Calendar

Jun
23
Fri
Typewriter Day
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

June 23, the anniversary of the granting of a patent to American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes in 1868 is celebrated around the world as Typewriter Day. So, take out your old typewriter from the attic, dust it and get started on your magnum opus!

Typewriter-Day-Church A young man typing in an old typewriter at the beach. ©bigstockphoto.com/nito

A young man typing in an old typewriter at the beach.

A typewriter is a mechanical device that allows users to type directly on a sheet of paper. While many people had been working on different prototypes of typewriters before 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes’ typewriter was the first one to be commercially marketed. Known as the Sholes and Glidden typewriter or the Remington 1 typewriter, the device could only type uppercase letters.

Revolutionary Device

Typewriters revolutionized the world of communications. Letters and correspondences looked more professional, followed a consistent format and were more legible when typed out on a typewriter compared to handwritten communications that dominated the workplace in the past. In addition to creating an efficient and more organized workspace, the use of typewriters in businesses and governments worldwide meant that typing became a required skill for many jobs. A large percentage of these jobs were administrative in nature and were usually done by women, who were specifically hired for their typing skills – the typewriter played an very important role in opening up workspaces for women.

How to Celebrate?

  • Organize a typewriting contest – whoever types the fastest and with the least number of errors wins.
  • Show your typewriter pride by wearing typewriter shaped jewelry.
  • Avoid using your computer and email, type letters and send them in the post/ mail.

Did You Know…

…that most typewriters and computers today share the same keyboard layout?

Jun
24
Sat
Take Your Dog to Work Day
Jun 24 all-day

Studies have shown that bringing pets to work can increase productivity. So, on the third Sunday of June take your dog to work to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Take-Your-Dog-Work-Day-Church Fashion designer with his chihuahua at work. ©bigstockphoto.com/Wavebreak Media Ltd

Fashion designer with his chihuahua at work.

Celebrated annually since 1999 on the first Friday after Father’s Day in the United States, the unofficial holiday was created by Pet Sitters International as a way to encourage dog adoption and to celebrate the love and joy dogs bring to the lives of their pet parents.

The week preceding this unofficial holiday is Take Your Pets to Work Week.

How to Celebrate?

  • Take your furry friend to work on this day. Make sure you let your co-workers know that you will be bringing your dog to work and clear it with anyone who may have allergies or other issues.
  • Have your company organize a visit to the local dog shelter or better yet, let the local dog shelter come to your workplace with dogs that are in need of a loving home – you may never know, some of your co-workers may adopt a dog!

Did You Know…

… that in ancient China, royals would carry little dogs in their sleeves to keep warm?

Jun
25
Sun
Please Take my Children to Work Day
Jun 25 all-day

Please Take my Children to Work Day first began as a tongue-in-cheek holiday for overworked and tired stay-at-home mothers to take a day off from their routines. The holiday is celebrated annually on June 25.

Please-Take-My-Children-To-Work-Day-Church Father working in office with daughter. ©bigstockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages

Father working in office with daughter.

Today, as times have changed, this day applies to any parent who would like to take a break from their parental duties.

The unofficial holiday, which is not be confused with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, was created in 2003 by Jen Singer of MommaSaid.net – a parenting blog. The holiday encourages friends and family to take care of the children so that the stay-at-home parent can have some time to relax and rejuvenate.

The holiday is also sometimes celebrated on June 30 or on the last Monday of June.

How to Celebrate?

Being a stay-at-home parent can be one of most rewarding as well as an exhausting experience for parents. This unofficial holiday is a great excuse for them to take a break and enjoy some much needed me-time. Here are some ways to celebrate it:

  • Ask friends or family members to look after your children for the day. And if they can’t, hire a babysitter and take the day off to pamper yourself. Go to the spa or take the day to go to the movies. Shop or do anything else that you may not be able to do on a normal day.
  • If you know someone who is stay-at-home parent, take this day to show your appreciation of them. Do something nice for them!  Take them out for an adults only lunch or volunteer to babysit their children so that they can have some much needed time to themselves.

Did You Know…

…that a new born child has 300 bones while a fully grown adult has 206? The bones fuse together as the child grows.

