Holidays in July (2015 Calendar)

So, we have been out of school for nearly a month for those of us who actually still are in school, and apparently July is National Anti-Boredom Month. I am usually bored within a couple of days, so July, you need to come up with a way to keep my interest.

Once again, I am getting my information from Holiday Insights (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/july.htm). I just find the holidays here so interesting.

  1. Canada Day; Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day; International Joke Day
  2. I Forgot Day; World UFO Day
  3. Compliment Your Mirror Day; Disobedience Day; Stay out of the Sun Day
  4. Independence Day (for the US); National Country Music Day; Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
  5. Build a Scarecrow Day (always the first Sunday); Work-a-holics Day
  6. National Fried Chicken Day
  7. Chocolate Day; National Strawberry Sundae Day
  8. Video Games Day
  9. National Sugar Cookie Day
  10. Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  11. Cheer up the Lonely Day; World Population Day
  12. Different Colored Eyes Day; Pecan Pie Day
  13. Barbershop Music Appreciation Day; Embrace Your Geekness Day; Fool’s Paradise Day
  14. Bastille Day; Pandemonium Day, National Nude Day (please celebrate legally, inside your house)
  15. Tapioca Pudding Day; Cow Appreciation Day
  16. Fresh Spinach Day
  17. Peach Ice Cream Day; Yellow Pig Day
  18. National Caviar Day
  19. National Ice Cream Day (always the third Sunday); National Raspberry Cake Day
  20. National Lollipop Day; Moon Day; Ugly Truck Day
  21. National Junk Food Day
  22. Hammock Day; Ratcatcher’s Day
  23. National Hot Dog Day; Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  24. Amelia Earhart Day
  25. Cousins Day; Culinarians Day; Threading the Needle Day
  26. All or Nothing Day; Aunt and Uncle Day; Parent’s Day (always the forth Saturday)
  27. Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  28. National Milk Chocolate Day
  29. National Lasagna Day
  30. National Cheesecake Day; Father-in-Law Day
  31. Mutt’s Day

Holidays in May (2015 Calendar)

Is everyone ready to celebrate National Salad Month? Probably not, but lucky for you meat eats out there it is also National Barbecue Month. Also, take your best pictures for National Photograph Month. And be honest. How many of those pictures are selfies? We are all guilty of it.

The daily holidays for this month, brought to your by Holiday Insights (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/may.htm) are:

  1. International Tube Day (always the first Friday); May Day; Loyalty Day; Mother Goose Day; Save the Rhino Day; Space Day (always the first Friday)
  2. Baby Day; Brothers and Sisters Day
  3. Lumpy Rug Day; World Press Freedom Day
  4. Bird Day; National Candied Orange Peek Day; Renewal Day; Stat Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!)
  5. Cinco de Mayo; National Hoagie Day; Oyster Day; National Teachers Day (always Tuesday in the first full week)
  6. Beverage Day; National Tourist Appreciation Day; National Nurses Day; No Diet Day; School Nurses Day (the Wednesday of Nurse’s Week)
  7. National Tourism Day
  8. Iris Day; Military Spouses Day (always the Friday before Mother’s Day); No Socks Day; V-E Day; World Red Cross Day; Workd Red Crescent Day
  9. Birth Mother’s Day (always the Saturday before Mother’s Day); International Migratory Bird Day (always the second Saturday); Lost Sock Memorial Day; National Train Day (varies)
  10. Mother’s Day (always the second Sunday)
  11. Eat What You Want Day; Twilight Zone Day
  12. Fatigue Syndrome Day; International Nurses Day; Limerick Day
  13. Frog Jumping Day; Leprechaun Day; National Receptionist Day( always the second Wednesday)
  14. Dance Like a Chicken Day
  15. National Bike to Work Day (always the third Friday)
  16. National Chocolate Chip Day; Police Officer’s Memorial Day; Armed Forces Day (always the third Saturday; Love a Tree Day; National Sea Monkey Day; Wear Purple for Peace Day
  17. Pack Rat Day
  18. International Museum Day; No Dirty Dishes Day; Visit Your Relatives Day
  19. Boy’s Club Day
  20. Be a Millionaire Day; Pick Strawberries Day
  21. National Memo Day; National Waiters and Waitresses Day
  22. Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  23. International Jazz Day
  24. National Escargot Day
  25. Memorial Day (always the last Monday);National Missing Children’s Day; Tap Dance Day; Victoria Day for Canada (usually the 24th)
  26. Sally Ride Day
  27. Sun Screen Day
  28. Amnesty International Day
  29. Learn About Composing Day
  30. Water a Flower Day
  31. National Macaroon Day; Save Your Hearing Day; World No Tobacco Day

Holidays in April (2015 Calendar)

May I be one of the people that say April Fools. I will be one of the people that will not play any tricks on you. Or will I?

