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FEBRUARY 15, 2019 | SINGLES AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY | NATIONAL NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY | NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY | NATIONAL WISCONSIN DAY

SINGLES AWARENESS DAY

The day after Valentine’s Day has been designated Singles Awareness Day.  February 15th declares to the world that there is nothing wrong with being single.

In fact, there are quite a few benefits to being unattached.  Singles can come and go as they please with no regard to a partner’s schedule, wants or needs.  Career opportunity?  A single doesn’t need to consult a spouse before accepting an offer.  It’s also easier for a single to keep up healthy habits.  There isn’t anyone to sabotage their efforts to work out and eat healthily.  Singles also tend to be more self-reliant.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Participate in local singles events.  Use #SinglesAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research has found that Singles Awareness Day is believed to have been started by Mississippi State University student, Dustin Barnes.

NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY

National Caregivers Day is observed annually on the third Friday in February.

Across the nation dedicated health care professionals serve those who require long-term or hospice care.  National Caregivers Day honors those men and women dedicated to providing these vital services.

Caregivers deliver a variety of services from personal care to medical services with compassion and professionalism.  Their days may be long and demanding, but they provide support to those who need it most.

National Caregivers Day recognizes caregivers providing quality, compassionate care every day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take time to thank a caregiver for their dedication and care of our loved ones.  Use #NationalCaregiversDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Caregivers Day was founded by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) in 2015.  Its first observance is February 19, 2016.  For more information please visit http://pahhha.org/.

National No One Eats Alone Day - Changes Annually
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NATIONAL NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY

On an early Friday in February, lunchrooms across America have accepted the mission started by National No One Eats Alone Day.

No One Eats Alone is a positive prevention initiative from nonprofit Beyond Differences aimed at creating a lunchtime of inclusion. Organized by students for students, middle schools across the nation look beyond differences and find ways to start conversations at lunchtime – with everyone. No one eats alone.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join the movement.  Find out more at No One Eats Alone and use #NoOneEatsAloneDay to share on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for lessons and ideas for No One Eats Alone Day. 

HISTORY

 

National No One Eats Alone Day was piloted in 2012 by Beyond Differences in just a handful of schools in Northern California. Now, more than 2,000 schools in all 50 states participate in National No One Eats Alone Day, impacting more than 1 million students.

NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

Observed on February 15th, National Gumdrop Day recognizes a favorite candy of many; the gumdrop!  On National Gumdrop Day, there is no question as to what to do.  Eat gumdrops and eat as many as you want!

Gumdrops are a tasty, colorful, chewy candy that is made with gelatin and then coated with sugar.  They come in a variety of flavors and can either be fruity or spicy.  These little candy treats make terrific embellishments for decorating gingerbread houses and other baked goods.

The classic board game, Candy Land, features both a Gumdrop Pass and a Gumdrop Mountain. 

Besides enjoying them by the handful, there are many other ways to use gumdrops:

  • In cookies
  • Decorate cakes or cupcakes
  • In popcorn cake
  • For crafts
  • For gifts

You can also make gumdrops yourself.  According to many recipes, you would need vegetable oil, sugar, corn syrup, fruit juice, powdered fruit pectin, baking soda and food coloring.

Credit for the modern gumdrop goes to chemist and candy manufacturer Percy S. Truesdell.  According to articles after his death in 1948, Truesdell took the once hard, poorly flavored glob of sugar and turned it into the smooth, chewy delight we enjoy today.  While at the University of Ohio, the chemist altered the consistency of the of the candy by experimenting with the amount of starch used.  He later worked for the Snyder-Chafee Company until 1915.  In 1916, Truesdell founded and incorporated the P.S. Truesdell Candy Manufacturing Company.  At his death, he became known as the Gumdrop King.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy one of the following colorful recipes:

Gumdrop Cookies
Gumdrop Cookie Bars
Gumdrop Fudge
Popcorn Gumdrop Cake

Use #NationalGumdropDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

After much research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Gumdrop Day.

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NATIONAL WISCONSIN DAY

On February 15, National Wisconsin Day recognizes The Badger State.

Rich in copper, lead, forest and fertile farmland, Wisconsin became the 30th state. In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first European to reach Wisconsin while seeking a Northwest passage to China.

A mining boom, not fur trading, led to the nickname The Badger State. According to oral history, the miners burrowed into the hillsides much like badgers for shelter instead of setting up more permanent homesteads. The first wave of settlers to the area also began the uprooting of the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Chippewa and other indigenous people.

Early in Wisconsin’s settlement, dairy production began to take root. By the turn of the century, the state became known for its dairy farms and synonymous with cheese.

Mining, dairies, and breweries grew one after the other. An influx of German immigrants in the 1850s brought a new brand of dreamers. Brewers cropped up across Wisconsin satisfying the thirst of The Badger State. As with brewers in other regions of the country, the 18th Amendment of 1919 prohibiting alcohol drowned out much of the competition leaving only a handful after the legislation was repealed in 1933.

From Lake Michigan to Superior and numerous river and lakes in between, Wisconsin offers ample opportunity for water recreation and sport. There are also year-round trails perfect for summer hiking or substantial snow for winter activities.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Discover a taste of Wisconsin. Join National Day Calendar as we explore the 30th state’s history, people, and culture. Uncover Wisconsin’s hidden treasures and explore all her amazing landscapes! Use #NationalWisconsinDay to share on social media.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
Whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake or enjoy popcorn (our office favorite) on National Popcorn Day, stay in-the-know by signing-up for our e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t find yourself unprepared on Talk Like a Pirate Day or Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day – join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!

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