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Apr
21
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Apr 21 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).

Apr
22
Mon
Jelly Bean Day
Apr 22 – Apr 23 all-day

April 22 is Jelly Bean Day. It is an unofficial holiday that honors the sugary bean-shaped candies that are hard on the outside and gel-like on the inside.

Jelly Bean Day Fun Church Celebrate the chewy, sugary and delicious delights that are jelly beans. ©iStockphoto.com/kcrep

Celebrate the chewy, sugary and delicious delights that are jelly beans.

Popular during Easter and Halloween, jelly bean candies come in a variety of flavors and colors.

Cherry and Popcorn

According to Jelly Belly, a popular jelly bean manufacturer, the most popular jelly bean flavors include cherry and buttered popcorn.

Food historians believe that turkish delights, a chewy candy from Turkey inspired the creation of the jelly beans, though it is unclear who invented them.

Presidental Favourite

Some sources suggest that jelly beans were popularized during the American Civil War when people were encouraged to send the candy to soldiers in the field.

Jelly beans are equally loved by children and adults alike. President Ronald Reagan was known to be a big fan of these delicious chewy candy, so much so that about 3 tonnes of red, white and blue jelly beans were used during his inauguration as the 40th President of the United States in 1981. It is said that his favorite flavor was licorice.

How to Celebrate?

  • Have jelly beans with all your meals.
  • What about trying bacon flavored jelly beans for breakfast?
  • Been told that you don’t eat enough fruits? Eat a handful of fruit flavored jellybeans.
  • Make art using colorful jellybeans.

Did You Know…

…that it can take anywhere from 7 to 21 days to make a single piece of jelly beans?

Apr
23
Tue
Lover’s Day
Apr 23 all-day

April 23 is Lover’s Day, a day to celebrate your significant other and let them know how much they mean to you.

Lovers Day Fun Church Celebrate your lover today. ©iStockphoto.com/mrovka

Celebrate your lover today.

While the origin of Lover’s Day is a mystery, some sources believe that the unofficial holiday is based on St. George’s Day, a religious holiday celebrated in many parts of Europe.

Other Versions

Some countries have their own versions of Lover’s Day. Brazilians for example, celebrate Lover’s Day, also called Dia dos Namorados, on June 12.

Lover’s Day is also known as National Lover’s Day in the US.

How to Celebrate?

Missed Valentine’s Day? No worries. Now, you have a chance at a do-over. Here are some ideas on how you can make your lover feel special on Lover’s Day:

  • Do something thoughtful and special for your loved one. Maybe do their errands for them or make their favorite dish for dinner.
  • Since Lover’s Day has not yet been taken over by commercial interests, you can celebrate it in your own style without the pressures of having to go all out. For example, make them a handmade gift, clean up their closet, watch that movie you hate but they love, write a poem, take them out dancing, go to the carnival, throw a party in their honor, surprise them with a weekend getaway.
  • It is still spring in the Northern Hemisphere, so what about surprising your loved one with a spring picnic? Pack some bubbly, some of his or her favorite candy and let the romance bloom!
  • If you are planning on getting married soon, choose April 23 as your wedding date. It certainly less clichéd and common.

Did You Know…

…that in some countries women can propose marriage to their significant others only on a Leap Day?

St. George’s Day in Canada
Apr 23 all-day

 St George’s Day commemorates the life of St George, a Roman soldier and Christian martyr. St George’s Day is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. It is observed on the Monday closest to April 23 each year.

St George is remembered on St George's Day in Canada. ©iStockphoto.com/bogdb

St George is remembered on St George’s Day in Canada.

What Do People Do?

Many people are reminded on this day of St George’s achievements and sacrifices during his lifetime. People who have a day off work on St George’s Day enjoy it as is part of a three-day long weekend in Newfoundland and Labrador, as the day is held on a Monday. Some people take a scenic drive, while others engage in sporting activities. Many people in the province who have a day off spend time on personal hobbies and some people catch up with friends and family.

St George’s Day celebrations are not limited to Newfoundland and Labrador. Some societies, such as the Royal Society of St. George (British Columbia Branch), celebrate St George’s Day. There are also calls from groups devoted to the saint to make St George’s Day a national holiday in Canada.

