Where the World Gathers to Celebrate Every Day

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 | NATIONAL ICE CREAM CONE DAY | CAR FREE DAY | NATIONAL ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY | HOBBIT DAY | NATIONAL LEGWEAR DAY | AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S DAY | NATIONAL CENTENARIAN’S DAY | NATIONAL GIRLS’ NIGHT IN DAY | NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY

National Ice Cream Cone Day - September 22

NATIONAL ICE CREAM CONE DAY

Despite the official end of summer, National Ice Cream Cone Day continues celebrating on September 22nd!

While some controversy exists as to who invented the ice cream cone,  the earliest mention shows up in French cookbooks around 1825. Originally referred to as “little waffles,” the cones were waffles rolled into the shape of a cone.

In the United States, ice cream cones first became popular in the late 1800s. Confectioners turned the first cones by hand. The ice cream cone made its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. In 1912, an inventor from Oregon obtained a patent for a machine to make them. He sold his company to Nabisco in 1928, and they still make ice cream cones today.

The ice cream cone continues to be a popular treat for children and adults alike. More flavors of ice cream continue to be made available to please our palates, too!

HOW TO OBSERVE #IceCreamConeDay

Invite a friend out for an ice cream cone. Can’t decide which flavor? Flip a coin! An ice cream cone also makes a terrific way to settle a bet. At the cost of less than $2 for a soft-serve kids cone, it’s worth being wrong when you get to enjoy an ice cream cone. Tell us what your favorite type of ice cream cone is by using #IceCreamConeDay and share it on social media.

NATIONAL ICE CREAM CONE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues searching for the source of this sweet food holiday. 

Car Free Day - September 22

CAR FREE DAY

On September 22, Care Free Day encourages motorists around the world to give up their vehicles for a day. The observance is also known as World Car Free Day.

Many people around the world consider their car a necessity. Without it, they wouldn’t be able to zip to their destination conveniently. Today, an estimated 1.4 billion cars travel the roads throughout the world. At one time, the United States had the most car owners. Now China claims that prize. Volkswagen and Toyota manufacturer the most cars.

Cars offer a convenient way to get around. However, cars hurt the environment. Besides causing air pollution, cars are thought to contribute to global warming.

One of the goals of Car Free Day is to see what life would be like without cars on the road. On this day, motorists are encouraged to walk or bicycle instead. The day promotes the use of mass transit for those who need to travel long distances. It’s also a day for cities to use their roadways in different ways. For example, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, horses are ridden on the streets.

In other cities, street picnics and a variety of fun events are scheduled to take place in the streets. In Budapest, there are races for alternative-energy powered vehicles. Many cities promote the idea that biking and walking are safer than driving a car.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CarFreeDay

The best way to observe World Car Free Day is to simply not use your vehicle. If you need to go somewhere, walk or ride your bike. If you have a skateboard or electric scooter, use that instead. Educate yourself on the role that cars play in our environment’s future. Research alternative energy sources for cars.

Find ways in your community to get around without your car. Can you take advantage of public transportation? Can you carpool with co-workers? Can you walk with your kids to school instead of driving them? Think about how much money you’ll save on gas by not using your vehicle. You may decide that going car-free isn’t so bad after all!

If you decide to go car-free, share your experience on social media using #CarFreeDay.

WORLD CAR FREE DAY HISTORY

Since the 1950s there have been groups of people protesting the use of cars. At that time, cars were considered an intrusion to their cities and neighborhoods. From 1956 to 1957, the Netherlands and Belgium held car-free Sundays.

Through the years, research began to reveal the negative impact of cars on the environment. In 1994 at an international conference, a paper discussing a strategy for reducing dependence on cars was distributed. In the late 1990s, car-free projects were planned and implemented in various European cities. In 1997, the British Environmental Transport Association coordinated three annual car-free days. Spain, Italy, and France followed suit with similar projects.

In 2000, Car Free Days made their way to South America with the most extensive Car Free Program held in Bogota, Columbia. On September 22, 2000, the European Car Free Day was held. It has since been an annual event for 46 countries and 2,000 cities all over the world.

