NATIONAL DECENCY DAY
National Decency Day on May 14th celebrates the basic standard of civility that every American deserves. DECENCY is a non-partisan grassroots movement that was launched to inspire decency in everyday life – in both conversations and action. By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage schools and local community groups to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.
DECENCY is all about:
Our children need role models. If we can all be civil with one another, we are setting the right example.
HOW TO OBSERVE
On National Decency Day, be mindful about learning to really listen while someone is talking to you. Appreciate where the other person is coming from and the respect will be returned. Act and react with civility.
- Start a conversation with “What does Decency mean to you?”
- Order DECENCY buttons and stickers to wear and share.
- Encourage your school or local association to become a DECENCY partner
- Use #NationalDecencyDay to share on social media
- For more information on DECENCY visit https://www.decency.today
Lisa Cholnoky, a New York City-based parent and graphic designer, established National Decency Day in 2019 to continue a dialogue sparked by her motivation two years prior to address the divisive public discourse around her as well as in the news and on social media. She was determined to make a difference and set out to bring decency back into everyday conversations and actions. Cholnoky designed the DECENCY button and wore it every day. The impact was immediate; the message contagious.
Dismayed at that time by the divisive public discourse around her as well as in the news and on social media, she was determined to make a difference and set out to bring decency back into everyday conversations and actions. Cholnoky designed the DECENCY button and wore it every day.
In July 2017, DECENCY and 535 DECENCY buttons were mailed to each member of U.S. Congress. In September 2017, DECENCY was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, encouraging both sides to reach across the aisle with civility and serve as role models for us all.
Since then, two schools in the country have incorporated DECENCY into their curriculums and engaged their local communities in the movement. This is a great opportunity for schools to energize students of all ages to treat everyone with respect and master the art of listening.
By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage more participants to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.
For further information on Decency contact Lisa Cholnoky @ email@example.com
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Decency Day to be observed on May 14th annually.
NATIONAL DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY
Dance Like a Chicken Day is observed each year on May 14th! This day entertains from start to finish! Everyone has probably danced the “Chicken Dance” at least once in their lifetime. This silly fun song is popular at wedding dances, Oktoberfest, and other celebrations. The song gets people of all ages up and moving on the dance floor.
Written in the 1950s by Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordionist, the Chicken Dance didn’t even make it to the United States until sometime in the 1970s. The Chicken Dance is associated with polkas or oom-pah-pah music. Originally written with the name Der Ententanz (The Duck Dance), it was rumored to have been written as a drinking song for Oktoberfest. The song’s name was later changed to Vogeltanz (The Bird Dance).
Upon arriving in America in the 1970s, the song had acquired choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions as well as the new name, The Chicken Dance.
- Cincinnati, Ohio — September 20, 2004 — At the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, rock musician Vince Neil served as Grand Marshall at the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.
- Judson Laipply’s Evolution of Dance featured “The Chicken Dance.”
- November 13, 2009 — In support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CIHT-FM played “The Chicken Dance” continuously until 389 tickets for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime were purchased for $100 each. They played for over 3 hours straight.
- April 23, 2010 — An attempt at the World’s Largest Chicken Dance record was held at Byron Center, Michigan at Jake’s Restaurant in a fundraiser for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Jake’s Restaurant is the site of a giant plastic chicken sculpture.
- July 4, 2010 — Mandan, North Dakota established a new World Record for the Longest Chicken Dance at their annual Independence Day Parade and Street Festival.
The Mandan, ND “Chicken Dance” line covered twenty-four city blocks and was 1.627 miles long.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #DanceLikeAChickenDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Dance Like a Chicken Day.
NATIONAL UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY
Across North America, approximately 6,000 people live in some form of underground architecture. On March 14 we observe National Underground America Day.
One of the top advantages of a subterranean dwelling is energy conservation. Completely covered homes or earth-sheltered homes are covered on all sides with soil while earth-bermed homes leave one side exposed. Both allow for more stable temperatures within the home and less exposure to the elements.
There are also some disadvantages. If you like lots of light and throwing open the windows on a summer day, this type of house might not be for you. National Underground America Day gives us all a chance to check it out.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Tour an underground home or explore the various plans available. If you’ve ever considered an underground dwelling, consider the pros and cons. Use #UndergroundAmericaDay to post on social media.
Founded by Malcolm Wells in 1974, National Underground America Day recognizes that thousands of Americans dwell within the Earth, not just upon it. Wells (1926 – 2009) is considered “the father of modern earth-sheltered architecture.”
Wells was also a writer, illustrator, draftsman, lecturer, cartoonist, columnist, and solar consultant practiced what he preached by living in a modern earth-sheltered building of his own design. He took up the challenge of underground architecture as he believed the Earth’s surface was “made for living plants, not industrial plants.”
Retiring in 2004, Wells continued his advocacy for underground living until the end of his life.
For more information on Underground America Day visit www.malcomwells.com.
NATIONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is observed each year in the United States on May 14. This food holiday celebrates the delicious biscuit.
Biscuits are made using baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent rather than yeast. A typical buttermilk biscuit recipe contains flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, and buttermilk. They are often referred to as a “quick bread,” indicating they do not need time to rise before baking. While being made, the dough is beaten and folded to incorporate air, which expands while baking, causing the biscuit to rise.
Before the American Civil War, biscuits emerged as an inexpensive addition to meals. This sturdier bread product soon became popular as people realized it absorbed the gravy on their plate better than plain bread. Soon a new family favorite, biscuits and gravy, was created.
Alexander P. Ashbourne patented the first biscuit cutter in 1875.
Supermarkets offer canned biscuits which are refrigerated until ready to be baked. In 1931, Ballard and Ballard patented these refrigerator biscuits.
Biscuits have been a staple of the Southern United States cuisine for many years and are often made with buttermilk. Traditionally served as a side dish with butter, they are also served at breakfast with molasses, light sugarcane syrup, maple syrup, sorghum syrup, honey, jam or jelly or as a breakfast sandwich.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make up your recipe of buttermilk biscuits and serve them with your favorite pairings. Use #ButtermilkBiscuitDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.
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