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MARCH 23, 2020 | NATIONAL PUPPY DAY | NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY | NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY | NATIONAL CHIA DAY | NATIONAL MELBA TOAST DAY

NATIONAL PUPPY DAY – March 23

NATIONAL PUPPY DAY

Observed each year on March 23rd, National Puppy Day celebrates the unconditional love and affection puppies bring to our lives.  Their cuddles and wiggles make us smile and without a doubt, there are squeals of delight when there are puppies around!

The day also brings awareness to the need for care of and homes for orphaned pups as well as to educate people about the horrors of puppy mills across the country. Puppies are a big responsibility. Be sure to consider everything involved and adopt from a shelter. The puppies there need love and a home just as much as any other and they grow into loyal pets, too!

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. Some of these dogs come with litters of puppies. If you’re seeking a puppy to start your furry family, check the shelters first. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless.

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NATIONAL PUPPY DAY HISTORY

National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige.  Paige is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day.

 

NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY – March 23

NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY

On March 23rd, it’s a National Day just for the chip and dip! National Chip And Dip Day celebrates a perfect combination loved by many across the country. Chips and dip are the quick and easy party dish that also make for great parties. We enjoy them for just about any occasion. From watching the game to hunkering down for a big storm, chips and dips are the way to go. Just no double-dipping, please!

Only a few days earlier on March 14, we celebrate Potato Chip Day, and now we add a partner, the dip.  And people have been dipping their food for centuries. Hummus-like recipes date back to the 13th century. These are some of the first “dip” recipes found.

Potato chips are not the only mode of celebrating the day. There are tortilla chips, corn chips, pretzel chips, and even popcorn chips to name a few.  After you have chosen your chips, there are dozens of dips to partner with them. There are a variety of dips usually made with sour cream, cheeses, salsas, and seasonings. The combinations are endless.  Don’t hesitate to mix up your favorite or try something new!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChipAndDipDay

Invite some family and friends over and have a chip and dip party! Be sure to share your favorite recipes, too. Like this Mexican Party Dip recipe or one of the many others we’ve provided below. 

Hot Garlic Garlic Dip
BLT Dip
Velveeta Spicy Cheeseburger Dip
Captain’s Seafood Crab Dip

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NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY HISTORY

While National Day Calendar has yet to discover the origins of this food holiday, we’re certain no double-dipping occurred in the making of this holiday. 

NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY – March 23
NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY

From a national view, each day many of us face a near miss here and there. March 23rd commemorates the day the entire Earth faced a near miss when a massive asteroid (4581 Asclepius) nearly hit us in 1989. National Near Miss Day celebrates the day 4581 Asclepius flew right on by. 

On March 22-23, 1989, a mountain-sized asteroid came within 500,000 miles of colliding with the earth. “On the cosmic scale of things, that was a close call,” said Dr. Henry Holt. Geophysicists estimate that a collision with Asclepius would release energy comparable to the explosion of a 600 megaton atomic bomb. A collision would have had catastrophic effects on our planet. Scientists discovered the asteroid on March 31, 1989 – nine days after its closest approach to Earth. 

There have been other near misses that have happened on an infrequent basis.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNearMissDay

Have you ever had a near miss? This might be the day to share the story. There are several ways to celebrate this day. 

  • Explore asteroids up close by visiting the NASA website
  • Share stories about near misses. Write it out or share a video. 
  • Read about other near misses or not so near misses. Like the one known human to have been struck by a meteorite, Ann Hodges.
  • Watch videos about asteroids, meteors, and meteorites, like the one below.

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NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY HISTORY

While the origin of the observance is obvious, the creator of the day is considered nearly missing from our sources. However, we suspect the person to be a stargazer of sorts. 

NATIONAL CHIA DAY – MARCH 23NATIONAL CHIA DAY

On March 23rd, National Chia Day recognizes the tiny, yet powerful chia seed that has earned its reputation as being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Revered by the Maya and Aztecs for their amazing healing powers and natural energy, chia seeds have become a trusted staple for people around the world and can be enjoyed in many foods and beverages!

High in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and complete protein, chia seeds are neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe to boost the nutritional profile.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
  • 25% more fiber than flaxseed
  • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
  • 2x more potassium than bananas
  • 6x more calcium than milk

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChiaDay

Add chia to your diet on this day (and every day) to enjoy the strength and vitality that these seeds bring to your life. Start your day with chia granola, power through the day with chia bars, and enjoy chia beverages anytime. Celebrate every meal by adding chia! Post on social media using #NationalChiaDay.

NATIONAL CHIA DAY HISTORY

Mamma Chia founded National Chia Day in February of 2016 to celebrate the powerful chia seed. 

By the policies set forth to designate a National Observance, this proclamation has been certified by the Registrar at National Day Calendar® to be observed on March 23rd, annually.

NATIONAL MELBA TOAST DAY

March 23rd recognizes National Melba Toast Day, a food holiday. Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast. It is sometimes served with salad or soup or may be eaten plain or with a topping.

Chef Auguste Escoffier of the Savoy created Melba toast. He named it after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of the Australian opera singer, Helen Porter Mitchell. The singer was quite popular with the chef. He created not just this diet toast for Ms. Melba, but a famous dessert as well – Peach Melba.  

Over the years, chefs and cooks have developed recipes for Melba Toast because it’s such an excellent canvas to build appetizers. The sturdy toast holds up well and adds to a beautiful canapé plate. Top it with a variety of spreads, paté, fruits, and vegetables, it makes for a delicious and elegant service. 

Another useful benefit of Melba toast’s firmness is it doubles as a teething biscuit for infants when they reach an age old enough to chew. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMelbaToastDay

Melba toast can be eaten much like crackers by adding toppings or spreads. Try seasoning some or include it with your meal. Other ways to celebrate include:

  • Reading up about Chef Auguste Escoffier.
  • Listen to Dame Nellie Melba Sing.
  • Learn to make homemade Melba toast.
  • Learn about the history of the Savoy.
  • Create a new dish and name it after someone you know.

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NATIONAL MELBA TOAST DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food holiday. 

Recipe of the Day

Mushroom Linguine

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients:

1 lb linguine, cooked al dente, drained
6 tablespoons butter
10 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions:

Prepare Linguine according to instructions.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet.

Add garlic and brown.

Add mushrooms, basil, salt, and pepper.

Cook until the mushrooms become tender.

Stir in the remaining butter and olive oil. Remove from heat.

Toss with cooked linguine and garnish with Parmesan and parsley.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

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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