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OCTOBER 14, 2019 | NATIONAL DESSERT DAY | BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY | NATIVE AMERICAN DAY | COLUMBUS DAY | NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY | NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY

National Dessert Day - October 14

NATIONAL DESSERT DAY

People around the country indulge every October 14th on National Dessert Day!  Celebrated by way of the local bakery, grandma’s house or chocolate shop, desserts include candies, pies, ice cream, fruits, cookies, pastries, cobblers, and donuts, too. 

The available ingredients affect the range of desserts made in each region. The very first desserts required minimal effort or preparation since ancient cultures were more focused on the nutrition in foods to survive. Over the years, desserts have changed from natural candies and nuts to complex soufflés and multi-layered cakes. In modern culture, there are many more options available in desserts.

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. ~ Erma Bombeck

Throughout the year, we see seasonal delights. As we near the holiday season, the flavors change. For some, the taste of gingerbread or fruitcake may come to mind. Others will pull out recipes handed down for generations. Pecan, pumpkin and apple pies come to mind. Other rich desserts round out the dessert table, too. Flan, tarts and everything with maple glaze.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDessertDay

Go out to a dessert shop or restaurant and indulge in a sweet treat or try one of these delicious recipes. Post photos on social media using #NationalDessertDay.

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar
Uncooked Banana Pudding
Lemon Cake

NATIONAL DESSERT DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of the sweet food holiday.

BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY – October 14

BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY

Be Bald and Be Free Day on October 14th celebrates the naked crown. Sometimes the day is referred to as Bald and Free Day.

Bared noggins take the spotlight during this holiday. It recognizes the beauty of a naked scalp. Baldness comes in several forms, too. Partial or total, sometimes a chrome dome is by choice. Others come by it naturally.

Whether your ‘chrome dome’ is the result of hair loss or shaving your head, this National Day celebrates you! And not everyone goes bald from traditional aging and hair loss. Some lose their hair from medical treatments making this observance extra special for these individuals.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BeBaldAndBeFreeDay

Naturally, we want you to share your bald selfies with us on social media. The day offers an opportunity to support those going through treatment as well.  And definitely be sure to use #BeBaldAndBeFreeDay as a hashtag to post on your social media accounts.

Also, give a shout out to those you know who are clean on top. Whether using the day to tease or support a friend, be sure everyone enjoys the day.

BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY HISTORY

This day was founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy from Wellcat.

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY – Second Monday in October

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY

Native American Day, observed annually on the second Monday in October, celebrates the cultures and contributions of the many Native American tribes.

While it is not celebrated in all 50 states, it is recognized in both California and South Dakota and gaining popularity in the rest of the nation. In other parts of the country, Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations occur on this day. Events such as traditional dances, art displays and ceremonies have begun to replace Columbus Day practices.

The observance focuses on celebrating the culture, heritage, and history of tribes across the nation. Each diverse nation carries its own traditions, rituals, and beliefs. The day celebrates their knowledge, contributions and enriching heritage. It’s also a reminder of their enduring legacy of strength, energy, and fortitude. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NativeAmericanDay

Learn about Native American cultures. Attend events near you. Visit art museums or read books by Native American authors. Learn about Native American history. Explore the language and efforts to bring lost language back. Use #NativeAmericanDay to post on social media.

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY HISTORY

The South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation proposed by Governor George S. Mickelson in 1989 to proclaim 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation” between Native Americans and whites and to change Columbus Day to Native American Day.

COLUMBUS DAY – Second Monday in October

COLUMBUS DAY

Columbus Day on the second Monday in October is observed in the United States each year.  The day signifies Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America on October 12, 1492.

Christopher Columbus was long given credit for discovering North America. However, long before Columbus was born (1451-1506), Leif Erikson landed on these shores. The Italian born explorer did sail across the Atlantic, though, and more than once. In fact, he made four transatlantic voyages. His first was in 1492. Hence the rhyme, “In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

During the 1492 expedition, Columbus was looking for Asia. He and his crew landed their three ships somewhere near the modern-day Bahamas. While he may not have discovered an already populated continent, he did spur further exploration and colonization of North America.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ColumbusDay

Learn more about Christopher Columbus and his voyages. Use #ColumbusDay to post on social media.