Jul
1
Sat
Canada Day
Jul 1 all-day

On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day

Canada-Day Church Canadians of all ages can be proud of their heritage on Canada Day, an event widely celebrated throughout the country. Illustration based on artwork from ©iStockphoto.com/Carrie Bottomley

Canadians of all ages can be proud of their heritage on Canada Day, an event widely celebrated throughout the country.

What Do People Do?

In many towns and cities, municipal governments organize a range of events, often outdoors. These include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens. The celebrations often have a patriotic mood. Canada’s national flag is widely displayed and a lot of people paint their faces red and white, which are Canada’s national colors. The celebrations in Ottawa, which is Canada’s capital city, are particularly exuberant.

In the province of Quebec, many home leases start on July 1 and last for exactly one year. Hence, many people in Quebec spend Canada Day moving their possessions from one house to another. In this province, Canada Day is also known as Moving Day.

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1 is also Memorial Day. This commemorates the heavy loss of life in the Newfoundland Regiment on the first day of the Battle of the Somme during World War I. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the morning of July 1 is usually somber. Flags are flown at half-mast and memorial services are held at cenotaphs (war memorials). In the afternoon, Canada Day celebrations in the province are similar to those in the rest of the country.

Public Life

July 1 is a statutory holiday in Canada unless it falls on a Sunday; then it moves to July 2. All provincial governments observe this day. Many organizations, businesses and stores are closed, although some book stores, pharmacies and gas stations may be open. Post offices are closed. As Canada Day falls in the Canadian summer holiday period, all schools are closed.

Public transport services may operate to their usual or a reduced timetable. In some areas, extra services are provided for large scale events. Street closures due to concerts, parades and festivals may cause some local disruption to traffic.

Background

On July 1, 1867, the British North Americas Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four provinces. This event is known as the confederation of Canada. The four original provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Canada’s boundaries have been extended since 1867. The country now consists of 10 provinces and three territories.

On June 20, 1868, the Canada’s Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation. July 1 became a statutory holiday, known as Dominion Day, in 1879. However, no official celebrations were held until the 50th anniversary in 1917 and the 60th anniversary in 1927. After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and more events were organized by the national government. After the centenary of the confederation in 1967, Dominion Day events became more widespread. July 1 became popularly known as Canada Day. The date was also officially known as Canada Day from 1983 onwards.

Since 2006 Canada Day celebrations were also held at London’s Trafalgar Square in the United Kingdom. It is expected that these celebrations will be held annually. Depending on the availability of Trafalgar Square, these events may be held just before, on or just after July 1.

Symbols

Canada’s national flag is seen on Canada Day. This consists of two vertical red rectangles separated by a white square. The white square contains a red image of a maple leaf. Canada’s national colors are red and white and are used in many ways on Canada Day. Some people wear red and white clothing and others paint their faces in these colors.

Jul
2
Sun
National Cheesecake Day
Jul 2 all-day

July 30 is National Cheesecake Day, a day to treat yourself with a slice (or two) of this decadent dessert made of cream cheese, eggs, sugar and a graham cracker crust.

national-cheesecake-day-church We won't judge you! Celebrate National Cheesecake Day with a slice or two or three of your favorite cheesecake. ©iStockphoto.com/william87

We won’t judge you! Celebrate National Cheesecake Day with a slice or two or three of your favorite cheesecake.

Believed to have originated in ancient Greece, cheesecakes, whether baked or chilled, have become a restaurant and bakery staple around the world. There are many different regional variations of the cake. For example, the Germans use Quark and a freshly made pastry as the base for their version of the cake. In Brazil, on the other hand, cheesecake is served with a thin layer of guava jelly or marmalade.

How to Celebrate?

  • With a big slice of cheesecake of course! Add some fruits to it, and you can claim that it is healthy!
  • Bake a cheesecake at home and add new twists to the traditional recipe. Here are some ideas: replace the graham cracker crust by chocolate cookie crust; add bacon to the crust for a salty and smoky flavor; replace cream cheese with ricotta or goat cheese.
  • Make a savory version of the cake for dinner and a sweet version for dessert.
  • In honor of National Cheesecake Day, many restaurants and bakeries have cheesecake specials on their menus. Take your family and friends out to try out one of these specials.

Did You Know…

…that a turophile is someone who loves and fancies cheese?

Jul
5
Wed
Workaholics Day
Jul 5 all-day

July 5 is Workaholics Day, a day dedicated to people who spend all their time working and tend to ignore other pursuits in life.

