JANUARY 6, 2020 | NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY | NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY DAY | NATIONAL BEAN DAY | NATIONAL CUDDLE UP DAY | NATIONAL SHORTBREAD DAY

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY – January 6

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY

National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes the way technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. From the wheel to smartphones, each year the day honors technological achievements made that impact our daily lives.

Imagine the world without technology.  In our daily lives, we can’t take a step without coming into contact with a form of it. The world is abuzz with technology.

Outside of the healthcare sector, tech jobs are one of the strongest and fastest-growing divisions.  And let’s face it, technology is at the center of most jobs these days.  From agriculture, healthcare and fitness to entertainment, food service and security we use technology to keep us organized, connected, healthy and safe.

One area of the tech world that continues to advance and affect our lives is apps (short for applications).  With the advent of smartphones, apps are way more than just games or photo editing.  If you haven’t made any resolutions yet, resolve to check out these trending apps:
  • AXEL – Files move or stream from one device straight to another. No stops along the way and no uploading. Removes the middlemen.
  • Circle of 6 – When talking about personal safety, this is a tool you might consider having.  It’s designed to quickly and discreetly get help in dangerous situations.  By simply tapping twice, pre-written messages are sent to designated recipients, GPS location included.
  • Zombies, Run! – Exercise as a game. And zombies. It’s a zombie exercise game.  If nothing else motivates you, maybe this will.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TechnologyDay

Use #TechnologyDay on social media.  Talk to someone about your technology ideas or try to find a way to bring your idea forward.

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY HISTORY

AXEL, a technology-based company headquartered out of Las Vegas, founded National Technology Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Technology Day in 2016.

Media Contacts

AXEL:  Dmitry Kogosov | 702.948.9770

NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY DAY – First Monday in January

NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY DAY

National Thank God It’s Monday Day encourages us to celebrate the first Monday of the new year with vigor and energy.   

Not only does the observance focus on the first Monday in January, but on every Monday throughout the year. Mondays are often full of new beginnings. New jobs often start on Mondays. Couples usually marry on weekends and a Monday represents the first work week of their new lives together. Many federal holidays take place on Mondays and therefore special occasions frequently take place on Mondays throughout the year. 

Besides the scheduled events, many random events occur on a Monday. When Monday repeats between 52 and 53 times out of the year, important things will happen. It’s 1/7th of our life. Blaming Monday for our woes (traffic) doesn’t improve our personal track record in life (being late). Stop shaming Monday and look at what Monday has to offer.

  • Freshly brewed coffee to keep us perky
  • Opportunity for a bright future
  • 52 chances to see a beautiful sunrise
  • A new week share your talents with the world
  • 52 opportunities to teach someone a new skill that will better their lives
  • Each Monday offers the potential of meeting new people

HOW TO OBSERVE #ThankGodItsMondayDay

Enjoy the first Monday of the year. How will you use your Mondays? Let us know by using #ThankGodItsMondayDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research this day in praise of Monday. But we’re taking advantage of Mondays to find out more. 

NATIONAL BEAN DAY – January 6

NATIONAL BEAN DAY

Green, red, kidney, lima, or soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans recognized on National Bean Day on January 6th.

This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes, and colors. We’ve been cultivating beans (legumes) since the early seventh millennium BC. And today, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans provide a significant source of protein.  Not only are beans an exceptionally healthy meal and snack choice, but they supply an excellent source of fiber. They are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron, too.

In one cup of cooked beans, supplies between 9 and 13 grams of fiber.  Soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties is mass-produced for regular consumption.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeanDay

This holiday offers so many recipes to try thanks to all the varieties of beans available. Try beans you’ve never tasted before. Introduce a new variety of bean to your cooking regimen. When you do, be sure to share the recipe. Since beans are so beneficial, you’ll want to keep friends and family informed of your bean discoveries. We even provide a few recipes for you to try. 

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free)
Bean Cabbage Soup
Hearty Bean Stew

Use #NationalBeanDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BEAN DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food holiday while sampling the extensive variety of beans available. 

