MARCH 13, 2020 | NATIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN DAY | NATIONAL BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY | NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY | NATIONAL JEWEL DAY | NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY | NATIONAL COCONUT TORTE DAY | NATIONAL EARMUFF DAY
NATIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN DAY
National Good Samaritan Day on March 13th recognizes the unselfish actions of those who provide help when needed. The day is also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day and celebrates kindness in all its forms.
The term “good Samaritan” comes from the Bible parable where a Samaritan helped a stranger who had been robbed and beaten and left to die by the side of the road. The Samaritan not only cleaned the man’s wounds and clothed him, but took him to an inn where he paid for the man’s care.
The term is used today to describe those who perform acts of kindness for those in need, especially those who are strangers.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GoodSamaritanDay
Make an effort to help someone who is struggling or having a problem. Use #GoodSamaritanDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN DAY HISTORY
Our research has found that this day is in honor of the death of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese who was murdered near her home on March 13, 1964, in New York City. For Miss Genovese, had just one good Samaritan stepped forward that night, she may be alive today. Her killer was interrupted two times, each interruption witnessed by neighbors or passersby, but no one called the police. After his third and successful attempt, one person called, but it was too late for Miss Genovese. The creator of this day was not found.
NATIONAL BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY
Go lightly into this day. If you don’t want to blame someone, blame something. It’s all in fun.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BlameSomeoneElseDay
Use #BlameSomeoneElseDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the classroom for games and projects designed specifically for this observance.
NATIONAL BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY HISTORY
National Blame Someone Else Day was invented by Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan in 1982. One day, her alarm clock failed to go off, hence creating a domino effect of bad luck events throughout the day. Since the day happened to be on Friday the 13th, the observance takes place on the first Friday the 13th each year.
NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY
March 13th recognizes National K9 Veterans Day and the dedicated K9 units who’ve served since World War II.
A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. We rationed oil, leather, and rubber. The military draft men into service. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies.
And dogs were called to duty. During the first world war, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers, and several other functions.
A private citizen, Mrs. Alene Erlanger initiated a program called Dogs for Defense. Along with the American Kennel Club and a handful of breeders, the group aimed to train the dogs for military use.
By November of 1942, the military prepared the first Dogs for Defense for duty in North Africa. While at first, they were gun shy, they proved to be well trained.
As the war progressed, Dogs for Defense was unable to keep up with the demand, and the Remount Branch, Service Installations Divisions took over the training of the dogs.
Over the years, the military, police, and rescue have developed a variety of training methods for K9 units. Their training is tailored to meet the demands of the job, and each animal and handler carries out his or her duties to the fullest.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalK9VeteransDay
Recognize a K9 veteran. Learn more about their service, history, and training. Attend a ceremony honoring the working dogs in military units and working dogs across the country. Use #NationalK9VeteransDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY HISTORY
National K9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps, which was formed in 1942. Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day.
NATIONAL JEWEL DAY
National Jewel Day on March 13th recognizes the makers, the jewelers and the special pieces that take our breath away. Each year, the day reminds us to wear those pieces and to appreciate the artisans who make them shine!
Jewelers offer a wide variety of gemstones. They provide their customers with custom designs and often help craft one-of-a-kind pieces. Selecting from precious and semi-precious stones takes time. Most jewelers collaborate with artisans who work with clients to bring their vision to life. They also repair and clean heirloom pieces, too.
Birthstones by Month
- January – Garnet
- February – Amethyst
- March – Aquamarine
- April – Diamond
- May – Emerald
- June – Pearl
- July – Ruby
- August – Peridot
- September – Sapphire
- October – Opal
- November – Yellow Topaz, Citrine
- December – Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJewelDay
If you have a special piece that’s been closed up in a jewelry box, bring it out for this celebration! It needs to see the light of day. Give a shout out to a jeweler who created that unique piece for you. Let others know about their talent, too. Pick out a new piece with your birthstone or the stone of someone important to you. Jewelry isn’t just for special occasions. Take it out for a spin and let it sparkle!
Buy some jewelry, make some yourself or sign up for a class to learn the art of jewelry making. Freshen up your everyday attire with a little bling and use #NationalJewelDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL JEWEL DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this sparkling day.
NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY
National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day on March 13th annually is a national science experiment of sorts. Open an umbrella indoors and pay attention to whether or not you suffer any bad luck.
