SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 | NATIONAL COFFEE DAY | NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY USA | NATIONAL VFW DAY | NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY
NATIONAL COFFEE DAY
Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java. According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore. It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia. More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.
HOW TO OBSERVE.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Coffee Day.
NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY USA
National Family Health & Fitness Day is observed annually on the last Saturday in September.
National Family Health & Fitness Day USA promotes family involvement in physical activity in support of one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Find events and activities at fitnessday.com to join in the celebration and use #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA to post on social media.
Family Health And Fitness Day USA is organized by the Health Information Resource Center. The day was started in 1996.
NATIONAL VFW DAY
National VFW Day is observed annually on September 29, honoring the men and women devoted to this valuable organization and those members who have served our nation.
Members of the VFW today hold a long-standing history of volunteerism in their communities. Not only have they served their country, but they continue to serve their fellow veterans, families, and communities by sponsoring scholarships, career fairs, mental wellness campaigns, and so many more excellent services.
VFW membership since its inception has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the creation of the national cemetery system and passage of the GI Bill. Through the VFW, veterans honor veterans and serve their communities. On National VFW Day, take a moment to recognize all the VFW does in your community.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Honor the VFW members and veterans in your community. Let them know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us. We truly are the land of the free because of the brave. Use #NationalVFWDay to post on social media.
The VFW was established on September 29, 1899, by a group of veterans from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest group of combat veterans. They continue “to honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW promote patriotism, goodwill and youth scholarships. They also provide military assistance and community service programs, promote youth activities and volunteer many hours in their local communities.
NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY
On the last Saturday in September as part of the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt, National Ghost Hunting Day kicks off an annual international investigation of the paranormal.
Ghost hunting stirs up images of abandoned mansions with murderous histories or specters guarding ancient crypts. For ages gone by, many of the ghost stories around the world center around historical records or literature. Their existence has been widely debated in religion, science, and academia. Even their use by Shakespeare and other playwrights is often considered a continuation of that discussion in the midst of the Renaissance stage.
Seeking paranormal activity isn’t limited to crumbling ruins and darkened, forgotten corners of the world. Both Ann Bolyen’s ghost in the Tower of London and several haunted spaces in the White House in Washington, D.C. are two very public and populated places which come to mind. Enthusiasts bring attention to historical properties and have an interest in preservation as well. From Civil War-era towns like Old Salt Sulphur Springs in Virgina to ghost walks in old opera houses like Rohs Opera House in Kentucky and train-loving ghosts in Colorado, many locations are ready for sleuthing on National Ghost Hunting Day.
Perhaps it’s the anticipation for the novice who has yet to experience the thrill of witnessing a restless soul making contact for the first time that lures him into a first haunted journey. From an eerie ghost story read by flashlight under the bedsheets or unexplained blur on a snapshot, the investigator’s interest may be held by just the prospect of a spirit lingering nearby. Actual sightings are rare and fleeting.
With the increase of movies and television shows going on the hunt, interest has grown. Societies around the world continue to develop methods of proving the existence of ghosts, spirits and other paranormal activity. Typically, a ghost hunting team will attempt to collect evidence that they see as supportive of paranormal activity. Devices such as an EMF meter, digital thermometer, handheld and static digital video cameras, audio recorders and computers are all part of a team’s toolbox. They also employ traditional techniques like conducting interviews and researching the history of a site.
However, skeptics remain. Considered a pseudoscience by a majority of educators, academics and science writers, ghost hunting leads to noble acts, including the preservation of historical sites, the American Folklore Story and the integration of known scientific tools for reaching into challenging dimensional theories. It is with a tremendous sense of discovery and enthusiasm that National Ghost Hunting Day is celebrated.
HOW TO OBSERVE
National Ghost Hunting Day will kick off with the Shot-Gun start at The ScareFest in Lexington, KY. To join in the coast-to-coast simultaneous hunt, find a satellite team near you! National ghost hunting societies will be participating across the country investigating local venues. Use #NationalGhostHuntingDay to share on social media.
Haunted Travels founded National Ghost Hunting Day to kick off a season full of haunted attractions, fall festivities, encouraging enthusiasts to pursue their interests in the mysteries surrounding the supernatural and to carry on the long-held traditions of ghost hunters. One hundred percent of funds raised through ticket sales go to local non-profit pet shelters in each participating community. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in July of 2016.
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