MARCH 14, 2019 | NATIONAL PI DAY | NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY | NATIONAL AG DAY | WORLD KIDNEY DAY | NATIONAL WRITE DOWN YOUR STORY DAY | NATIONAL LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES DAY | NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY
NATIONAL PI DAY
National Pi Day is observed annually on March 14th.
The 3rd month and the 14th day of the year is a consistent day to celebrate the mathematical constant π. Also known as pi, the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14. National Pi Day is celebrated by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Our research has found that there are different ways that people celebrate National Pi Day. Some of the celebrations include:
- Eating a slice of pie
- Pie eating contests
- Discussing the significance of the number π
- More recently watching Life of Pi
- Finding 3.14 deals in as many version of π as possible. For example
Use #NationalPiDay to post on social media. Include photos in your post.
The earliest known official, or large-scale celebration of Pi Day, was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.
On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224) recognizing March 14, 2009, as National Pi Day.
On August 24, 1853, an unhappy restaurant customer, complaining that his potatoes were too thick and soggy, kept sending them back. Chef George Crum decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible, frying them until crisp and added extra salt. To the chef’s surprise, the customer loved them, and they soon became a regular item on the restaurant’s menu under the name of “Saratoga Chips.”
Alternative explanations of the beginning of potato chips date them to recipes in Shilling Cookery for the People by Alexis Soyer (1845) or Mary Randolph’s The Virginia House-Wife (1824). There are many references between these dates to sliced potatoes being fried in grease but whether they were fried to a crisp is not clear.
What is clear is that by the late 1870s, the term “Saratoga Chips” was being widely used as a standard menu item on train cars, hotel restaurants, and street carts. The name carried on into grocers when the chips were made in larger batches by bakeries. They shipped them by wagon to the restaurants and grocers by the barrel, and the grocers would then sell to private families by the pound. Folks were instructed to bake the chips in a hot oven for a few minutes, and they would be as crisp as if fried that same day.
The Dayton, Ohio-based Mike-sell’s Potato Chip Company, founded in 1910, calls itself the “oldest potato chip company in the United States.” New England-based Tri-Sum Potato Chips, originally established in 1908 as the Leominster Potato Chip Company, in Leominster, Massachusetts, claims to be America’s first potato chip manufacturer.
- In the 20th century, potato chips spread beyond chef-cooked restaurant fare and began to be mass-produced for home consumption.
- Flavored chips were introduced in the 1950s.
- Potato Chip revenues are over $15 billion a year worldwide!
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Potato Chip Day.
NATIONAL AG DAY
National Ag Day is observed annually. This day is a day for all to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture across the United States. American agriculture plays a very critical economic and food security role in our country.
Farm co-ops, universities, 4-H clubs, agricultural associations, FFA clubs, businesses and other organizations at the city, county and state levels celebrate with a variety of events that give the general public an opportunity to see how their food, clothing and other products get from the farm to you.
These events also demonstrate the economic impact agriculture has on a society.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Check your local newspaper or online listings for events near you. Use #NationalAgDay to post on social media.
The National Ag Day Program and The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) were both started in 1973 as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society. You will find additional information at http://www.agday.org/
WORLD KIDNEY DAY
World Kidney Day on the second Thursday in March sets out each year to create increased awareness about kidney care.
Our Kidneys are vital to our everyday health and there are many health issues that contribute to Chronic Kidney Disease. Preventative measures help to reduce our risks and improve outcomes.
Early Chronic Kidney Disease usually has no symptoms so early detection is important. Educating medical professions, identifying high-risk populations and increasing donor programs are some of the key objectives of reducing Chronic Kidney Disease.
HOW TO OBSERVE
We all need to take care of our own health, but it’s important be supportive of others, too. Check out ways you can do both.
- If you’re on a medication regimen that requires testing of your kidney function on a regular schedule, be sure to follow your physician’s instructions.
- Learn about conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that increase the risk for Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Find out if kidney diseases run in your family and update your medical records with your family physician.
- Volunteer to support those receiving dialysis.
- Attend a seminar or screening at a local clinic.
- Learn about donor programs and consider becoming a donor.
- Learn more by visiting www.worldkidneyday.org
Use #WorldKidneyDay to share your experiences and to follow events on social media.
In 2006, the International Federation of Kidney Foundations created World Kidney Day to raise awareness and increase educational opportunities regarding kidney diseases and prevention.
NATIONAL WRITE YOUR STORY DAY
Everyone has a story. On March 14, National Write Your Story Day challenges you to tell your story in written form.
You may think to yourself, “There’s nothing in my life to tell.” It will surprise you once you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and the words start filling the pages. Words have a way of triggering memories. They form a moment in time, and before you know it, there’s a story flowing from your fingertips. Even if you never share your tale, it can be an essence of who you are and where you’ve been.
Trips down memory lane or recreating the moment when a spark of inspiration occurred, are more intriguing than you know. Today, they fill blogs, inspire novels and entire television series. More importantly, they are treasures to family and loved ones.
National Write Your Story Day encourages us to start telling our personal story today. There’s a story worth recounting in there somewhere!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Commit to writing your story. Grab pen and paper or your favorite electronic device and begin typing away. We all have a story to tell. Use #WriteYourStoryDay to share on social media.
Mitzy founded National Write Your Story Day in September of 2017. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed it will be observed annually beginning March 14, 2018.
Mitzy is an Author, Artist, Guide and founder of Mitzy TV, which pushes to inspire authors and artist to become better individuals. This business also works to provide direction and encouragement to others so that they can push their work out into the world where it can best serve others.
NATIONAL LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES DAY
Observed annually, March 14th is National Learn About Butterflies Day. Spring and summer are just right around the corner, so it is an excellent time to take a few minutes and learn something new about butterflies and appreciate their beauty.
Butterflies need our help to survive as they rely on flowers and other natural sources for survival. We can help them by planting more flowers.
- There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide.
- Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches.
- Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species.
- Many butterflies migrate over long distances. Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to the northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Read up on butterflies or find a good sunny spot to watch some. Use #LearnAboutButterfliesDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Learn About Butterflies Day.
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY
National Children’s Craft Day is observed annually on March 14th. This day is an attempt to bring awareness of crafting to children. By opening children’s eyes to the world of crafts, their imagination is sparked, and from there, the possibilities are endless. National Children’s Craft Day is part of National Craft Month.
Crafting can give children a sense of accomplishment as well as help build their self-esteem. As with adults, in children crafting is also a stress reducer.
Craft stores hold special classes throughout the month of March, so there are opportunities for children to get involved. It’s also an opportunity for children to interact with others, to learn something new and to have fun without electronics or television. When stimulating a child’s creativity, we encourage their curiosity and use of tactile skills as well.
It doesn’t cost a lot to get a child involved with crafts. Many common household items can be used for projects.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get children you know crafts to work on and use #ChildrensCraftDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Children’s Craft Day.
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