance Smurf or Nosey Smurf? You might be surprised to know that there are actually over 100 Smurfs! Some of the Smurfs are named after their disposition. Others are named according to their profession. Besides the Smurfs, there are also the villains. The most memorable villains include Gargamel and his pet cat Azrael. Together, they would try to capture the Smurfs to eat them.

    Many adults grew up watching the Smurfs during Saturday morning cartoons in the 1980s. However, the origins of the Smurfs go back to 1958. This is when a Belgian cartoon artist named Pierre Culliford created the little blue characters. Culliford is better known by his pen name, Peyo. The original Smurfs also lived in mushroom-like houses located in Smurf Village.

    The Smurfs made their TV debut in 1965. They were the main characters of an 87-minute animated film called “The Adventures of the Smurfs.” The black and white film was released in theaters in Belgium. In the early 1980s, the Smurfs made their debut in the United States. The cartoon aired on TV from 1981 to 1989. Reruns of the original Smurfs cartoon can still be seen on some channels. The entire original series has also been released on DVD.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalSmurfsDay

    The best way to observe this day is to watch the Smurfs. Besides the original Smurfs episodes, there are also three Smurfs movies. Have a contest with your friends to see who can name the most Smurfs. You can also dress up like a Smurf. If your kids have never seen the Smurfs, today is the perfect day to introduce them to these beloved characters. Be sure to spread the love for the Smurfs on social media with #GlobalSmurfsDay.


    The first Global Smurfs Day was held on June 25th, 2011. The worldwide event celebrated the release of The Smurfs movie. Among those participating in the event was Peyo’s daughter, Veronique Culliford. Since then, Smurf lovers have gathered every year on the Saturday closest to June 25th to celebrate their favorite blue characters.



    Every year on June 25th, World Vitiligo Day celebrates the lives of those with vitiligo. It’s also a day to build global awareness about this skin disease.

    Vitiligo is a disease that causes a loss of pigment cells called melanocytes. Up to 1% of the world’s population is affected by vitiligo. While it affects all genders and ethnic groups, it is more noticeable in those with darker skin. Vitiligo usually shows up in people between the ages of 20 and 30.

    Early symptoms of vitiligo include:

    • Premature graying of the hair on the scalp or the eyebrows.
    • Loss of color on the inside of the mouth.
    • Change in color of the eye’s retina.

    The skin on any part of the body can be affected by vitiligo. Depigmentation of the skin usually begins on areas exposed to the sun. These body parts include the hands, arms, and face. For some people, vitiligo only affects a few areas of the body. For others, the loss of pigment occurs only on one side of the body. Some people might experience a widespread loss of pigment over the entire body.

    Vitiligo only affects the skin. It does not cause sickness in the body. However, those with autoimmune disorders are more susceptible to vitiligo. This skin disease is also thought to be caused by genetics and environmental factors. While no cure exists, specific treatments help to improve the appearance of the skin.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldVitiligoDay

    On this day, clinics and volunteer doctors offer free skin screenings. They also host educational events that are open to the public. National and local vitiligo support groups organize conferences, walks, parades, and other events, too. Each year, a different city hosts the WVD headquarters. These cities have included Rome, Detroit, Chandigarh, Shenyang, Prague, Sao Paulo, Boston, Hanoi, and Serbia.

    To participate:

    • Read about famous people with vitiligo, including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Joe Rogan, and Winnie Harlow.
    • Attend a vitiligo awareness event in your community.
    • Help your child understand this skin disease by reading them a book, such as The Boy Behind the Face, Lucy’s Umbrella, Skin Deep: A Child’s Story or Vitiligo Doesn’t Scare Me.

    Help spread awareness for this day by sharing #WorldVitiligoDay on social media.


    In 2011, Ogo Maduewesi from Lagos, Nigeria, came up with the idea for a vitiligo awareness day. At the time, Maduewesi was the president of the Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VSAF). He, along with a small number of activists, held a Vitiligo Purple Fun Day at a local shopping mall. They chose June 25th to commemorate the death of Michael Jackson. Yan Valle, CEO of Vitiligo Research Foundation (VRF) in New York, wanted to expand the idea of having a day dedicated to vitiligo awareness. Thanks to Valle’s efforts, the event became known as World Vitiligo Day. Today, it’s one of the largest grassroots health events on the planet.



    Every year on June 25th, the Day of the Seafarer recognizes the valuable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy.

    Seafarers regularly travel by sea and are commonly called sailors. Many seafarers work in the shipping industry and are responsible for about 90 percent of world trade. They transport food, fuel, raw materials, and manufactured goods by sea.

    Here are some other facts to consider about seafarers and international trade:

    • 50,000 merchant ships transport every kind of cargo.
    • Over 150 nations have registered merchant ships.
    • Over a million seafarers of nearly every nationality man the world’s fleet.

