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May
26
Sun
World Lindy Hop Day
May 26 all-day

Put on your dancing shoes and do the Lindy Hop, because May 26 is World Lindy Hop Day.

World-Lindy-Hop-Day-Church Put on your dancing shoes and dance the lindy hop on World Lindy Hop Day ©bigstockphoto.com/Sergey Nivens

Put on your dancing shoes and dance the lindy hop on World Lindy Hop Day

Also known as the jitterbug, Lindy Hop originated in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. The day commemorates Frankie Manning, who some consider one of the creators of the dance form.

A combination of different kinds of dances, including jazz, swing and tap, Lindy Hop is a two-person dance where the partners dance hand in hand or in an embrace to jazz music. Just as in jazz, there is some form of improvisation that takes place during the dance.

Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, interest in the dance form declined until the 1980s when a number of dance groups around the world revived it by holding annual workshops, camps and competitions.

How to Celebrate?

  • Learn how to dance the Lindy Hop.
  • Host a Lindy Hop dance party or participate in one near you.

Did You Know…

…that some people believe that the name, Lindy Hop, may have originated from the name of aviator Charles Lindbergh? Lindbergh was fondly called Lindy by the media and after he successfully finished his solo flight between New York and Paris. Media headlines read “Lindy hops the Atlantic”

May
27
Mon
Sun Screen Day
May 27 all-day

Get ready for the summer (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere) by learning more about sunscreen and its advantages on May 27, Sunscreen Day.

Sun-Screen-Day-Church Sunscreen Day promotes the use of sunscreen. ©thinkstockphoto.com

Sunscreen Day promotes the use of sunscreen.

Sunscreen, also known as suntan lotion, sun screen and sun block is usually a cream or spray that is applied to bare skin in order to protect it from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and from sun burn.

Medical professionals recommend that people apply sunscreen to skin exposed to sunlight to prevent skin cancer.

There are many types of sunscreens available in the market these days – some only prevent sun burns while others prevent both sun burns and the Sun’s harmful UV rays from entering the skin. Us this unofficial, but important holiday to understand which type of sunscreen to use when going out to enjoy the summer sun.

How to Celebrate?

  • Stock up on sunscreen for the summer.
  • Learn more about the different kinds of sunscreens and how they protect you.
  • Listen to the Sunscreen song. The song is a spoken word song by Baz Luhrmann that features an essay titled Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young written by columnnist Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997.

Did You Know…

…that even though long-term exposure to UV rays is harmful to our bodies, the human body needs UV rays to form Vitamin D?

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

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Jun
1
Sat
Say Something Nice Day
Jun 1 all-day

On June 1, be kind to everyone you meet and say something nice to them because it is Say Something Nice Day. The day aims to encourage people to spread cheer and goodwill by opening up channels of communication and by focusing on the good in everyone.

Say-Something-Nice-Day-Church Be nice to everyone. It's not only good for them, it is beneficial for you as well! ©bigstockphoto.com/AntonioGuillem

Be nice to everyone. It’s not only good for them, it is beneficial for you as well!

Also known as National Say Something Nice Day, this unofficial holiday is said to have originated in Charleston, South Carolina. According to some, the originators of the holiday were inspired by Mitchell Carnell’s book, Say Something Nice – Be a Lifter @ Work. The book inspires people to be lifters. A lifter is someone who is positive and always says something nice to whoever they meet. The book inspires people to lift others up, not put them down.

Spread Happiness

The message of the day is that positivity goes a long way in spreading happiness and joy. When we are kind in our interactions with others, we receive positivity and kindness back. This enriches our lives, makes us happy and keeps us healthy – studies have shown that happy people are healthier and live longer.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate the day by saying something nice to everyone you meet. Remember, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
  • Put aside your petty enmities with people and use this day to try and see the positive in people you usually do not like.
  • Leave a nice note or do something nice for a friend, family member or co-worker.
  • Bottom line: just be nice to friends, foes and strangers alike, and you will notice that you feel much better about yourself!

Did You Know…

…that the saying “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all,” is often known as Thumper’s Law or Thumperian Principle? Thumper is a fictional rabbit character from Disney’s animated movie Bambi.

Jun
2
Sun
Leave the Office Early Day
Jun 2 all-day

While we all love our jobs (sure, we do), but nothing is more relaxing and fun than leaving work just a bit earlier than one normally does. So on June 2, pack up your things and get out of the office earlier than usual because it is Leave The Office Earlier Day or Leave The Office Early Day.

