Category: May 06

  • NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY – First Saturday of Every Month

    NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY

    If it’s the first Saturday of the month, it’s National Play Outside Day. So, no matter what month it is, everyone put down their electronic devices and get outside!

    #PlayOutsideDay

    All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities, and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Day is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in the great outdoors.

    Benefits of Outdoor Play

    Why is playing outside so good for us? Besides getting us off the sofa or away from the desk, it also gives us an opportunity to explore our neighborhoods. While it’s impossible to list all the benefits of outdoor play, we do have a few to share.

    • Playing outdoors is a freeing activity. It frees us from routines, enclosed spaces, and frames of mind.
    • The outdoors fills us with energy. Whether it’s the fresh air, sunshine, or physical activity, we perk up and become motivated to accomplish things.
    • It clears the cobwebs from our brains. We sometimes get stuck on a topic, project, or issue and are unable to resolve it. A change of scene often brings clarity we didn’t have before.
    • Outdoor play provides terrific physical activity for our bodies. Our hearts pump fresh oxygen to our limbs and brains.
    • We experience new sights and sounds. Children get to experience the world around them.
    • As a social activity, playing outside encourages positive interactions.
    • When you play outside every month, it becomes habit-forming – and this is one good habit to have!
    • It stimulates the imagination. Outdoor play almost has no boundaries. Your yard can be a kingdom or the playground can be a mountain to scale.

    We’ve only scratched the surface of the benefits of outdoor play. There are so many more! So, be sure to get outside with the family on the first Saturday of every month – or even more often than that!

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY

    We know the seasons change, so what we were able to do outside last month will be different this month. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating the day. This is your monthly reminder that it’s time to get outside and play. We have suggestions for every season that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

    • Explore hiking trails near you.
    • Visit the local swimming pool or even take swimming lessons.
    • Check out every park in your neighborhood and climb, slide or swing on every playground set.
    • Start a game of catch, kickball, tag, or Frisbee or make up a game.
    • Go to the beach.
    • Run through the sprinkler.
    • Go camping.
    • Go fishing.
    • Fly a kite.
    • Jump in a pile of leaves.
    • Build a fort – of leaves or snow or whatever is handy.
    • Walk around the block.
    • Go for a bike ride.
    • Build a snowperson.
    • Go sledding.
    • Identify the constellations at night and look for meteors.
    • Visit your favorite state or national park.
    • Check out these 9 Fun Winter Outdoor Activities.

    What’s your favorite way to play outside? Introduce some of the games you used to play to your children. Whatever you do, be sure to get outside and play! Use #PlayOutsideDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY HISTORY

    In 2011, Aaron Wiggans and Rhonda D. Abeyta founded National Play Outside Day as a reminder to explore and play in the world outside. The day encourages healthful habits that will last a lifetime.

  • INTERNATIONAL NO DIET DAY – May 6

    INTERNATIONAL NO DIET DAY

    Sssshhhh! Don’t say it. Don’t even think it. Today, nothing is to be said about diets. That’s because it’s International No Diet Day. It is celebrated every May 6.

    Remember just a few months ago that New Years Resolution you made to diet, exercise or lose weight? Now here it is, nearly summer. How did that resolution work for you?

    The Institute of Medicine says, “Those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years.”

    Take a break. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    Participants are encouraged to:

    • Compliment colleagues on skills, achievements, and contributions instead of focusing on appearance
    • Declare a day free of dieting and obsessions about weight and shape.
    • Challenge the idea of one “right” body shape and embrace body diversity.
    • Learn the facts about the diet industry and understand the inefficacy of commercial diets.
    • Help end weight discrimination, sizeism, and fatphobia.

    Use #NoDietDay to share on social media.

    Visit the website UC Davis Integrated Medicine for more information.