Public Life

St George’s Day is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, so it is designated as a paid holiday for government employees. School calendars in the province are set by individual school districts so those wishing to find out if St George’s Day is a school holiday should check with these districts.

Background

St George was born sometime around the year 280 CE in what is now Turkey. He was a soldier and rose up through the ranks of the Roman army, eventually becoming a personal guard to the Emperor Diocletian. He was executed for being a Christian on April 23, 303 CE, and is buried in the town of Lod in Israel.

St George is most widely known for slaying a dragon. According to legend, the only well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon. In order to get water, the inhabitants of the town had to offer a human sacrifice every day to the dragon. The person to be sacrificed was chosen by lots. On the day that St George was visiting, a princess had been selected to be sacrificed. However, he killed the dragon, saved the princess and gave the people of Silene access to water. In gratitude, they converted to Christianity.

It is thought that the dragon represents a certain type of pagan belief that included the sacrifice of human beings. St George is the patron saint of some places around the world, including England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, and Russia.

Symbols

The most widely recognized St George’s Day symbol is St George’s cross. This is a red cross on a white background, which is often displayed as a flag. It is used as England’s national flag, forming part of the Union Flag, the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Saint George’s cross was originally the flag of the maritime Republic of Genoa. Around 1190, the King of England started paying the Doge of Genoa to protect ships originally from the city of London and the rest of England that sailed in the Mediterranean region.

Apr
24
Wed
International Guide Dog Day
Apr 24 all-day

Every year, the last Wednesday in April is set as International Guide Dog Day

Guide dogs receive formal training which takes two years and costs around $25,000

Even guide dogs have their ups and downs.

This is a day to celebrate the important role of guide dogs that help the blind and visually impaired remain safe and independently mobile day in and day out. Guide dogs are carefully trained to recognize obstacles, and to help guide their handlers around such things. They are trained to help handler’s access public transportation, navigate public places and cross roads safely.

Guide dogs are legally allowed into all public places due to their handler’s dependence on them for safety and mobility. Due to this fact however, guide dogs must have a special calm, quiet, non-aggressive and well-behaved temperament.

According to GuidedogsofAmerica.org the breeds most commonly used as guide dogs are as follows:

  • 70% Labrador Retrievers
  • 15% Golden Retrievers
  • 15% German Shepherds

After two year’s of training dogs, are carefully matched with handlers based on the handler’s lifestyle and environment. Consideration is also given to the size of the dog, the strength, pace of walk and energy levels. Each of these things is taken into consideration so to match dogs and humans to create the best relationship possible.

International Guide Dog Day is intended to honor the dogs that are working hard to help their handlers as well as all the people who work very hard to train and match dogs with their owners, creating such important life-changing relationships.

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…

    …Guide dogs receive formal training which takes two years and costs around $25,000?

Apr
25
Thu
DNA Day
Apr 25 all-day

Observed every year on April 25 since 2003, DNA Day celebrates and recognizes the importance of genetics and the scientific advances made in the field.

DNA Day Fun Church Learn more about DNA that makes you. ©iStockphoto.com/Svisio

Learn more about the DNA that makes you.

DNA Day was instituted as a one-time celebration in the United States by a proclamation of the US Congress in 2002.

Double Helix

April 25 was chosen as the day to acknowledge the contribution of genetics. It was on this day in 1953, scientists James Watson, Francis Crick and their colleagues published the double helix structure of DNA in the journal, Nature.

Worldwide Celebration

While DNA Day was first commemorated in the United States in 2003, it is now celebrated around the world. In the US, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is at the helm of organizing celebrations for the day. Universities and scientific organizations around the world also celebrate DNA day by organizing scientific conferences, educational outreach, online discussions and essay competitions.

The holiday is also called International DNA Day and World DNA Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Attend scientific lectures to learn about the advances made in genetics.
  • Learn more about DNA, its structure, and its components. Read up about how it affects our daily lives.
  • If you have kids in your life, make a 3-d model of DNA with them. Get creative, use materials you can find at home or in your kitchen.

Did You Know…

…that each human cell contains approximately 6.5 feet (2 meters) of DNA?