Leave-Office-Early-Day-Church Say goodbye to work and leave the office early today. ©bigstockphoto.com/nruboc

Say goodbye to work and leave the office early today.

This unofficial holiday is celebrated annually on June 2, unless it falls on a weekend. When it does, the day moves to the closest Monday to the weekend.

The day encourages people to take some time on a workday for themselves and do things that relaxes them. Another plus side of cutting out of work early? You avoid peak traffic hours!

How to Celebrate?

  • Get out of the office early. Make sure you inform your managers and coworkers that you will be leaving early.
  • Do something fun since you are out early from work. Go for a movie or the happy hour at your favorite restaurant or bar with your co-workers.

Did You Know…

…that according to some sources, an average office worker spends about 50 minutes a day looking for files and other work related documents?

Meteor Watch Day
Jun 2 all-day

June 30 is Meteor Watch Day, a day to look up at the skies and behold the wonder of nature’s celestial fireworks, meteors

Meteor-Watch-Day-Church A shooting star goes across a cobalt blue star filled winter night with an apple tree silhouetted in the foreground. ©bigstockphoto.com/Faux Toe

A shooting star goes across a cobalt blue star filled winter night with an apple tree silhouetted in the foreground.

Commonly known as shooting stars, meteors are space particles known as meteoroids that burn up with a flash of light when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Even though meteors can only be seen by the naked eye when it is dark, meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere all the time. It is estimated that about 20 to 25 million meteors weighing about 100 tons in total enter the Earth’s atmosphere every day!

Meteor Showers

Meteors can sometimes enter the Earth in clusters. When this happens the event is known as a meteor shower. Some meteor showers occur at the same time every year.

The unofficial holiday is also sometimes called National Meteor Watch Day or Meteor Day.

How to Celebrate

  • Have a meteor watching party with friends – grab a blanket, find a good spot to spread it, lay down on it and gaze over the night sky – you may be able to spot a meteor or two.
  • Remember to check the weather before you step out of the house and always wear weather appropriate clothing.

Did You Know…

…that meteors that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and hit the ground are called meteorites?

The Lord’s Day
Jun 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).

Jun
4
Tue
Hug Your Cat Day
Jun 4 all-day

June 4 is Hug Your Cat Day. On this unofficial holiday, go give your feline friend a big hug. You never know, the hug might just be the thing to stop them from plotting against you!

Hug-Your-Cat-Day-Church They may not like it, but go ahead and try to hug your feline friend on Hug Your Cat Day. ©bigstockphoto.com/ soupstock

They may not like it, but go ahead and try to hug your feline friend on Hug Your Cat Day.

Some people celebrate this made-up holiday on May 3.

Different Signs of Affection

Unlike dogs, cats do not show affection towards humans through loud, obvious gestures. This can lead people to believe that cats do not love their humans as much as dogs so. The truth, however, is far from it. According to animal behaviorists, cats are independent creatures who show love in subtle ways. They may purr at you or just spend time hanging with you to show you their love and appreciation. Bumping heads on their humans is another way cats reveal their affection.

Hug the Stress Away

Although the origins of Hug Your Cat Day, which is also sometimes known as National Hug Your Cat Day are unknown, it is clear that the creators of the holiday wanted people to let their cats know that they are loved by embracing them in a warm hug. Hugging cats can also have health benefits. Studies have shown that giving your cat a cuddle can reduce stress and help you relax.

How to Celebrate?

  • Hug your cat. If it refuses to hug you back, don’t be disappointed. It will show you love some other way. Forgive it for refusing to cuddle with you and instead treat it to its favorite treats.
  • If you don’t have a cat, but always wanted to have one, maybe today is the day to adopt one from the animal shelter.
  • Don’t have a cat, but love dogs? Don’t worry, you have a holiday that you can celebrate with your canine friends: Hug Your Hound Day!

Did You Know…

…that cats have 5 toes on their front paws, but 4 toes on their back paws?

Jun
6
Thu
Drive-In Movie Day
Jun 6 all-day

Get the popcorn and soda, pop or water and drive over to your closest drive-in theater to watch a movie on June 6, because it is Drive-in Movie Day!