    1. The Center for Integrative Health reminds people to have fun with food.
    2. Be adventurous and try cooking something you have always wanted to try, but never have before.
    3. Be kind to your body
    4. Ditch the diet!
    5. Throw out the scales and stop evaluating yourself worth based on a number on a clothes’ label or a $10 plastic machine.
    6. Instead, embrace and celebrate your intrinsic qualities; your strength, your kindness, your quirkiness, your uniqueness, etc.
    7. Eat what you love. Permit yourself to eat food just because it tastes good. Abandon the “good,” “bad,” “shoulds,” and “should nots” and instead, eat what you truly want to eat.

    HISTORY

    • 1992 – Mary Evans Young started International No Diet Day to be on May 5. Young is the director of the British group “Diet Breakers.” Americans in the southwest, such as California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona were concerned the date clashed with Cinco De Mayo. So, Young agreed to change the date to May 6, which is also her birthday.
    • 1993 – feminists in many countries expanded International No Diet Day.
    • 1998 – both the International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA) and the National Organization for Women (NOW) began sponsoring and observing similar days.

     

     

     

  • NATIONAL FITNESS DAY – First Saturday in May

    NATIONAL FITNESS DAY

    National Fitness Day on the first Saturday in May offers an opportunity to be inspired and try new ways of becoming fit and healthy.

    The day is dedicated to everyone – not just health enthusiasts. Step out and try a class that looks interesting. Zumba? Yoga? Yes, try it for a day. Perhaps you only want to get out and stretch. Do it!

    Maybe you already have a nice routine but want to try something new. The day is an excellent way to shake up your routine. And while you’re at it, bring a friend.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFitnessDay

    Find events near you or register an event. Don’t see one near you? Create one. Motivate your community to be healthier and active.

    Other ways to participate include:

    • Walk or jog a different route than you usually do.
    • Try a new, healthy recipe.
    • Replace the fries with a salad at lunch.
    • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
    • Take the dog for a walk.
    • Order from the light side of the menu.
    • Set the alarm for 20 minutes earlier and do some yoga, stretch, or just go for a walk.
    • Ban the sofa before 7 pm. Make a list of alternate activities to do that keep you moving and away from the tv, computer, and social media.
    • Do you get enough sleep? Make a goal of going to bed at the same time every night and waking the same time every morning.

    Use#NationalFitnessDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL FITNESS DAY HISTORY

    Kim Bielak founded National Fitness Day™ in 2017 to encourage healthy lifestyles across the country.

  • KENTUCKY DERBY – First Saturday in May

    KENTUCKY DERBY

    The Kentucky Derby is a tradition that takes place on the first Saturday in May.

    Its long and storied history brings out a taste for mint juleps, colorful sun hats and a thrill for the race.  The jockeys and horses will prepare for the day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The first in the Triple Crown series, The Kentucky Derby will be followed The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes. While both The Preakness and The Belmont are the older races, The Derby has run continuously since its inception in 1875.

    The beautiful horses and the bustling crowds under the spring sunshine make for an exciting day of racing.  Add to the months of training and any money at stake, and the nervous butterflies of the event

    HOW TO OBSERVE #KentuckyDerby

    The Kentucky Derby is broadcast live, so anyone can enjoy the thrill of the race.  Tune in, or go to the race. Pick your horse and cheer for place, show or win! Use #KentuckyDerby to share on social media.

    KENTUCKY DERBY HISTORY

    The Kentucky Derby’s first race took place on May 17, 1875. It was inspired by the Epsom Derby in England attended by the grandson of Meriwether Lewis Clark. In 1872, William Clark traveled to Europe and developed a taste for horseracing after his experiences at the Epsom Derby. Upon returning to the U.S., he pursued creating a Thoroughbred racetrack in Kentucky. In 1875, the Kentucky Derby was born in Louisville and has remained ever since.

  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY

    FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

    Adults and kids alike participate in Free Comic Book Day the 1st Saturday in May.

    Comic book heroes come in all shapes and sizes. So do their fans. A new fan is born every day and probably more so on Free Comic Book Day when retailers take the opportunity to lure us back into where our heroes began: in the ink, the art, and the stories.