Any way April is National Humor Month (today makes sense now), Stress Awareness Month and International Guitar Month. And now the daily holidays are brought to you my Holiday Insights (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/april.htm)

  1. April Fool’s Day; International Fun at Work Day; International Tatting Day
  2. Children’s Book Day; National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day; Reconciliation Day
  3. Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day; Tweed Day
  4. Walk Around Things Day; School Librarian Day; Tell a Lie Day
  5. Easter (varies); Go for Broke Day
  6. Dyngus Day (always the Monday after Easter); Plan Your Epitaph Day; Sorry Charlie Day
  7. No Housework Day; World Health Day
  8. All is Ours Day; Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  9. Name Yourself Day; Winston Churchill Day
  10. Golfer’s Day; National Siblings Day
  11. Eight Track Tape Day; Barbershop Quartet Day; National Submarine Day
  12. Big Wind Day; Russian Cosmonaut Day
  13. Scrabble Day
  14. Ex-Spouse Day; International Moment of Laughter Day; Look up at the Sky Day; National Pecan Day; Reach as High as You Can Day
  15. Rubber Eraser Day; Titanic Remembrance Day
  16. National Eggs Benedict Day; National Stress Awareness Day; National Librarian Day; National High Five Day (always the third Thursday)
  17. Bat Appreciation Day; Blah, Blah, Blah Day; National Cheeseball Day; Pet Owners Independence Day
  18. International Juggler’s Day; Newspaper Columnists Day
  19. National Garlic Day
  20. Look Alike Day; Patriot’s Day (always the third Monday); Volunteer Recognition Day
  21. Kindergarten Day
  22. Administrative Professionals Day (varies); Girl Scout Leader Day; National Jelly Bean Day
  23. Lover’s Day; National Zucchini Bread Day; Take a Chance Day; World Laboratory; Take Your Daughter to Work (always the fourth Thursday)
  24. Pig in a Blanket Day
  25. East Meets West Day; World Penguin Day
  26. Hug an Australian Day; National Pretzel Day; Richter Scale Day
  27. Babe Ruth Day; National Prime Rib Day; Tell a Story Day
  28. International Astronomy Day; Great Poetry Reading Day; Kiss Your Mate Day
  29. Greenery Day; National Shrimp Scampi Day
  30. Hairstyle Appreciation Day; National Honesty Day
Aside

Questions for Saint Patrick’s Day.

  1. Does everything you eat have to be green?
  2. Will you still pinch me if I say I have green sock but can’t see them?
  3. Are you really Irish, or do you just want a kiss?
  4. How does one truly celebrate the festival of green?

3.14.15

The amazing holiday of celebrating a irrational number has come, Pi day. Please join me by doing random math and logic problems as wells as eating for favorite type of pie. My favorite is apple, but what is yours.

Two In a Row

As everyone may know, Friday the 13th is my favorite holiday, so imagine my glee when there are been two in a row. I just love it when the first of the month lands on a Monday. For more about this amazing holiday, go to the article I wrote about by click here.

And remember, get you “pi” selections for tomorrow’s amazing holiday, Pi Day.

Holidays in March (2015 Calendar)

So, it’s a new month, which means that there is a new batch of holidays for the public to celebrate. March is National Irish American Heritage Month, Red Cross Month and Social Workers Month.

But now it’s time for that daily holidays brought to to you via me by Holiday Insights (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/march.htm):

