JUNE 21, 2019 | NATIONAL SELFIE DAY | NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY | SUMMER BEGINS | NATIONAL TAKE BACK THE LUNCH BREAK DAY | NATIONAL DAY OF THE GONG | NATIONAL ARIZONA DAY | NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY | GO SKATEBOARDING DAY | NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL SEASHELL DAY
NATIONAL SELFIE DAY
Thanks to social media and the smartphone, June 21st recognizes a form of self-portrait that couldn’t exist without them. It’s National Selfie Day!
On National Selfie Day, we are encouraged to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media.
While the act of taking a selfie may predate social media, smartphones and the word which is now in the Oxford dictionary, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been easier. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies).
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalSelfieDay to share on social media and visit www.nationalselfieday.net.
Founded by DJ Rick McNeely in 2014. For more information visit National Selfie Day.
NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY
Every year employees across the country bring their dogs to work the Friday after Father’s Day. It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day.
A celebration of the companionship between canine and human, National Take Your Dog to Work Day hopes to inspire others to adoptions from shelters and humane societies.
HOW TO OBSERVE
To find participating employers and to download a toolkit visit Pet Sitters International. Use #NationalTakeYourDogToWorkDay or #TYDTWD to share on social media.
Take Your Dog to Work Day originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. Then in 1999, Pet Sitters International founded the first day in the United States.
The longest day of the year marks the Beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere which starts on June 20th, 21st or 22nd. It is also known as the Summer Solstice.
Summer Begins on different dates depending on times zones, the latest start date occurring on June 22nd.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy the first day of summer! Use #SummerBegins to share on social media.
Since ancient times, the summer solstice has been marked on calendars with celebrations honoring the sun and as a way to mark the seasons.
NATIONAL TAKE BACK THE LUNCH BREAK DAY
On the third Friday in June, North American workers are encouraged to take back their lunch breaks.
Why? Because there’s been an increasing trend to take less frequent and shorter lunch breaks, affecting employee morale and well-being. According to Gallup, only one in three employees are engaged at work. Because engagement affects productivity, happiness and job satisfaction, it is time employees and employers across North America stepped up to the plate – the lunch plate that is!
According to a 2017 study commissioned by Tork, an Essity brand, employees who take lunch breaks are more likely to report being efficient at work and satisfied with their jobs. The survey reveals that nearly 90 percent of employees consider the ability to take a lunch break critical when accepting a new job. However, once they are on the job, the average lunch break is less than 30 minutes for more than half of North American workers – barely enough time to purchase a meal, let alone enjoy it.
That is why Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day -to help improve workplace morale, satisfaction, and productivity across North America.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Break the cycle of skipping lunch or eating in front of a computer. Get away from your desk and enjoy some fresh air, a real lunch, and some social interaction. Use #takebacklunch to share your lunch break experience on social media.
National Take Back the Lunch Break Day was created by Tork in 2018 to counter the decline of the employee lunch break in today’s 24/7 work culture. According to research conducted by Tork, employees who take a lunch break score higher on a wide range of engagement metrics, including job satisfaction and productivity. The Tork Take Back the Lunch Break idea is simple: with more workers taking their lunch break, we can improve workplaces and worker happiness!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Take Back the Lunch Break Day to be observed annually on the third Friday in June beginning in 2018.
NATIONAL DAY OF THE GONG
National Day of the Gong on June 21 honors and celebrates the Gong’s unique history and capacities among instruments of sound, music, creativity and healing.
Mighty and gentle; earthy and celestial, the Gong is an extraordinary instrument and conduit of Creation. With an extensive international cultural history, the Gong is versatile and engaging. It sounds super-sensory and multi-dimensional. Gongs come in an array of sizes, designs and origins, thanks to skilled artisans all over the World.
Expanding beyond typical applications, the Gong has become a profound presence within a delightful diversity of performances, ceremonies and events, as well as modalities for the Mind-Body-Spirit. Traditional and contemporary musicians, artists and facilitators play and incorporate the Gong into imaginative and effective spectrums of expression,
experience and purpose.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy, Explore, Create, Collaborate on this powerful and playful day of celebrating the Gong, its fascinating Sounds, Vibrations and Work in the World! Use #DayOfTheGong to share your experiences on social media.
GongtoGo.com founded National Day of the Gong to celebrate the extraordinary ways the Gong can impact the Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Since 2009, GongtoGo.com has been taking the Gong where no Gong has gone before. Dedicated to expanding the outreach and applications of the Gong, Anne Marie enthusiastically shares her Gong in unique, engaging, accessible and transformational ways. Her tagline for GongtoGo.com is: The Gong is more than a dramatic effect: the effects are dramatic~!
Anne Marie Dorsa
Central Texas…and Beyond~!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the National Day of the Gong to be observed annually on June 21 in 2017.
