FEBRUARY 28, 2019 | NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY | NATIONAL CHILI DAY | NATIONAL TOAST DAY | NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY | NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY | RARE DISEASE DAY USA | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY
Are you tired? If you are (and it’s February 28), go ahead take a nap. February 28th is National Public Sleeping Day. It is a day for anyone and everyone to take a nap on a blanket at the beach, at the park, in the movie theater, on a bus, train, or subway or any other public place that may work for you. However, it may not be a good idea to take that nap at your desk during work!
There are different types of naps. The Power Nap is approximately 10 to 20 minutes long and can give a boost of energy to get us through the rest of the day. It also doesn’t leave us drowsy like some longer naps might and will also allow us to fall asleep at a decent time at night.
The Hangover is about 30 minutes long, 10 too many, leaving us loopy and wanting just to stay asleep. We will snap out of it and feel much like we had a Power Nap, but it may take a bit of effort before we feel those benefits.
The Brainiac lasts about 60 minutes and includes the deepest sleep. While we may feel a little grogginess upon waking, much like the Hangover, our ability to recall facts, names and faces, will be improved. This type of nap may be the best nap after a round of studying or before a big test.
The California King lasts about 90 minutes and is typically a full cycle of sleep. It will also include REM or a dream stage. This nap avoids the hangover like the power nap does and improves creative thinking and motor memory, but night time sleep may become elusive.
Good husbands have been keen on these benefits long since the invention of the shopping mall. They are not strangers to public sleeping or the power nap. It may be something the modern non-napping woman should consider.
Some employers have begun to recognize the value of a nap. Studies have shown certain types of naps fuel the brain and recharge our batteries. Naps can improve productivity, decrease health risks and improve morale.
Employers such as Google, HuffPost/AOL and Nike offer sleep pods or sleep rooms to their employees to reap these benefits.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Top 5 Places for Public Sleeping
(We recommend leaving all valuables at home to avoid any theft during your slumber.)
5. Under a tree in a park
4. The mall in the middle of the work week
3. Reference aisle of the library
2. Last pew in church during services
1. A theater showing old silent movies
Use #PublicSleepingDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Public Sleeping Day. Our research did show that it appears this holiday has been celebrated since 2011.
NATIONAL CHILI DAY
The fourth Thursday in February honors one of America’s favorite winter dishes–chili, which is also known as chili con carne (chili with meat).
In Spanish, chili refers to “chili pepper” and carne means “meat”.
Chili is most commonly made up of tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions and cumin. However, there are many variations to the basic chili.
Chili is often a favorite dish in cook-offs.
American frontier settlers used a “chili” recipe of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt, which was all pounded together, formed into bricks and dried. The bricks could then be boiled in pots on the trails.
At the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the San Antonio Chili Stand helped people from all over the United States appreciate the taste of chili. Because San Antonio was a significant tourist destination, it helped Texas-style chili con carne spread throughout the South and West. In 1977, House Concurrent Resolution Number 18 of the 65th Texas Legislature designated chili con carne as the official dish of the U.S. state of Texas.
Before World War II, hundreds of small, family-run chili parlors (also known as chili joints) were found popping up throughout the state of Texas as well as other places in the United States. Each new chili parlor usually had a claim to some kind of secret recipe.
There are many ways that people enjoy the great taste of chili, some of which include:
- Chili dogs
- Chili burgers
- Chili cheese fries
- Chili stuffed baked potatoes
- “Frito pie”chili spaghetti
- Chili mac
- Chili rice
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy the following chili recipes:
Use #NationalChiliDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chili Day.
NATIONAL TOAST DAY
Would you believe National Toast Day honoring the humble slice is on the Last Thursday in February? But it is so very versatile. It carries a multitude of jams, jellies, marmalades and fruit compotes. We don’t stop there. Toast transports proteins and veggies, sprouts and soaks up sauces and drippings.
Perhaps we have overlooked the necessity of toast, and it shall have its due.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Raise a toast to your toast. Be it burnt to a crisp or golden brown, honor your toast. Use #NationalToastDay to share on social media.
National Toast Day was started in 2014 by The Tiptree World Bread Awards in the UK but has found a following in the United States.
NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY
February 28th is a day to look back on the history of one of dental care’s little helpers and to keep encouraging our children to develop good dental hygiene. It’s National Tooth Fairy Day.
Download this coloring page to celebrate!
Like some of the fantastic creations who oversee children, the tooth fairy is a relative newcomer to the world of childhood fantasies.