Drive-In-Movie-Day-Church Watch a movie outdoors on Drive-in Movie Day. ©bigstockphoto.com/Steve Lagreca

Watch a movie outdoors on Drive-in Movie Day.

The unofficial holiday celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1933 when the first drive-in theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey by Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr.

A drive-in theater screens movies on a large projector outdoors. Patrons drive on to the grounds in their cars and usually sit in them to watch the movie. Sound is provided either through large loudspeakers or through individual speakers attached to the car.

Rise, Fall and Rise of Drive-ins

Drive-in theaters became popular in the United States and in many other parts of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. They capitalized on the fact that they were convenient for families and romantic for couples. By the 1970s, the rise of conventional movie theaters led to a decline in drive-in movie theaters.

In recent years, the improvement in movie screening technologies has led to a resurgence of drive-in theatres in many cities in the US.

How to Celebrate?

  • If you have a drive in theater close to your home, go to one and watch a movie. Take a picnic basket with you to make it more enjoyable.
  • If you don’t have one, what about hosting a backyard movie night? Of course your guests probably can’t drive up to the projector, but they will still get the same experience of watching a movie in the outdoors.

Did You Know…

…that the first movie ever seen on a drive-in theater screen was the British comedy, Wives Beware?

Jun
7
Fri
Soup’s On @ St Stephen's Memorial Hall
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

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Jun
8
Sat
Best Friends Day
Jun 8 all-day

June 8 is Best Friends Day, a day to celebrate your best friend and let them know how important they are to you.

Best-Friends-Day-Church Share moments of joy and laughter with your best friend. ©bigstockphoto.com/sirikornt

Share moments of joy and laughter with your best friend.

Best friends are the best! They are the friends you can call up at any time of the day, laugh with for no reason at all, and confide in. They are there for you in all your good and bad times, they support you, validate all your good decisions and stop you from making wrong ones. In other words, without best friends, life would be very bleak indeed.

How to Celebrate?

Whether you grew up with them or met them later in your life, let your best friend know that you cherish them on Best Friends Day. Here are some ways you can celebrate this friendly holiday:

  • Thank your best friends for being in your life by doing something special for them. Maybe send them a special gift basket full of things they like or treat them to their favorite dessert.
  • Spend time with your best friend and do things that both of you enjoy doing together.
  • Don’t live in the same city as your best friend? Call them or send them a note letting them know how much you miss them. Better yet, why not try to make a surprise visit? They’ll love to see you and you can spend the day with your favorite person in the world!

Did You Know…

…that according to some sources, the finale of the hugely popular TV series, Friends, ranks as one of the top 5 most watched series finales of all times?

Jun
9
Sun
Donald Duck Day
Jun 9 all-day

Celebrate everyone’s favorite cartoon character, Donald Duck on June 9, Donald Duck Day.

Donald-Duck-Day-Church In the Nordic countries the fandom associated with Donald Duck is known as Donaldism. ©iStockphoto.com/tvierimaa

In the Nordic countries the fandom associated with Donald Duck is known as Donaldism.

On this day in 1934, this popular Walt Disney character made his debut on television in the cartoon short named, The Wise Little Hen.

Created by Walt Disney, Donald Duck is a short-tempered cartoon duck with human features. Considered to be one of the most popular cartoon characters of all times, he featured in hundreds of movies and was the central character in thousands of comic books.

Donal Duck comic books are especially sought after in Europe and in Scandinavian countries, where fans of the character even have a special name. They are called donaldists!

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate Donald Duck’s birthday by watching all of his movies and reading comics that feature him.
  • Host a Donald Duck themed party. Have your guests wear red bow ties in honor of Donald.

Did You Know…

…that Donald Duck has a middle name? His full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck.

The Lord’s Day
Jun 9 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).

Jun
10
Mon
Iced Tea Day
Jun 10 all-day

June 10 is Iced Tea Day. Say hello to the summer and celebrate this delicious and refreshing holiday by treating yourself to a big glass of iced tea.

Iced-Tea-Day-Church Raise a glass full of refreshing iced tea to welcome summer on Iced Tea Day. ©bigstockphoto.com/ Bota Mochy

Raise a glass full of refreshing iced tea to welcome summer on Iced Tea Day.

Iced tea is a beverage made by cooling or chilling brewed tea. Usually served with ice, iced tea is a popular beverage around the world and is usually made from green or black tea.

