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February 17, 2020 - NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY - PRESIDENTS DAY – NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY

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FEBRUARY 17, 2020 | NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY | PRESIDENTS DAY | NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY

NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY – February 17

NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY

Each year on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day grows in popularity. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

The movement of Random Acts of Kindness inspires people every day. As a favorite celebration for many, people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness. Not only do the acts of kindness bring joy to the receiver, but they spread positive reactions to the giver, too!    

“I was a recipient of the kindness but more glad to be a contributor!” (Unknown)

Our research found that the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

In New Zealand, where this day originated, Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on September 1st. However, it is also recognized by some on other days throughout the year. Nevertheless, doing random acts of kindness is something that can be done every day of the year.

A Few Quotes of Kindness:

  • “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” (Mark Twain)
  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
  • “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams)
  • “Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.” (Author Unknown)

HOW TO OBSERVE #RandomActsOfKindnessDay

Make a note to do nice things throughout the day. Are you looking for ideas? We’ve collected a few that will get you started.

  • Pay for the coffee or meal of the person in front of you in line.
  • Leave a kind note for someone, no explanation needed.
  • Share words of encouragement. You never know who might need them.
  • Put your skills to work for someone in need. For example, offer to create a résumé for someone seeking a new job.
  • Drop off a load of groceries at the local food pantry.
  • Mail a “thinking of you” card to someone you’ve not to talk to in a while.
  • Order a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to anyone in the hospital. That means, call the florist and tell them to pick a hospital or nursing home and deliver flowers to the person the front desk thinks needs it the most. It could be a sick child, an elderly person with no family or college student down on their luck.
  • Send a thank you note to the local fire department, police departments or any military personnel.
  • Just smile.

Share your random acts of kindness using #RandomActsOfKindnessDay to post on social media.  

NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY HISTORY

Josh de Jong of New Zealand founded National Random Acts of Kindness Day.

PRESIDENTS DAY – Third Monday in February

PRESIDENTS DAY

On the third Monday in February, the United States celebrates the federal holiday known as Presidents Day. The day takes place during the birth month of the country’s two most prominent presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While the day once only honored President George Washington on his birthday, February 22nd, the day now never lands on a single president’s birthday. 

Across the country, most Americans know the day as Presidents Day. More and more of the population celebrates the day to honor all of the past United States Presidents who have served the country. Throughout the country, organizations and communities celebrate the day with public ceremonies. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #PresidentsDay

Some businesses close, including banks and federal buildings. Celebrate your favorite U.S. president. Here are some ways to participate:

  • Watch a documentary about the POTUS. For example, The Presidents by the History Channel.
  • See if you can name all the presidents in order.

Challenge yourself to some presidential trivia:

  1. Who are the three presidents who served in 1841?
  2. Forty years later, this same phenomenon occurred again in 1881. Name the three presidents who served that year.
  3. Name the three presidents who died on July 4th.
  4. Who were the four presidents who were assassinated while in office?

Use #PresidentsDay to post on social media.

PRESIDENTS DAY HISTORY

The origin of Presidents Day lay in the 1880s when the birthday of George Washington was celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill. The bill moved several federal holidays to Mondays creating three-day weekends. During the debate on the bill, one proposal suggested George Washington’s birthday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Washington’s birthday is February 22nd and Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th. Although Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change.

Despite the rejection, soon after the bill went into effect in 1971, and the observance of Washington’s birthday shifted to the third Monday in February, gradually Presidents Day became the commonly accepted name. Over time, the observance came to be known to many as a day to honor both Washington and Lincoln. However, today another shift has occurred and many see the day as a celebration of all the U.S. Presidents.

Answers

  1. Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler
  2. Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur.
  3. John Adams, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson.
  4. Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, John F. Kennedy


    NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY – February 17

    NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY

    National Cabbage Day on February 17th recognizes a delightful garden staple that provides some of the best recipes for the Celtic holidays coming up next month. It’s an excellent day to test your corned beef and cabbage skills alongside other delicious seasonal dishes. 

    From the French caboche, meaning head, cabbage comes in a variety of forms.  The cabbage family is quite varied and includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kohlrabi and kale.  Cabbage is an ancient food with origins in Asia Minor (Turkey today) and the eastern Mediterranean.

    French explorer Jacques Cartier was the first to bring cabbage to the Americas.

    When selecting a cabbage, the head should be firm and dense.  The fibrous leaves of a healthy cabbage should be shiny and crisp with no browning or bruising.

    Cabbage is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed or sautéd.  A popular ingredient in Asian, German, Irish and Latin recipes, it’s a culturally diverse food. Having low calories (6 per leaf) makes cabbage a popular diet food as well.  It has no fat or cholesterol, is low in sodium and carbs, and is a good source of Vitamin C.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCabbageDay

    Bring out your favorite cabbage recipes. Wrap up pigs in a blanket or eat cabbage fresh. Make some delicious soup or vegetable wraps. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to invite someone to join you. Share your delicious creations with friends and family. If you don’t have a recipe to share, we’ve found several tasty ones to try.

    Slow Cooked Garlic Pepper Cabbage
    Corned Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry
    Kielbasa and Cabbage
    Healing Cabbage Soup

    Use #NationalCabbageDay to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!

    NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this vegetable holiday. We have yet to find the creator of the day under any cabbage leaf, newspaper article or proclamation. 

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Recipe of the Day

Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  10 minutes
Total Prep:  20 minutes
Servings:  4 servings; yields 1 quart

Ingredients:

4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar over medium heat. Stir to a light yellow and well combined.

In a separate small pan add milk and warm over medium-low heat, until it begins to simmer. Do not stir.

Slowly add milk to egg and sugar mixture, stirring continuously.

Return to heat and bring to 165 degrees. Do not allow to boil.

Immediately remove from the heat.

Pour into airtight container and chill.

Once thoroughly chilled, stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.

Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

About National Day Calendar

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