Calendar

Jul
29
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Jul 29 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Aug
2
Thu
Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Aug 2 all-day

What is better than a scoop of ice cream on a hot (or cold or rainy or snowy) day? A scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two layers of cookies or cake. In other words, an ice cream sandwich!

ice-cream-sandwich-day-church Make your own ice cream sandwich today. ©bigstockphoto.com/ALein

Make your own ice cream sandwich today.

Celebrated every year on August 2, the unofficial holiday is also known as National Ice Cream Sandwich Day in the US.

Many countries around the world have their own version of the ice cream sandwich. In Iran for example, rose or pistachio flavored ice cream is sandwiched between two thin wafers, while in Vietnam, street vendors sell ice cream stuffed between two layers of bread.

How to Celebrate?

  • Visit your local ice cream shop and treat yourself to an ice cream sandwich.
  • Make your own ice cream sandwiches and share with your family and friends. All you need is some wafers, cookies or biscuits and some ice cream.
  • Experiment with different kinds of ice cream flavors and outside layers of the sandwich. What about making a chipwich, for example? It is an ice cream sandwich made of ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies.

Did You Know…

…that according to the International Dairy Food Association, chocolate mint ice cream is the second most popular flavor of ice cream in the United States, after vanilla?

Aug
3
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

hospitality-soups on-heritage

Aug
5
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Aug 5 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Work Like a Dog Day
Aug 5 all-day

August 5 is Work Like a Dog Day, a day to work hard and to award people who work day and night and are very productive.

work-like-a-dog-day-church Work hard like a dog - or not at all - today. ©bigstockphoto.com/Javier Brosch

Work hard like a dog – or not at all – today.

The unofficial holiday celebrates the English language phrase, working like a dog, meaning to work very hard. It is believed that the idiom comes from the hard work that working dogs – herd dogs, hunting dogs, rescue and service dogs – put in during the day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Work hard. Put in extra hours at work, and who knows, you may be able to get in your boss’s good books.
  • Do you know someone who is a workaholic? Spend the day honoring the hard work they do and celebrate their contribution to the workplace and society by doing something nice for them.
  • Or, since most pet dogs don’t work much and prefer spending time lazing around, you could be a contrarian and celebrate Work Like a Dog Day by not doing any work at all!

Did You Know…

…that there are dogs that can’t bark? Basenji is a type of hunting dog native of central Africa that doesn’t bark but makes yodel like sounds.

Aug
7
Tue
British Columbia Day
Aug 7 all-day

The first Monday of August is known as British Columbia Day, BC Day or B.C. Day, in the province of British Columbia. It is a statutory holiday and gives Canadians in the province the chance to celebrate their achievements or relax with friends and family members.

British-Columbia-Day Church The Steller's Jay is the provincial bird of British Columbia. ©iStockphoto.com/BirdImages

The Steller’s Jay is the provincial bird of British Columbia.

What Do People Do?

In British Columbia many people use the long weekend to make short trips out of town and into one of the areas of beautiful scenery in this province. Some go camping, while others walk, hike or plan canoe trips. As the first Monday in August falls in the middle of the summer season, many people incorporate BC Day into their summer vacation or a plan it as part of a longer trip. In urban areas, particularly in Vancouver, various celebrations are organized. These include firework displays, parades and cultural festivals. Events are held to mark the achievements of people from Canada’s west coast in the areas of sport, technology, cuisine and Canadian-Japanese culture.

Public Life

BC Day is a statutory holiday in British Columbia and many people have a day off work. Post offices and many businesses and organizations, such as libraries, are closed. A few stores may be open depending on the local custom. Public transport services may be reduced or may not run at all. Schools are closed as the first Monday in August falls in the middle of the summer holiday period.

Background

Indigenous peoples have inhabited British Columbia, as described in their oral traditions. There are claims by the English to have explored the region in the 16th century, but it was the Majorcan-born Spanish navigator Juan José Pérez Hernández who did the first documented travel 1774. In 1778 English explorer James Cook reached Nootka Sound and set foot on British Columbian soil. There were several gold finds in British Columbia in the 1850s. The British colonial office responded to this situation by establishing British Columbia’s mainland as a crown colony in 1858, naming it the Colony of British Columbia. In 1871 British Columbia became the sixth province of the Dominion of Canada.

