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MARCH 27, 2018 | National Joe Day | National Spanish Paella Day | National American Diabetes Association | National Education and Sharing Day

NATIONAL JOE DAY

Enjoy a cup of “joe” with all of your friends named Joe, Jo, Joette, Joey, Joseph, Josephine, Johanna, Joann, Jodie or any variant of the name Joe every year on March 27th, National Joe Day.

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles.  In 1910, it moved to No. 5.  From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower.

There are many famous people named Joe.  Just a few are:

  • Joe Montana Coach, American football player.
  • Joe Pesci Comedian, Musician Actor.
  • Joe Biden Politician, Lawyer.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur Film Producer.
  • Joe Namath Actor, American football player.
  • Joseph Stalin Politician, Soldier.
  • Joey Ramone Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson, Baseball player.
  • Joe Green, American football player
  • Joe Jonas, Musician
  • Joe DiMaggio, Baseball player, actor
  • Joe Cocker, Musician
  • Joe Frazier, Boxer
  • Joe Mauer, Baseball player
  • Joe Walsh, Musician

HOW TO OBSERVE

During our research, we found this day has a few different versions as to how it is celebrated.

1.  Honor all people with the name “Joe.”
2.  For the day, change your name to a name of your choice.
3.  Everyone change their name to “Joe” for the day.  Women and girls may use  “Josephine” or “Jodie.”

Use #NationalJoeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Joe Day. 

National Spanish Paella Day - March 27
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NATIONAL SPANISH PAELLA DAY

March 27th is the annual observance of National Spanish Paella Day.  A rice dish from Spain, paella has become very popular and is known around the world.  It originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.

At lunchtime, workers in the fields would make the rice dish in a flat pan over a fire. They mixed in whatever they could find – such as rabbits, snails, and vegetables. Later, for special occasions, chicken was added. Paella has spread to every region of Spain, as well as worldwide, using almost any type of ingredient that goes well with rice.

There are many versions of recipes of paella.  Key ingredients are saffron and olive oil. Saffron is an essential spice that also turns the rice a beautiful golden color.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try one of the following Spanish Paella recipes:

Vegetarian Paella
Classic Seafood Paella
Easy Paella

Use #SpanishPaellaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Spanish Paella Day.

National American Diabetes Association Alert Day - Fourth Tuesday in March
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AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY

National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March.  This day is a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages all to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes.

For more information:
http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/alert-day/
http://ndep.nih.gov/partners-community-organization/diabetes-alert-day/index.aspx

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #AmericanDiabetesAssociationAlertDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986.  It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since.

National Education and Sharing Day
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY

Observed Annually (11th day of the month of Nisan on the Jewish calendar) is National Education and Sharing Day.  

In his 2009 proclamation on Education and Sharing Day, President Barack Obama wrote:

“Few have better understood or more successfully promoted these ideas than Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who emphasized the importance of education and good character. Through the establishment of educational and social service institutions across the country and the world, Rabbi Schneerson sought to empower young people and inspire individuals of all ages. On this day, we raise his call anew.”

On March 21, 2013, while making his first trip to Israel as president, a proclamation was issued, and President Barack Obama declared March 22, 2013, Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.  This year is the 111th anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.  Reinforcing the importance of education, in this proclamation, the President stated:     

“We also know that learning does not stop when students leave the classroom. Whether at the dinner table or on the field, it is our task as parents, teachers, and mentors to make sure our children grow up practicing the values we preach. We have an obligation to instill in them the virtues that define our national character — honesty and independence, drive and discipline, courage and compassion.” 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #EducationalAndSharingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This day was first inaugurated on April 18, 1978, by President Jimmy Carter and has since been proclaimed annually, by the presiding President.  National Education and Sharing Day is a day that was made by the United States Congress in honor of  Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902 – 1994).  It honors his efforts for education and sharing for Jews and non-Jews alike.  During his lifetime, the Rabbi opened many centers of education.  These centers were called “Chabad Houses.”

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