    First popularized in the United States, comic books are also called comic magazines. Generally, comic books produce drawn sequential and opposing panels representing individual scenes. Each scene often includes descriptive prose and written narratives. When placed together, the panels form a complete store or a portion of a serial. 

    The earliest comic strips, (which later gave birth to comic books), dialogue displayed in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads. The art form weaves intricate designs. For example, text, dialogue, personalities, color, and imagery developed part of a storyline. Over time, these storylines distinguish eras, artists, genres, and themes.

    Comic book collectors come out for a free comic book and to enjoy the fandom!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FreeComicBookDay

    Support your local comic book stores. Purchase a comic book you’ve been looking for online. Or, purchase a gift card for a future purchase. Find a participating comic book store near you and use #FreeComicBookDay to share on social media.

    FREE COMIC BOOK DAY HISTORY

    In 2001, comic book retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California noticed how the success of movies based on comic books. As a way to expose all those moviegoers to the joys of the comic books that inspired the big-screen characters, Field created Free Comic Book Day the opening weekend of Spider-Man in 2002. Thanks to Field, there is a whole new generation of comic book fans that might never have existed if it weren’t for him.

  • National Bombshells’ Day – First Saturday In May

    NATIONAL BOMBSHELLS’ DAY

    National Bombshells’ Day each year on the first Saturday in May encourages women to celebrate themselves and their best friends.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBombshells’Day

    Use #BombshellsDay or #BeABombshell to post on Social Media.

    NATIONAL BOMBSHELLS’ DAY HISTORY

    Victoria’s Secret. founded National Bombshells’ Day in 2015 to celebrate women and their best friends. Being a Bombshell means many things to Victoria’s Secret, and we would like our customers and fans to celebrate being Bombshells on this day.

    The registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Bombshells’ Day in March 2015 to be held annually on the first Saturday in May.

  • National Start Seeing Monarchs Day – First Saturday In May

    NATIONAL START SEEING MONARCHS DAY

    Each year on the first Saturday in May, National Start Seeing Monarchs Day raises awareness to preserve the Monarch butterfly and prevent it from being added to the endangered species list.

    The Monarch butterfly is a milkweed butterfly.  It may be the most familiar North American butterfly because its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern.  Monarchs typically reach  3 1/2 to 4″ in size.  In the fall, they migrate south to warmer climates.  In the spring, they return further north.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #StartSeeingMonarchsDay

    How can you help prevent the extinction of the Monarch butterfly? You can plant a variety of native milkweeds in your backyard, a haven for all pollinators, like the Monarch butterfly. Without milkweed, the Monarch will cease to exist, so we need people to start planting Monarch Waystations in their backyards. In these safe havens, Monarchs don’t have to worry about herbicides, pesticides, and GMOs affecting their daily meals. You can tell your friends about what you’re doing and get them to join in on the fun; the more Monarch Waystations, the better!

    You can stop using those chemicals that harm so many of the small creatures we rely upon to pollinate our fruits and vegetables; think about using organic alternatives that are much more environmentally friendly. Last but not least, you can visit startseeingmonarchs.org and Monarchwatch.org to educate yourself on everything that is Monarch! It’s time to take action! Be a part of the solution for this beautiful winged creature.

    Mark your calendar and help us to start seeing monarchs on the first Saturday in May! Use #StartSeeingMararchsDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL START SEEING MONARCHS DAY HISTORY

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Start Seeing Monarchs Day on April 22, 2015.

  • JOIN HANDS DAY – First Saturday in May

    JOIN HANDS DAY

    Join Hands Day, observed across the United States on the first Saturday in May, is about uniting the older generation with the younger generation in a day of volunteering. Instead of pointing out each other’s differences that often create distance between one another, this day is intended to bring to everyone’s awareness the benefits of aiding each other.

    #JoinHandsDay

    There are numerous ways to join hands by volunteering.

    • Invite teens to read aloud to residents in assisted living and nursing home facilities. This can be done via video chat or in person.
    • Create a gardening program for all ages. Encourage everyone to plant, care, and reap the benefits of the garden.
    • Develop a skills exchange project where one generation teaches the other. For example, one generation helps another with modern technology, and the other shares their knowledge of fishing, sewing, and cooking.

