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JANUARY 25, 2020 | NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY | NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY | NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY | NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY

NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY – January 25

NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY

Day Opposite National on January 25th celebrates a fun day of switcher-roos. 

Good morning, or is it good night? Hello, or is it goodbye? I am cold, or am I hot?

The aim of the day is to have fun all day long saying exactly opposite of what you really mean. This day has kids rejoicing everywhere. It is also a great day for adults to play along and break out of the winter blues. Maybe we should have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner!

Most sources say that Opposite Day is always observed on January 25th while other sources say it is celebrated by some on January 7th. It is also believed to be celebrated by a group of people on the 25th of each month of the year.

Sponge Bob Square Pants even got into the act, with an episode containing the whimsical nature of this day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOppositeDay

Explore the opposites of each other. Read about the North and South Poles. Express opposite emotions. Do the opposite of what you mean and use #NationalOppositeDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for projects and ideas surrounding the National Days.

NATIONAL OPPOSITE DAY HISTORY

While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this day, we did discover one interesting reference dating back to President Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s. In the 1928 election, Coolidge made a statement to the press announcing, “I do not choose to run.”  That statement spurred a debate and left everyone wondering if he really meant the opposite.

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY - January 25

NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY

National Florida Day on January 25 recognizes the 27th state to join the United States.

The Sunshine State is home to the oldest established city in the country.  With over 400 years of history, St. Augustine’s streets and colonial architecture have stories to tell. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, visit the city and walk in the same footsteps as 16th-century bishops, ponder the escapades of pirates and the whereabouts of lost gold and learn about the lives of European settlers.

East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British Colonies after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. However, in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War, The Treaty of Paris returned Florida to Spain.

The present-day borders of Florida were absorbed through two transactions: The Louisianna Purchase in 1803 brought East Florida with it (but not without dispute from the French) and through a U.S. intervention in an uprising in West Florida in 1812 causing West Florida to join the Mississippi Territory.

Sun and Space

With an average high temperature of 79.5°F, it should be no surprise that Floridian John Gorrie brought refrigeration and air conditioning to the world in 1851. Add to that, more than half the year with partly cloudy to sunny days, the invention of sunblock would be a necessity, too. Hungary born pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented a sunscreen in 1944 which later became a tanning lotion known as Coppertone.

Launching astronauts into space, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County,

Cape Canaveral and the home of the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County has come a long way from its first launch in 1950. From Appollo missions to Hubble Telescopes and Mars Rovers, Cape Canaveral continues missions well into the future. Missions include commercial ventures including SpaceX launches.

Florida offers more than enough to do and see.  From man-made worlds and relaxing beaches to long, colorful and intricate history, the Sunshine State’s open spaces and sunny faces require more than one visit.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFloridaDay

Join National Day Calendar as we dig into Florida’s sunny beaches and rich history. Seek buried treasures and explore all Florida’s fascinating culture! Look to the past or look to the future and use #NationalFloridaDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY – January 25

NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY

National Irish Coffee Day kicks off January 25th each year with a mug of strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with a layer of cream. 

On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee.

A travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought Irish coffee to the United States after having it at Shannon Airport.

Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling, and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane, along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg, were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee.

How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee

Starting with a warm glass, fill 2/3rds full of freshly brewed coffee. Stir in a heaping teaspoon of sugar.  Add 1 ounce of Irish whiskey.

Adding the cream, so it floats is the tricky part. According to the Buena Vista account, and at the suggestion of San Francisco’s mayor, a dairyman, cream that is 48 hours old, is best. However, others recommend whipping cream (not whipped cream) that has been lightly whipped or foamed.

When the coffee has stopped swirling from stirring in the sugar, pour the foamy cream over the back of a spoon.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIrishCoffeeDay

Warm up with an Irish coffee. Use #NationalIrishCoffeeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this hot beverage celebration. While we do, we hope you’ll enjoy a mug with a friend or two. 

NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY – Last Saturday in January

NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY

National Seed Swap Day on the last Saturday in January serves as a reminder to gardeners that spring is on its way. It’s also an ideal time for gardeners to gather and swap seeds in preparation starting seeds indoor.

The seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare, heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates biodiversity. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SeedSwapDay

The day is full of opportunities to celebrate. Give these ideas a try.

  • Exchange seeds with friends, attend a local seed swap or help organize one.
  • Post your events online so they are easily found using #SeedSwapDay
  • Experienced gardeners, offer seed collection, labeling, and preservation tips. 
  • Generate interest in your seed swaps by planning urban gardens or community gardens. Not only do they improve the look of your community but they also provide nutritious food, too.
  • Offer classes for starting seeds indoors and successful transplanting. 
  • Be sure to include children. They love to garden!

Use #SeedSwapDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY HISTORY

The first annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange was held in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2006. Kathy Jentz, the editor/publisher of the magazine had the last Saturday of January named an official holiday and National Seed Swap Day was born. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating the day each year on (or around) the last Saturday in January.

Submitted by guest columnist Kathy Jentz

On Deck for January 26, 2020

National Days

International Days

  • Australia Day
  • International Customs Day
  • World Leprosy Day – Last Sunday in January

 

Recipe of the Day

French Bread
Prep:  60 minutes
Bake:  20 minutes
Total Prep:  1 hour 20 minutes
Servings:  2 loaves

NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY – March 21

 

 

 

Ingredients:

2¼ cups water
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
2¼ cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups flour plus 3¼ to ¾ tablespoons
1 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons yeast

 

Instructions:

Mix water and margarine or butter in saucepan and heat to 120°.

In separate bowl, add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.

Slowly add liquid mixture to dry ingredients.

Add remaining flour and knead until smooth and not sticky.

Set aside and covered. Let rise until doubled in size.

Divide dough in half and shape l each half into a long cylinder shape.

Using a sharp knife, cut three slashes in the top. Cover and let rise again.

Make an egg wash using 1 egg and water mixed well. Brush across the top of each loaf.

Bake in a 375° oven for 20 minutes.

For added decoration, sprinkle sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds or toasted onion or garlic on dough before baking.

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.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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