FEBRUARY 17, 2021 | NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY | ASH WEDNESDAY | 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 a 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.

ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lenten season for Christians. It takes place 46 days before Easter and the day after Shrove Tuesday.

Ash Wednesday services focus on the death and repentance the ashes represent. In many churches, the ashes are made from the palm branches that are burned from the previous Palm Sunday service.

Following a service or mass, the pastor or priest will invite their congregation to receive the ashes on their forehead. A cross pattern or other similar mark is made.

This solemn day begins a time of meditation, reflection, self-examination, study, and contemplation when Christians consider their own mortality and sinfulness in preparation for Easter.

HOW TO OBSERVE ASH WEDNESDAY

Attend an Ash Wednesday service. Learn more about the history of Ash Wednesday. Share your Ash Wednesday events and services.

ASH WEDNESDAY HISTORY

The use of ashes during spiritual occasions has ancient non-Christian roots. However, Ash Wednesday and the beliefs that accompany it, date back to the 6th century.

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. In some areas of the country, you may be able to start planning your garden. Will you be planting cabbage this year? It’s time to decide on the variety you want to plant. Imagine all the goodness you can make in your kitchen then!

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.


On Deck for February 18, 2021

February 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1827

The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 4,669X to Chester Stone of Middlebury, New Haven County, Connecticut for the invention of a washing machine. The record of the patent was destroyed in the 1836 Patent Office fire at the Blodget’s Hotel. However, 61 years after Stone invented the washing machine, his son Marvin would invent the revolutionary drinking straw.

1863

Jean-Henry Dunant, Gustave Moynier, Théodore Maunoir, Guillaume-Henri Dufour and Louis Appia organize the humanitarian organization known as the International Red Cross

1867

The Suez Canal officially opens and the first ship passes through, L’Aigle, the imperial yacht of French Empress Eugenie.

1933

Newsweek publishes its first issue. Samuel T. Williamson served as the weekly periodical’s first editor-in-chief.

1968

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1996

Human chess master, Garry Kasparov defeats IBM’s chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, 4 to 2.

2007

On the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol, 8,962 people set a record by making simultaneous snow angels.

Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Fettucini
Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:
 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Instructions:

Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.

Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.

Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.

Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.

Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.

Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.

Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.

Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)

Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.

Add Parmesan cheese.

Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.

Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.

(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)

February 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Raphaelle Peale – 1774

The artist is considered the first professional still-life artist in the United States. According to the National Gallery of Art, no more than 50 of his still-life pieces remain, though he also painted portraits, as did his father Charles.

Hilda Hewlett – 1864

Between 1910 and 1912, Hewlett founded a flying school, became the first British woman to earn a pilot’s license, and started building planes.

Mary Carson Breckinridge – 1881

In 1925, the American nurse-midwife founded the Frontier Nursing Service, providing rural health services. Her efforts brought much-needed training to remote areas of the Kentucky hills and the results were successful in numerous ways.

Hal Holbrook – 1925

The critically acclaimed American actor earned recognition on stage and screen. Known for bringing author Mark Twain to life on Broadway in Mark Twain Tonight!, and the films Into the Wild, All the President’s Men, Lincoln and Water for Elephants.

Lou Diamond Phillips – 1962

The Filipino-American actor is best known for his roles in the films La Bamba, Young Guns, and Stand and Deliver. He’s also known for the television series Longmire and Prodigal Son.

Michael Jordan – 1963

Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. During his career, he won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. Following his NBA career, Jordan has accomplished a successful business career.

Notable Mentions

Aaron Montgomery Ward -1843
Thomas J. Watson – 1874
Daniel Whitney – 1963
Ed Sheeran – 1991

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