MAY 3, 2021 | NATIONAL TWO DIFFERENT COLORED SHOES DAY | MELANOMA MONDAY | NATIONAL GARDEN MEDITATION DAY | NATIONAL SPECIALLY-ABLED PETS DAY | NATIONAL LUMPY RUG DAY | NATIONAL PARANORMAL DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUSTARD DAY | NATIONAL RASPBERRY POPOVER DAY | NATIONAL TEXTILES DAY | NATIONAL SAN ARCHITECT DAY | NATIONAL MONTANA DAY
NATIONAL TWO DIFFERENT COLORED SHOES DAY
Each year on May 3rd, National Two Different Colored Shoes Day encourages us to celebrate our uniqueness and put it on display. This day stands out from the other 364 days of the year. Wear two different colored shoes and see where they take you.
You may discover you walk to a different beat. Or perhaps you take a road less traveled. Maybe, just maybe you’ll see the world a little differently. One foot might ache more than the other. The left foot might be a little more colorful, too. Is one dressed snazzier than the other? Maybe. It may be likely you’ll get a few blisters, sideways looks, and a chuckle or two.
But what this day sets out to demonstrate are our differences and that they should be celebrated, not mocked. Two different shoes? What do they mean in the grand course of humanity? That one foot was rock and roll and the other was country? Not really. But it does show that some of us bear more wear than others despite being quite colorful. Some of us hide our soles a little deeper. And others still have a firm arch.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay
Wear two different colored shoes and use #TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DIFFERENT COLORED SHOES DAY HISTORY
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day was created by Dr. Arlene Kaiser. Kaiser created this day to recognize and celebrate human diversity. According to Kaiser, “The simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality. By taking this ‘positive risk,’ you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life”. To learn more visit www.nationaltwodifferentcolordedshoesday.com.
Melanoma Monday on the first Monday in May is an awareness campaign during National Melanoma Month. The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and it is the deadliest of skin cancers. The observance focuses on skin health, sun safety, tanning prevention, and skin cancer screenings. By providing resources and information, it’s hoped to reduce the number of melanoma diagnosed.
While melanoma and other skin cancers aren’t 100% preventable, there are ways to reduce your risk.
- Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day, too.
- Other types of sun protection include wearing a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants. And don’t forget the back of your neck.
- Find shade. Trees, umbrellas, and awnings provide excellent sun protection on warm sunny days.
- Don’t let the clouds fool you. UV rays still reach the Earth and your skin on a cloudy day!
- Avoid tanning beds. The UV light in tanning beds puts you at risk for melanoma, too.
- Regularly check your skin for abnormal moles. If you notice changes, see your dermatologist to have it checked.
All are asked to join the American Academy of Dermatology in wearing orange and encouraging others to wear orange for skin cancer awareness. Learn more about melanoma, skin screenings, and use #MelanomaMonday to post on social media.
MELANOMA MONDAY HISTORY
The American Academy of Dermatology founded National Melanoma Monday to raise awareness surrounding this deadly cancer. Since at least 1984, they have been promoting prevention resources ahead of the summer months to improve prevention and increase screening. For more information on prevention and screening visit www.melanomaknowmore.com.
NATIONAL GARDEN MEDITATION DAY
National Garden Meditation Day, annually on May 3rd, encourages everyone to take time for one’s self and relax.
Working in the garden, tending to the plants and flowers, or resting quietly on a bench on a beautiful day in the garden are forms of meditation. Both can be restorative to the soul and a refreshing way to be out in nature.
Meditation and gardening offer many benefits. When you couple it with the outdoor peace of a garden, you also get to enjoy the benefits nature has to offer.
- Fresh air – Immediately we benefit from being in the fresh air.
- Audio therapy – Natural sounds of the birds, a water fountain, or a breeze through the trees offer a reprisal from the everyday chaos of the television, radio, and other appliances indoors.
- Eases pain – The physical activity of gardening helps to loosen joints and stretch muscles. However, meditation alone also helps to reduce pain.
- Vitamin D – A natural dose (though limited) dose of the sun’s bounty keeps us healthy and strong. Do wear sunblock or protective wear to reduce your risk of overexposure.
- Improve sleep – Rest better by communing with nature. Whether you spend time pulling weeds or focusing your thoughts among the flowers, sleep will come more easily.