National Elephant Appreciation Day - September 22

NATIONAL ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

Remember, September 22 recognizes National Elephant Appreciation Day. The elephant probably won’t forget. 

People of all ages are fascinated by elephants. Discover some interesting facts about them to celebrate with us! 

These captivating and social animals live between 60 to 70 years. Like humans, elephants develop remarkably close family bonds. Two species, the African Savannah and Asian elephant, exist. However, recently scientists suggested that the African Forest elephant is also a unique species and not a subspecies. 

Each day, poachers kill approximately 100 elephants for their ivory, meat, bones, and skin. 

While the African elephants outgrow the Asian, both hold the prize for the largest land mammal on earth. However, there are some differences between the species, though.

Differences Between African & Asian Elephants:
  • The African elephant grows larger ears.
  • In the Asian species, only the male grows tusks. However, in the African, both male and female elephants grow tusks.
  • One of the things that fascinate us about elephants is their trunk. It’s super sensitive. At the end, a small finger-like appendage grows. The appendage, also known as a lobe, gives elephants the ability to pick up small twigs, bits of grass and other items. On the Asian elephant, the lobe grows at the top tip of the trunk. However, the African elephant grows a lobe at the top and bottom, giving it extra pinching dexterity. 
  • Both species live in herds. The herds are led primarily by a matriarch and comprised of sisters, daughters and their young. As the males grow, they move off on their own. Asian herds tend to be smaller than the African herds.
  • While both species are herbivores, their diets vary based on the available habitat. 

Elephants are spirited and playful animals. Have you ever seen them frolic in the water?  And they will defend their own with their mighty tusks. Whether foraging for food or digging a mud hole, their tusks are vital for survival. Since hunters value the ivory more than the life of the elephant, they endanger the continued existence of these majestic animals. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ElephantAppreciationDay

Show your appreciation today by visiting the elephants at your local zoo. Get involved. Learn about conservation and eliminating poaching. Use #ElephantAppreciationDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

National Elephant Appreciation Day originated in 1996 to raise awareness concerning the plight of elephants

HOBBIT DAY – September 22

HOBBIT DAY

Explore the Shire on September 22nd during Hobbit Day. While there, celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

The novels The Hobbit and the trilogy The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, bring to life the world of Middle-Earth. According to the stories, Bilbo and Frodo were born during the Third Age in the years 2890 and 2968 respectively.  Translated to Shire-reckoning, Bilbo was born in 1290 and Frodo in 1368.

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. ~Bilbo Baggins ~ Lord of the Rings ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

HOW TO OBSERVE #HobbitDay

Join celebrations or have a Hobbit Day party of your own.  Reading the book or watching the movies are other ways to enjoy the day.  Create a celebration worthy of a Hobbit.

  • Everyone should dress for the occasion.
    Even though the trilogy takes place in the future, there’s a very medieval and mystical feel to the costumes. 
  • Supply plenty of cakes, teas, and wine.
  • Invite a large crowd. Hobbits come from big families.
  • Read from the trilogy or make a big speech.
  • Be merry and dance. Provide music, too. 

Share your celebration using #HobbitDay to post on social media.

HOBBIT DAY HISTORY

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978. 

National Legwear Day - September 22

NATIONAL LEGWEAR DAY

National Legwear Day on September 22nd coincides perfectly with the beautiful changing leaves. The air is getting cooler, and fashion magazines are covering the best of fall style.

Legwear offers some of the most important ways to express personal style. From sheers and tights to leggings and anklets, even men’s, women’s and kids’ socks complete a look. No wonder thee garment needed its own holiday.

The Queen of England was presented her first pair of stockings in 1598. Now, women choose from numerous types of legwear. Depending on the occasion, their options include opaque, brightly colored tights, textured anklets, and foundation finishes. Sheer hose offers a more subtle approach in shades for all skin colors and tones.

Men’s socks have evolved, too. From the basics to offerings with statement-making graphics and colors, the men step out colorfully or stately. As ties fade from the workplace, socks function as an expression of style, too. And kids continue to enjoy fun characters and prints, along with a rainbow of colors, in their legwear.

