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October 6 is a day set aside each year to bring out your silly side while celebrating National Mad Hatter Day.

The fictional character, The Hatter (also known as The Mad Hatter) from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is typically acting silly, and that is how the creators of this day decided on their theme of silliness for National Mad Hatter Day.  Sir John Tenniel illustrated The Mad Hatter and all of Lewis Carroll’s colorful characters beginning in 1864.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1865.

The phrase “mad as a hatter” comes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries when haberdasheries used mercury nitrate.  The exposure to this metal over time caused the tradesmen to develop symptoms making people believe they were mad.

Taking our inspiration from The Mad Hatter (or any of Carroll’s characters for that matter) we may pursue laughable, absurd or even confusing adventures on National Mad Hatter Day.  Breakout from the usual routine.  Ask ridiculous riddles much like The Hatter’s own, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Play croquet with plastic pink flamingos or wear a funny hat to work.  Celebrate the day with silliness!

Did you know? Lewis Carroll (a pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodson once answered The Hatter’s riddle.  In the 1896 edition ofAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandCarroll wrote as part of his preface, “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!”


Several ideas come to mind for celebrating this fun holiday. For one, grab yourself a top hat and let your silliness out! Try these other fun ideas:

  • Host a Mad Hatter tea party
  • Read from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Tell absurd riddles
  • Attend a production of Alice in Wonderland

Whatever you do, be sure to invite others to join in the fun. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay. And be sure to use #MadHatterDay to post on social media.


A group of computer technicians in Boulder, Colorado first celebrated Mad Hatter Day in 1986 as a day of silliness. October 6th matches the label tucked in the Mad Hatter’s hat band that reads “In this style 10/6.”



October 6th and National Noodle Day recognizes oodles of noodles just in time for National Pasta Month! What style do you prefer?
If you missed National Linguine Day in September, this day offers an opportunity to make up for it.

The word noodle derives from the German word nudel.

Noodles are made by rolling unleavened dough out and cutting into a variety of shapes.  While long, flat noodles may seem to be the most common, they come in several forms, names, and textures.  And each kind of noodle pairs differently with sauces and meals.  

Found in regions all over the world, noodles are made from a variety of flours.  In Asian cuisine, root vegetables, such as yams and potatoes, beans, rice, wheat, and buckwheat are all found in a wide assortment of noodles. Europeans make most of their pasta from durum or semolina flour, though potato noodles a enjoyed as well.

In 2002, archaeologists along the Yellow River in China found an earthenware bowl containing some 4000-year-old noodles which had been well preserved.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNoodleDay

So many options present themselves on this food holiday. Pesto noodles, spaghetti with meatballs and buttered egg noodles come to mind. Every cuisine offers a noodle on their menu, too. The flavors abound! Invite friends to bring their favorite style of noodles to share. Have a tasting party and explore new flavors. 

Have a bowl of your favorite noodles and use #NationalNoodleDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. 

Relevant Observances



On October 6th, National Coaches Day honors the men and women who inspire us to work harder and do our best.

Across the country in every community, a coach organizes teams, plans practices and training, motivates players to strive to be the best they can be. At the same time, coaches pinpoint areas for improvement and supply guidance. Every sport or competition requires a leader. More importantly, a leader who knows the game and how to drive athletes to work together as a team.

Many coaches maintain a schedule for training, conditioning, and preparing athletes not only for competition but for their best health. Injuries sideline athletes and upset team dynamics. Although a coaches final goal is winning, they do so through a wealth of knowledge. Coaches work to build teams that bond well. They develop work ethics and set standards for their athletes that many carry with them throughout their lifetime.

For many athletes, coaches teach them to focus and how to reach a goal – which sometimes is not about winning. Sometimes the achievement is an improvement, playing by the rules or learning respect for others, themselves, or the game.

Coaches represent leadership, mentors, and inspiration. Often, a coach’s words will echo through an athlete’s mind for years to come, motivating them forward and through difficult times. Rarely do these coaches even know the impact they’ve had on an athlete until many decades pass.

Inspirational Coaches

John Madden– Coach of the Oakland Raiders, he led his team for ten seasons and a Super Bowl victory in 1977.

Kathryn Smith– As the first full-time female coach for the NFL, she inspires by sheer achievement. However, her background offers a unique perspective coaches and players both benefit from.

Herb Brooks– The NHL hockey coach who led the United States a win against the dominating Soviet Union in what became known as the Miracle on Ice.

Tony La Russa– With three world Series titles and a long list of wins, the manager for the Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals dominated the AL and NL during his career.

Cheryl Miller– The one-time basketball coach for Cal State LA, she led her team to two NCAA tournaments. She now reports to TNT as a sports broadcaster.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoachesDay

Celebrate a coach who inspired you. Share a transformational memory with your coach. No matter how many years have passed, contact coaches who impacted your life and thank them.

Organize a celebration for your coach. Bring the team together and let your coach know how much you appreciate all they do. Invite former coaches to be honored at schools and organizations.