Workaholics-Day-Church Accountant doing financial reports being surrounded by huge piles of documents. ©bigstockphoto.com/pressmaster

Accountant doing financial reports being surrounded by huge piles of documents.

The unofficial holiday raises awareness about the fact that all work and no play can be harmful to the mental and physical health of workers. The day encourages workaholics to make lifestyle changes so that they give other aspects of their lives as much importance as their work.

How to Celebrate?

  • If there is a workaholic in your life, ask them to take the day off and take them out to do something fun. Perhaps a trip to a theme park or a hike?
  • Make a nice meal for the workaholic in your life and tell them about the problems associated of working all the time.
  • If you are a workaholic, take the day off to reevaluate your life and take some time off for yourself.

Did You Know…

…workaholic is a portmanteau word. It comes from combining two words – work and alcoholic. The term was first used extensively to refer to people who excessively and compulsively work in the late 1960s.

Jul
7
Fri
Tell the Truth Day
Jul 7 all-day

July 7 is Tell the Truth Day, a day dedicated to honesty and the rejection of manipulation and lying. Tell-The-Truth-Day-Church Chalkboard with writing. ©iStockphoto.com/yuriz

The unofficial holiday encourages people to always tell the truth, even if it is often times inconvenient and hard.

Honesty and truthfulness are virtues that are emphasized by all world religions. Cultures around the world put a premium on integrity and sincerity – people who tell the truth are always honored and celebrated over people known to tell lies.

Tell The Truth Day is also sometimes celebrated on April 2, the day after April’s Fool Day, a holiday that encourages pranks and harmless forms of lying.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate honesty by telling the truth the whole day.
  • If you have kids in your life teach them that lying is harmful and tell them the benefits of telling the truth all the time.
  • If you have been lying to a loved one or a family member, today is the day to come clean.

Did You Know…

…that Benjamin Franklin is thought to have popularized the phrase “honesty is the best policy”?

Jul
9
Sun
Sugar Cookie Day
Jul 9 all-day

On July 9, whip up a batch of warm, delicious sugary sugar cookies because it is Sugar Cookie Day.

Sugar-Cookie-Day-Church Star-shaped sugar cookies with pink, green and yellow frosting. ©bigstockphoto.com/Hank Shiffman

Star-shaped sugar cookies with pink, green and yellow frosting.

While the origins of this unofficial holiday are unknown, the day celebrates a childhood favorite that not only tastes good, but will also makes your kitchen smell amazing!

A holiday staple in the United States, sugar cookies are sweet treats made of flour, eggs, butter and sugar. The primary flavor in the cookies is vanilla.

Blank Canvas for Decoration

While sugar cookies can be eaten plain, they are usually used baked in different shapes and decorated with colorful icing, frosting and sprinklers.

In the United Kingdom and some other parts of the world, the term biscuits is used to refer to treats similar to cookies.

How to Celebrate?

  • Learn how to make sugar cookies and bake them. Share the cookies with co-workers, family and friends.
  • Gourmet up your cookies by making them in different shapes and coating them with different colored royal icing.
  • Host a sugar cookie decorating and exchange party. Have your guests bake cookies and bring them to the venue, where all of you can decorate the cookies and take some home.

Did You Know…

…that the term cookie, comes from the Dutch word koekje, meaning little cakes?

Jul
11
Tue
Cheer Up the Lonely Day
Jul 11 all-day

Make someone smile on Cheer up the Lonely Day. Annually celebrated on July 11, the unofficial holiday aims to encourage people to give some of their time to make people who are lonely smile.

Cheer-Up-The-Lonely-Day-Church Young carer giving helping hands for elderly woman. ©bigstockphoto.com/Ocskay Bence

Young carer giving helping hands for elderly woman.

Loneliness is an inevitable part of life. For some people it can be temporary, and for others it may be a daily struggle. Loneliness can affect the young and the old, and people from all walks of life. It can be harmful to the mental, physical and social health of those suffering from it.

Bringing Cheer

Cheer Up the Lonely Day aims to spread awareness about the damaging effects of loneliness and asks for people to give some of their time to bring happiness and cheer in to the lives of those who may be lonely.

How to Celebrate?