One often wonders how superstitions pass from one generation to the next. One such old superstition says that opening your umbrella indoors will bring you bad luck. The day encourages you to test the superstition and note if any bad luck comes your way. While your at it, document the kinds of bad luck. Perhaps it isn’t bad luck. It may just be happenstance – things that would have happened whether you had opened an umbrella or not.
While umbrellas have been around for over 3000 years, the origin of the superstition is strangely obscure. There is some suggestion that ancient Egyptians thought it offended the gods to open an umbrella where there was already shade. However, the more modern version of the superstition would suggest bad things happening as a result of poor timing or inconvenience.
HOW TO OBSERVE #OpenAnUmbrellaIndoorsDay
Test the theory that opening an umbrella inside brings bad luck by doing so and noting any bad luck that comes your way. You might reduce your risk of bad luck by opening the umbrella in a wide space versus a tight hallway to avoid knocking pictures off the wall. And may we suggest giving those around you a sign of warning as well. We wouldn’t want any eyes being poked out. Use #OpenAnUmbrellaIndoorsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY HISTORY
Thomas Edward Knibb of Frederick, MD, created this day to encourage people to find out if they had any bad luck when they opened the umbrella indoors.
NATIONAL COCONUT TORTE DAY
National Coconut Torte Day on March 13th recognizes a rich dessert featuring the decadent flavor of coconut and decorated with it, too! Coconut lovers may enjoy this holiday savoring the delicious taste of this rich dessert.
The word torte is German and literally means cake. Torte refers to both a multi-layered cake filled with buttercream, jam, or cream and to a rich, moist and dense single-layered cake. A torte may be made with little to no flour, but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, as well as sugar, eggs, and flavorings.
Did you know that a coconut tree can grow to be as tall as ninety feet?
Coconuts were available in the United States in the early 1700s even though the palm was not indigenous to the continental United States. There are many recipes using coconut, including cakes, cookies, and tortes from that era, so it was certainly as popular an ingredient as it is today.
Coconut is rich in fiber, Vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. The oil from coconut moisturizes our skin and also helps keep our skin clear and hair silky, too.
Of course, in the kitchen, we love coconut! Beyond baked goods, coconut infuses sweet flavor to our cooking, and because the MCTs in coconut oil don’t absorb in the body as fat, it is an ideal alternative to other oils and fats.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoconutTorteDay
Enjoy this Coconut Torte recipe: Ghirardelli Coconut Almond Torte with Chocolate Chips. Then invite friends and family to help you celebrate the day!
Use #NationalCoconutTorteDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL COCONUT TORTE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this dessert holiday.
NATIONAL EARMUFF DAY
National Earmuff Day on March 13th recognizes the creation of the protection that keeps our ears warm. The annual celebration highlights the history of the fun and innovative invention each year.
If you live in a cold climate like Chester Greenwood did, and had large, protruding ears, like Chester Greenwood did, you might be thankful for his invention. National Earmuff Day honors the man who found a better way to keep our ears warm all winter long.
After a day of ice skating in the cold, 15-year-old Chester came up with an idea to keep his big ears warm. Partnering with his grandmother who sewed tufts of fur between loops of wire, Chester soon had a working model.
Farmington, Maine is now the “Earmuff Capital of the World”
On March 13, 1877, he was awarded a patent for his new creation. It was one of many would earn. Greenwood was a prolific inventor, but the invention he is most known for is the earmuff.
For almost 60 years, Greenwood manufactured these ear protectors, which provided jobs for the people in the Farmington, Maine area.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEarmuffDay
Wear your favorite earmuffs and pick up a new pair. Give a pair to a friend or family member as a gift. Or, donate several to a shelter near you. Even with spring approaching, earmuffs will still come in handy. Be sure to use #NationalEarmuffDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EARMUFF DAY HISTORY
The origin of this day honors Chester Greenwood. However, our research remains somewhat muffled on the creator of the day.
Recipe of the Day
Baked Pears Recipe
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
grated rind and juice of 1 orange
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°
Slice in half and core
Place on baking sheet
In a small bowl, combine sugar, lemon and orange rind and juices
Pour over pears
Dot with butter
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Bake for 1 hour
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- National Introverts Week -Third Full Week in March
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- National Animal Poison Prevention Week – Third Full Week of March
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