- Ease anxiety – Worries begin to evaporate as our muscles relax, and we take deeper slower breaths. The exercise of gardening also allows us to forget about our worldly concerns for a while.
Whether you visit a park, a botanical garden, or sit quietly on the balcony looking out over the trees. Spend some time in the garden. Use #GardenMeditationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GARDEN MEDITATION DAY HISTORY
National Garden Meditation Day is part of the Gifts from the Garden Every Day in May.
NATIONAL SPECIALLY-ABLED PETS DAY
Annually on May 3rd, National Specially-abled Pets Day shines a spotlight on the needs of pets with disabilities.
This day is set aside to educate the public about caring for disabled pets. The day features disabled animals looking for a home. It also encourages animal lovers to consider choosing a disabled pet when they are looking at adopting a new pet family member. Before you adopt a pet with special needs, consider the time, energy, and financial needs, too.
- Do you need special training? Depending on your pet’s needs you may need to learn some new skills. If your pet requires injections or certain types of therapy, you will be the one to provide the services.
- If your pet is deaf or blind, you will need to be aware of their needs and safety concerns.
- Is your home adapted to their needs? Amputees and blind animals will need accommodations.
- Specially-abled pets require more veterinary care. The costs can add up, so consider your finances before you adopt, not after.
While pets with disabilities require additional care and accommodations, they still bring much love and joy to a home.
Consider adopting a specially-abled pet. Learn about fostering specially-abled pets, too. While bringing home a pet is always exciting, it can also be stressful. Visit with someone who is the pet parent of a specially-abled pet to learn more. They will provide insight and helpful tips. You will also gain a partner and hopefully a play buddy for your new companion. If you already love one, share your experiences and post pictures of your beautiful furbabies using #SpeciallyAbledPetsDay on social media.
NATIONAL SPECIALLY-ABLED PETS DAY HISTORY
Animal advocate, author, and pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige founded National Specially-abled Pets Day.
NATIONAL LUMPY RUG DAY
National Lumpy Rug Day on May 3rd each year takes two approaches to celebrating.
Some people view the day as a day to appreciate a good, clean rug and incorporate that into spring cleaning. Along with this view, is the idea to enjoy the old lumpy rugs and the comfort they have brought to your home.
The other view regarding the day is the way we sometimes sweep unwelcome facts and issues “under the rug.” We often take bad news we want to ignore and tuck it away so we can avoid it. That’s how we sweep them under the rug. Though, it rarely does us any good.
However, there are ways to approach a lumpy rug to make it smooth again. Try these tricks:
- Depending on the material, heat helps to soften the threads. You can use steam or iron on natural fibers to help straighten out your unruly rug.
- Another heat approach is to lay your rug face down in the sun. Let the warmth smooth your rug flat again.
- Put your rug in reverse. If the lumps and bumps are from storing the rug rolled up, roll it in the opposite direction.
No matter which way you choose to celebrate, take action on the day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLumpyRugDay
It is the perfect time to start with your spring cleaning. Throw out the old lumpy rugs and bring in some new fresh ones. It is also a good day to address ignored issues.
Use #NationalLumpyRugDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LUMPY RUG DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Lumpy Rug Day.
NATIONAL PARANORMAL DAY
Each year on May 3rd National Paranormal Day people who believe in paranormal activities are encouraged to get together and share their experiences with each other.
Paranormal is a term used to describe occurrences that can’t be explained by ordinary scientific measures. They are outside the norm. Many words leap to mind when speaking of the paranormal. Ghosts, hauntings, spirit, or poltergeist name a few. However, an extraterrestrial and clairvoyance also fall into the category, too. Have you ever felt a sense of Deja vu? Some believe the feeling is related to the paranormal. Are strange orbs in the night an apparition or simply a moth catching the light?
Nearly every city in the country has a house or location that holds a mystical presence. Whether the history associated with the location or personal experiences, certain places radiate the paranormal. Others need a time of day or year for their mystery to unfold. Even still, it might depend on who spins the tale. A good storyteller can make just about anyone’s spine tingle.
Explore the paranormal – if you dare. What’s your favorite ghost story? Discover paranormal hotbeds in your area. Even those who don’t believe in the paranormal can participate in the day. There are a wide variety of movies, documentaries, science-fiction books, and television shows specializing in this genre.
Share your experiences using #NationalParanormalDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PARANORMAL DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Paranormal Day.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUSTARD DAY
National Chocolate Custard Day on May 3rd each year celebrates a delicious pudding-like dessert enjoyed by many.