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 ARIZONA DAY
On June 21, National Arizona Day recognizes the state that joined 48 states into a contiguous unit.
Arizona is home to the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Established around 1000 A.D., the village of Old Oraibi is located on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Navajo county.
The Grand Canyon State brings the wilderness to you. The breathtaking views of the Colorado Plateau that took over 70 million years to form into towering stone precipices are now one of nature’s grand centerpieces.
Carved into the limestone cliffs along Beaver Creek, a well-preserved abode towers above the scrubland below. Home to the Sinagua Indians around 1500 AD, the Aztecs mistakenly named it Montezuma Castle.
Like many of the Western states, Arizona Easterners came with the prospect of land, gold, and adventure. Cowtowns were born, and battle lines were drawn between those who wanted the territory and those who were already there.
Find your way to the Saguaro National Park to see the mighty cacti of the west. These majestic plants of the desert can grow up to 50 feet tall and under the right conditions can live to over 150 years old.
If you’re not buying the line “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” and the soaring daytime summer temperatures of Arizona get to you, Lake Mead may be the cure. With hiking, watersport, camping, and beaches, there’s plenty of ways to relax, have fun and cool off.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we explore Arizona’s rich history and remarkable landscapes. Get to know their people, culture and uncover the hidden places of Arizona! Use #NationalArizonaDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY
Observed annually on June 21, it is National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day. Peaches ‘n’ Cream sounds like a perfect way to start summer solstice. Actually, it sounds like the perfect way to end summer solstice as well!
(See National Daylight Appreciation Day for the meaning of summer solstice.)
Peaches ‘n’ Cream is a simple, traditional and delicious summertime dessert. Of course, the Georgia peach is in season during the month of June, as are those grown in Florida, California and South Carolina. Make some homemade vanilla ice cream to sweeten the deal and your peaches ‘n’ cream will be all the cooler.
It’s interesting to note that doctors theorize Typhoid Mary may have spread the bacteria through cut up raw peaches in frozen ice cream. So, wash those hands vigorously!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give these peachy recipes a whirl:
Use #NationalPeachesnCreamDay to share on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY
Inspired skaters carve a space on their calendar on June 21st. It’s Go Skateboarding Day!
Retailers, sponsors, parks and individuals around the world host events showcasing this rebellious and creative culture. A combination of athleticism, dance, and art that has grown up in an urban world, skateboarding has crossed multicultural divides and speaks to a diverse population. Both thrilling and exciting to watch whether the skater is testing the laws of gravity with an aerial or a McTwist.
Both thrilling and stimulating to watch whether the skater is testing the laws of gravity with an aerial or a McTwist. Since the 1940s skateboarding has been changing and advancing equipment, tricks, and techniques.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Go skateboarding. Register or find events near you by visiting the website. Use #GoSkateboardingDay to share on social media.
Founded in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies in California, this day has grown into a worldwide celebration of the sport.
NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY
National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21. This day recognizes summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.
National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.
Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.
Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and help to lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many health benefits for us.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy the summer solstice, enjoy the sunshine and let the sunshine into your home! And enjoy #DaylightAppreciationDay all day!
National Daylight Appreciation Day is sponsored by Solatube International, Inc., a manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices.
NATIONAL SEASHELL DAY
On the first day of summer, National Seashell Day reminds us to put our toes in the sand and admire the beauty of seashells.
Shellers get ready to shellebrate and start shelling! To those not in the know, shellers are beachcombers who collect seashells by scouring the beaches for the gems left behind by snails and mollusks. National Seashell Day is here to tell you all about it and make sure you check out your local beaches during the prime shelling season.
For a sheller, the true tulip or lettered olive is almost more mesmerizing than the ocean sunset. Or maybe it’s the hunt for the rare or the unique specimen. These jewels of the sandy beaches, the kings crown conch, the apple murex, or even a pear whelk dazzle beachcombers. Their names are as musical and colorful as your adventure will be, so grab your bucket and head out around sunrise or sunset. Seashells are waiting for you!
Tips for Shellers:
- Never collect live shells. When in doubt, always put them gently back in the water.
- Check local ordinances. Only take a small number. Shells are part of the ecosystem helping to preserve and create the beaches we enjoy visiting.
- The best time for shelling is one hour before and one hour after low tide.
- Follow the high tide shell line where the largest waves stop.
- Watch for the full and new moons. They have a higher gravitation pull on the tide and reveal more seashells.
- Storms churn up the ocean floor sending more shells to the surface and the shore for collection.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make your way to your favorite beach to collect your treasures or schedule a shoreside vacation to start your seashell collection. Use #NationalSeashellDay to share on social media.
The Beaches of Ft. Myers & Sanibel founded National Seashell Day on the first day of summer in 2016 to celebrate seashells and the extraordinary shelling found in Southwest Florida.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Seashell Day to be observed annually in 2017.
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