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National Day of Forgiveness - September 27


Forgiveness is a potent tool on a journey of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health. That’s why on September 27th, National Day of Forgiveness encourages us to develop realistic methods for incorporating forgiveness in our lives.

The act of forgiveness is powerful. But, granting forgiveness is more than an act – it’s a process. Forgiveness teaches us about ourselves as much as it teaches us about others. Whether a person suffers from mental or emotional pain, grief, or trauma, forgiveness can set us on a path of healing. Forgiveness can also develop into a practice that teaches us to value compassion, kindness, and love.

Myths About Forgiveness

Forgiveness means different things to different people, but there are myths associated with forgiveness. Forgiveness does not mean:

  • Continuing a relationship.
  • Approving the other person’s behavior.
  • One person wins, and the other loses.

There is no requirement to continue a relationship with someone you forgive. Many relationships do not remain the same after forgiveness. Accepting that or choosing to let a relationship end also helps us heal. Though, forgiveness can repair some relationships, especially if the receiver understands that forgiveness does not condone the behavior.

Forgiveness sets us free and allows us to begin the process of healing. When we truly forgive, it is easy(ier) to forget because what once plagued us is no longer wired the same in our neural network. We can remember if needed, but after forgiveness, the memory fades into the far distance only to be retrieved if needed for ‘relatability’ (or a story). Even then, there is no “charge” associated with the memory anymore.

Forgiveness doesn’t always happen in an instant, either, though it can. A single verbal statement doesn’t complete the process. However, over time and with willingness and some practice, we can let go of our anger, bitterness, and resentment. Forgiveness is a decision.

Forgiveness Benefits

While granting forgiveness may be challenging, it comes with a wealth of benefits. During the process, we may discover the person we need to forgive most is ourselves. Self-forgiveness is another healthy tool to learn. Thus, National Day of Forgiveness also offers an opportunity to understand the benefits of forgiveness.

  • Forgiveness relieves stress. The stress we feel from anger, resentment, and bitterness lessens and even fades entirely. The burden of these feelings creates anxiety and stress that we no longer have to carry when we forgive.
  • The act of forgiveness helps us to close a wound. When we forgive, we give ourselves permission to heal. There is freedom in healing.
  • When we forgive, we also give ourselves permission to stop living in the past. We focus less on the damaging feelings and begin to look forward to the future. When we detach from the heaviness, anger, pain, and resentment, we no longer allow the past to control us.
  • Forgiveness also benefits our physical health. Reduced anxiety and stress mean lower blood pressure, a stronger heart, and an improved immune system. It may also help reduce physical pain.

Reflecting on our ability to forgive ourselves leads to an ability to cope with difficult and traumatic situations. As a result, we reap the benefits of mental and emotional wellbeing. 

HOW TO OBSERVE National Day of Forgiveness

On September 27th, consider taking the path of forgiveness. Other ways of participating in National Day of Forgiveness include:

  • Developing a plan of forgiveness.
  • Read about forgiveness. We recommend The Pursuit of Forgiveness 2.0 by Melissa Reese, The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Forgive & Forget; Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes.
  • Forgive someone, especially yourself.
  • Heal a relationship.
  • Give to an organization that speaks to you and promotes love and forgiveness. A couple of organizations that fit that description are the Choose Love Movement and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
  • Learn about pragmatic forgiveness by visiting

Also, on September 27th, you can download a free recording download from The Pursuit of Forgiveness website. And don’t forget to share your experiences with forgiveness by using #NationalDayOfForgiveness on social media.


The pursuit guru - forgivenessIn 2021, Melissa Reese: the Pursuit Guru, founded National Day of Forgiveness. The author of The Pursuit of Forgiveness 2.0 is on a mission to help people overcome that which causes them mental and emotional pain, grief, trauma, “stuckness,” and discomfort. National Day of Forgiveness encourages realistic approaches to forgiveness and developing our ability to forgive.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Day of Forgiveness to be observed on September 27th and every year thereafter.

NATIONAL FAMILY DAY – Fourth Monday in September


On the fourth Monday in September, National Family Day encourages everyone to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together.

The old saying goes, “Families who eat together, stay together,” but did you know they may also be reducing the risk of addiction? According to the National Center on Addiction, families who eat three or more meals a week together reduce a teen’s risk of using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

That’s a fantastic outcome on its own. Family bonding is just a bonus. However, there are more benefits. For example, families who eat together also learn healthy eating habits, eat smaller portions, and are less likely to stress about food.