National Cuddle Up Day – January 6

NATIONAL CUDDLE UP  DAY

Each year on January 6th, National Cuddle Up Day encourages us to snuggle up with someone for the health benefits and more!

January is typically some of the coldest days of the year, so what better way to stay warm and reap the health benefits of cuddling on National Cuddle Up Day? Whether it’s a three dog night (a night so cold it takes three dogs to cuddle up with to stay warm) or only slightly chilly, there are multiple benefits to cuddling with human or canine or other pet.

Cuddling releases oxytocin. This hormone alone has tremendous health benefits. Besides giving us warm and fuzzy feelings, oxytocin reduces pain. So when the cold has made those muscles and joints ache, cuddling can help reduce those aches and pains.

Oxytocin also helps reduce heart disease, lowers blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. If it weren’t free, insurance carriers would probably cover cuddling since it’s such a huge health benefit!

Communication is more than just e-mails, texts, or conversation. Physical touch can communicate trust, commitment, safety, and reassurance. This goes for human to human contact as well as human to pet contact. Cuddling expresses all these things, which are vital to a healthy relationship.

Cuddling also boosts sexual desire. Dopamine is released, stimulating the brain to seek pleasure. But dopamine also can improve memory and focus as well.

Don’t have someone to cuddle up with?  Make an appointment for a massage.  Studies show massage provides similar benefits.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCuddleUpDay

Cuddle up with someone you love. Invite your pet up on the sofa for a snuggle session. Schedule a massage. Use #NationalCuddleUpDay

NATIONAL CUDDLE UP DAY HISTORY

We continue researching the origins of this snuggly holiday.

NATIONAL SHORTBREAD DAY – January 6

NATIONAL SHORTBREAD DAY

National Shortbread Day on January 6th recognizes a classic Scottish treat enjoyed around the world. 

Shortbread is a traditional Scottish dessert typically made with:

  • 1 part white sugar
  • 2 parts butter
  • 3 parts flour

Modern recipes deviate from the 3 ingredient rule by splitting the sugar portion into equal parts of granulated sugar and powdered sugar and adding salt. Plain white (wheat) flour is commonly used. However, some bakers use ground rice or cornflour to alter the texture.

Shortbread earns its name because of its crumbly texture. Its high-fat content provided by the butter results in a short-bread crumb.  “Shortening” refers to any fat that may be added to produce a “short” (crumbly) texture.

Prepared often during the 12th century, Mary, Queen of Scots receives credit for the innovation of the shortbread during the 16th century.  As it was expensive to make, the sweet cookie was reserved as a luxury for special occasions.

In Shetland (northeast of mainland Britain), they traditionally break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride upon the entrance of her new home.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShortbreadDay

Shortbread cookies and bars call for sharing. Invite a friend over for tea and enjoy these delicately flavored treats while catching up. Share them with co-workers or invite nieces and nephews to help you bake up a new recipe. We supply you with four different recipes to try. If you need something a little more challenging, the internet provides many flavorful options. Be sure to share your celebration, too! We always love hearing from you when you #CelebrateEveryDay! Use #NationalShortbreadDay to post on social media.

Scottish Shortbread IV
Shortbread (With Rice Flour)
Shortbread Cookies II
Scotch Shortbread bars

NATIONAL SHORTBREAD DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research this indulgent cookie holiday. While we do, we’re going to dunk a few freshly baked Scottish shortbreads into our coffee. We suggest you do, too!

On Deck for January 7, 2020

Recipe of the Day

Easy Fried Fish Filets
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 6 – 8 minutes
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

2 small eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup crushed crackers
6 – 8. fish filets
1/4 cup oil
Pinch to teaspoon of salt, garlic and pepper.

Instructions:

Rinse and paper towel dry filets.

Combine cornmeal, cracker and seasonings with milk and eggs, and mix thoroughly.

While oil heats in frying pan add filets one at a time to batter mix covering both sides.

Fry in hot oil 6 – 8 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with your choice of side dishes.

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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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