NATIONAL LEON DAY
National Leon Day marks June 25th as six months away from Christmas day. Leon is Noel spelled backward and is a day some crafters begin planning their homemade gifts and decorations. It can also be a day for those who miss the winter holidays to have a mini winter celebration in June.
Homemade projects take planning and time. Craftspersons put effort into their designs creating customized gifts for their loved ones. These one-of-a-kind items are often appreciated for their thoughtfulness and ingenuity. The day may also serve as reminder to get your holiday shopping started. It’s never too soon to start!
Speaking of holiday shopping, June 25th marks an ideal time for winter holiday celebrations. Summer vacation frees family to travel and visit relatives. And lack of snow makes traveling by car safer, reducing the chance of being stranded by snowstorms.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLeonDay
Crafters, get your hot glue guns ready! Start planning your ugly sweaters now to beat the crowds. Pick up your presale copy of the 2021 National Day Wall Calendar for crafting inspiration.
You can also celebrate by hosting a winter in June holiday party. Include all the trimmings such as turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, too. Give your cold-loving friends something to look forward to. Use #NationalLeonDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LEON DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this crafty holiday. While we do, check out these other unique celebrations:
- Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
- Clerihew Day
- All American Pet Photo Day
- Wrong-Way Corrigan Day
NATIONAL BOMB POP DAY
The last Thursday in June is reserved for enjoying a summertime favorite on National Bomb Pop Day. It’s rocket shape and vivid colors remind us of fireworks!
Patriotic and frozen into the shape of a star ready to rocket across the sky, the Bomb Pop came to fruition during the Cold War. Invented in 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri, Bomb Pops are also known as the red, white, and blue frozen treat. Having one of these icy sweets is a terrific way to kick off the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in your community.
Not only are they perfect for cooling off on a hot summer’s day, but Bomb Pops also satisfy a sweet tooth, too.
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Enjoy one of these frozen treats and use #NationalBombPopDay to share on social media.
Looking for more? Check out these 7 Summertime Treats to Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL BOMB POP DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this chilling summer holiday.
NATIONAL HANDSHAKE DAY
On the last Thursday of June each year, people across the nation observe National Handshake Day.
Of all the various forms of greeting, the handshake is perhaps one of the most ancient.
The origin of the handshake is hard to pinpoint. As it is a non-verbal mode of communication, it may have existed before written records. Theories suggest it was a way for medieval knights, Roman soldiers, and other weapon carrying men to check for hidden daggers by grasping each other’s forearms in greeting.
Archaeological ruins in ancient Greece support this theory. The funerary stele depicts two soldiers shaking hands and dates back to 5th century BC.
An even older record in Egypt suggests the handshake held a different sort of power – the power of giving. According to Babylonian custom, kings would grasp the hand of the statue of the god Marduk before taking the throne. This act was repeated annually during the festival of Zagmuk to carry his power over into the next year. Even conquering Assyria continued the tradition.
As during ancient times, modern-day handshakes have different customs around the world. Women didn’t usually carry weapons and therefore didn’t shake hands as a form of greeting. In the United States, Russia, Australia, Brazil, and the United Kingdom handshakes tend to be firm, but even those with firm greetings have lingering differences. However, in most Asian countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea, the grip is light, and there should be no direct eye contact. However, in the Philippines, they make eye contact while keeping the hold light.
Then there are the secret handshakes, those elaborate greetings signaling membership in a group, club, or society. One of the more famous societies known to use secret handshakes is the Freemasons.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL HANDSHAKE DAY
Shake the hand of at least one person that you would not have on any other day. You may just want to wish them a good day while doing so. It’s also a day to perfect your handshake. A grip that’s too firm may come off as aggressive, and one too weak may seem insincere. What impression are you trying to make?
Or you can go the silly route like some of the National Day Calendar staff did.
Use #NationalHandshakeDay on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL HANDSHAKE DAY
Miryam Roddy, on behalf of BRODY Professional Development, founded National Handshake Day. “This gesture is key to 1st impressions & relationships,” says Roddy regarding handshakes. The day has been observed since at least 2005.
NATIONAL CATFISH DAY
In the United States, National Catfish Day on June 25th each year celebrates the value of farm-raised catfish.
A diverse group of ray-finned fish, catfish are named for their prominent barbels, which resemble cat whiskers. These nocturnal swimmers don’t have any scales. Their smooth flesh makes it difficult for anglers to clean. In the United States, the most commonly eaten species of catfish are the channel catfish and blue catfish. They are also a good source of Vitamin D.
In 1986, catfish comprised the third-highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States.
A favorite dish of many Americans, this fine finned fish can be prepared in many different ways. Traditionally, many catfish lovers coat the fish in cornmeal and fry it. While many people prepare only the filets when cooking fish, when it comes to catfish, others prefer the fish cooked whole. No matter the method, this tender whitefish comes delicately off the bone. Spices complement this freshwater fish, too. However, it is also delicious served with a milder touch. A little lemon and butter go a long way. Those who love it fried will eat the crispy tail right away to savor the crunch!
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While baking and frying catfish may be the most common ways of enjoying this flavorful fish, they’re not the only way. Celebrate by discovering all-new recipes like soups, sandwiches, and appetizers. How about some catfish pasta dishes? If you’ve never tasted catfish before, #NationalCatfishDay encourages you to explore dishes bursting with flavor. Add a little catfish to your menu! We even offer several recipes for you to try, too!
How do you enjoy your catfish? Let us know by using #NationalCatfishDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL CATFISH DAY HISTORY
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated June 25th as National Catfish Day by Presidential Proclamation after Congress called for the day to be established by Joint Resolution 178.
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NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY
National Strawberry Parfait Day on June 25th comes around each year during the perfect time – peak strawberry season.
In fact, parfait is French for perfect. The traditional parfait is a dessert of ice cream or frozen custard layered with fruit and whipped cream in a tall stemmed glass. An additional topping of whipped cream garnishes the dessert. Today, we often replace the ice cream with yogurt or pudding and layers of granola.
Strawberries are not only in season during June, but they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat per 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when snack time is calling! When making parfaits, don’t just reserve them for dessert. If serving them with yogurt and granola, they make a delicious breakfast and snack, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStrawberryParfaitDay
This celebration offers a terrific opportunity to explore your farmer’s markets for fresh-picked strawberries. Once you have the bounty home, make a homemade strawberry parfait to enjoy with all the wholesome ingredients you can add. Or indulge a little and make a traditional parfait with ice cream, whipped cream, and maybe a little chocolate syrup, too. We even have a recipe for you to try.
Another way to celebrate is by visiting your favorite ice cream shop and treating the family to strawberry parfaits. Be sure to give them a shout out.
How will you be celebrating? Let us know by using #NationalStrawberryParfaitDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this berry sweet holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
20 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnut pieces
1 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup for coating
Place walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, spirulina, and 1/4 cup of coconut into food processor and mix until it becomes sticky and starts to form a ball (around 2 minutes). Take dough from food processor and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the remaining coconut to coat them. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
About National Day Calendar
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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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