Archive | July, 2012

Mutt’s Day

July 31 is Mutt’s Day!

Mutts, or mixed-breed dogs, are dogs that have characteristics of two or more types of dog breeds and often have an unknown ancestry. While purebred dog owners may view mutts as less valuable than pure breeds, mutt owners know better! If you’re a mutt owner, celebrate your dog’s diversity and unique characteristics with a little pampering, a stroll around the block, and play time in the park. Show off your mutt’s one-of-a-kind character!

Check out our great mutt gear, including bumper stickers and socks.

Sources: wikipedia.org, punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com
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National Cheesecake Day

Baked cheesecake with raspberries and blueberriesJuly 30 is National Cheesecake Day!

Cheesecake is a rich, creamy dessert that consists of a soft cheese, such as cream cheese, filling on a pastry base, such as a graham cracker crust. You can eat cheesecake plain or with a variety of toppings, such as fruit, nuts or chocolate or fruit-flavored drizzle. Cheesecake is also made in a variety of flavors, such as chocolate, pumpkin, raspberry, white chocolate and rocky road.

Celebrate National Cheesecake by ordering  a slice for dessert or making your own cheesecake at home.  Check out the abundance of festive and flavorful cheesecake recipes at King Arthur Flour and All Recipes!

And for the healthy-conscious, you can still enjoy National Cheesecake Day without completely ruining your diet. Try King Arthur Flour’s “Not-Half-Bad Cheesecake” recipe or the Food Network’s “Low-Fat Cheesecake.”

Never made a cheesecake before?  Click

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Bagpipe Appreciation Day

July 27 is a day to celebrate the sounds of this quintessential Scottish instrument.

The bagpipe features three pipes emerging from a bag typically made of elk or sheep skin. This bag holds air, and when squeezed, releases the air through the pipes. The bagpiper uses a fourth pipe to control the pitch, much like a flute or oboe. The result is a one-of-a-kind sound used in weddings and funerals for centuries.

Watch the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard perform at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

Sources: Altius Directory, Print is not Dead, YouTube

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All or Nothing Day

Take the plunge. Live today as if it’s your last. Take a chance. No regrets. Carpe diem!

July 26 is All or Nothing Day! Today is all about extremes, giving everything all or nothing and living like there’s no tomorrow. Whether living today like it’s your last means trying something new, going on an adventure, taking a risk, jump starting your new life, living your dreams, spending more time with loved ones, or mending a friendship, give it all or nothing.

Sources: Punchbowl, Suite 101

 

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Threading the Needle Day

Sewers, guide your thread through the eye of your needle and get ready to sew…It’s Threading the Needle Day!

July 25 is not just a day of celebration for sewers and sewing. Threading the Needle Day also celebrates the metaphorical meaning of the term “thread the needle,” or to walk a fine line between two issues or to find yourself in that awkward place between two friends in an argument. Hopefully you don’t find yourself there today, but if you do, navigate yourself out of the middle and, if you make it out without a scratch, celebrate with some sewing.

Did you know that “thread the needle” is also the name of a yoga pose? Thread the Needle is great for stretching the shoulders, arms, upper back, and neck. Try it out!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo, The Ultimate Holiday Site

 

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Cousins’ Day

July 24 is Cousins’ Day!

You may only see your cousins a few times a year, but you could never endure long family get togethers and holiday celebrations without their company. Celebrate Cousins’ Day by spending time with your cousins outside of a family occasion, reminiscing over times spent at the kids’ table, and sharing stories about your crazy relatives.

If your cousins live too far to get together for Cousins’ Day, give them a call or get in touch through Facebook.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, theultimateholidaysite.com, holidayinsights.com
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National Day of the Cowboy

July 23 is National Day of the Cowboy…Yeeehaw!

Non-profit organization National Day of the Cowboy, founded in June 2005, works continuously toward increasing national support for National Day of the Cowboy, a day to recognize all cowboys’ contributions to America’s Western heritage.

The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy nonprofit organization is to contribute to the preservation of America’s Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture, which the United States Congress’s National Day of the Cowboy resolution honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities.

- National Day of the Cowboy organization

Learn more about the history of National Day of the Cowboy, both the holiday and the organization, by clicking here.

Then pull on your cowboy boots and head to a rodeo or go horseback riding. Or you can always spend the day watching some of your favorite Westerns.

Find popular Cowboy calendars.

Sources: nationaldayofthecowboy.com, punchbowl.com
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Tug-O-War Day

July 21 is National Tug-of-War Tournament Day!

The game of Tug-of-War (or as some call it, Tug-O-War) is the ultimate test of strength; two teams compete against each other to pull the opposing side over the center line. Official Tug-of-War rules call for two teams of eight people and may feature a moat in the middle of the teams that the losers fall into.

There is evidence that a version of Tug-of-War has been played for a very long time, even in ancient Egypt and China! Tug-of-War was also a featured Olympic sport from 1900-1920, and since its removal, many Tug-of-War enthusiasts are trying to have it reintroduced.

Celebrate National Tug-of-War Tournament Day by playing a friendly game of Tug-of-War with your pals!

Sources: A Year of Holidays, CNN

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Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic lunar calendar, begins today. A month of fasting, reflection, prayer and spiritual growth, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims.

What is Ramadan?

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, but it’s more than just not eating and drinking. Muslims must also refrain from smoking, sexual activity, impure thoughts and words and immoral behavior. Ramadan is a time for prayer and reflection, to practice self-sacrifice and self-restraint and to purify both the soul and the body. During Ramadan, Muslims eat a small meal before dawn and break their fast by eating a date after dusk and enjoying an elaborate feast with friends and family. A lot of time is also spent reading the entire Qur’an, praying and attending mosques.

When is Ramadan?

Ramadan begins on a different day each year. In 2012, Ramadan and fasting begin on July 20.

Find out more about Islam and Ramadan at history.com.

Learn more about Ramadan, fasting, the Qur’an and other Ramadan traditions.

Sources: history.com, islam.about.com
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National Flitch Day

“But never for us the flitch of bacon though, That some may win in Essex at Dunmow.”

-“Prologue to the Wife of Bath’s Tale”

The Canterbury TalesGeoffrey Chaucer

A flitch is a measurement of bacon, now called a slab. Dating back to the early 1100s, a couple who had been married and faithful to one another for at least a year and a day could take home a flitch of bacon on July 19. The couple had to stand mock trial and confess that they still loved one another and had been faithful in their marriage in front of a jury of their peers. After reciting the pledge, they literally could “bring home the bacon”.

Flitch Trails are still held every four years in Great Dunmow, England. Couples must convince a local jury made of six bachelors and six bachelorettes that they do not regret being married. If they are successful, they receive a flitch of bacon and are paraded victoriously through the streets.

Sources: Gone-ta-Pott, The Ultimate Holiday Site

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