Saint Patrick’s day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. Saint Patrick’s’ Day has many symbols and traditions, from shamrocks and leprechauns, to green beer and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Saint Patrick’s Day parades are popular in many cities around the U.S. Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland. It took place in New York City, in 1762. Are you Irish, me lads and me lassies?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. Roots of Tradition: Saint Patrick’s day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400’s AD. Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means “Ireland Forever” Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Jell-O Shot. See our recipe now.
International Women’s Day is sponsored worldwide by the United Nations. However, the UN did not originate this special celebration. The roots of this celebration goes back to the late 1800’s and early 1900s. It grew from women’s socialist movements and early women’s trade union groups. The first International Women’s Day was held March 19, 1911. Women socialists and trade unions held an earlier Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February, 1908. The event grew from there, and has been celebrated annually since. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women’s rights in the workforce, politics and society. Thought for Today: “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do, and at some point, you will.” – – Venus Williams
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine’s Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th. The traditions of Valentine’s Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and romantic dinners are the big hits of this holiday. It is a romantic event for lovers, and a fun event for kids and family. Many a couple become engaged or marry on Valentine’s Day. For others, it is a day to fall in love. For the Record: On Valentine’s Day, 2009, 39,897 couples, friends and families got together in Mexico City, and kissed for 10 seconds. It’s the world record for the most simultaneous kisses. More Valentine’s Day TriviaDid you know? While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day. See more Chocolate TriviaSaint Valentine’s Day Massacre This day is not completely about love. During the “Roaring twenties(1920’s)”, mobs, crime and gangsters were at a height in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was banned, spawning the rise of Bootlegging and mob activity. Chicago , Illinois experienced more than it’s share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen, massacred seven members of a rival gang. Did you Know? February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird’s mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other. Today’s Quote: Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight! – – Phyllis Diller Rose Colors and Their Meaning– This just might be the most important information you need to know about for giving flowers on this day. Send the right message. Hint: red roses signifies love. But, what about the other colors? Romantic Thought for Today: If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, it means nobody else wanted them. …… Set them free again.
February 12.is Abraham Lincoln’s actual birth date. However, in modern times President Lincoln and all of the U.S. Presidents, are celebrated on President’s Day. Every American knows President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. “Honest Abe”, as he was commonly known, was born in the wilderness country of Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861. Although he hated war, he was drawn into it as he believed it was the only was to save the nation, after the southern states declared their secession from the Union. In addition to serving as president during the civil war and saving the Union, Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the U.S. forever. He also wrote and gave The Gettysburg Address, memorializing the bloodiest and most important battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg proved to be the turning point of the war. Shortly after the war ended, Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. President to be assassinated. He was shot and mortally wounded on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre. Today’s Quote: “That some achieve great success is proof that others can achieve it as well.” – – Abraham Lincoln
While it is January 10th so it must be Houseplant Appreciation Day. The holidays are over. The decorations have been put away for another year. The house looks a little plain, a little drab. In the greyishness of January, your eye catches something in the corner of the room. Why, it’s a houseplant! Funny, but with all of the holiday hubabuloo, you’ve all but forgotten your houseplants. Today is THE day to get back to tending to, and loving your houseplants. And, it’s also a day to appreciate just how special and important they are. They are therapeutic, lifting your mood and outlook. They add warmth and a calming effect. If you are a gardner, they give you an opportunity to play in the dirt, until spring arrives in the far, distant future. Growing houseplants is pretty easy. They need a little sunlight, water, occasional nutrients, and a little love.. More on growing houseplants
How to Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day: There are lots of ways to celebrate and enjoy this day. They include:
Start by making sure that the houseplants you already have, are well watered. Give them a special treat today… a little fertilizer.
If you do not have any houseplants, or just have a couple, buy a new houseplant (or two) on this day).
Learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your health.
Stand by your houseplant and breath in the air! It’s giving off oxygen.
Teach your kids about growing and caring for plants.
Give a houseplant to a friend, especially the elderly or shut-ins.
Talk to your plants. Yes, people believe plants respond positively, when you talk to them.
Whether the roots of Trivia Day are deep….or whether this day was established by the Ecard dot coms is irrelevant. There’s nothing trivial about this special day. Trivia Day is a fun day. It is an opportunity for us to share those many little trinkets of knowledge. It doesn’t matter how big or how trivial. Dazzle your friends and family with generous portions of trivia today! There are countless books and websites with an unending list of trivia on just about every subject imaginable.
Not sure what the weather is by you but it is a cold winters day here. Kids are on Christmas/Winter Break so it’s a good day for some fun and games…………….What better than trivia. Hope you enjoy the day and by the way Happy New Year…..
When : If you ever want to get confused about when a holiday is held, this is the one. We’ve done extensive research, and what we have found is there is really a number of Children’s Day observances around the world. Here is a recap of what we’ve found, with the most common listed first: Universal Children’s Day– Observed on November 20th each year. In 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children’s Day on an “appropriate” day. We are not sure, but perhaps each country did…..at various different dates during the year. The resolution was adopted on November 20, 1954. International Children’s Day– The second Sunday in December. This is a joint initiative between UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It’s a day when broadcasters “tune in to kids”. World Children’s Day– Always November 20th. This is a day McDonald’s uses as a fund raiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The first official WCD was held on November 20th, 2002 and was celebrated around the world as a way to celebrate children and benefit RMHC chapters around the world. This now annual celebration is officially held on November 20th each year, however fundraising opportunities often extend beyond the day. Children’s Day in Japan– This is a national holiday in Japan celebrated on May 5th. Started in 1948, Children’s Day is a festive day to celebrate your child’s life. The holiday is believed to have begun in china where they would hang medicinal herbs to ward off childhood diseases. In Japan it is often celebrated by giving children kites and hanging streamers. In Japan, the Children’s Festival was originally called the “Boy’s Festival” while the girls had the “Doll Festival”. Children’s Day in other countries is celebrated in other countries, often on different dates and with varying customs. Thought for the Day: Your greatest fortune is family and friends.
This is a very important day of recognition for the tens of millions of Americans, who selflessly give their time to care for those who are ill, disabled, or elderly. Many individuals and organizations have declared a care giver recognition day on many different dates. The most common of them are November 13, and March 3. We give the nod to November 13, as November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month. This day of recognition is for both paid and unpaid care givers. We believe unpaid care givers, deserve even more special recognition. They silently go about the task of supporting someone in need, most often a family member. They give their time freely, and often spend their own money in doing so. It can be a thankless task….. without even a thanks from the person being cared for or other relatives who find countless reasons not to help. Some interesting statistics:
29% of the U.S. population, some 65 million Americans are care givers in some way.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 40 million Americans, age 15 or older, provide unpaid care to the elderly alone.
How to Celebrate Caregiver Appreciation Day: Most care givers, especially unpaid care givers, do not seek or expect any form of recognition. They do what they do, simply because it needs to be done, and it is the right thing to do.
Give a simple thank you to everyone you know who is a caregiver in any capacity.
Send a thank you card by mail or email.
Give them a day off. Take over the role of caring.
If you are an organization, make up recognition certificates to care givers.
Veterans’s Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who who served this country valiantly, and in a very big way. They served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve our way of life. Veterans gave their time, and risked their lives for you and me. In some cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice. This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran’s Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars. On November 11 at 11:11, 1921 the U.S. France and England each buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time and day was picked because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11 at 11:11. In keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.