  1. National Pig Day (those little piggies are so cute); Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day (I have I told you how much I hate peanut butter. No…Well I do.)
  2. Old Stuff Day
  3. I Want You to be Happy Day; If Pets Had Thumbs Day; National Anthem Day; Peach Blossom Day
  4. Holy Experiment Day; Hug a GI Day
  5. Multiple Personality Day
  6. Dentist’s Day; National Frozen Food Day; Employee Appreciation Day (first Friday in March); National Salesperson Day (first Friday in March)
  7. National Crown Roast of Pork Day (Why are we killing the little piggies? *tear*)
  8. Be Nasty Day; International (Working) Women’s Day
  9. Panic Day
  10. Middle Name Pride Day
  11. Johnny Appleseed Day; Worship of Tools Day
  12. Girl Scouts Day; Plant a Flower Day; Popcorn Lover’s Day
  13. Ear Muff Day; Jewel Day
  14. Learn about Butterflies Day; National Potato Chip Day; National Pi Day (one of favorite holidays)
  15. Everything You Think is Wrong Day; Ides of March; Incredible Kid Day; Dumbstruck
  16. Everything You Do is Right Day; Freedom of Information Day
  17. Submarine Day; Saint Patrick’s Day
  18. Supreme Sacrifice Day; National Agriculture Day (date varies)
  19. Poultry
  20. International Earth Day; Extraterrestrial Abductions Day; Proposal Day; Fragrance Day
  21. National Quilting Day (third Saturday of March)
  22. National Goof Off Day
  23. National Chip and Dip Day; Dear Miss Day
  24. National Chocolate Covered Raisin day (I also don’t like Chocolate, just so you know)
  25. Pecan Day; Waffle Day
  26. Make Up Your Own Holiday; National Spinach Day
  27. National “Joe” Day
  28. Something on a Stick Day
  29. National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day; Smoke and Mirrors Day
  30. National Doctor’s Day; I am in Control Day; Take a Walk in the Park Day
  31. Bunsen Burner Day; National Clam on the Half Shell Day

Now that you know about the holidays of this month, go out and celebrate. Or not. The decision is totally up to you. But not Pi Day. Go out and tell every one that its Pi day. Now, let’s see how much Pi everyone gets for saying it.

The 13th

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday in the world, and it happens a couple a times a year: Friday the 13th. Why is it my favorite? Is it because I can scare the living daylights out of some people? Is it because of the intrigue of the history behind the day? Well, its a little bit of both. If you know me personally, you would know how much joy I get out of scaring people. Also, I am a totally geek when it comes to all things scary, but you will never catch me watching the movie Scream (NEVER AGAIN). That mask creeps me out way too much, but that is a story for another time.

Friday the 13th sparks fear into many people that this fear is considered to be a phobia, which falls under three names: Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia and Triskaidekaphobia. According to the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, seventeen to twenty-one million people suffer from this fear.

It is amusing how much a number strikes fear into the hearts of millions, and it is not anything new. It is said that superstitions surrounding the number thirteen have been around since the 1700 BCE. Hammurabi’s Code in Ancient Babylon did not have the number thirteen. There is also a theory that if thirteen people eat dinner together, within a year, one of those people will die.

One of the stories behind the dinning superstition is that in Norse mythology, Odin invited 11 of his friends to dinner, but Loki, god of evil and mischief, crashed the event. In this story Loki was evil number thirteen.

But now, back to why Friday the 13th is an “evil” day.

In numerology, twelve represents being complete because there are many twelves in the world:

  • 12 months of the year
  • 12 gods of Olympus
  • 12 hour clocks
  • etc.

With twelve meaning completeness, thirteen interrupts the completeness, making it unlucky. Which leads to the first theory of the origin of the holiday being about The Last Supper. Much similar to the Odin example above. There where thirteen people at the dinner leading to Jesus’s crucifixion, which occurred on a Friday.

Another theory revolves around the Norse goddess Frigga of love and fertility. Does Frigga look familiar? It should. One of the names for the fear of Friday the 13th is friggatriskaidekaphobia. It’s not just a coincidence. It is believed that Frigga, when Christianity came to the area, that she was denounced as a witch and was forced into the mountain where she met with 11 witches and the Devil to get revenge. Oh, and did I mention that her name means Friday. Well, it does.

There is also there this less known theory, which is really obscure. It that the Templar Knights were arrested by King Philip IV on October 13, 1307, a Friday.

The sources of my information will be at the very bottom. But first, I think that whether you think that Friday the 13th the realest thing ever or just something stupid I have left some ground rules that you should follow, and they are as follows:

  1. Don’t walk under ladders
  2. Don’t spill salt
  3. Don’t go to a motel/hotel to have sex
  4. Don’t go into the woods by yourself
  5. If you do go into the woods, don’t separate from the group
  6. Make sure you get your car tuned up
  7. Don’t summon ghost
  8. Don’t summon demons
  9. Don’t go into abandoned buildings
  10. Don’t use an Ouija Board (I think I spelled that right)
  11. If you hear the a noise, don’t ask who it is
  12. Don’t do anything stupid that is in every horror movie ever.