    Another important reason to recognize seafarers is how difficult the job can be. Besides their contribution to the world economy, there are other important reasons to recognize seafarers. Their job is not an easy one. They sail for long periods of time away from home. As a result, they miss out on holidays, family events, and funerals. Seafarers also navigate through rough weather, often involving monstrous waves on the sea.

    Other dangers seafarers face include traveling through war zones, pirates, and exposure to certain health conditions. Some countries force seafarers to go without basic rights, such as proper insurance and compensation for medical treatment.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheSeafarer

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) encourages people around the world to take to the Internet and show their support of seafarers. Their online campaign asks everyone to use social media to thank a seafarer and to show them the respect they deserve. In previous years, the IMO hosted an online photo contest. Seafarers shared photos showing the world what a good day at sea looked like. If you know a seafarer, give them a shout out on social media with #DayOfTheSeafarer.


    In 2010, the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) adopted a resolution establishing the Day of the Seafarer. Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, hosted the conference. They observed the first official Day of the Seafarer on June 25th, 2011. The UN also recognizes the observance, and it is administered by the IMO.




    June 25 is a day someone may want to hold your hand and ask you to please, please be true because they love you yeah, yeah, yeah. Global Beatles Day or GBD commemorates The Beatles music and their shake-up of the music world.


    Some of the dates that mark the Beatles development until that 1967 broadcast on the program “Our World:”

    • 1957 – teenager John Lennon performs with the Quarrymen perform and then brings in Paul McCartney who was 15 at the time.
    • 1960 – the group first played together publicly in Hamburg, West Germany for 48 nights before moving to another venue. George Harrison was deported for being under 18 and not having a work permit to perform.
    • 1960 – May, the band changes their name to the Silver Beatles.
    • 1960 – August, the Silver Beatles change their name to the Beatles.
    • 1960 – April,  bass guitarist turned painter Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 21. In August, Ringo Starr is invited to join the group permanently. Interim drummer Pete Best is fired the next day.
    • 1962 – The Beatles’ released their first single, “Love Me Do,” a number one hit in the USA.
    • 1963 – The Beatles first album, “Please Please Me” was released. It was followed that same year by the release of the album “With The Beatles.”
    • 1964 – The album “Introducing The Beatles,” and “Meet The Beatles” were released within days of each other. Then “Twist and Shout” is released followed by “The Beatles Second Album,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
    • 1965 – “Help” and “Rubber Soul” were released.
    • 1966 – “Revolver” was released.
    • 1967 – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is released. One month later, June 25, The Beatles perform their song “All You Need is Love” on the BBC program Our World.


    • Share your favorite Beatles memory.
    • Play Beatles trivia. Have a Paul, John, Ringo, and George look-a-like contest.
    • Post pictures posing matched to Beatles album covers.
    • Listen to albums by The Beatles.
    • Visit the Global Beatles Day Facebook page to get in on even more of the Beatles mania.

    Use #GlobalBeatlesDay to join the conversation on social media.


    The Beatles fan Faith Cohen created the holiday in 2009. She calls it “a thank you or love letter to The Beatles.” June 25 is Global Beatles Day because for the first time, on June 25, 1967, they performed their song “All you need is love” on the BBC produced program, Our World.

  • NATIONAL DAY FLAVOR – Week of June 25 – July 1

    NATIONAL DAY FLAVOR – Week of June 24 – July 1, 2017

    Summer has grabbed hold of the menu on National Day Calendar! National Catfish Day kicks off our week, and we finish it off with National Creative Ice Flavors Day. Fishing and ice cream surely say summer! Tuesday shines with the citrus scent of National Orange Blossom Day, and We keep cool with those good ol’ Bomb Pops on Thursday.  Sadly, this week has two days with no food holidays.  Maybe those are the days for walks and salads.  Around the National Day Calendar headquarters, we will be preparing for National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.  There has been a call for black licorice, peanut butter malt, rhubarb, sweet corn, peanut butter and cherry and last but not least bacon ice cream. Now all of those won’t go together, but there might be some taste testing going on!  What’s the most #CreativeIceCreamFlavorDay you’ve ever had?

    About National Day Calendar
    Founded in 2013 in the historic town of Mandan, North Dakota, National Day Calendar began as a kernel of curiosity that exploded into a growing collection of ways to Celebrate.  Every Day, founder Marlo Anderson and his team seek out all the daily, weekly and monthly observations and celebrations to keep you up to date and informed. Through daily updates, social media, mobile applications and much more, National Day Calendar helps you #CelebrateEveryDay!

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

    Sunday, June 25
    National Catfish Day
    National Strawberry Parfait Day

    Monday, June 26
    National Chocolate Pudding Day

    Tuesday, June 27
    National Orange Blossom Day

    Wednesday, June 28
    No Food Holiday

    Thursday, June 29
    National Almond Buttercrunch Day
    National Bombpop Day

    Friday, June 30
    No Food Holiday

    Saturday, July 1
    National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
    National Gingersnap Day



    National Strawberry Parfait Day on June 25th comes around each year during the perfect time – peak strawberry season. 


