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! 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 itself (which is now in the Oxford Dictionary), the popularity of taking these self-portraits keeps increasing. And the ability to take them gets easier all the time. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too convenient to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies).
Selfies have become so popular, the most common types of selfies are earning names for themselves. Most of them are about documenting a moment in time, though others merely capture a look. They are called “selfies” after all. They usually feature a single person and that’s the person taking the photo. However, not all of them are about the photographer. We’ve gathered a few of them worth checking out.
Duck Face Selfie
The subject pushes out their lips almost as if going for an exaggerated kiss but it turns into a duckbill instead. Hence, the duck face.
Social media is full of channels with videocasts located from the seat of one’s car. They’re informative, helpful, political, and funny. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that car selfies are a thing, too.
Where do we look our best? Before the wind and stress of life hit us, we look our best in the bathroom.
Next to our life partners, who do we love the most? Our pets. We take selfies with our cats, dogs, lizards, parrots, and so many more pets.
Our besties might tie with pets for our love. It depends on the person. Either way, we take lots of selfies with our besties. #BFF, right?
Why do we take selfies with food? It may be that it’s so beautifully presented or it’s our first time trying an exotic food, and we want to document the event. No matter the reason, foodie selfies are a thing.
Other than the bathroom selfie, sometimes we look really, really good. Good hair day. The makeup is pristine and you’re dressed to impress. While you didn’t get all dressed up to take a selfie (or did you?), for some of us, the opportunity may not come around again. It’s best to get some proof.
Speaking of looking our best, sometimes a gym selfie is necessary to show progress. It also gives our friends the opportunity to say, “Hey, I haven’t seen a gym selfie lately. Are you slacking?”
If you find yourself on the train, in a coffee shop, or just on the street and see your favorite musician, author, or television celebrity, you’re going to stop and ask for a selfie. These popular little selfies make the rounds.
The Eiffel Tower. The Grand Canyon or the Hollywood sign. Broadway lights. Selfies in front of these epic locations add to a traveler’s collection. They’re like postcards to yourself.
Whether they are with your children, grandchildren, or other people’s children, baby selfies usually make us look good. We can’t help but smile. We can strategically place them in front of our bad spots. And they just improve our overall character.
Getting some ink is a major decision. Taking a selfie either while you’re getting it or afterward is part of the process.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSelfieDay
Take selfies of you and with your friends and family. Post your favorite selfies from your travels or from group gatherings. Even if you’re not very good at taking selfies, we’ve got you covered with 7 Selfie-Taking Tips. Use #NationalSelfieDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL SELFIE DAY HISTORY
In 2014, DJ Rick McNeely founded National Selfie Day.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY
Inspired skaters carve a space on their calendar on June 21st each year for 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, skateboarding has grown up in an urban world. It also crosses multicultural divides and speaks to a diverse population. Skaters test the laws of gravity with a variety of ariels and twists, thrilling their fans.
Since the 1950s, skateboarding has been changing and advancing. Beginning with modified surfboards in California, the sport grew into a worldwide phenomenon. The first skateboards were shorter surfboards upgraded with wheels. Since then, every modification has enabled skateboarders to develop more sophisticated and higher tricks.
- Danny Way – Hailing from California, this international skateboarder puts on a show. For example, check out his risky tricks like jumping from helicopters (1997) and jumping over the Great Wall of China (2005).
- Eric Koston – At the age of 11, Koston picked up skateboarding and never looked back. By 1992, he turned pro and is an inspiration to many younger skaters today.
- Lizzie Armanto – Like many athletes, Armanto credits her mom with her success. Her firsts add up, too – one of the most prominent being the first woman to successfully complete Tony Hawk’s 360-loop ramp.
- Mike McGill – As a member of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, McGill deserves recognition. He also developed the McTwist – an inverted 540° mute grab aerial.
- Tony Hawk – Besides being one of the best-known skateboarders worldwide, Hawk is a successful businessman, activist, video game developer, and more.
One of the best ways to celebrate the day is by showing off your skills. While you do that, be sure to mentor another skateboarder by showing them the ropes. As you support others who are developing their skills, invite them to events where they can master them. You can also host an event or check out ones near you. Other ways to celebrate the day include:
- Learn new skateboarding moves.
- Visit your favorite shop and upgrading your board.
- Attend a skateboarding competition.
- Help develop a skating park in your community.
- Create a skateboarding video.
- Watch a skateboarding documentary.
Use #GoSkateboardingDay to share on social media.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY HISTORY
NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY
National Daylight Appreciation Day each year on June 21st recognizes the summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.
The day also offers an opportunity to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows, and other architectural openings to naturally light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.
Some areas of daylighting are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present. These designs reduce the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.
Daylight has positive psychological effects, too. It can boost your mental health and helps lower depression, as well as helping to increase energy levels. The Vitamin D we naturally get from the sun also has many health benefits for us.
Enjoy the summer solstice, enjoy the sunshine. And most importantly, let the sunshine into your home! With the longest day of the year before us, open the windows and bask in the light. Let it flood your home with light and brighten your day. Try these other ways to celebrate, too!
- Take photos of the same place throughout the day, showing how the daylight changes.
- Plant a small herb garden in the sunniest window in your home and reap the rewards in your cooking.
- Capture a cat nap in a sunbeam.
And enjoy #DaylightAppreciationDay all day!
NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
Solatube International, Inc., a manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices sponsors National Daylight Appreciation Day to share information about the importance of daylighting and to celebrate the longest day of the year.
NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY
Observed annually on June 21st, National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day recognizes a sweet way to eat ripened peaches. It’s also a perfect way to begin and end the summer solstice. (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.
Almost any seasonal fruit goes well with chilled cream, and peaches are no exception. The sweetness of the fruit combines with the silkiness of the cream for a refreshing summer treat. It’s so delicious, we keep coming back for more!
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!
With peaches just coming into season, it’s a good time to keep an eye out for them. Generally speaking, there are two types of peaches – freestone and clingstone. The flesh determines the kind of peach. How the flesh comes away from the stone or the pit in the middle of the peach gives it the name. When the meat comes away freely from the stone, the peach is a freestone peach; if the flesh clings to the peach, it’s a clingstone.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPeachesNCreamDay
What’s your favorite kind of peach? A great way to celebrate the day is by visiting your favorite fruit stand or orchard and picking up some fresh peaches. Then, give these peachy recipes a whirl:
Plus, this Southern-style recipe book, The Peach Truck Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for All Things Peach is perfect too using those Peach Stand wonders. Use #NationalPeachesnCreamDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL PEACHES’ N’ CREAM DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this peachy holiday. However, next month is National Peach Month, and you don’t want to miss out!
NATIONAL DAY OF THE GONG
National Day of the Gong on June 21st honors the gong’s unique history among instruments of sound, creativity, and healing.
Mighty and gentle, earthy, and celestial, this extraordinary instrument is a conduit of Creation. With an international cultural history, the gong offers sensory and multi-dimensional sounds. Thanks to artisans worldwide, gongs come in an array of sizes, designs, and origins. As an instrument, they are both beautiful in design and performance. While gongs originate in the East or Southeast Asia, they also have an ancient history in Rome.
Percussionists play these circular metal discs by striking them with a mallet. The tones or pitch vary depending on the size and shape of the gong. Other factors impact the tone as well. For example, gongs may be rimmed or rimless, shallow or deep. They may also be flat or bossed or knobbed in the center. The mallet also influences the resulting music and is used to play rhythms, creating melodies.
While the gong is an ancient instrument, it has become a profound presence within diverse performances and ceremonies. It also offers modalities for the Mind-Body-Spirit. Traditional and contemporary artists bring the gong alive through imaginative and effective spectrums of expression.
The celebration encourages us to enjoy, explore, create, and collaborate on this powerful day. Listen to the gong and its fascinating sounds, vibrations, and work in the world! Other ways to explore on #DayOfTheGong include:
- Discover the different styles of gongs and the sounds they make.
- Attend a performance.
- Learn to play the gong.
- Find out how a gong is made.
- Meditate or attend a spiritual session using a gong.
Use #DayOfTheGong to share your experiences on social media.
NATIONAL DAY OF THE GONG HISTORY
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~!
In 2017, The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the National Day of the Gong to be observed on June 21st, annually.
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. 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 21st, National Arizona Day recognizes the state that joined 48 states into a contiguous unit. Interestingly, Arizona became a state on Valentine’s Day in 1912.
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.
Known as the Grand Canyon State, Arizona brings the wilderness to you. The breathtaking views of the Colorado Plateau, which incidentally took over 70 million years to form into towering stone, are now one of nature’s grand centerpieces.
Carved into limestone cliffs along Beaver Creek, a well-preserved dwelling towers above the scrubland below. Home to the Sinagua Indians around 1500 AD, the Aztecs mistakenly named this place 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. Under the right conditions, they can live to be 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, watersports, camping, and beaches, there are plenty of ways to relax, have fun, and cool off. Plus this Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide & Journal fits the need for any adventure you desire.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalArizonaDay
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.
The U.S. Patent Office issues Cyrus McCormick a patent for his invention of a reaper.
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. debuts his invention, the Ferris wheel, at Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition.
New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks in the first game of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Test pilot Mike Melvill flew SpaceShipOne into suborbital flight becoming the first civilian to pilot an aircraft into space.
The animated film WALL-E premieres. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
2 cups chilled heavy cream, divided
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
In a 1 quart heavy saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of cream until hot.
In a metal bowl, whisk together yolks, sugar, and salt until well combined.
Add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking to combine.
Pour mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until a thermometer reads 160°F.
Strain custard through a mesh sieve into a bowl.
Add vanilla and stir.
Melt chocolate using one of several methods below:
- A double boiler or a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stirring the chocolate continuously or;
- A glass bowl in the microwave at 30-second increments until the chocolate softens.
Combine chocolate and mousse.
Whisk into the custard until smooth. Let cool.
Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl, beat the remaining 1-1/4 cups of cream to stiff peaks.
Fold in a fourth of the cream into the custard, then gently fold the remaining cream.
Spoon mousse into dishes and chill, covered for 6 hours.
Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving.
Top with whipped cream.
Henry Ossawa Tanner – 1859
The internationally acclaimed painter became known for his religious and faith-inspired works. His realistic paintings also depicted scenes of the everyday life of African Americans. Some of his notable works include Into the Light, The Dancing Lesson, and The Thankful Poor.
Daisy Turner – 1883
The gifted American storyteller and poet is noted for her oral recordings of family history.
Juliet Lewis – 1973
The American actress gained recognition for her roles in the early 1990s. You may recognize her in Natural Born Killers, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and August: Osage County.
Prince William of Wales – 1982
A member of the British royal family, Prince William is second in line to the throne.
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