  • This is one holiday that is easy to celebrate. All you need to do is make someone feel loved. If you know someone who could use your company, spend some time with them, make them their favorite meal, give them some encouragement and let them know that you enjoy your time with them.
  • If the person lives far away, send them a note to tell them that you miss them and that you think about them. Or what about sending them a little gift – perhaps their favorite candy or a bunch of flowers?
  • Volunteer your time to work with the elderly in a nursing home – not only will you be bringing cheer in their lives, you may get to hear some amazing stories about their past.
  • Learn more about the connection between mental health and loneliness and what you can do to ward of loneliness in your life and in the lives of others.
  • Invite someone who has just moved to your town for coffee and cake and get to know them better.

Did You Know…

…that some people can have a real fear of being lonely? Autophobia is the fear of being alone.

Jul
12
Wed
Simplicity Day
Jul 12 all-day

Simplicity Day is celebrated every year on July 12. The unofficial holiday commemorates the life, times and work of American philosopher and proponent of simple living, Henry David Thoreau.

Simplicity-Day-Church Spring landscape with tree and a sun. ©bigstockphoto.com/TTstudio

Spring landscape with tree and a sun.

Born on July 12, 1817, Thoreau was against slavery, a supporter of small government, an environmentalist and an author. He was also involved in the early transcendentalist movement in the United States. Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that emerged in the U.S. in the mid 1800s. The main idea of the movement was that humans by nature are inherently good and that knowledge can only be gained through looking inwards as well as outwards.

Embrace Simple Living

Simplicity Day was created by the Emily Fund an organization created in memory of Emily Rachel Silverstein. The unofficial holiday encourages people to embrace simple living and a simple outlook to life. It also promotes participants to do one thing to make the world a better place.

The holiday is also sometimes known as National Simplicity Day in the United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • Take a vow of simplicity. Cut out unimportant things in your life.
  • Is there an expensive object you have always wanted to buy? Instead of buying it, donate the money to a deserving organization.
  • Volunteer your time and money to a local organization working on a cause of your choosing.
  • Learn more about Henry David Thoreau’s life and philosophy. Read books and essays written by him. Some of his more well-known works include Walden, A Plea for Captain John Brown and Paradise (to be) Regained.

Did You Know…

…that Thoreau was one of the first people to encourage hiking and other outdoor activities for fun?

Jul
14
Fri
Pandemonium Day
Jul 14 all-day

July 14 is Pandemonium Day, an annual celebration of chaos and disorder. Pandemonium Day is a reminder of the chaos and uncertainty that marks most of our lives.

Pandemonium-Day-Church Young mother overwhelmed by her kids. ©iStockphoto.com/Yobro10

Young mother overwhelmed by her kids.

The unofficial holiday encourages people to take a different look at upheavals and changes in their lives. It also inspires celebrators to find ways to take a pause from the daily grunt and find ways to bring order and equilibrium in their lives.

From Paradise Lost

The word pandemonium meaning a place of confusion or turmoil, comes from English poet John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. First published in 1667, the epic was a collection of 10 books. In the poem, Pandæmonium or Pandemonium is the capital of Hell. Pandemonium comes from the Greek word, pan, meaning all and daimonion meaning inferior gods.

How to Celebrate?

  • Acknowledge that chaos is part of your life. The first step for sanity to return is to accept that pandemonium will always be part of your life.
  • Take measures to reduce the chaos and the stress that comes with it. Make a chore chart and stick to it, but don’t feel guilty if you are unable to accomplish a few chores once in a while.
  • Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. If the chaos feels overwhelming, ask for help from your family and friends.

Did You Know…

…that Milton wrote another epic poem called Paradise Regained as a sequel to Paradise Lost? Paradise Regained was published in 1671.

Jul
15
Sat
Gummi Worm Day
Jul 15 all-day

Held annually on July 15, Gummi Worm Day celebrates and honors these chewy and yummy creepy crawly sweet treats.

Gummi-Worm-Day-Church Colourful gummi jelly worm candies. ©bigstockphoto.com/bernashafo

Colourful gummi jelly worm candies.

Remember gummi worms? Yes, those delicious sour and sweet candies of your childhood that resembled worms? Remember how you ate them by the fistful just to gross out other adults? Well, now you can do that again once a year on Gummi Worm Day.

German Origins

Gummi worms are gelatin-based candies that look like colorful worms. They were first created and marketed by German candy company, Trolli, and are just one of the many gummi candies available in the market.