Legwear offers everyone comfort, quality, and value. And whether on Main Street or the runways of Milan Fashion Week, everyone turns to legwear to put a kick in their step, complete a look and add individual style to any outfit.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLegwearDay

On National Legwear Day, let your legs do the talking. Show off some bold leggings, a sophisticated monochromatic textured pair of tights, the newest lace anklets or a pair of graphic socks that can’t go unnoticed. Use patterns, colors, textures, or sheers to add pop to any outfit, boost your confidence, and highlight your fashion flair.

And to celebrate, be sure to show a little leg by posting your favorite look on social media using #NationalLegwearDay and #MyStyleKick!

NATIONAL LEGWEAR DAY HISTORY

As the leading global manufacturer of legwear, HanesBrands founded National Legwear Day to encourage everyone to express their styles with sheers, tights, leggings, anklets and men’s, women’s and kids’ socks. Consumers are wearing legwear each week to enhance their outfits and can use it to make any occasion an opportunity for personal expression. So, of course, legwear deserved a day to be celebrated!

 

HanesBrands portfolio of legwear brands includes Hanes, Champion, L’eggs, Just My Size, Maidenform, Donna Karan, DKNY, DIM, Nur Die, Nur Der, RazzaMatazz, voodoo, Lovable, Kayser, Sheer Relief, Chesterfield, Zorba, Bonds, Explorer, and Rio.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Legwear Day to be observed on September 22 annually beginning in 2017.

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S DAY – September 22

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S DAY

On September 22nd, American Business Women’s Day honors the accomplishments of the businesswomen across the nation. Take a moment to reflect on the contributions and achievements of the millions of women in the workforce. Also, consider the impact of millions of women business owners in the U.S.

The day also brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations to collaborate and network. The opportunity provides insight into platforms and inspirational ways for women to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally. Workshops and seminars offer leadership, education, networking, and national recognition.

Through small businesses and corporate leadership, women provide a variety of skills in the business world. They set examples for young women driven to become leaders themselves. Generation after generation pave the way for new and inspiring professionals. This day honors each and every one!

HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanBusinessWomensDay

Give a shoutout to a businesswoman you know. Attend a seminar, workshop, Ted Talk, or other resources to increase your business knowledge. Sponsor a leadership conference or speak at a local school. Attend a career fair and offer your expertise as a businesswoman to aspiring youth.

Support businesswomen in your area, whether they’re experienced or just starting out. Join forces with other business leaders and create a positive environment for women in business.

Share your business style, strengths, and creativeness using #AmericanBusinessWomensDay to post on social media.

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S DAY HISTORY

American Business Women’s Association first sponsored American Business Women’s Day was sponsored in 1982. Congress officially recognized the day through proclamations in 1983 and 1986. 

NATIONAL CENTENARIAN’S DAY – September 22

NATIONAL CENTENARIAN’S DAY

On September 22nd, National Centenarian’s Day honors those who’ve celebrated 100 birthdays or more. 

Initially, the day urged people to listen to the stories centenarians had to tell. Their rich history and wisdom offered a wealth of information. As the celebration spread, groups formed to honor centenarians in various ways. Often, listening to their life stories proves the age-old saying that with age comes wisdom.

Recent 2019 estimates place approximately 72,000 centenarians in the United States alone. The youngest of those were born after the end of World War I and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They represent a living history full of stories not found in history books. Their stories animate and compliment what we already know. Listening to their tails of accomplishment and perseverance highlight and magnify the events of the past.

At the same time, their personal histories create something legendary for those who hear them. Traditions we no longer practice or turns of phrase come traipsing across their memories to be revived and shared once more. Tribulations and experiences long forgotten reflect in their eyes. We benefit from every story they tell and every remembrance the share. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCentenariansDay

Visit with a centenarian and tap into a wealth of knowledge, entertaining stories, and traditions from a time gone by. Use #CentenariansDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CENTENARIANS DAY HISTORY

Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport, MD established National Centenarian’s Day.

National Girls' Night In Day - September 22

NATIONAL GIRLS’ NIGHT IN DAY

Grab your besties, on September 22 – it’s National Girls’ Night In!