In the mid-1920s fairies were used for all sorts of health education from bath fairies to fresh air fairies as a way to get kids to remember to eat their vegetables, wash behind their ears and get a good night’s rest. Like toothpaste, today that advertises fruity flavors and sparkles to get kids excited to brush their teeth, in 1925 it was probably quite a bit more difficult considering the pastes were mostly peroxide and baking soda. One advertisement was for a Fairy Wand Tooth Whitener. This product promised to brush away cigarette and coffee stains. The ad was aimed at both children and adults, we hope!
Then in 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold printed an eight-page playlet for children called The Tooth Fairy. It was the same year Sir Arthur Conan Doyle “proved” his claim that fairies and gnomes are real and “verified” with pictures of two little girls surrounded by fairies. The world was ripe with imagination and primed to have a tooth fairy about to come collect the lost teeth of little boys and girls and leave a coin or two behind.
Arnold’s play began to be performed in schools the following year, and the tooth fairy has been slipping into homes ever since. She (or he) started leaving nickels and dimes under the pillows of sleeping children. Over the years there have been variations on the theme. In 1942, in an article written by columnist Bob Balfe in the Palm Beach Post, his children received War Stamps to put in their books when they lost a tooth. It was a popular alternative during a time when giving to the war effort was a motivating factor. Today, the tooth fairy jingles much less than ever. The average payout for a lost tooth ranges from $3 to $4 and can go even higher if Dad is on duty or if the tooth is lost late at night with no time for a parent to run to an ATM.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalToothFairyDay to post on social media. Download this coloring page, color and then post to social media.
While our research did not unearth the source of either the February 28 or the August 22 observance, it is interesting to note the American Dental Association’s recommendation to have cleanings twice annually.
National Floral Design Day is observed annually on February 28th. For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form. This is the day we celebrate that art form. It may be in a bouquet, painting, in a textile, a garden or floral arrangement.
Floral design is a multi-billion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis.
From majestic, historic gardens to a bridal bouquet on that special day, floral designers have an eye for color, style and perspective. Floral design can complete a space, complementing existing structures and bringing brightness and color to them.
As with many arts, floral design has traditional roots hearkening back to Egyptian temple offerings to gods. The design changed from era to era, each having distinct customs and traditions.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Keep an eye out for floral designs and use #FloralDesignDay to post on social media.
Floral Design Day was created as a unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Carl Rittner, the founder of the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston over 60 years ago. Mr. Rittner is a pioneer in floral art education. The people at Rittners felt that the idea of a holiday that celebrates floral design as an art form is a wonderful one whose time had come. So they, along with Mr. Rittner, wanted to see Floral Design Day continue to be observed as an event in its own right.
RARE DISEASE DAY USA
Rare Disease Day is observed the last day in February.
A rare disease is defined differently in different parts of the world. In Europe, a rare disease is one that affects fewer than one in 2,000 people while in the United States the standard is 1 in 200,000. While a majority of the conditions are genetic in origin, still others are the result of infections, environmental or degenerative factors.
Often people with rare diseases face a multi-faceted uphill battle; with few suffers, there are fewer voices to bring awareness to their needs for research, medical and financial support or their physical, social and often times mental burdens.
Rare Disease Day brings those voices together to help lift some of those burdens and bring awareness to light.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and the impact that they have on patients’ lives. Use #RareDiseaseDayUSA to post on social media.
First observed in Europe in 2008, Rare Disease Day was established by Eurordis, (the European Rare Disease Organization). In 2009, NORD was asked by EURORDIS to sponsor Rare Disease Day in the United States. NORD accepted and 2014 celebrates the 6th annual RARE DISEASE DAY USA.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY
A delightfully delicious dessert is observed each year on February 28th as it is National Chocolate Souffle Day.
The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb souffler, which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up” which describes a souffle perfectly. A souffle is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites that are combined with other ingredients to make the dish either a savory main dish or a sweet dessert.
Two essential components make up every souffle.
1. a French creme patisserie base/flavored cream sauce or puree
2. egg whites beaten to a soft peak meringue
A souffle gets its flavor from the base, and the egg whites provide the lift to puff it up. A variety of cheeses, jams, fruits or chocolates can be baked into the base of the souffle. Many souffle bakers like to puncture the top of the souffle after removing it from the oven. Then they pour mouth-watering sauces onto it, such as chocolate, vanilla or for a savory flavor cheese and herbs.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take the challenge of a souffle and try one of these recipes:
Use #ChocolateSouffleDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Souffle Day.
On Deck for March 1, 2019
- National Dadgum That’s Good Day
- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
- National Fruit Compote Day
- National Horse Protection Day
- National Pig Day
- National Minnesota Day
- National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) – If on Weekend, Moves to Closest School Day
- National Employee Appreciation Day – First Friday in March
- National Dress in Blue Day – First Friday in March
- National Speech and Debate Education Day – First Friday in March
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