Sources:

http://www.gotquestions.org/Friday-the-13th.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/friday-13th-history-origins-myths-superstitions-unlucky-day-395108

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th (I had to; it was the first source)

Holidays in February (2015 calendar dates)

So yesterday, I finally got to write my post about Groundhog’s day (Go me!). And today, I was thinking about all of the holidays in February. So, thanks to Holiday Insights (at http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/february.htm), I was able to find all of the holidays of the month. Some I have heard of, others not some much, and apparently, February is the month of a couple of different things other than Black History Month. In is also

  • American Heart Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Great American Pie Month (this just spoke to the Supernatural fan and Dean girl inside of me)

among many others.

Now the daily holidays are below, and are followed as, including the ones that have already passed, of 2015:

  1. National Freedom Day
  2. Groundhog Day; Candle-mas
  3. The day the Music Died
  4. Create a Vacuum Day
  5. Thank a Mailman Day
  6. National Weatherman’s Day
  7. Lame Duck Day; Eat Ice Cream of Breakfast Day (always the 1st Saturday of the month); Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day; Send a Card to a Friend Day
  8. Boy Scout Day; Kite Flying Day; Clean out Your Computer Day (always the second Monday of the month)
  9. Toothache Day
  10. Umbrella Day
  11. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day; Make a Friend Day; White T-Shirt Day;
  12. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday; Plum Pudding Day
  13. Blame Someone Else Day (always the first Friday the 13th of the year); Get a Different Name Day
  14. Ferris Wheel Day; National Organ Donor Day; Valentine’s Day
  15. National Gum Drop Day; Singles Awareness Day; the day of Valentine’s Day Candy goes one sale (my absolute favorite)
  16. President’s Day; Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  17. Random Acts of Kindness Day
  18. National Batter Day
  19. Chinese New Years (the day varies); National Chocolate Mint Day
  20. Cherry Pine Day; Hoodie Hod Day; Love Your Pet Day
  21. Card Reading Day
  22. George Washington’s Birthday; Be Humble Day; Walking the Dog Day; International World Thinking Day
  23. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day; Tennis Day.
  24. National Tortilla Chip Day
  25. Pistol Patent Day
  26. Carnival Day; National Pistachio Day; Tell a Fairy Tale Day
  27. Polar Bear Day; No Brainer Day
  28. Floral Design Day; Public Sleeping Day; National Tooth Fairy Day (this day and/or August 22nd)
  29. Leap Day (sadly, we must wait one more year for this day.)

These are so many awesome holidays, I might do things in honor of them. You’re just going to have to wait and see.

Groundhog’s Day

So, last week, I kind of brought up the question of where Groundhog’s day came from. I was planning on writing this post last week, but life happens. I’m in AP English IV (where I have to read twelve books by next Friday), among other classes that I have. But now, on with the history.


The first Groundhog’s day was February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania where there is, to this day, a three-day celebration with the Punxsatawney Groundhog Club and that Phil’s (the first ground hog used) line is the only one that can actually “see the future” when it comes to the weather. The tradition behind it is that if a groundhog’s sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The omen about there being six more weeks of winter sounds strange, but with the habits of groundhogs, it actual makes some sense.

Winter, according the the calender, ends two weeks into March in the Northern Hemisphere, which is six weeks after the prediction via groundhog. Groundhogs are hibernating animals which means that they sleep through the winter. Male groundhogs leave hibernation in early February and search for a mate. After this, they go back into hibernation until March, which fits the timeline of the prediction.

Although the Groundhog’s prediction falls into the hibernation schedule, the tradition of tracking the days until the end of winter did not start there.

In ancient Christian tradition, there was a holiday known as Candle-mas Day. This is the day where the church’s clergymen bless and distribute candles needed for the rest of winter, marking a milestone. In was believed that the weather present on that day, indicated the season. It was believed that if the day was dry, winter was still among the land, but if it was a wet day, spring had come. This tradition was then brought to the Germans, by the Roman people, who assigned the hedgehog as the animal to predict the weather. When those people started to migrate to America, the groundhog looked similar to the European hedgehog, so they decided to make the groundhog the new animal predicting the weather.

Sources:

www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-groundhog-day

www.groundhog.org/about/history

(If the links are wrong, please tell me so that I can fix them.)