The British Columbia Day Act was first introduced to the Legislative Assembly in 1974. The aim of the Bill was to create a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August to recognize the pioneers in the province and the act gained royal assent in 1996.

Symbols

There are a number of symbols of British Columbia. These include the Steller’s Jay (a bird), the Pacific Dogwood (a flower), jade (a mineral), the Western Red Cedar (a tree) and the provincial tartan, which contains colors to represent many aspects of the province. Two important symbols of British Columbia are the flag and the coat of arms. The top part of the flag consists of a union flag with a crown in the center. These represent the colonial links with the country and monarch of the United Kingdom. The lower part of the flag consists of a setting sun on a background of blue and white waves. These represent the geographical location of the province on the west coast of Canada between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. These elements also appear in the coat of arms.

Aug
10
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

hospitality-soups on-heritage

Aug
12
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Aug 12 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Aug
13
Mon
Left-Handers Day
Aug 13 all-day

August 13 is Left-Handers Day. Created in 1992 by the Left-Handers Club as a way to celebrate left-handers, the unofficial holiday aims to ‘raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages left-handers face’.

Left-Handers-Day-Church Celebrate the lefties in your life on Left-Handers Day. ©iStockphoto.com/reanas

Celebrate the lefties in your life on Left-Handers Day.

The day also encourages businesses and governments to be more left-handed friendly and adapt every-day objects for left-handed people.

10% are Left-Handed

Left-handed people use their left hands to carry out tasks that require the use of hands. About 10% of the world’s population is left-handed. Despite this, most equipment and day-to-day articles are designed and manufactured for the use of right-handed people – those who use their right hands to perform tasks.

The purpose of Left-Handers Day is to make the majority right-handers aware of the frustrations that left-handed people face while using devices designed for right-handed people. The day also encourages designers to think about the convenience of those whose left hand is their dominant hand.

Left-Handers Day is also sometimes known as International Left-Handers Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Many organizations and public places in cities around the world create “lefty zones”, where every day objects are adapted for use by left-handed people. If you are a “lefty”, go celebrate your awesomeness at one such zone.
  • Take your right-handed friends with you to show them how difficult it can be to use objects not made for them.

Did You Know…

…that people who are ambidextrous can easily perfrom tasks and use devices with both their hands? Ambidexterity is rare and only occurs in about 1% of the population.

Aug
15
Wed
Relaxation Day
Aug 15 all-day

On August 15, take a day off from your daily routine, put your feet up and relax because it is Relaxation Day.

Relaxation-Day-Church Three children relaxing on the grass. ©iStockphoto.com/yaruta

Three children relaxing on the grass.

The origins of this holiday are unknown, though it is thought that the holiday began as National Slacker in Britain.

In the hustle bustle of their daily lives, most people often forget to slow down and take some time for themselves. This can create stress and other stress-related health issues like high blood pressure and heart problems.

Take a Deep Breath

Relaxation Day is a reminder that sometimes it is okay to take a deep breath, slow down and take it easy – not only does relaxation make you feel better about yourself, it can have long term health benefits!

So on this day, do things that help you relax and de-stress. Kick back and enjoy a cold beverage in your backyard, read a book while curled up with a hot cup of tea, sleep the whole day long, or take a warm bath and spend the day in your pajamas watching TV.

How to Celebrate?

  • Relax! Do whatever that you feel relaxes you, even if it is for a short while.
  • Use this day to do a digital detox. Unplug the computer, put away the phone and stay away from all social media. With no work emails to fret over and social dramas to be bothered with, you will feel the stress melt away.
  • Go to the spa for a day of pampering and some “me” time.
  • Take a leisurely walk in the park. Stop and smell the roses, walk barefoot on the grass, have a small picnic by yourself or read a book while people watching.
  • Learn a new skill like knitting or playing golf.

Did You Know…

…that in physics and chemistry, relaxation is a concept that refers to the movement of a system or a process from a state of disorder or disruption to equilibrium?

Aug
16
Thu
Tell a Joke Day
Aug 16 all-day

On August 16, make everyone around you giggle, guffaw, chortle, cackle or in other words, laugh, by telling them a joke because it is Tell A Joke Day.

tell-a-joke-day-fun-church Laughter is the best medicine on Tell a Joke Day. ©iStockphoto.com/Zhenikeyev

Laughter is the best medicine on Tell a Joke Day.

