Saturday, April 26, 2014

May's Bizarre and Unique Holidays

Month long celebrations:
Date Your Mate Month, Foster Care Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month.

Weekly Celebrations:
Nurse's Week (first week of month), Wildflower Week (week two), National Bike Week (third week), National Police Week (third week), Emergency Medical Services Week (fourth week).

May, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1) Mother Goose Day
When: Always on May 1st
Mother Goose Day was created only recently, as a day to appreciate nursery rhymes and stories. The term "Mother Goose" dates back to the 1650's. It referred to stories like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. It does not appear to represent a particular person, as many of Mother Goose stories were written both before and after this term was first used. And, the stories were written by numerous authors.
1) Save the Rhino Day

2)  International Tuba Day (first Friday in May)
2) Space Day (first Friday in May)

3) Lumpy Rug Day
3) World Press Freedom Day

4) National Candied Orange Peel Day
4) Star Wars Day
When: Always on May 4th
It's all because of a play on words! Star Wars Day is May the Fourth, because of a famous quote from the hugely popular science fiction series blockbuster is "May the Force (Fourth) be with you". Great ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day: Watch any of the great Star Wars movies. Better still, have a Star Wars marathon, and watch two or three (or 4) of them. Get out your laser sword and practice for the next invasion from the Evil Empire. Some call this Day "Luke Skywalker Day".

5) National Hoagie Day
5) Oyster Day

6) Beverage Day
6) No Diet Day

7) National Tourism Day

8) Iris Day
8) No Socks Day

9) Lost Sock Memorial Day
When : Always May 9th
Lost Sock Memorial Day recognizes your drawer full of unmatched socks. Each unmatched sock represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday. On Lost Sock Memorial Day, we suggest you spend a little time (as little as possible) searching for those missing socks. After a (very) brief search, and in good memorial spirit, spend a minute reflecting upon how warm and comforting the missing socks were on your stinky toes. Then, by all means, get on with your life. Use this special day, to toss out all of your unmatched socks. Let's face it, you're never going to find the missing one.

10) Clean up Your Room Day
10) National Train Day (date may vary)

11) Eat What You Want Day
11) Twilight Zone Day

12) Fatigue Syndrome Day
12) Limerick Day

13) Frog Jumping Day

14) Dance Like a Chicken Day

15) National Chocolate Chip Day

16) Love a Tree Day
16) National Sea Monkey Day

17) Pack Rat Day
When: Always on May 17th
Today is Pack Rat Day. If you are a Pack Rat, you're in good company. You might as well come out of hiding behind those piles of valuable stuff, and celebrate this fun day. Making the decision to discard something of even remotely questionable value, is difficult, if not impossible to do. In keeping with the intent of Pack Rat Day, here are some Do's and Don'ts: Don't clean your room, basement, garage or any other area today. Don't discard anything today...It may be valuable. Don't even empty the trash today. You might have accidentally thrown out something useful. Do keep an eye out for useful stuff being discarded by others. Do go to garage and rummage sales. They can be pack rat gold mines. Do look around your belongings and be thankful for what you have. Do spend time thinking of uses for your things.

18) International Museum Day
18) No Dirty Dishes Day

20) Be a Millionaire Day (now we all can go for that)
When: Always on May 20th
Everyone wants to enjoy today as a member of the millionaire club, even though a million dollars isn't what it used to be. And after reaching the Millionaire's Club you can work on your qualifications for the Billionaire's Club. If you are a millionaire, savor and enjoy the day. Remember, many Millionaires get there by a combination hard work, sound investment, and frugal spending.
20) Pick Strawberries Day

21) National Memo Day

22) Buy a Musical Instrument Day

23) Lucky Penny Day

24) International Jazz Day (Saturday of Memorial Day weekend)
24) National Escargot Day

25) Tap Dance Day

27) Sun Screen Day

29) Learn About Composting Day
When: Always May 29th
Composting Day is a great opportunity to "Go Green" and help the environment. Composting is easy. It makes you feel good, knowing you are doing your part to keep our environment a little bit cleaner. As you learn about composting, you will be surprised at all the things you can compost. It is common knowledge, that you can compost garden and yard vegetation, as well as kitchen (vegetable) scraps. But, you can also recycle many other things, including papers, untreated wood, and cardboard. Cardboard paper towel and toilet paper holders are great items to compost. You can use compost around your plants, to feed them, keep the weeds down, and to help retain soil moisture.

30) Water a Flower Day

31) National Macaroon Day
31) Worldwide No Tobacco Day
When: Always May 31st

Worldwide No Tobacco Day brings awareness of the health issues and dependency issues related to tobacco use. World No Tobacco Day stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco. In 1987, the World Health Organization Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a "a world no-smoking day." In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

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