Apr
26
Fri
Pretzel Day
Apr 26 all-day

Celebrate the doughy, salty snack called Pretzel on April 26, Pretzel Day.

Be Humble Day Heritage Church Celebrate the delicious snack that is the pretzel. ©iStockphoto.com/Electra-K-Vasileiadou

Be Humble Day Heritage Church Celebrate the delicious snack that is the pretzel.

Considered to be one of the oldest surviving snacks in the world, the humble but delicious pretzel is thought to have originated in Europe, possibly created by monks in monasteries.

Soft or Hard

The knot shape of the traditional soft dough pretzels are thought to signify folded hands during prayers.

The commonly found hard pretzels are a much more recent invention. They are considered to have been first made by German immigrants in Pennsylvania, United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate pretzel day by making your own pretzels at home. Try new flavors of pretzels.
  • If you don’t have time to make your own, visit your local pretzel store. Chances are, they will be celebrating the day by giving away free pretzels.

Did You Know…

…that Pennsylvanians eat more pretzels per capita than people in any other state in the United States? Because of this, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 as National Pretzel Day in 2003.

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Apr
28
Sun
The Lord’s Day
Apr 28 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).

May
1
Wed
Macaroon Day
May 1 all-day

May 31 is Macaroon day, a day to celebrate the unleavened cakes or cookies made of egg whites, sugar, and almond paste or coconut.

Macroon-Day-Church Try your hands at baking a batch of delicious macaroon cookies on May 31, Macaroon Day. ©iStockphoto.com/ajafotoTry your hands at baking a batch of delicious macaroon cookies on May 31, Macaroon Day. ©iStockphoto.com/ajafoto

Try your hands at baking a batch of delicious macaroon cookies on May 31, Macaroon Day.

Macaroons are thought to have originated in the 9th century in Italy.

Coconut and Egg Whites

The original macaroon recipe called for egg whites, sugar, and almond paste. In many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, coconut is used as the main ingredient of these delicious cakes, instead of almond paste. They can also be topped with jam, chocolate, or fruits in syrup.

Even though macaroons look like cookies, bakers technically classify them as cakes because they do not contain any flour.

Not a Macaron

Oftentimes, macaroons are confused with with the colorful macaron. While a macaron is made of similar ingredients – almond flour, egg whites and sugar, there is a world of difference in the taste, texture, and presentation of the two treats.

How to Celebrate?

  • Learn how to make macaroons. Whip up a batch and share them with your family and friends.
  • Try different variations of the cake, perhaps by adding fruit or chocolate? Or maybe a spice like cinnamon or cardamom?

Did You Know…

…that the word macaroon comes from the Italian word maccarone, meaning paste?

May
2
Thu
My Bucket’s Got a Hole Day
May 2 all-day

May 30 is My Bucket’s Got A Hole in It Day, a day to carry around a bucket with a hole with you.

My-Buckets-Got-A-Hole-Day-Church Get yourself a bucket and make a hole in it. ©iStockphoto.com/AnitaPatterson

Get yourself a bucket and make a hole in it.

It is unclear if the unofficial holiday was created in honor of the song by the same name made popular by American singer Hank Williams or to celebrate buckets with holes in them. Either way, see below on how to celebrate this offbeat hole-i-day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Listen to the song by the same name.
  • Trick someone by making a hole in their bucket. Ask them to do something silly with the bucket, like fill another bucket or water the lawn.
  • Ask people you meet the answer to the Hole in the Bucket puzzle: I am weightless, but you can see me. Put me in a bucket, and i’ll make it lighter. What am i? A hole.

Did You Know…

…that the children’s song there is a hole in the bucket describes a deadlock situation? To fix a bucket with a hole, the protagonist needs to cut a piece of straw with a knife, which needs to be sharpened on a sharpening stone which needs to be watered with water using the bucket, which has a hole.

Orthodox Easter Monday
May 2 all-day

Many Orthodox churches around the world observe Easter Monday, which is the day after the Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Easter Monday Orthodox Church Painted eggs are an important tradition during the Easter period. ©iStockphoto.com/Bob Drapella

Painted eggs are an important tradition during the Easter period.

What Do People Do?