While the origins of this hilarious day are unknown, we can all safely assume that the creator of this unofficial holiday was aiming to make the world a happier place by encouraging people to tell and listen to jokes.

Different Jokes

A joke can be of different types. They can be verbal like in the case of a one-liner, a whole story or in the form a question and answer, where the answer provides the humor. Jokes can also be physical such as in the case of a prank or a practical joke, where the act rather than the words provide the humor. Either way, the main purpose of a joke is to entertain by providing humor, even though jokes can sometimes be used to make serious commentary like in the case of satire.

Jokes have been an integral part of human history and many a great minds have spent time and energy in trying to understand what makes jokes funny.

The day is known in the US as National Tell A Joke Day, and not to be confused with International Joke Day on July, 1.

How to Celebrate?

  • Every time you meet someone on this day, tell them a joke. Just make sure the jokes are appropriate to the setting.
  • Pick up a joke book and spend your lunch hour reading it.
  • Watch your favorite comedians do their thing either on TV or on stage and partake in a few hours of humorous entertainment.
  • Fancy yourself as a comedian? Why not take comedy and Improv classes to hone in your skills?
  • Play a harmless prank on your co-worker or friend.

Did You Know…

…that the study of laughter and humor and their therapeutic effects on the human body is known as Gelotology?

Aug
17
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

hospitality-soups on-heritage

Aug
19
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Aug 19 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Aug
22
Wed
Be An Angel Day
Aug 22 all-day

August 22 is Be An Angel Day. Established in 1993 by Jaune Howard Feldman, the day encourages people to be angels to those in need.

be-an-angel-day-church Be an angel to someone today. ©iStockphoto.com/XtremerX

Be an angel to someone today.

In many religions, angels are supernatural spirits that are thought to be responsible for protecting humans.

The day reminds us that even though we can’t be actual angels, we can emulate the kindness they are known for. Being kind and good to our fellow human beings is not hard – all we need to do is to stop thinking about ourselves for a while (or a day) and to think about how we can make the world a nicer and kinder place.

How to Celebrate?

  • Be kind to others. Do something to help a stranger.
  • Do random acts of kindness without any expectations of reciprocation. For example, give up your seat in the bus or train to someone else, pay for the coffee the person behind you may buy at the coffee shop or leave small gift in your neighbour’s mailbox.
  • Volunteer your time and money to a charitable organization.
  • Do something that will bring a smile on the face of people.
  • If you know of someone who is going through a difficult time, give them your support and let them know that you are there for them. Help them out in their difficult times.
  • If someone is being an angel to you, thank them and let them know that their kindness is being appreciated.

Did You Know…

…that Angelology is the theological study of angels?

Aug
24
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

hospitality-soups on-heritage

Aug
26
Sun
Dog Appreciation Day
Aug 26 all-day

August 26 is Dog Day or Dog Appreciation Day, a day to appreciate your best friend on four legs.

Dog Appreciation Day Fun Church

Give your furry friend a big hug and their favorite treat.

Founded in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist, Colleen Paige, the day honors dogs for all that they do to enrich our lives and communities. The holiday also aims to raise awareness about dog adoption and the importance of providing rescue dogs with a safe and loving environment.

Man’s Best Friend

Often known as man’s best friend, dogs were the first animals to be domesticated by humans and were often used for guarding property, herding stock and for hunting. Today, dogs are used as companions and are considered to be a member of the family in many parts of the world.

The unofficial holiday is also sometimes called World Dog Day, National Dog Appreciation Day or International Dog Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Adopt a dog and give it a loving home.
  • If you have a dog, treat them with their favorite treats.
  • If you are unable to have a dog in your family, celebrate the day by donating your time and money to the local animal and dog shelter.

Did You Know…

…that Dalmatians are born without any spots? Their characteristic spots appear as they grow older.

The Lord’s Day
Aug 26 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Aug
29
Wed
According to Hoyle Day
Aug 29 all-day

On August 29, honor expertise, authority and the rules because it is According to Hoyle Day. Named after the English language phrase, according to Hoyle, the unofficial holiday celebrates the life and times of Englishman Edmond Hoyle, who died on this day in 1769

according-to-hoyle-day-church Celebrate According to Hoyle Day with a game of Bridge. ©iStockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages

Celebrate According to Hoyle Day with a game of Bridge.