Pastry chefs and home cooks alike make custards by blending eggs with milk or cream and heating the mixture either on the stove or in the oven. Since custards come in a variety of consistencies, you can choose the one that best fits your dessert preference. For example, they range from a thin liquid-like a crème Anglaise to a firm creme brulee.
Custard is also a versatile dessert. When paired with pastries and baked goods, custard can be layered and piped. It also can be the main filling of a pie or a tart. Substitute a frosting with a thick custard between layers of pound cake or create a delightful parfait with custard, angel food cake, and custard. Pipe custard into dainty cupcakes, add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkles for flair.
While chocolate custards are delicious on their own, they also fill eclairs, creme puffs, and doughnuts, too
Celebrate by making a fresh chocolate custard. How will you experiment with chocolate custard? Add it to a tart or pie and serve for dessert. Try both dark and milk chocolate and see which one you prefer. If you’re looking for a recipe, try this Chocolate Custard Cups recipe.
Use #ChocolateCustardDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUSTARD DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Chocolate Custard Day.
NATIONAL RASPBERRY POPOVER DAY
National Raspberry Popover Day on May 3rd each year recognizes a dish similar to Yorkshire pudding. The day is also referred to as National Raspberry Tart Day.
Popovers earn their name by their characteristic popping over the edge of the pan as they bake. They can be enjoyed in both sweet and savory combinations. The primary ingredients in popovers are flour, eggs, milk, butter, salt and butter. Raspberries make popovers sweeter. Whether sweet or savory, most people enjoy popovers at breakfast time.
National Raspberry Popover Day is the second popover holiday on the calendar. In March, we celebrated National Blueberry Popover Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RaspberryPopoverDay
One sure way to celebrate the day is by trying your hand at making an authentic popover. We’ve even supplied a recipe for you to try. The fact that you’ll be making raspberry popovers to celebrate makes it a bonus celebration. Other ways to participate include:
- Visit your favorite bakery for some fresh-baked popovers.
- Whether you purchase yours or make them at home, share them with co-works and friends.
- Share your recipes. You really must do this if you make your own. Bragging rights and recipes go hand in hand.
- Take beautiful food selfies. (Another rite of passage if you bake your own.)
- Make an extra batch and bring them over to the National Day Calendar offices! We know you want to.
Enjoy this tried and true Raspberry Popovers recipe.
Use #RaspberryPopoverDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL RASPBERRY POPOVER DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of this Yorkshire pudding holiday.
NATIONAL TEXTILES DAY
On May 3rd, we recognize all that textiles do to improve our lives with National Textiles Day. From fashionable style to everyday necessity, textiles provide us with a wealth of design possibilities.
Woven fibers of either natural or synthetic materials create textiles that make life easier and more comfortable, too. We use the resulting fabric to make coverings for a variety of uses. From the clothes we wear to bedding and furniture covers as well as rugs, drapery, and canvas for art and shelter, textiles cover our lives.
Not only does textile lend itself to multiple uses, but it is also versatile. Texture and color allow unlimited possibilities for design and expression. Fabrics also protect us from the elements. And while we manipulate them to our needs, they remain sturdy or delicate depending on their design. While some fabrics breathe for sport others resist wind, rain, and sun.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly approaches to producing textiles are an essential part of the manufacturing process in the modern era, too. Valley Forge Fabrics is a company dedicated to living and working harmoniously with the environment. They have a reclamation take-back program for many of their products that have been in place since 2008.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTextilesDay
Consider all the ways textiles improve our lives. Express yourself through the textiles in your life. Whether it shades your windows, accents your furniture, or brings comfort to your shoulders, textiles are all around us. What is your favorite fabric? Look around and let us know by using #NationalTextilesDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL TEXTILES DAY HISTORY
In 2016, Valley Forge Fabrics founded National Textiles Day to celebrate the beauty and versatility of textiles.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the observance to be celebrated on May 3rd, annually.
NATIONAL SAN ARCHITECT DAY
National SAN Architect Day on May 3rd each year recognizes the systems and professionals managing America’s data.
Storage Area Network (SAN) Architects perform the thankless job of managing America’s IT infrastructure. They organize voluminous data networks, handle security, and guard against data breaches. They also make sure payments and invoices go out on time while handling financial resources and ensuring human resources compliance. In short, they are engaged in every aspect of corporate life. And yet there is virtually no acknowledgment of their extensive contributions.