    HOW TO OBSERVE JOIN HANDS DAY

    Take the opportunity to volunteer. You may just bridge the generation gap!

    Use #JoinHandsDay to post on social media.

    JOIN HANDS DAY HISTORY

    Join Hands Day was founded in 2000 by America’s Fraternal Benefit Societies as a way for adults and youth to work together as volunteers toward a greater purpose for their communities. In the last decade and a half, service organizations across the country have developed projects that have beautified parks, organized food drives, provided care packages for those in need, and much more, all while fostering relationships across generations.

    DATES:
    6 May 2023
    4 May 2024
    3 May 2025
    2 May 2026
    1 May 2027
    6 May 2028
    5 May 2029
    4 May 2030

     
  • NATIONAL CREPE SUZETTE DAY – May 6

    NATIONAL CREPE SUZETTE DAY – May 6

    NATIONAL CREPE SUZETTE DAY

    May 6th honors a unique and delicious dessert on National Crepe Suzette Day! 

    While there are slightly different versions of crepes Suzette, the dish is quite distinct from most other crepe dishes. The recipe first appeared in the 19th century in Paris courtesy of Chef Henri Charpentier. According to the chef’s memoir, he accidentally ruined a sauce for the crepes he was serving Prince Edward of Wales (the would-be King Edward VII) and his guests. With no time to recover, he tasted the burned sauce and discovered the flavors blended deliciously. When he served the dish, Charpentier named it Crepes Princesse. However, when the prince gently protested, Charpentier changed the name to Suzette in honor of the one female guest at the table.

    Charpentier would later come to the United States and serve as John D. Rockefeller’s chef. However, before that, Charpentier was world renown and learned under Auguste Escoffier (a chef known for other celebrated dishes).

    The French dessert consists of a crepe with a beurre Suzette sauce. To make the sauce, caramelized sugar and butter, orange juice and zest, and orange liqueur. Once set afire, the alcohol evaporates quickly, resulting in a thick caramelized sauce. Restaurants often prepare Crepes Suzettes at the table of the guests.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CrepeSuzetteDay

    Try making crepe Suzette or order it for dessert from your favorite restaurant. There are so many recipes to try! Check out the one below or share your favorite using #CrepeSuzetteDay to post on social media.

    Crepe Suzette

    NATIONAL CREPE SUZETTE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pastry holiday. 

     

  • NATIONAL BEVERAGE DAY – May 6

    NATIONAL BEVERAGE DAY – May 6

    NATIONAL BEVERAGE DAY

    National Beverage Day on May 6th encourages us to sit back, relax, and enjoy our favorite beverages.  

    Beverages come in many forms. And whether you prefer a hot beverage or a cold one, the choice is yours. Serve up a caffeinated drink poured over over ice. Make it carbonated or mix it up as a cocktail or a mocktail as the case may be. Beverages may be freshly squeezed, frozen, blended, or creamy. They can even be sweet, sour, bitter, smooth, or dry.  

    We drink them to cool off and to warm up. We also drink them to chill out and serve them to add sparkle to a celebration. In fact, every month on the National Day Calendar includes a beverage celebration. Although, some months celebrate more than others. While January is quite busy and raises a glass to milk, green juice, and the bloody Mary, February only celebrates Kahlua. The busiest beverage month on the calendar (so far) is July. It even hails the Dive Bars we like to frequent. Though, May doesn’t shy away from beverage celebrations, either. We just celebrated lemonade and America’s favorite beverage, orange juice, and will celebrate several more in May, too!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeverageDay

    Observe National Beverage Day by singing to a “beverage” inspired song while enjoying your tasty beverage!  We’ve listed a few of our favorites:

    “Beer for My Horses” by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson

    “Red Red Wine” by UB40

    “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock

    “I Drink Alone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers

    Post photos of your favorite beverage on social media using #NationalBeverageDay

    NATIONAL BEVERAGE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this thirst-quenching holiday.