DECEMBER 14, 2018 | MONKEY DAY | NATIONAL BOUILLABAISSE DAY | NATIONAL ALABAMA DAY
Every year on December 14 Monkey Day celebrants around the world recognize the unique characteristics of simians.
Monkey Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated internationally on December 14. While the holiday is mainly about monkeys, it also celebrates other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.
Monkeys live all over the world and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Their personalities and habits capture the attention of humans on many levels. These intelligent animals with opposable thumbs live in family groups, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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A Michigan State University art student, Casey Sorrow, created National Monkey Day when he wrote Monkey Day on his friend’s calendar. A celebration followed and grew. Visit Monkey Day to learn more.
NATIONAL BOUILLABAISSE DAY
Seafood lovers everywhere have reason to celebrate every December 14th with National Bouillabaisse Day.
The French are known for many a great recipe. Their food inspires travel to France for a taste of the authentic. Bouillabaisse is on the list of must-have cuisine. Originating in the port city of Marseille, Bouillabaisse is a fish stew. Traditionally it is made using the bony rockfish, saffron, fennel seed and orange zest.
There are strong opinions in the culinary world about the proper ingredients for an authentic bouillabaisse. From the fish (typically red rascasse, sea robin and European conger) to the wine (red or white), it is hotly debated. Even its origins are argued. Was the stew the creation of a Greek goddess or simply a stew thrown together by coastal fisherman using the bony rockfish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets?
Regardless, using a variety of fresh fish is the first step to a delicious bouillabaisse, especially if you can’t get to the south of France to order it made for you.
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Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Bouillabaisse Day.
NATIONAL ALABAMA DAY
On December 14, National Alabama Day recognizes the Heart of Dixie. The 22nd state to join the union, Alabama has played pivotal roles in U.S. history, scientific advancements and its magnificent landscapes attract visitors from far and wide.
Alabama enjoys 60 miles of shoreline along the Gulf Coast. While the coastal region is dotted with swamps and bayous, it also includes beautiful sandy beaches. Move northward from the coast, and the lowlands provide the fertile soils of the Black Belt, land that long yielded productive cotton crops. The Northern half of the state is dominated by the forested hills and valleys of the Appalachians.
As the original capital of the Confederacy until May of 1861 during the American Civil War, the small town of Montgomery set the stage for the secessionist government. Nearly 100 years later, the Civil Rights Movement would find a home and erupt across the state marching its vision to the rest of the country.
Bringing diversity to agriculture at a time when the boll weevil was wreaking havoc on cotton crops, George Washington Carver provided the opportunity for successful planting and harvesting of a legume that continues to be popular not only in the south but across the United States. The peanut brought new farming methods and agricultural stability to a suffering southern industry.
Home of the 332nd Fighter Group, the first African American military aviators, the science team that helped put man on the moon, and the first African American woman in space, Alabama is another state that keeps looking to the sky.
In Alabama, and all across Southern states, the meat and three will fill you up with more satisfying comfort food than you can find anywhere other than your mother’s kitchen. The restaurant style includes a mouth-watering homemade meat of your choosing – crispy fried chicken, juicy sweet ham or tender roast beef – and then a selection of three sides. A roll and dessert are usually included as well. All this is served in a relaxed, downhome atmosphere.
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Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.
FREE SHIPPING DAY
Free Shipping Day is an annual one-day event held in mid-December. On this promotional holiday, consumers get to shop from large and small online merchants that are offering free shipping with a guarantee of delivery by Christmas Eve.
For more information and a list of participating merchants, see: http://www.freeshippingday.com/
HOW TO OBSERVE
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In 2008, Luke Knowles, founder of FreeShipping.org along with his wife, created this National Day. By combining free shipping with guaranteed Christmas delivery, Knowles upped the ante for on-line sales. Merchants and consumers alike have seen the benefits of Free Shipping Day.
On Deck for December 15, 2018
- National Cupcake/ Lemon Cupcake Day
- Bill of Rights Day
- Cat Herders Day
- National Wear Your Pearls Day
- National Wreaths Across America Day – Second Saturday in December
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