Use #NationalCoachesDay to share stories, memories, and events about your favorite coaches.


In 1972, President Richard Nixon issued proclamation 4157 naming October 6th as National Coaches Day. He encouraged activities and ceremonies honoring coaches for the friends and counselors they become.



On October 6, National Plus Size Appreciation Day recognizes the gorgeous men and women who may be larger but are also larger than life in so many ways. Extraordinary beauty comes in all size packages.

Stereotypes could fill this page to describe plus size men and women, but then we have to consider that more than half the U.S. population is plus-sized.  That means big and tall, full-bodied and robust persons fill roles that require well-rounded and amply skilled people.  With this talent pool comes buying power some retailers have yet to appreciate.

The celebration recognizes the talent and elegance of our plus-size population. When it comes to being bigger, taller or curvier, put your best self forward.  Show your style, flair, and gorgeous self!

HOW TO OBSERVE #PlusSizeAppreciationDay

No matter our age, how we feel about our appearance affects our daily lives. Whether you are plus size or not, take account of the value you place on your outward appearance, contributions to others’ lives and relationships. On this day build confidence in someone you know.  Celebrate accomplishments and appreciate one another.

Other ways to participate:

  • Wear that new style. Clothes that fit and are stylish allow us to step out into the world with confidence.
  • Retailers – Consider broadening your plus-size selection. Listen to your clientele and provide styles they ask for.
  • Share your favorite look. Don’t be afraid to brag.
  • While you’re all dressed up, go out on the town.

Use #PlusSizeAppreciationDay to share on social media.


Women Rock, Inc.founded National Plus Size Appreciation Day to boost the confidence for many women and men around the world. Founded in 2016 Women Rock INC are on a mission of self-love despite society’s stigma on how we are supposed to look.




On October 6, National Orange Wine Day takes a bold sip of an ancient method of making of winemaking! This little-known style of wine shines with its bold flavor and auburn color. Join the celebration as it gains some appreciation with vineyards, wine cellars, and lovers.

Originally made nearly 6,000 years ago in Eastern Europe, the technique for making orange wine is being rediscovered. Surprisingly, winemakers do not add oranges to the wine at all. Unlike the latest beer trends, the wine comes by its color naturally.  Fermented from white wine grapes, the orange wine develops through more skin contact during the fermentation process. Makers treat the white grapes like red grapes preserving the bolder body and tannins. As a result, the ordinarily white wine will deepen into a brandy orange color.

Despite the wine’s obscurity, orange wine makes appearances at wine shows. Vineyards display their orange efforts from the United States to Australia. Get in on the tasting and find a bottle to share!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOrangeWineDay

As your local vintner to stock an orange wine. Visit a wine tasting offering an orange wine on the menu. While exploring the flavor, you’ll be adding another wine to your repertoire. Be sure to invite friends to join you, too. You know it’s not a celebration without company! Use #NationalOrangeWineDay to share on social media.

To learn more about orange wine, follow the Instagram page @orangewinetime.


The Real House WineOrange Wine logo founded National Orange Wine Day on October 6, 2018, to bring awareness to the public about this beautiful yet lesser-known style of wine.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2018 to be observed annually.








In the United States on October 6ht,  National German-American Day celebrates the German heritage millions of Americans claim. 
This German-American heritage holiday commemorates the 13 German Mennonite families from Krefeld who landed in Philadelphia. On October 6, 1683, these families established the first German settlement in the original thirteen colonies. They named it Germantown.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GermanAmericanDay

Celebrate your German-American heritage. Invite friends and family to taste the foods and customs of Germany. Share the language. Discover words the English language adopted from German. Explore the history of immigration by visiting museums near you. Use #GermanAmericanDay to post on social media.


National German-American Day was initially celebrated in the nineteenth century. However, it fell out of favor during World War I. 

Then in the 1980s, things began to change. As is tradition, President Ronald Reagan made his world tour in 1982, which included West Germany. Amid a cold war and a divided Germany, the newly elected U.S. President spoke to the people of Bonn. He opened his speech by relating the history of the 13 German families who founded a colony on American soil. He spoke of contributions, advancement, science, and art and the honor to celebrate the German heritage that more than 7 million Americans claim.

The noblest objective of our diplomacy is the patient and difficult task of reconciling our adversaries to peace.
And I know we all look forward to the day when the only industry of war will be the research of historians.
~ Ronald Reagan ~ June 9, 1982 ~ Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany.

To honor the 300th anniversary of German-American immigration and culture into the United States, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6th as German-American Day.  It was on August 6, 1987, that Congress approved S.I. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day, and it became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18. He issued Proclamation #5719 on October 2, 1987, and at this time, the President called on Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  It has been commemorated each year since with Presidential Proclamations. 




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Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Fettucini
Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:
 20 minutes
Serves 4


8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley


Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.

Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.

Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.

Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.

Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.

Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.

Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.

Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)

Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.

Add Parmesan cheese.

Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.

Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.

(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)

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