Unknown largely to shareholders, they labor in obscurity, keeping America’s data safe. Corporate management will usually not mention the people who build and maintain their storage area networks unless there is a catastrophic data breach. In all other instances, SAN architects labor in obscurity working for organizations that range from Fortune 500 companies to SMBs and virtually all government agencies – buried behind the walls of the Data Center.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SANArchitectDay
Thank a SAN architect for keeping us safe. Learn more about SAN Architects and the services they provide. Post on social media using #SANArchitectDay.
NATIONAL SAN ARCHITECT DAY HISTORY
KCI, Inc. founded National SAN Architect Day in 2015 to recognize the dedicated systems and professionals keeping America’s data and IT infrastructure safe.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 3rd, annually.
In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL MONTANA DAY
On May 3rd, National Montana Day recognizes The Treasure State and the big sky country.
It’s difficult to know where to begin when it comes to the 41st state in the U.S.A.
If we look up, big sky country is there day or night. The northern lights dazzle and dance at night and during the day, an azure blue paints the dome above us. But, it’s also the Yellowstone region of the states known for the big sky, its geysers, hot springs, mountain views, and the most entrances into the park.
Travel east and back in time to the June 1876 and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Visit Custer National Cemetery; learn about the people who joined in the battle that day. Twelve years later on November 8, 1889, Montana became a state.
It’s easy to become distracted in Montana. The breathtaking mountain views alone can make one forget why they left the room. Glacier National Park, for example, is a treasure worth seeing. Called the Crown of the Continent, one of its greatest natural resources is a dark night sky. https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm
One thing is for sure when it comes to Montana is its people. Whether you’re seeking dinosaurs, the history of Blackfeet or Nez Pierce, a real working ranch, the people of Montana are as genuine as the land they live on.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar® as we celebrate the 41st state to join the union. Explore the history and people of Montana. Follow the trails of the pioneers and visit all the treasures this great has to offer. Use #NationalMontanaDay to share on social media.
- National Star Wars Day
- National Weather Observers Day
- National Renewal Day
- National Orange Juice Day
- National Candied Orange Peel Day
- Bird Day
- National Foster Care Day – First Tuesday in May
- National Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday of the First Full Week in May
Two U.S. Army Air Service pilots complete the first nonstop transcontinental flight. Lt. John A. Macready and Lt. Oakley G. Kelly departed from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in a T-2 transport on May 2nd and landed at Rockwell Field, San Diego on May 3rd. The flight took nearly 27 hours and 2,470 miles to complete.
Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman to serve as the director of the United States Mint.
CBS televises the Kentucky Derby for the first time. Hill Gail won the race ridden by Eddie Arcaro with a time of 2:01 3/5. An injury during the race meant that Hill Gail never ran as well again as he did that day.
The first woman to lead the Conservative Party in Great Britain’s Parliament, Margaret Thatcher was also the first woman elected to Prime Minister. She would serve three consecutive terms, eventually resigning before the end of her third term.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
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
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated
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.
Jacob Riis – 1849
The Danish-American photojournalist documented the poverty of urban living conditions.
Golda Meir – 1898
In 1948, Golda Meir was one of 37 members of the Moetzet HaAm to sign Israel’s Proclamation of Independence. She served in many positions in Israel’s government before becoming its prime minister in 1969.
Bing Crosby – 1903
With charisma and talent, Bing Crosby set out to change entertainment forever. As one of radio and screen’s most beloved crooners, Crosby sang his way into the hearts of his fans. His velvet voice earned him numerous roles in musical films and garnered many awards. Setting the stage for performing artists, Crosby became one of the most popular of the 20th century.
William Inge – 1913
William Inge earned a Pulitzer Prize for his play, Picnic. Depicting small-town Kansas and the fears of failure. Inge would write several Broadway plays which would make it to the big screen including Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe.
Sugar Ray Robinson – 1921
The American professional boxer is widely considered one of the world’s best boxers in history. With four Golden Gloves and 109 knockouts across 173 wins, Robinson gained international fame during his 25-year career.
James Brown – 1933
Universally known as the “Godfather of Soul,” the dynamic American singer-songwriter began his early career with gospel and R&B groups. His flamboyant style, tenacity, and talent led him to chart hits. In 1965, Brown won his first Grammy Award for “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” for Best R&B Recording.
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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