    In fact, parfait is French for perfect. The traditional parfait is a dessert of ice cream or frozen custard layered with fruit and whipped cream in a tall stemmed glass. An additional topping of whipped cream garnishes the dessert. Today, we often replace the ice cream with yogurt or pudding and layers of granola.  

    Strawberries are not only in season during June, but they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat per 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when snack time is calling! When making parfaits, don’t just reserve them for dessert. If serving them with yogurt and granola, they make a delicious breakfast and snack, too.


    This celebration offers a terrific opportunity to explore your farmer’s markets for fresh-picked strawberries. Once you have the bounty home, make a homemade strawberry parfait to enjoy with all the wholesome ingredients you can add. Or indulge a little and make a traditional parfait with ice cream, whipped cream, and maybe a little chocolate syrup, too. We even have a recipe for you to try.

    Another way to celebrate is by visiting your favorite ice cream shop and treating the family to strawberry parfaits. Be sure to give them a shout-out. 

    How will you be celebrating? Let us know by using #NationalStrawberryParfaitDay to share on social media.  


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this berry sweet holiday. 


    June 25th Celebrated History


    General Armstrong Custer’s troops faceoff against Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull near Little Bighorn River. Out-armed and out-numbered, the bloody battle became known as Custer’s Last Stand.


    Contact Publishing issues the first edition of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl in the Netherlands.


    The Korean War begins when North Korea attacks south of the 38th parallel. The United Nations called for North Korea’s withdrawal and for other nations to come to South Korea’s aid.


    The Beatles perform “All You Need is Love” for the first time on the BBC program Our World.


    Canada swears in its first female prime minister. Kim Campbell served as the 19th Canadian prime minister for four months from June 24 to November 4.

    June 25th Celebrated Birthdays

    George Orwell – 1903

    Born Eric Arthur Blair, the English novelist is known for both his fiction and non-fiction works. Two of his most critically acclaimed works are Animal Farm and Nineteen Eight-Four.

    Carly Simon – 1945

    The American singer-songwriter won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1972. Since then, she has recorded hits such as “You’re So Vain,” “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain,” and “You Belong to Me.”

    Sonia Sotomayer – 1954

    On August 8, 2009, Sotomayer became the first Hispanic justice on the United States Supreme Court.

    Dikembe Mutombo – 1966

    The Congolese-American played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association. As a center, Mutombo primarily played for the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks.



    National Leon Day marks June 25th as six months away from Christmas day. Leon is Noel spelled backward and is a day some crafters begin planning their homemade gifts and decorations. It can also be a day for those who miss the winter holidays to have a mini-winter celebration in June.


    Homemade projects take planning and time. Craftspersons put effort into their designs creating customized gifts for their loved ones. These one-of-a-kind items are often appreciated for their thoughtfulness and ingenuity. The day may also serve as a reminder to get your holiday shopping started. It’s never too soon to start!

    Speaking of holiday shopping, June 25th marks an ideal time for winter holiday celebrations. Summer vacation frees family to travel and visit relatives. And lack of snow makes traveling by car safer, reducing the chance of being stranded by snowstorms. 


    Crafters, get your hot glue guns ready! Start planning your ugly sweaters now to beat the crowds. 

    You can also celebrate by hosting a winter in June holiday party. Include all the trimmings such as turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, too. Give your cold-loving friends something to look forward to. Use #NationalLeonDay to share on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this crafty holiday. While we do, check out these other unique celebrations:




    In the United States, National Catfish Day on June 25th each year celebrates the value of farm-raised catfish.


    A diverse group of ray-finned fish, catfish are named for their prominent barbels, which resemble cat whiskers. These nocturnal swimmers don’t have any scales. Their smooth flesh makes it difficult for anglers to clean. In the United States, the most commonly eaten species of catfish are the channel catfish and blue catfish. They are also a good source of Vitamin D. 

    In 1986, catfish comprised the third-highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States.

    A favorite dish of many Americans, this fine finned fish can be prepared in many different ways. Traditionally, many catfish lovers coat the fish in cornmeal and fry it. While many people prepare only the filets when cooking fish, when it comes to catfish, others prefer the fish cooked whole. No matter the method, this tender whitefish comes delicately off the bone. Spices complement this freshwater fish, too. However, it is also delicious served with a milder touch. A little lemon and butter go a long way. Those who love it fried will eat the crispy tail right away to savor the crunch!


    While baking and frying catfish may be the most common ways of enjoying this flavorful fish, they’re not the only way. How about some catfish pasta dishes? If you’ve never tasted catfish before, #NationalCatfishDay encourages you to explore dishes bursting with flavor. Add a little catfish to your menu!

    how do you enjoy your catfish? Let us know by using #NationalCatfishDay to share on social media. 


    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated June 25th as National Catfish Day by Presidential Proclamation after Congress called for the day to be established by Joint Resolution 178. 

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