The first gummi (or gummy) candies were created in 1922 by another German candy company called Haribo. These were in the shape of bears and are now popularly known around the world as gummi bears.

How to Celebrate?

  • Treat yourself with a big bag of gummi worm candies.
  • Bring gummi worms to works and share them with your co-workers.
  • Learn how to make them at home from scratch.

Did You Know…

…that the word gummi comes from the German word, Gummi, meaning rubber?

Jul
18
Tue
Caviar Day
Jul 18 all-day

On July 18, take out your best vodka and pair it with some top-of-the-shelf caviar because it is Caviar Day. The unofficial holiday of unknown origins encourages people to try out the delicacy while promoting environmentally friendly and humane fishing practices.

Caviar-Day-Church Jar of black caviar and spoon with black caviar on dark background. ©bigstockphoto.com/Yastremska

Jar of black caviar and spoon with black caviar on dark background.

Considered to be a delicacy in many parts of the world, caviar is salt cured roe or fish eggs, usually from sturgeon. Traditionally, the term caviar was used to refer to roe from sturgeons from the Caspian Sea, though in recent years the roe of other fish found elsewhere are also commonly called caviar.

From Pig Feed to Luxury Food

Derived from the Persian word khaya meaning egg, caviar did not gain its status as a food for the rich and famous until the 1800s. Before that, even though sturgeon was a commonly eaten fish, its roe was considered worthless and routinely used as pig and animal feed. By the end of the 18th century however, caviar had found its way onto the dinner tables of royals around the world and had become a coveted food item. Today, caviar is considered to be a luxury food.

How to Celebrate?

  • If you have never tried caviar before, today is the day to take the plunge and try it. What is the worst that can happen? You may not like it, but at least you will know what it tastes like.
  • If you like caviar, why not have a caviar tasting party for your friends?

Did You Know…

…that the rarest and the most expensive caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon found in the Caspian Sea?

Jul
19
Wed
Stick Out Your Tongue Day
Jul 19 all-day

July 19 is Stick Out Your Tongue Day.

stick-out-your-tongue-day-church Sticking out one's tongue at someone else can mean different things in different cultures. ©bigstockphoto.com/Creatista

Sticking out one’s tongue at someone else can mean different things in different cultures.

It is unclear whether the anonymous inventor of this made-up holiday intended it to be a day for people to stick out their tongues at everyone they come across or for them to visit their doctors to get a general check-up.

It is also possible that the creator of this unofficial holiday created it to encourage people to defy odds and attempt things that they find difficult to do.

Many cultures consider sticking out the tongue at someone as a childish, rude and insulting gesture. In these cultures, when children stick out their tongue at adults, it is seen as an act of disobedience. In Tibet, however, sticking out one’s tongue is considered to be a polite form of greeting.

Perfectly Fine at the Doctor’s Office

There is one place where sticking out one’s tongue is not only considered ok, but can be sometimes essential – in a doctor’s office. The tongue, which is a muscle that helps humans in eating food and speaking, is also one of the many organs in the human body that doctors check to detect signs of illness.

Today, sticking out one’s tongue over the Internet or through text (or SMS) is done through emoticons, and seen as a way to express a point that should not be taken very seriously. The emoticon is written by typing a colon, followed by a dash and a capital (:-P).

How to Celebrate?

  • Stick out your tongue at people. Just let them know why you are doing it, lest they think of you as a terribly rude person.
  • If there are things that are bothering you, take this day to stick your tongue out at them.
  • If you are overdue for a general check-up, perhaps today is the day to visit the doctor and get a clean bill of health.
Jul
20
Thu
Space Exploration Day
Jul 20 all-day

On July 20, look up at the sky and think back on all the advances humankind has made in exploring and understanding space because it is Space Exploration Day.

Space-Exploration-Day-Church Space shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center. ©bigstockphoto.com/kjwarden

Space shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center.

The annual holiday commemorates the anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Americans astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the surface of the Moon.

In 1984, the day was proclaimed a holiday by United States President Ronald Reagan. The proclamation also designated June 16-24 U.S. Space Observation in honor of the 9 days that Apollo 11 was in space. The fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program, Apollo 11 was launched from Florida on June 16. It returned to Earth with the 3 astronauts – Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins on June 24.