In countries such as Greece, the Orthodox Easter Monday is a much more relaxed day when people can wind down or prepare to resume their work or study schedules. For some, it is a reflection of the events that occurred during Holy Week. Easter Monday is a day to finish leftover Easter meals that were not eaten the day before. The menu may include: lamb, spanokopita (spinach pie), dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves), and loukoumathes (honey balls).

Easter Monday is also referred to as “Bright Monday” or “New Monday” in many Orthodox churches. “Bright Monday” falls on “Bright Week”, which is a seven-day period that begins on Easter Sunday. For many Orthodox Christians, the fast and the time of mourning is over and it is a time to be joyous and happy.

Public Life

Easter Monday is observed as an official holiday in countries including: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, and Ukraine. Schools, banks and public offices may be closed on this day. Some embassies are closed in these countries on Easter Monday so travelers will need to confirm with their own embassies.

There are no federal Orthodox Easter public holidays in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, Easter Monday is a time for families and friends of the Orthodox Christian faith to relax and reflect on the past week.

Background

In 325 CE the Council of Nicaea established the Easter date for churches around the world. However, in 1582 the Gregorian calendar was introduced and many western churches decided to observe the Easter period according to that calendar over the centuries. Many Orthodox churches still observe Easter in accordance with the Julian calendar, therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches.

In the Orthodox circles, tensions exist between New Calendarists – those who use the revised Julian calendar for calculating the feasts of the ecclesiastical year – and Old Calendarists – those who continue to use the traditional Julian calendar. There have been a number of proposed Easter date reforms. In 1997 the World Council of Churches proposed a reform to solve the Easter date difference between churches that observe the Gregorian calendar and those that observe the Julian calendar. So far, this reform has not been implemented.

Symbols

One of the most common Orthodox Easter symbols is the dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ. The egg was an important symbol in the mythologies of many early civilizations and was also connected with the springtime fertility rituals. Many Greek people rap their eggs against their friends’ eggs and the owner of the last uncracked egg is considered lucky. The red eggs are usually prepared on Holy Thursday in countries such as Greece. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary dyed eggs red to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and to celebrate life.

One of the most common Christian symbols associated with Easter is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning “Lamb of God” in Latin. The symbol’s origin relates to the Jewish Passover. In ancient times Jewish people sacrificed a lamb in the course of the festival. The early Christians associated the sacrifice of the lamb with Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. They connected the joyous Passover festival, which celebrates the liberation of Jewish people from years of bondage in Egypt, with the liberation from death represented by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

May
3
Fri
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May
4
Sat
Star Wars Day
May 4 all-day

May 4 is considered as a Star Wars Day by fans of the popular film series, Star Wars. It is one of the two days in a year that recognize the importance of the Star Wars movies in popular culture and to allow fans of the saga to express their love for the movies.

Star Wars Day Church The lightsaber is a weapon used by the characters on Star Wars and is one of the most recognizable items in pop culture. ©thinkstockphoto.com

The lightsaber is a weapon used by the characters on Star Wars and is one of the most recognizable items in pop culture.

The origin of this day comes from a play on the words “may the force be with you”, an often quoted phrase in the Star Wars movies. Fans around the world have modified the phrase to create the pun “may the fourth be with you”. Fans have expanded the pun to include “revenge of the fifth”, which is a play on the title of the sixth movie in the series, Revenge of the Sith.

It is believed that the phrase was first used on May 4, 1979 when the Conservatives in the United Kingdom congratulated their candidate, Margaret Thatcher for taking office as UK’s Prime Minister by taking out a newspaper advertisement that said “may the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.

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The other Star Wars Day celebrated in the year is May 25. This is when the first movie in the series was released in 1977. This unofficial holiday is also sometimes known as Greek Pride Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Dress up like Star War characters and have a Star Wars themed party.
  • Greet everyone you meet with the phrase “may the force be with you”.
  • Organize marathon viewings of the saga, and participate in Star Wars trivia contests. .

Did You Know…

…that the South Pacific island of Niue accepts collectible Star Wars themed coins issued by the New Zealand Mint in 2011 as legal tender?

May
5
Sun
The Lord’s Day
May 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).