Iced tea can be served sweetened or unsweetened, plain or with added flavors – usually lemon or peach. Some countries however have their special version of this drink. In Brazil, it is made from Yerba Mate, while in Taiwan it is usually served with milk or condensed milk and tapioca pearls.

In some parts of the world, iced tea is made by steeping the tea in water for a longer time at a lower temperature instead of boiling the tea with water. Usually this is done by leaving the tea in the Sun to steep. This is known as sun tea.

How to Celebrate?

  • Mix up a fresh batch of ice tea and have your friends and family over to enjoy the day outdoors with some ice tea.
  • Experiment with different flavors of ice teas. What about adding some summery fruits or perhaps some alcoholic liquor?
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, and getting ready for the winter? Don’t fret. Treat yourself to a tall glass of iced tea and enjoy the last few days of summer!

Did You Know…

…that tea is the second most popularly consumed beverage in the world? The first is water.

Jun
11
Tue
Corn on the Cob Day
Jun 11 all-day

Summer is finally here, and what better way to celebrate it than with some delicious corn on the cob? Celebrate this popular summer side dish on Corn on the Cob Day, celebrated annually on June 11.

Corn-on-the-Cob-Day-Church Celebrate summer by treating yourself to some delicious corn on the cob. ©bigstockphoto.com/soupstock

Celebrate summer by treating yourself to some delicious corn on the cob.

A corn cob is the central woody part of maize or corn on which the corn grains are attached. Corn on the cob is a type of dish where the corn grains are cooked and eaten while still on the cob. Corn on the cob can be boiled, grilled or roasted and served as a side dish or enjoyed as is.

Because eating corn on the cob can be a messy affair – hands have to be used, the kernels tend to stick in one’s teeth – etiquette rules that it should never be served at formal occasions or ordered on a first date. According to Emily Post, one of the world leading etiquette specialists, corn on the cob should not usually be served at lunch or dinner, but if it is, one must not “attack it ferociously or greedily”.

An Ancient Crop

Corn or maize is an ancient plant native to the Americas. It is believed that corn was first cultivated in Mexico and spread around the world via European explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries. The starchy seeds or kernels of the plant are now used by millions of people around the world as their staple food.

How to Celebrate?

  • Get the grill out and grill some delicious corn on the cob to accompany the iced tea you made on June 10. If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, make some corn of the cob to remind you of the summer.

Did You Know…

…that a corncob is part of the corn plant’s flower? The individual kernels are seeds of the plant.

Jun
13
Thu
Sewing Machine Day
Jun 13 all-day

They say a stitch in time saves nine. So, on June 13, Sewing Machine Day, dust off your sewing machine and sew away!

Sewing-Machine-Day-Church Sewing machines makes sewing "sew" easy! ©bigstockphoto.com/Mr. Alliance

Sewing machines makes sewing “sew” easy!

The unofficial holiday celebrates the day in 1790 when English inventor Thomas Saint received a patent for the very first sewing machine design. However, it took 14 more years before the first working sewing machine was created in 1804, and another 15 years before sewing machines became easily accessible to consumers.

Agents of Social Change

The invention of sewing machines made the process of sewing easier, faster and more streamlined. In addition, the manufacturing of sewing machines for household use meant that women who spent a majority of time sewing, stitching and mending clothes by hand could now do all these tasks in a matter of hours instead of days and weeks. This gave them more time to seek paid employment. In this way, the sewing machine had a huge hand to play in the economic and social progress of women around the world.

Sewing Machine Day is also celebrated by some people on September 10.

How to Celebrate?

  • Bring out your sewing machine to sew a new pattern.
  • If you have always wanted to learn how to sew, now is the time to start learning.
  • Have a sewing party – invite friends to teach you new patterns or exchange your sewed creations with them.

Did You Know…

…that the earliest sewing needles were made of bones and stone?

Jun
14
Fri
Bourbon Day
Jun 14 all-day

June 14 is Bourbon Day. So, set aside some time in the day to enjoy a glass of the uniquely American distilled liquor.

Bourbon-Day Sit back and enjoy a glass of bourbon on Bourbon Day. ©bigstockphoto.com/donfiore

Sit back and enjoy a glass of bourbon on Bourbon Day.

