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Elephant Appreciation Day

African elephantSeptember 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!

Elephant Appreciation Day was created in 1996 by Wayne Hepburn, the publisher and president of Mission Media, Inc, out of his fascination with elephants – an interest that began when his 12-year-old daughter gave him an elephant paperweight in 1970. Find out more about the origin of Elephant Appreciation Day.

Elephants are more than just the largest living land animals known for their strong trunks and ivory tusks. They are also social, compassionate, intelligent and self-aware animals that grieve over the loss of a companion, possess strong memorization skills, and – like humans, apes and dolphins – recognize that their reflection in a mirror is their own self.

However, subspecies of the African elephant are in danger and subspecies of the Asian elephant are moving closer to extinction due to poaching for ivory and meat, loss of habitat, and conflict with humans. Go to worldwildlife.org to find out more about threats to elephants and World Wild Life’s efforts towards conserving both African and Asian elephant populations.

Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, himandus.net, wikipedia.org, worldwildlife.org, awf.org
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Make a Hat Day

Amsterdam - Hats - 0924September 15 is Make a Hat Day!

Make a Hat Day is  a crafty and creative day that everyone can enjoy! All you have to do to celebrate is make a hat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a milliner – or professional hat maker, that is. You can even make a plain old paper hat if you want. Find out how here!

If you’re brave enough to make a real hat on Make a Hat Day, check out the websites listed here to learn the basics of hat making.

Did You Know…that September 15 is also Felt Hat Day? Celebrate both occasions by making a felt hat!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com
Photo Source:© Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC-BY-SA-3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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National Peanut Day

Peanut three in oneSeptember 13 is National Peanut Day!

National Peanut Day celebrates the peanut, which is actually a legume related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans, not a nut. Peanuts not only make a quick, healthy and tasty snack, but you can enjoy them in a variety of ways, whether on their own, as a recipe addition, or as peanut butter, peanut oil or peanut flour.

Celebrate National Peanut Day by snacking on or cooking with peanuts, enjoying some peanut butter, or cooking with peanut oil and peanut flour. Find recipes that use peanuts in every form by clicking here.

Did You Know…that peanuts are not only high in protein and fiber but contain over 30 essential vitamins and minerals, including the B vitamin niacin, vitamin E, folate and potassium? Find out what other nutrients peanuts are packing along with their health benefits at Whfoods.com.

 

Sources:holidayinsights.com, nationalpeanutboard.org
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When does the Autumnal Equinox begin in 2013?

September 22, 2013 at 8:44 p.m.

Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox by clicking here.

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When is Rosh Hashanah in 2013?

September 5, 2013

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah.

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When is Labor Day in 2013?

September 2, 2013

Learn more about Labor Day.

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National Aviation Day

The Wright Brothers First Heavier-than-air Flight - GPN-2002-000128What is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day is a day of observance in the U.S. that celebrates the history and development of aviation. President Franklin Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation that established the holiday in 1939.

When is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19, the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane with aircraft controls that enabled him to steer the plane and, along with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to aviation and powered flight.

How do people celebrate National Aviation Day?

One way to celebrate National Aviation Day is by visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.


Sources: timeanddate.com, wikipedia.com
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National Creamsicle Day

August 14 is National Creamsicle Day!

National Creamsicle Day is a tasty way to cool off from the summer heat. A type of ice pop created by the Popsicle® brand, Creamsicles consist of a vanilla ice cream center covered by a layer of flavored ice, such as orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape and cherry.

Celebrate National Creamsicle Day by picking up a box of Creamsicles to share with your friends and family or by making homemade creamsicles.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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International Left-Handers’ Day

August 13 is International Left-Handers’ Day!

Left-Handers’ Day was launched in 1992 by the Left-Handers’ Club but not just as an occasion for lefties to celebrate their uniqueness:

[Left-Handers' Day is] an annual event  when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.

- Left-Handers’ Club

Learn more about Left-Handers’ Day and the Left-Handers’ Club at lefthandersday.com.

If you’re a leftie, celebrate your left-handedness while making life in a right-handed world easier by treating yourself to left-handed products, such as scissors and pens specifically designed for lefties.

Did You Know…that the U.S. has had eight left-handed presidents? James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Check out more random facts about left-handers by clicking here.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com, lefthandersday.com
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S’mores Day

SmoreAugust 10 is S’mores Day!

S’mores, a contraction for “some mores,”  are traditional campfire treats consisting of a marshmallow toasted over a fire  and a piece of chocolate sandwiched between two graham cracker squares.  While the creator of the s’more is unknown, the first recorded version of the recipe appeared in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927 and was credited to Loretta Scott Crew.

Whatever the origins of this gooey, chocolaty dessert, s’mores are definitely something to celebrate. Gather your kids, family or friends for a backyard campout and enjoy all the s’mores you can eat!

However, you don’t need a campfire to make s’mores. You can also make s’mores using a grill, toaster oven or microwave. Find out how by clicking here!

Looking for s’mores with a twist? Try adding extra ingredients, such as peanut butter, or making s’mores inspired desserts, such as  S’more Brownies or Easy Pan O’ S’mores.

Sources: punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.or
Photo Source: (CC) Larry D. Moore
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