And back to the bonding – when parents engage with their children over a meal, their relationships are better. They learn responsibility while helping to prepare the meal and cleaning up. Children feel like they are a part of a unit, a team. They connect with the people who mean the most to them and who know them the best. Parents become and remain the people they turn to when the significant problems crop up.

Look forward to conversations about grades, dating, borrowing the car, and moving away. Don’t forget the debates about politics. Our children won’t always agree with us – and that’s ok. Why? Because we raise them to be independent thinkers and to express themselves effectively. These conversations start at a dinner table. They shouldn’t begin when our children’s world turns upside down.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFamilyDay

Have a meal with your family. It doesn’t have to be fancy. But it does have to include food and your family. Gather everyone and set the table. Talk to each other. Find out about everyone’s day. Then, commit to having another meal together before the week is out. Take a family photo and share it using #NationalFamilyDay.

Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for fun ways to Celebrate Every Day!


The National Center on Addiction declared National Family Day in 2001 as a way to combat substance abuse among teens. Their research showed that teens who ate meals with their families were less likely to fall into substance abuse. They also tend to do better in school and eat healthier.



Each year on September 27th folks enjoy a tall, frosty glass to celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day. 

In the late 1680s, an Irish-born physician by the name of Sir Hans Sloane invented the chocolatey beverage. When offered the position of personal physician to an English Duke in Jamaica, Sloane jumped at the opportunity. Jamaica interested the naturalist in him.

While in Jamaica, Sloane encountered a local beverage. The locals mixed cocoa and water together. However, when Sloane tasted it, he reported the flavor to be nauseating. After some experimentation, the doctor found a way to combine cocoa with milk. The creamy combination made it a more pleasant-tasting drink. Years later, Sloane returned to England with the chocolate recipe in hand. Initially, apothecaries introduced the concoction as a medicine. 

Generations later, chocolate milk lovers enjoy their treat in a variety of ways. It can be purchased premixed by the jug or individual serving. For a custom mix, powders and syrups allow us to make it as chocolatey as we like at home. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateMilkDay

When it comes to enjoying chocolate milk, there are so many ways to do it. Premix or powder? How about chocolate syrup? We can also choose from skim, 2% and whole milk. And don’t forget almond, cashew, coconut or oat milk. Which one mixes up the best chocolate milk?

Mix up some chocolate milk to drink. Invite a friend to enjoy the celebration with you. Besides, the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay is with others. Share your celebration using #ChocolateMilkDay on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for ways to incorporate this day into your classes.


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



On September 27th, National Crush a Can Day dedicates time to educating the country about the benefits of recycling. 
Aluminum cans are the second most recycled material after steel in the United States. Not only is aluminum 100% recyclable, but it also uses 95% less energy to recycle an old can into a new one. However, we still throw out more than 1 million tons of aluminum each year. Unlike some recyclables, aluminum can be recycled over and over.
Interesting Facts:
  • If you laid all the aluminum cans recycled in 2010 end to end, they could circle the earth 169 times.
  • The U.S. recycles about 65% of its aluminum.
  • In America, 105,800 cans are recycled every minute.
  • Your television can run for 3 hours from the energy saved by recycling one can.
  • In 2019, an aluminum can was worth about 1.7 cents. 
  • The industry pays more than $1 billion annually for recycled cans.


Learn more about recycling and how you can help. Recycle those cans. Help start a recycling program at work. Other locations for small-scale programs include:

  • Schools
  • Daycares
  • The block where you live
  • An apartment complex

For tips on recycling visit Start Recycling cans and use #CrushACanDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this awareness holiday. 



On September 27, National Scarf Day recognizes the power of the scarf.

Whatever your style, a scarf is the best way to express yourself, make a statement or update your look. Let a scarf inspire your style on National Scarf Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScarfDay

Whether it’s bright and bold or muted and tonal, a scarf is a great way to make your look your own. On National Scarf Day celebrate by wearing your favorite scarf proudly. Tie it at your neck; wrap it around your head; knot it onto your handbag; wear it as a top or even a belt.

However you wear it, just make sure to snap a photo and share it with #nationalscarfday.

For more inspiration, check out [email protected] and click How to Tie.


Echo New York founded National Scarf Day on September 27, 2018. While scarves have been around since ancient times for purposes ranging from cleanliness to religion to warmth, Echo believes we are responsible for bringing the scarf to the world of fashion.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Scarf Day to be observed annually in 2018.


