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JUNE 1, 2018 | NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY | NATIONAL LEAVE THE OFFICE EARLY DAY | NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY | NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY | NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY | NATIONAL OLIVE DAY | NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY | NATIONAL PEN PAL DAY | NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT (DONUT) DAY

Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day.  This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut.

Salvation Army truck sitting in front of Bearscat Bakehouse in Bismarck, ND.
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Salvation Army truck sitting in front of Bearscat Bakehouse in Bismarck, ND.

On this day, many bakeries and coffee shops in the United States offer doughnut deals to their customers.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite doughnut.  Use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.

HISTORY

National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.  This day began as a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.  The goal of their 1938 fund-raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

NATIONAL LEAVE THE OFFICE EARLY DAY

Everyone is sure to enjoy marking National Leave the Office Early Day on their calendar. Observed each year on June 2nd (unless June 2nd falls on a weekend, at which time it would be acknowledged on the closest working day) National Leave the Office Early Day is an incentive to many who often work more than 40 hours each week.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On this day, upon completion of all the necessary day’s work and the needed approval, it is suggested that you can then leave work early to enjoy the rest of the day with fun activities of your choosing. Use #LeaveTheOfficeEarlyDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Leave The Office Early Day was created by Employee Productivity Specialist, Laura Stack.

NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY

On National Say Something Nice Day we have an opportunity to make June 1st extra pleasant for everyone.

The purpose of this holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world.  Hopefully, the practice of saying something nice today will continue onto all tomorrows.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #SaySomethingNiceDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, South Carolina proclaimed June 1 as Say Something Nice Day in 2006 in recognition of the communication efforts of specialist Dr. Mitch Carnell founder of the day.  Carnell is also the author of Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter at Work. The South Baptist Convention and the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery joined with Carnell to establish the day.

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NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY

When the sandals come out, and the beaches heat up, it’s time for pedicures and manicures.  On June 1, National Nail Polish Day provides us with every shade under the sun to get us primed for summer!

From the French manicure to elaborate nail art, nail polish has come a long way since the bees’ wax and gum Arabic used by the Chinese around 3,000 B.C. National Nail Polish Day celebrates these durable lacquers and gels that last longer and provide variety.

No longer the status symbol it once was, nail color now changes with the seasons, our styles and our moods. There is a shade or hue for every occasion. Vibrant reds, turquoise and plum make summer nails shine during beach parties and weekend barbecues. The understated style of pale pinks and beiges or a subtle moss help us look workweek chic. For those elegant evenings or when we want to make a statement, nail polish adds gold, silver and sparkle to even the most economic wardrobe.

HOW TO OBSERVE

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Join essie in celebrating the universal love of nail polish on National Nail Polish Day by sharing your manicures, favorite shades and personal #essielove story. Starting in mid-May, essie will be
celebrating the holiday with a sweepstakes of amazing prizes. Visit essie.com/nationalnailpolishday for details and use
 #NationalNailPolishDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

essie founded National Nail Polish Day on June 1 to celebrate the beginning of the nail-care season when everyone will be showing off their freshly painted nails! essie is the nail polish authority both at salons and in mass retailers.

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about essie
The USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience with a wit and style that touches the hearts of women everywhere.  essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world. As the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world, offering highly-anticipated color collections that drive trends season after season. The salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical name has led to the creation of more than 1,000 shades. essie is a leader in nail luxury, committed to high-quality standards with an award-winning line of polishes and nail care products for every woman and salon professionalSince its introduction by Essie Weingarten, essie has delighted the color-obsessed with a love shared all over the world.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Nail Polish Day to be celebrated annually in 2017.

NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY

National Go Barefoot Day is observed on June 1.  This day is an opportunity to kick off your shoes and run barefoot through the cool grass! More importantly, it is a day to help support a charity that provides millions of underprivileged children all around the world with shoes

HOW TO OBSERVE

Now is a good time to clean out your closets and donate a pair or two of gently used shoes to a charitable organization in your area or see the following for information:    Soles4Souls organization. Use #GoBarefootDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Go Barefoot Day was created by the people at Soles4Souls.  The holiday got its start after the Tsunami disaster in 2004 to support those affected by the event.  However, donations have continued to come in and over 19 millions of pairs of shoes have been donated worldwide since 2005.

NATIONAL OLIVE DAY

National Olive Day is observed annually on June 1.  The olive, one of the world’s oldest fruits, is part of a traditional meze/tapas culinary experience that brings families and friends around the table to share time together rather than in a kitchen. The olive branch is a symbol of peace, hope, love and friendship and celebrating National Olive Day is a fun way to acknowledge the joy this little fruit provides.

Olives are used in many ways. We find them in cocktails and loaves of bread. We eat them whole as snacks, use them as toppings, include them on relish trays and even use them as a garnish for many foods. They are one of the most versatile foods we eat.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take photos of your favorite way to eat olives and post them on social media using #nationaloliveday.

HISTORY

National Olive Day was submitted by Divina and proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in July 2015.

NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY

Each year on June 1, National Heimlich Maneuver Day is observed. Using abdominal thrusts to force air from the lungs to expel an object on which someone is choking is called the Heimlich Maneuver.  Dr. Henry J. Heimlich created this life-saving procedure in 1974.  The Heimlich Maneuver is also referred to as “Abdominal Thrusts”.

Certified instructors teach the Heimlich Procedure, and these courses are available across the country. Today would be a good day to research the available training in your area.  According to the American Red Cross “choking causes over 3,000 deaths per year.” Having the proper training and knowledge may help to save someone’s life.

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HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #HeimlichManeuverDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Heimlich Maneuver Day.

NATIONAL PEN PAL DAY

Observed each year on June 1, National Pen Pal Day is a way to let your pen pals know how much they mean to you.  The day is the perfect day to send special letters and gifts to your pen pals.

A pen pal is someone with whom you correspond by writing letters, sharing personal events and many times have never even met.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalPenpalDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Pen Pal Day was created by American pen-palist, Rosie Tholl, who has traveled around the world to meet some of her pen pals. She was also the co-coordinator of the Illinois Pen Pal Picnic Reunion and is co-found and co-coordinator for Pen Pals United.

NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY

June 1st is a day to spend some time in the kitchen baking up a delicious hazelnut cake as you take part in National Hazelnut Cake Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake recipe.

Use #HazelnutCakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Hazelnut Cake Day.

 

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