May
6
Mon
Beverage Day
May 6 all-day

Raise a glass to all your favorite beverages on Beverage Day.

Beverage Day Church Celebrate Beverage Day by drinking as much of your favorite beverage as you can! ©thinkstockphoto.com

Celebrate Beverage Day by drinking as much of your favorite beverage as you can!

This unofficial holiday is celebrated annually on May 6 and is also sometimes called National Beverage Day. While the origins of Beverage Day are unknown, we can all safely assume that the day encourages people to honor their beverages of choice and acknowledge that a humble beverage has the power to make or break many situations. A good beverage can energize you after a long, tiring day; it can make a long, boring meal go fast; it can bring together two strangers; and it can make a party more fun.

Whether your preferred beverage is a hot cup of tea, a delicious and healthy smoothie or a tall glass of lemonade, Beverage Day is the perfect excuse to indulge yourself by drinking it all day long.

  • Sit back, relax and celebrate the day with your favorite beverage. It could be anything from something as simple as water to a fancy cocktail.
  • Try new beverages. What about tasting the national drink of a country you have never visited?
  • Have a tasting party at home. Pick up a beverage you and your guests like and make or find different versions of it to taste and try. For example, you could do a beer or wine tasting party or a tea or coffee tasting party. Have each of your guests bring their favorite brand of beverage to share and serve foods that pair with the beverage of your choice. Who knows, you may just find your next favorite beverage at one of these parties!

Did You Know…

…that in common usage, water is not usually considered to be a beverage?

May
7
Tue
Herb Day
May 7 all-day

Herb Day is an unofficial holiday annually celebrated on the first Saturday of May.

Herb Day Fun Church You can grow a herb garden right in your kitchen. ©iStockphoto.com/CBCK-Christine

You can grow a herb garden right in your kitchen.

Created and organized by the HerbDay Coalition which is an organization of five non-profit groups. The holiday encourages people to learn more about herbs and use them more extensively in their daily lives.

The holiday first began in 2006 in the United States. It brings together herbalists, gardeners, manufacturers of herbal products, culinarians and home cooks. It attempts to spread knowledge about the medicinal, culinary and cosmetic benefits of herbs.

Different From Spices

Botanically, herbs are green parts of a plant that are used in food, medicine or as addional flavoring. They are usually leaves and can be used fresh or dried. Herbs are distinct from spices. Spices are usually dried or processed non-leafy – seeds, barks, roots or stems – parts of a plant or a tree.

Worshipped Plants

People around the world use herbs for cooking and for medicinal purposes. Some cultures consider herbs as having spiritual qualities.  And extensively use them during religious ceremonies.  In India for example, basil is considered to be a holy plant and is worshipped in many parts of the country.

How to Celebrate?

  • Learn more about different kind of herbs and their uses.
  • Start a small herb garden in your kitchen – herbs are easy to grow and make your kitchen smell nice.

Did You Know…

…that some people perceive the taste of cilantro or coriander as being soapy and like eating bugs? Studies have shown that this is because they have a special olfactory receptor gene called OR6A2. This makes them sensitive to the aldehyde chemicals found in the herb.

May
8
Wed
Mother’s Day
May 8 all-day

Many Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for mothers or mother figures. The Mother’s Day date in Canada is on the second Sunday of May each year.

Mothers-Day-Canada-Church Mother's Day is a day to remember mothers and mother figures. ©iStockphoto.com/Kateryna Govorushchenko

Mother’s Day is a day to remember mothers and mother figures.

What Do People Do?

Many people remember their mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. Mother figures may include stepmothers, relatives, mothers-in-law, a guardian (eg. a foster parent), or a family friend. There are many different ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Giving cards, flowers, or cakes.
  • Family gatherings or visits.
  • Family breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners either at home, at a café or at a restaurant.
  • Personal phone calls, particularly from children who live away from their mothers and/or mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day poems and messages.
  • Gifts of chocolate, jewelry, accessories, clothing, hobby equipment or tools, handmade items, or gift vouchers.
  •  A day at the movies with mothers and/or mother figures.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries, including China where carnations are popular Mother’s Day presents. Some groups in Samoa organize elaborate song and dance performances throughout the country. They celebrate the contributions that mothers make to Samoan society.