A lawyer by trade, Edmond Hoyle is best known for publishing books detailing the rules and regulations of many popular card and board games of his time, including chess and backgammon. He is also known for writing an authoritative pamphlet on the card game of Whist.

Game of Skills

Whist is a trick card game played by two teams of two players each. The card game evolved from a previous game called Ruff and Honors and is the predecessor of Bridge. Popular in the 18th and the 19th century, the game required mathematical and logical skills.

Appeal to Authority

The phrase according to Hoyle came from the authoritative books Hoyle wrote on the rules and regulations of games. When people played these games and made a play that was questioned, they could invoke Hoyle’s rules by saying “according to Hoyle…”. Today, the phrase is used generally to suggest expertise or the highest authority on a subject matter.

How to Celebrate?

  • Play a game of Whist by following Hoyle’s rules. Don’t know how? Today is a good excuse to learn!
  • Are you an expert on a subject? Why not spend the day jotting your thought about the subject?

Did You Know…

…the word Whist comes from whisk, from whisking or moving the cards during the game?

Aug
31
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

hospitality-soups on-heritage

Sep
2
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Sep 2 all-day

The Lord’s Day in Christianity is generally Sunday, the principal day of communal worship.

the-lord's-day-fun-heritageIt is observed by most Christians as the weekly memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is said in the canonical Gospels to have been witnessed alive from the dead early on the first day of the week. According to some sources, Christians held worship on Sunday in the 1st century.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend a Church service. Stay for the meet and greet following.
  • Say a prayer for the first person comes to mind.
  • Resolve to be a kinder person.

Did You Know…

… The earliest Biblical example of Christians meeting together on a Sunday for the purpose of “breaking bread” and preaching is cited in the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles chapter 20 and verse 7 (Acts 20:7).

Sep
5
Wed
Cheese Pizza Day
Sep 5 all-day

September 5 is Cheese Pizza Day, a day to indulge in a slice (or two) of the classic and simple cheese pizza.

cheese-pizza-day-church Cheese pizza may be one of the simplest kinds of pizza, but it is no less delicious. ©bigstockphoto.com/Milkos

Cheese pizza may be one of the simplest kinds of pizza, but it is no less delicious.

While the origins of this fun food holiday are unknown, we can all safely assume that it encourages people to pay homage to the humble but delicious pizza pie covered with only tomato sauce, seasonings and cheese.

Hearty Italian Dish

Italian in origin, a pizza is a hearty dish made of rolled out dough topped with tomato, cheese, vegetables or meats, which is baked in an oven before being served. It is believed that the pizza as we know it today originated in Naples, Italy. A Traditional Speciality Guaranteed product in Europe, the Neapolitan pizza is made with tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese. This means that only pizzas made in Naples can be called Neapolitan pizza in the European Union and the rest of Europe.

Fit for a Queen

Legend has it that a variant of Neapolitan pizza, the Margherita, was created by pizza maker Raffaele Esposito in 1889 to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. The pizza represented the national colors of the flag of Italy with the use of tomato, mozzarella and basil.

How to Celebrate?

Celebrating Cheese Pizza Day, which is also sometimes known as National Cheese Pizza Day in the United States, is easy. Here are some ways to celebrate this delicious holiday:

  • Make your own cheese pizza at home from scratch. Experiment with different types of cheese. Perhaps you could try replacing the mozzarella with blue cheese, brie or some creamy goat cheese?
  • Have cheese pizza for all your meals. Start with a breakfast pizza, with feta cheese, bacon and eggs. Have a classic cheese pizza for lunch, and a gourmet cheese pizza with your favorite meat and vegetable toppings for dinner. End the day with a dessert pizza – pizza with cream cheese, chocolate and berries.
  • Visit your favorite pizza place and treat yourself to a slice or two of their cheese pizza.

Did You Know…

…that tomato wasn’t a staple addition to the pizza until the 1700s? Tomatoes only became popular with pizza lovers in Italy in the 1900s. Before that, they were thought to be poisonous and unfit for consumption.