Bourbon is a type of whiskey that is made from corn and rye or wheat, and aged in charred oak barrels. Although it is usually associated with Kentucky – about 90% of the world’s bourbon is made in the state – bourbon is distilled all over the United States. In fact, for a whiskey to be considered bourbon it must be made in the US, have at least 51% corn and should not contain any artificial flavors or coloring. The higher the percentage of corn, the sweeter the whiskey is.

Mysterious Origins

There is some dispute as to why the whiskey is called bourbon. Some people believe that it comes from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, while others think that the whiskey is named after Bourbon County in Kentucky. The origins of the beverage are equally mysterious. A Baptist minister called Elijah Craig is sometimes credited as being the first person in the US to make bourbon.

A Connoisseur’s Drink

Because of its bold flavors, bourbon is a niche drink – people either love it or hate it. Experts suggest that beginners mix it with water or on the rocks. Many people enjoy bourbon in a cocktail. Some popular bourbon mixed drinks are whiskey sour, old fashioned and mint julep.

How to Celebrate?

  • If you have never tasted bourbon, today is the perfect excuse to try it. Have a friend who is knowledgeable about the whiskey help you.
  • Have a bourbon tasting party. Ask guests to bring a bottle of bourbon from a specific region or brand and then get around with some good eats and start tasting. Have a rating sheet and have everyone rate the bourbon they taste.
  • Like many other liquors, bourbon can be used to flavor many dishes. For instance, you could make a bourbon pecan pie or add some bourbon to your chocolate milkshake.

Did You Know…

…that the oak barrels used to age the whiskey can only be used once? After a batch of bourbon has been aged, the barrels can be used to store other liquors like tequila, scotch or beer, but never bourbon again.

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Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

St Stephen’s Memorial Hall

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Jun
15
Sat
Nature Photography Day
Jun 15 all-day

June 15 is Nature Photography Day. The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) created the day in 2006 as a way to encourage people to learn and enjoy capturing the beauty of nature through their cameras.

Nature-Photography-Day-Church Take pictures of the beautiful outdoors on Nature Photography Day. ©bigstockphoto.com/ l i g h t p o e t

Take pictures of the beautiful outdoors on Nature Photography Day.

The day also promotes conservation through photography.

Nature photography is a branch of photography that is devoted to taking pictures of natural elements including landscapes, geological formations, and flora and fauna in their natural habitats and in zoos. As a rule, nature photography does not include photographic human subjects, though some exceptions can be made depending on the situation.

Preserving Nature’s Bounties

NANPA is a non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes the nature photography as a way to preserve and conserve nature and to promote appreciation of the bounties of our natural environment.

How to Celebrate?

  • Join a local nature photography club and participate in any events they may have on this day.
  • Take a nature photography class.
  • Take a hike with your family and friends and take in the nature around you, while capturing the scenes with your camera.
  • Share your favorite outdoorsy picture on social media.
  • Volunteer time and money to a local conservation organization.

Did You Know…

…the largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia arnoldii? Found in the rain forests of Indonesia, the flower can grow up to 3 feet (0.914 meters) across.

Jun
16
Sun
Bloomsday
Jun 16 all-day

Celebrated annually on June 16, Bloomsday celebrates the life and times of Irish author James Joyce.

Bloomsday-Church View of James Joyce statue in Trieste, Italy. ©bigstockphoto.com/bepsimage

View of James Joyce statue in Trieste, Italy.

The name and the date of this unofficial holiday comes from Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses. Published in 1922 as a novel, the book follows Leopold Bloom, an advertising agent as he goes about his day in Dublin on June 16, 1904. According to some sources, June 16, 1904 is the date when Joyce met his future wife Nora Barnacle.

Controversial Book

Considered to be one of the most defining works of modernist literature, Ulysses courted controversy when it was first came out in serial form in the American literary magazine, The Little Review. It was banned in the United States and the United Kingdom until the mid 1930s.

Thought to have been first observed in 1924, fans of the novel re-enact the events that occur in the book as a way to celebrate this literary holiday.

How to Celebrate?

  • Participate in your local Bloomsday events.
  • If there aren’t any such events, what about organizing one of your own?
  • If you haven’t read the book or it has been a while since you last read the book, maybe it is time to get a copy and read it.

Did You Know…

…that James Joyce suffered from cynophobia or the irrational fear of dogs?

The Lord’s Day
Jun 16 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).