Public Life

Mother’s Day falls on different days depending on the countries where it is celebrated. It is held on the second Sunday of May in many countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States. It is held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom. Sundays are usually non-school and non-working days in these countries.

Mother’s Day is an annual public holiday in countries such as Costa Rica (August 15, on the same day as Assumption Day), Georgia (March 3), Samoa (second Monday of May), and Thailand (August 12). Restaurants and cafes may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat.

Background

Early Mother’s Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources. Later, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.

The modern-day origins of Mother’s Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year. It continued to be held in Boston for about 10 years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then.

Many people believe that Mother’s Day is now largely commercialized, with card companies, flower shops, jewelry stores, gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and department stores advertising promotions and special deals for this event. Anna Jarvis, in her lifetime, unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the over-commercialization of Mother’s Day.

Symbols

There are various ways to show an appreciation for mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. They include white carnations, which Anna Jarvis asked to be the official symbol for the day, as well as the International Mother’s Day Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the preservation of motherhood. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. It is located together with a museum at Grafton, West Virginia, and aims to preserve, promote and develop the spirit of motherhood.

May
9
Thu
Lost Sock Memorial Day
May 9 all-day

Lost Sock Memorial Day on May 9 is a day to commemorate lost socks. The unofficial holiday also encourages people to let go of all the remaining single socks they are collecting in hopes of finding their partners one day.

Lost Sock Memorial Day Church Honor all the socks you have lost on Lost Sock Memorial Day. ©thinkstockphoto.com

Honor all the socks you have lost on Lost Sock Memorial Day.

There are few mysteries in life that are as perplexing as the mystery of the missing sock. No matter how hard you try to keep pairs of socks together, invariably one of them ventures out into the netherworld never to be found again.

Lost Sock Memorial Day is a day to honor all those disappeared socks.

How to Celebrate

  • Throw out all the single leftover socks.
  • Use the leftover socks as cleaning cloths. Or spend the day making sock monkeys out of the socks that have sadly lost their partners to the sock blackhole.
  • Have a minute of silence for all the socks you have lost.

Did You Know…

…that the feet have about 250,000 sweat glands that are capable of producing about 1 cup of sweat a day?

May
10
Fri
Clean Up Your Room Day
May 10 all-day

May 10, is Clean Your Room Day – an unofficial holiday that is bound to be any parentan’s or roommate’s favorite holiday and perhaps every child’s, teenager’s and lazy person’s nightmare.

Cleanup Your Room Day Church Roll up your sleeves and clean up your room on Clean Your Room Day. ©thinkstockphoto.com

Roll up your sleeves and clean up your room on Clean Your Room Day.

Also sometimes called the National Clean Up Your Room Day, this holiday of unknown origins aims at keeping the dust bunnies where they belong – the trash. The holiday promotes clean rooms and homes and encourages people to collect their cleaning supplies, don their cleaning clothes and gloves and spend the day spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is a practice in many cultures where people clean their homes throughly once a year on the first warm day of spring. It is thought that this practice dates back to the days when people lit fires to keep warm during cold winter months. The first warm day of spring allowed people to open their windows and doors and to get rid of all the soot and ash that collected over the winter.

Even though Clean Your Room Day falls towards the end of the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere, and Fall (Autumn) in the Southern Hemisphere, it is a good day as any to get cracking on the dusting, scrubbing and organizing. And who know, you may just find that thing you were looking for forever hiding in some dusty corner of your room.

How to Celebrate

  • Clean up your room and resolve to keep it clean every day.
  • Give away or throw any unwanted items or pieces of clothing that you no longer use.
  • If you have children, teach them about the virtues of a clean room. Help them organize their toys and books and reward them for keeping their room clean.
  • Get the family together and make cleaning a fun chore. Put on some fun music and dance while you clean. Give out rewards for milestones crossed – fastest time taken to clean, best organizer, and room with the least amount of dust.

Did You Know…

…that many cultures have a day assigned to cleaning during a year? In Iran, people clean their houses in preparation of the Persian New Year called Norooz, while in India people clean up their homes before the festivals of lights, Diwali.

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