On National Girls’ Night In, women are encouraged to gather with their best girlfriends for a night in to relax, recharge and foster meaningful connections. Whether you and your best girlfriends are gathered for a family meal in, a DIY spa night or a book-club, the celebration is all about women disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life. What’s better than engaging with besties for an evening of social self-care?

How will you Girls’ Night In?

HOW TO OBSERVE #GirlsNightIn

One: Rally your girls

Two: Pick your Ketel One Botanical varietal – Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint, or Grapefruit & Rose

Three: Grab wine glasses, comfortable athleisure, stay put and have fun!

Use #GirlsNightIn to share on social media.

How do you Girls’ Night In? Follow @KetelOneBotanical to share how you celebrate with your besties using  #KetelBotanical, #BotanicalBesties, #GirlsNightIn

NATIONAL GIRLS NIGHT IN HISTORY

In 2018, Ketel One Botanical founded National Girls’ Night In, held annually on September 22, to celebrate the importance of slowing down and taking a well-deserved time-out in today’s fast-paced world. When celebrating Girls’ Night In, Ketel One Botanical reminds you to please drink responsibly.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Girls’ Night In Day to be observed annually on September 22nd.

About Ketel One Botanical

Ketel One Botanical is a first-of-its kind low calorie, low ABV (30%) spirit distilled from Ketel One Family-Made Vodka with real botanicals, then infused with natural essences. It delivers an easy-sipping, fresh-tasting drink experience with no carbs, no sugar, and no artificial flavors. Ketel One Botanical is available nationwide in three varietals: Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint and Grapefruit & Rose, at your local spirits retailer for a suggested retail price of $24.99 per 750ml bottle. For more information please visit www.ketelonebotanical.com. Follow us @KetelOneBotanical and #KetelOneBotanical

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY *Ketel One Botanical (per 1.5 oz): 73 cal; 0g carbs; 0g protein; 0g fat; White Table Wine (per 5 fl. oz., USDA ARS, National Nutrient Database May 2016): 121 cal; 3.82 carbs; 0.1g protein; 0g fat KETEL ONE BOTANICAL. Made With Vodka Distilled With Real Botanicals And Infused With Natural Flavors. 30% Alc/Vol. © Double Eagle Brands, B.V. Imported by Ketel One USA, Aliso Viejo, CA.

NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY – September 22

NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY

Satisfy your sweet tooth on National White Chocolate Day on September 22nd. Enjoy it with pretzels or drizzled on pastries. It’s a versatile confection with many ways to celebrate!

Since white chocolate does not contain cocoa solids, it is not chocolate in the strictest sense. During the process of manufacturing chocolate, the dark-colored solids of the cocoa bean separates from the fatty content. But unlike milk or dark chocolate, the solids are not reincorporated.  As a result, white chocolate also does not contain as much caffeine or antioxidants as its darker counterparts.
That’s right, white chocolate loses some of the health benefits when it is processed. 
 
Nestlé launched the first white chocolate bar in Europe. Known by the names Milkybar and Galak, Nestlé first produced the candy bar in the 1930s. Besides candy bars and fudge, white chocolate also comes in liqueurs, chips, ganache, truffles, and liquid forms. 
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HOW TO OBSERVE #WhiteChocolateDay

White chocolate pairs well with salty and sweet flavors. Mix it in with some peanuts or pretzels. Bake up some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies or indulge in a delicious cocktail. Enjoy your favorite white chocolate. Share yours using #WhiteChocolateDay to post on social media.
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NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues searching for the source behind this sweet candy holiday.

 

On Deck for September 23, 2019

National Days

International Days

 

Recipe of the Day

Basic Truffle Recipe
Prep:  1 hour
Cook:
Total Prep:  1 hour
Serves 60

Ingredients:

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (may substitute orange, almond, maple, or coffee liqueur)
various toppings (chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles, cocoa, shaved chocolate)

Instructions:

Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.

Add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time until well blended.

Stir in chocolate and vanilla until well incorporated.

(If using a liqueur flavoring, divide the mixture into thirds and add 1 tablespoon of the preferred liqueur to each prepared mixture.)

Chill for 1 hour.

Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in your favorite toppings.

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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