Moon Day

The holiday, which is also sometimes called Moon Day, encourages people to learn more about space exploration. It attempts to inspire young adults to consider space sciences and space exploration as careers.

How to Celebrate?

  • Visit your local space and science museums and spend the day there learning about Space and our astronomical neighbors.
  • Join an astronomy club and participate in their Space Exploration Day activities.
  • If you have young children in your life, get them interested in Space and related fields by reading them books about Space and space technology.

Did You Know…

…that 12 people, including Armstrong and Aldrin, have walked on the surface of the Moon?

Jul
23
Sun
Vanilla Ice Cream Day
Jul 23 all-day

July 23 is Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Celebrate this unofficial holiday of unknown origins by eating as much vanilla ice cream as you want without any guilt.

Vanilla-Ice-Cream-Day-Church Vanilla ice cream is the most popular flavor of ice cream around the world ©bigstockphoto.com/Sparkia

Vanilla ice cream is the most popular flavor of ice cream around the world

Made by freezing a custard of cream or milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla beans or flavoring, vanilla ice cream is the most popular flavor of ice cream in the United States and Canada according to some surveys.

Recognizable Flavor

Vanilla is a flavoring that comes from the pods of the fruit of the vanilla orchid. A native plant of Mexico, vanilla was unknown to the the world outside Central America until the late 1600s. Today, it is one of the world’s most recognized flavors. The expression, plain vanilla, is used to refer to something that is commonplace and does not have any special or distinguishing characteristics.

Vanilla Ice Cream Day is also sometimes known as National Vanilla Ice Cream Day in the US.

How to Celebrate?

  • Do we need to say anything else other than it’s Vanilla Ice Cream Day! Eat as much ice cream as you can possibly eat.
  • Having pancakes of breakfast? Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream with it. Brownies for dinner? Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Smoothies for an after work out snack? Add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Well, you get our point.

Did You Know…

…that vanilla is thought to be the world’s second most expensive spice? The most expensive spice in the world is saffron.

Jul
26
Wed
Uncle and Aunt Day
Jul 26 all-day

Honour all the awesome uncles and aunts in your life on Uncle and Aunt Day. The unofficial holiday is celebrated every year on July 26.

Uncle-Aunt-Day-Church This holiday is a good opportunity to tell your uncles and aunts how much you love them. ©iStockphoto.com/kevinruss

This holiday is a good opportunity to tell your uncles and aunts how much you love them.

Uncles and aunts are fun to spend time. They are just like parents except without the rules and regulations. They buy you gifts that your parents won’t, dote on you, take you to fun vacations and are a huge part of your support system. So, celebrate your uncles and aunts on Uncle and Aunt Day.

In many western cultures, the term uncle and aunt is reserved for close family members, related by marriage or through genetics. This is in contrast to several other cultures, especially in Africa, Asia and Middle East, where anyone who is from the generation of one’s parent is referred to as an uncle or aunt.

How to Celebrate?

  • Call your uncles and aunts or visit them to wish them a happy day.
  • Make them a nice meal or take them out to thank them for all the fun things you have done with them and learned from them.

Did You Know…

…that “say uncle” is a phrase popularly used in the United States and Canada and is usually used to concede defeat in a game or match?

Jul
27
Thu
Take your Pants for a Walk Day
Jul 27 all-day

July 27 is Take Your Pants For A Walk Day. Because the purpose or the origins of the day are unknown, we can only surmise that the unofficial holiday encourages people (in pants) to go out for a walk and enjoy the many benefits that walking provides.

take-your-pants-for-a-walk-day-church Go for a walk with your pants on. ©iStockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages

Go for a walk with your pants on.

Studies have shown that walking at a medium to fast pace regularly can have tremendous mental and physical health benefits. Walking not only helps burn calories, but can also boost a person’s mood and can help treat depression. It also reduces the risk of a variety of health problems including obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.

How to Celebrate?

  • Get up early in the morning, wear your pants and go for a walk!
  • Walking with weights is known to increase the effectiveness of the exercise. SO why not fill a bag with all your pants and literally take them for a walk?

Did You Know…

… that the oldest historical records of pants dates back to 10th BCE China?

Aug
1
Tue
According to Hoyle Day
Aug 1 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?

British Columbia Day
Aug 1 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
2
Wed
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?