COLUMBUS DAY HISTORY

Colorado first observed Columbus Day in 1906 as it became an official state holiday. More and more people and states began to recognize the observance.  

In 1937, Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States. Many instances of people observing Columbus’ voyage exist since the colonial period. In 1792, celebrations recognizing the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World took place in New York City and other US cities. President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to join in celebration of Columbus on the 400th anniversary of the event.  During the anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets, and politicians used the day to teach ideals of patriotism. These patriotic teachings were framed around themes of support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation and celebrating social progress.

In 1970, Columbus Day was changed to the current observation on the second Monday in October.

NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY – Second Monday in October

NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY

National Kick Butt Day is observed annually on the second Monday in October. This is a day to give yourself a kick in the seat of the pants.

The day aims to motivate marketers, advertisers and those in the business world to work smarter and harder toward their goals. While striving to out-do the competitor, be sure to also take stock of your achievements and how far you’ve come. Have you made the strides you expected at this point in your career? If not, check your goals. Do you have the right ones in place to kick butt?

While the day was designed with business in mind, goals apply to everyone. From students to retirees. We all have a purpose.  Not all goals have to be lofty. Consider these goals that just might still kick butt:

  • Teach a child to read.
  • Donate to a food bank four times a year.
  • Shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
  • Wash and put away all that laundry.
  • Call your parents once a month.
  • Start a savings account.
  • Learn to decorate a cake.
  • Take a sign language class.
  • Apply for a new job. (You don’t have to accept it – or do you?)
  • Wash the dishes every night before bed.
  • Lose 5 pounds.
  • Gain 5 pounds.
  • Complete your holiday shopping.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE #KickButtDay

While you’re kicking butt use #NationalKickButtDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY HISTORY

Observed since at least 2004, the origins of the day are unknown. National Day Calendar® continues researching this motivational day.

NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY - Second Monday in October

NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY

On the second Monday in October, National Online Bank Day reminds us we don’t have to take it to the bank to get it to the bank. The day celebrates the advantages offered by online banks.

If you’re not yet one of the millions of people who have discovered the convenience and ease of online banking, you’re missing a great opportunity. Here are a few benefits to consider:

  • Makes your money work harder: Online banks traditionally have lower fee structures and competitive interest rates, which benefit you, not the bank.
  • Fast, convenient access: No waiting in line, or for the bank to open. Many online banks are open 24/7 – even on U.S. bank holidays – such as today, the second Monday of October, the annual recognition of Columbus Day.
  • Provides the flexibility to choose where and when you bank: Conduct your banking transactions securely without leaving the comfort of your home. Many online banks offer live, agent-assisted customer care, by phone or by chat, to suit your schedule.
  • Offers smart, simple features: Many online banks allow you to pay your bills, transfer funds and make deposits electronically, and you can also conduct all these tasks “on the go” from a mobile device.
  • Gives you greater control over managing your money: Look at your balances and transactions whenever you want, not just when you get a statement.
  • No branches = more environmentally friendly: Online banking is a better environmental choice since there are no energy-consuming branch locations, and you’ll spare both gas and emissions from conducting your banking online.

 As the digital world continues to evolve, using an online bank for your personal finance needs is not only practical, it offers a number of consumer-friendly benefits and features. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #OnlineBankDay

Open a new online bank account or change your password on your existing accounts. Post on social media using #OnlineBankDay

NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY HISTORY

Ally Bank founded National Online Bank Day in September of 2015 to honor the occasion of its 1 millionth customer. Learn more about Ally Bank, member FDIC, at www.ally.com

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the second Monday in October as National Online Bank Day. 

MEDIA CONTACT

Andrea Puchalsky – 313-656-3798 – andrea.puchalsky@ally.com

Recipe of the Day

Garlic Gazpacho

Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  This soup is served cold
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper

Instructions:

In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.

Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.

Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.

Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.

Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.

We are always looking out for great recipes. Use the submission form below if you would like to share one of your favorite recipes with the National Day Calendar® family! PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS YOUR RECIPE OR YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO SHARE THE RECIPE. You might be surprised to know we just might publish the recipe giving credit to you!


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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