Archive | May, 2011

Memorial Day

Graves at Arlington on Memorial DayWhat is Memorial Day?

An official federal holiday since 1971, Memorial Day is celebrated in honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the American military.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? Learn more about the history of Memorial Day by clicking here.

When is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May. This year, we will observe the holiday on May 30.

How do people celebrate Memorial Day?

By visiting cemeteries or memorials, following the 3 p.m. local time National Moment of Remembrance or attending the official Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. However, Memorial Day and Weekend also unofficially mark the beginning of summer, so many Americans celebrate with barbecues, pool parties and travel while many stores hold a Memorial Weekend sale.

Sources: history.com, usmemorialday.org
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What is Victoria Day?

What is Victoria Day?

Victoria Day is a public Canadian holiday that commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837-1901, and is also the official – not actual – birthday of Canada’s current Sovereign, which currently is Queen Elizabeth II.  Similar to Memorial Day in the U.S., Victoria Day weekend also marks the unofficial beginning of spring and summer.

Several name changes complicate the holiday’s history, so here are a couple links to help explain the history of Victoria day:

Victoria Day, Canadian Heritage

Victoria Day in Canada, Time and Date

When is Victoria Day?

Victoria Day falls on the Monday before May 25. This year, Victoria Day falls on May 23.

How do people celebrate Victoria Day?

As a public holiday, banks, schools, post offices and some stores and restaurants close for the day. Victoria Day celebrations include parades and firework displays. Victoria Day weekend is the first popular weekend for summer travel, so many people go on vacation or open up their recreational homes for the summer.

Sources: timeanddate.com, farmersalmanac.com, gocanada.about.com
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World Turtle Day

GreenSeaTurtle-2What is World Turtle Day?

World Turtle Day was founded in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue – a turtle and tortoise rescue organization – to raise awareness for turtles and tortoises, whose survival is threatened by human activities and abuse, habitat loss, the pet trade and the effects of pollution and industrial fishing operations.

When is World Turtle Day?

May 23. Why?

May is a busy month for turtles. Many have recently emerged from winter hibernation and are beginning their search for mates and nesting areas.

- The Humane Society of the United States

How do I celebrate World Turtle Day?

Check out The Humane Society’s Twelve Things to Do for Turtles and Tortoises to find out how you can help protect these fascinating reptiles.

Sources: humanesociety.org

Photo Source:By Tokugawapants at en.wikipedia + PiccoloNamek (Modifie version) via Wikimedia Commons
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National Waiters and Waitresses Day

FEMA - 19603 - Photograph by Andrea Booher taken on 10-19-2005 in LouisianaWaiters and waitresses put up with a lot – snarky customers, misbehaving children, low-tippers and the explosive mess they all leave behind. Yet, waiters and waitresses manage to maintain their friendly attitude and provide quality service, which is why they deserve the recognition and appreciation they deserve on National Waiters and Waitresses Day (May 21).  Show your waiter or waitress how much you appreciate them by leaving the attitude at the door and a generous tip on the table. How generous?

If you go out to eat today you have to tip 30%

- Waiter, Waiter Rant

Fair enough.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, waiterrant.net
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Wear Purple for Peace Day – May 16th!

The only thing we know for certain about Wear Purple for Peace Day is that it falls on May 16 of each year. Either this holiday was created to encourage world peace…or to encourage alien visitors. According to Holiday Insights, aliens have yet to visit our planet or contact us because they think we’re too hostile. However,wearing purple apparently encourages aliens to contact us. Whether it’s because purple is a peaceful color or a favorite color among extraterrestrials, we’re not sure.  Whichever way you interpret the holiday, there’s no harm in promoting peace with the color purple.

Sources:  holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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Lost Sock Memorial Day – May 9th!

Every day, hundreds of socks throughout the world are taken from their mate. Some say these missing socks got sucked into a vortex hidden at the back of the dryer. Others believe they’ve deliberately left their mate while skeptics claim that no sock ever vanishes from the dryer…they’re in there, they’re just hiding really, really, really well. And then there are those so terrified by this mysterious disappearance of socks that they walk through life sockless.

No matter what your theory, you will spend hours looking for any sock that’s gone MIA. Today – National Lost Sock Memorial Day – the search ends. Pay your respects to your lost socks and move on by buying some new socks. We recommend Throx from Sock Dreams. Described as “the cure for the missing sock,” Throx comes with three socks rather than two. Let’s just hope they fool the dryer…

Lost Sock Memorial Day is observed on May 9 of each year.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com

Photo Source: Zara J via Wikimedia Commons
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What is Mother’s Day?

Ink 96645mm happy mothers dayMother’s Day, celebrated on the second Sunday of May, is a day dedicated to honoring mothers and motherhood. Many people show their appreciation for their mothers, grandmothers and mother figures with greeting cards, a special meal at home or at a restaurant and gifts of flowers, chocolate, jewelry and other well-deserved treats, such as a trip to a spa. Find gift ideas, Mother’s Day activities and other ways to show  Mom how much you appreciate her at holidays.kaboose.com. This year, Mother’s Day falls in May 8.

Learn more about the possible origins of Mother’s Day by clicking here.

Sources: timeanddate.com
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! – May 5th

Poste-us-cinco-de-mayoWhat is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, but in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a much more prominent celebration of Mexican culture, heritage and achievements.

When is Cinco de Mayo?

May 5 of each year.

How do people celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

A holiday with major commercial value, Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the U.S. include parades, parties, Mexican music and folk dancing and traditional Mexican foods and beverages.

Sources: history.com, mexonline.com, timeanddate.com
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Mother’s Day Contest! What Is The Best Lesson Your Mom Taught You?

Calendars.com wants to know what is the best lesson you have learned from your mom. Leave a comment below in the form of a story, haiku, joke, or however you would like to answer the question. The more creative, the better!

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  • Leave a comment on this blog entry.
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Contest Timeframe:

Beginning 12:00 AM CST on May 3, 2011 through 12:00 AM CST on May 8, 2011.

The Prize:

  • One box full of goodies for a great Family Game Night.
Winner will be chosen at the discretion of Calendars.com employees, so impress us!

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National Teacher Day – May 3rd

TeacherWhat is National Teacher  Day?

On National Teacher Day, thousands of communities take time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

- National Education Association

Learn more about National Teacher Day history, projects and other information at nea.org.

When is National Teacher Day?

The Tuesday of the first full week of May. This year, National Teacher Day falls on May 3.

How do people celebrate National Teacher Day?

Find ideas on how to show your teachers or the teachers in your life how much you appreciate them by clicking here.

 

Source: nea.org
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