Edgar and Theresa Hyman founded Echo Scarfs on their wedding day in 1923. They went to City Hall to get their marriage license and decided to incorporate their business while they were there. Soon after, they set up shop in the heart of New York City, capturing its vibrancy in the gorgeous colors, patterns, and textures of their scarfs.

Over the years, Echo has established itself as the destination for beautifully made, fashion-forward scarfs. Today, Echo is a global brand with products in multiple categories sold in department and specialty stores throughout the world in North America, Japan, Europe, and the UK, as well as on our website

We’re proud to say that after more than 95 years, our love affair with beautiful print, pattern, and color is still going strong. Today, the rich heritage of timeless quality, unparalleled craftsmanship and fashion sensibility lives on in every new category. Still located within a block of the original showroom, Echo continues to draw inspiration from the vitality and diversity of the city.

One family – four generations. And to think, it all started with a scarf and a wedding. Now that’s the power of a scarf!



On September 27th, National Corned Beef Hash Day adds flavor to every meal while cleaning out the fridge, too.

Making corned beef hash is a great way to use up leftovers. Corned beef hash became popular during and after World War II. Since rationing limited the availability of fresh meat, corned beef filled the gap. Cooks became creative with herbs, spices, and leftovers. Nothing was wasted. In lean times, stretching a meal became a priority. 

The Hormel Company claims it introduced corned beef hash and roast beef hash to the United States as early as 1950. However, World War II reporter, Betty Wason, lists a corned beef hash recipe in her Cooking Without Cans cookbook printed in 1943. Other forms of hash existed as part of the American diet since at least the 19th century.  The numerous recipes available before that time also attest to the country’s love of the dish as does the existence of many “hash houses” named after the dish.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CornedBeefHashDay

Serve up some corned beef hash for breakfast or supper. Either way, you’ll be adding flavor to your meal. So, make a lot and invite a crowd. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay!

Try our very own Easy Corned Beef Hash Recipe this weekend!

Use #CornedBeefHashDay to post on social media.


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

September 27th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Joshua Pusey receives a patent for “Friction-match card” (patent No. 483,165) which becomes known as the matchbook.


Lou Gehrig wraps up his 6th straight season playing every game with the Yankees.


The internet search engine, Google, celebrates its birthday. Launched in 1998, the company first celebrated September 27th as its birthday in 2006. However, the founders aren’t certain of the exact date the organization was established.


Europe launches its first mission to the moon. The SMART-1 orbiter reached operational orbit on February 27, 2005.


Donning slippers and PJs, robes and nightshirts, 2,004 people joined the largest sleepover, pajama party recorded. Girlguiding North West England hosted the even in Cheshire, UK.

Recipe of the Day

Yawn Busting Cold Brew recipe

Name: Yawn Busting Cold Brew
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill/Freeze: Overnight
Total Prep: 10 minutes + chill time
Servings: 2


8 coffee ice cubes **
1 cup coarsely ground coffee
4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons coconut sugar.
11.5 oz can of full-fat coconut milk


**Fill ice cube trays with strong, brewed coffee. Freeze overnight.

Add coarsely ground coffee to a jar or French press. Pour water over the grounds and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Add vanilla and coconut sugar. Stir in coconut milk to taste. Pour coffee over ice cubes and serve cold.

Recipe credit:

Michele S – North Dakota

September 27th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Rosa Lewis – 1867

Along with her husband, Chiney Lewis, Rosa took ownership of the Cavendish hotel in 1893. The cook and hostess was known for her skills and kindness.

James Drummond Dole – 1877

In 1901, the businessman founded the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Years later, the company merged with Castle & Cooke which would later change its name to Dole Food Company.

Clementine Paddleford – 1898

The accomplished food writer and critic wrote How America Eats in 1960.

Greg Morris – 1933

The actor is best known for his role as the electronics expert on the television show Mission: Impossible.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson – 1935

The talented pitcher became the third (and last) Professional Negro Baseball League. In 1953, Johnson tried out for the Indianapolis Clowns becoming the first woman pitcher in the league. Previously, she had approached the All American Girls Professional Baseball League for a tryout but was denied.

Marvin Lee Aday – 1947

Better known as the musician Meat Loaf, the artist created hit songs such as Paradise by the Dashboard Light and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”

Stephanie Wilson – 1966

The NASA astronaut flew three Space Shuttle missions and was the second African American woman in space.

Gwyneth Paltrow – 1972

The award-winning actress rose to stardom in the film Shakespeare in Love. She also played the role of Pepper Potts in the Avengers and Iron Man franchise films. In 2019 she joined the cast of the Netflix dramedy television series The Politician.

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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