TOLKIEN READING DAY
Celebrated around the world on March 25th, Tolkien Reading Day is a favorite among fans of the renowned author.
J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan. 3, 1892 – Sept. 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. He was best known as the author of the classic works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion as well as Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham. However, he has published more than 30 books, several posthumously. The author has sold more than 150 million copies of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that number continues to grow.
The day encourages readers of all ages to explore the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and learn more about the author. With over 30 published works, he had a lot to say and not just about hobbits, though many are on medieval order.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TolkienReadingDay
Can you doodle like Tolkien? Check out the video below. He was an avid crossword puzzler, too. While reading Tolkien’s amazing adventures, learn more about the master. Take out your markers and pens. Draw up the creatures or doodle an amazing realm from your imagination. What will you create?
Here are other ways to participate from home:
- Create your own map of Middle Earth.
- Download and print this Tolkien word search puzzle. Can you find all the Middle Earth words?
- As you’re reading one of Tolkien’s books, make a list of all the new words you encounter.
Read some of Tolkien’s works and use #TolkienReadingDay to post on social media.
TOLKIEN READING DAY HISTORY
The Tolkien Society created this observance in 2003 to encourage the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. They chose the date of March 25th because it matches the fall of Sauron in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY
National Medal of Honor Day on March 25th recognizes all Medal of Honor recipients.
On March 25, 1863, Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented the first Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862.
Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is awarded only to US military personnel by the President of the United States in the name of Congress for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
There are three versions of the Medal of Honor; one for the Army, one for the Navy and one for the Air Force, with personnel of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receiving the Navy version.
Since its creation, there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coastguardsmen.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MedalOfHonorDay
Some federal, state, local, and military organizations may hold events recognizing Medal of Honor recipients. These events may be public or private. Other ways to participate include:
- Volunteering for your local veteran organization
- Donate to a veteran service organization
- Adopt a Medal of Honor gravesite
- Fly the U.S. flag at your home or business
- Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- Visit local memorial sites
Use #MedalOfHonorDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY HISTORY
In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day.
NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY
On the last Wednesday in March, National Little Red Wagon Day celebrates the memories in the making and the ones already made. One iconic toy wields the power of imagination for adults and children alike as it brings us together to explore, laugh and play.
For nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. As a brand, Radio Flyer has always supported unstructured outdoor play and its positive impact on children. With their 100th anniversary on the horizon, Radio Flyer would like to establish a day that not only celebrates kids’ imaginations but the vehicles that help them explore it – their wagons.
This iconic toy is one of the most enduring toys of all time. For generations, children have led little red wagons down Independence Day parade routes, carried out infinite imaginary missions and voyages of childhood fantasy. It is not unusual for a little red wagon to be handed down from one generation to the next, treasured like a family heirloom. The adventures are enjoyed by all, regardless of age.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LittleRedWagonDay
As the weather gets warmer and spring officially begins, use the day to encourage kids to get outside, get active and go wherever their imaginations take them. Use #LittleRedWagonDay and tag @RadioFlyer to share on social media.
NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY HISTORY
Radio Flyer founded National Little Red Wagon Day in honor of its 100th anniversary. The Registrar of National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2016.
MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY
Manatee Appreciation Day on the Last Wednesday in March focuses the world’s attention on an herbivore with no known natural enemy.
Three species of manatees inhabit slow rivers, canals, saltwater bays, estuaries and coastal areas around the world. The Amazonian, West Indian, and American manatees have differing lifespans with the American manatee living the longest – up to 60 years. These gentle giants spend most of their time eating sleeping and traveling. They also spend most of their time underwater. However, since they are mammals, they must surface for air occasionally. They can remain submerged for about 20 minutes at a time and when they surface they are capable of replenishing 90 percent of the air in their lungs. By comparison, humans only replace about 10 percent.
More Manatee Facts:
- They are also called sea cows.
- Manatees are related to the elephant.
- Due to their immense size, (some weigh up to 1,200 pounds) they graze up to 8 hours a day.
- Manatees continually replace their teeth. A new set is always growing behind the current set of teeth.
As a migratory species, the American manatee inhabits the Florida waters during the winter and move as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas in the summer months.
The most significant challenge manatees face today is the loss of habitat. Currently, there are approximately 3,200 manatees living in the United States.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ManateeAppreciationDay
Learn more about this amazing water mammal. Support saving their habitat, too.
Use #ManateeApprecicationDay to post on social media.
MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this appreciation day.
NATIONAL LOBSTER NEWBURG DAY
National Lobster Newburg day on March 25th ushers in a celebration worthy of a sea captain. An American seafood dish, Lobster Newburg includes lobster, butter, cream, cognac, sherry, eggs, and cayenne pepper.
Delmonico’s of New York debut Lobster Newburg in 1876. A sea captain by the name of Ben Wenburg developed the elegant and rich dish. After he demonstrated the recipe to restaurant manager Charles Delmonico, Chef Charles Ranhofer made refinements and they added the creation to the restaurant’s menu as Lobster a la Wenburg. It wasn’t long before the dish grew in popularity.
However, an argument between Wenburg and manager Charles Delmonico caused the dish to be removed from the menu. After many requests from patrons, Delmonico’s returned the dish with a new name. The entree came to be known as Lobster Newburg.
When Delmonico’s first opened in 1830, Brothers Giovanni and Peter transformed a small café into New York’s first customary restaurant with cloth-covered tables and printed menus. Similar to the café’s transformation, Lobster Newburg came about right around the time lobster was transforming from a poor man’s food to a delicacy. See before the mid-1800s, people considered lobster to be fish bait or food for prisoners. It was an undesirable food. But right around the time Captian Wenburg invented the dish, tourism by train and ship was taking off. Couple that with improved canning options (including lobster), people were experiencing the seafood for the first time.
As dishes like Lobster Newburg, lobster tails, lobster bisque, and others found their way on to restaurant menus, the nation’s love of the crustacean grew.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LobsterNewburgDay
There are so many ways to celebrate this day. Of course, enjoy a dish of Lobster Newburg. But you can also do some exploring.
- Check out the history of Delmonico’s.
- Learn more about the types of lobsters in the sea.
- Explore the history of the lobster industry.
- Who was Captian Wenburg?
Enjoy this Lobster Newburg recipe.
Use #LobsterNewburgDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LOBSTER NEWBURG DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this seafood holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Asian Honey Tea Grilled Shrimp
Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 to 6 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6 servings
1 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup strong-brewed orange spice tea, cooled
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Make a marinade by combining the tea, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper in a plastic bag. Remove 1/2 cup of the marinade and set aside. Add the shrimp to the plastic bag, coating each piece. Seal the bag and chill for 30 minutes or up to a maximum of 12 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove shrimp from the bag and discard the marinade. Divide the shrimp between 8 skewers. Grill over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and are just firm to the touch. Turn once during grilling.
Season the shrimp with salt to taste.
Prepare reserve marinade to use as a dipping sauce. Place in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 3-5 minutes until the sauce reduces slightly. Add green onions.
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