Saturday, August 3, 2013

Holidays for August 3rd 2013

International Forgiveness Day

August 3rd is International Forgiveness Day, although the actual festivity dates associated with this humanitarian holiday may vary somewhat. International Forgiveness Day was conceived by the World Forgiveness Alliance in the early 1990s. Many churches, philanthropies and other human interest groups celebrate International Forgiveness on the first Sunday in August. The primary purpose of International Forgiveness Day is to encourage anyone harboring ill feelings to consider forgiving those who have wronged them. Irish dramatist and humorist Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) said this about forgiveness: "Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much." What better occasion might there be for extending forgiveness, particularly to someone who does not deserve it, than on August 3rd, International Forgiveness Day?

National Park Day

Have you ever hiked through a national park in the United States? Do you like to bike or ride horses in the wilderness? How about camping out under the stars on national park lands? Which national park is your favorite? Are you most in awe of the Giant Redwoods, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, the Petrified Forest, Yellowstone or another of America's natural wonders? August 3rd celebrates National Park Day in the United States. Many of the country's national parks offer free or discounted admissions on this outdoorsy holiday.

Waffle Day

Admittedly, certain public figures have been known to waffle a bit on sticky issues. However, Waffle Day on August 3rd has little to do with politics or controversies. This fine food holiday celebrates the delicious, crispy breakfast pastries known as waffles. Many ethnic groups offer their own varieties of waffles. Perhaps the most widely known are Belgian waffles, Scandinavian waffles and the popular county fair funnel cakes (which is not technically a waffle at all). What sort of waffles do you prefer? Traditional waffles are made with plain flour, but countless waffling enthusiasts experiment with chocolate waffles, corn meal waffles, oat bran waffles, whole wheat waffles and many other varieties. In addition, waffle lovers may top their creations with blueberries, chocolate sauce, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, whipped cream or the customary maple syrup.

National Watermelon Day

Today is National Watermelon Day! Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. Did you know that watermelons are 92% water? No wonder they’re so refreshing! There are around 300 different kinds of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico. You can find red, pink, white, and yellow varieties in various sizes and shapes. Watermelons are usually quite large, and many county fairs award prizes for the biggest ones. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org. To celebrate National Watermelon Day, have some watermelon for dessert tonight! Slice it up and eat it plain, cook it on the grill, mix it into a salsa, or blend it into a cocktail. Enjoy!.

National Mustard Day

National Mustard Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in August. Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant (white or yellow mustard, Sinapis hirta; brown or Indian mustard, Brassica juncea; or black mustard, B. nigra). The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, salt, lemon juice, or other liquids, and sometimes other flavorings and spices, to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown. Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, mustard is a popular addition to sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs. It is also used as an ingredient in many dressings, glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades; as a cream or a seed, mustard is used in the cuisine of India, the Mediterranean, northern and southeastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, making it one of the most popular and widely used spices and condiments in the world. National Mustard Day is celebrated annually at the National Mustard Museum on the first Saturday in August. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family and has traditionally included FREE hot dogs as well as music, games, other entertainment, FREE mustard sampling, and more. The Mustard Museum has been the official sponsor of this event since 1991. In 2010, the event was moved to the current home of the Museum in Downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. With more than 6,000 enthusiastic mustard lovers in attendance annually, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local charity.

National Grab Some Nuts Day

While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday. It may sound a bit nutty, but August 3 is National Grab Some Nuts Day! Nut or not a nut? Nuts are a one-seeded fruit that are popular salted snacks or common ingredients in recipes. But did you know that some of the most popular nuts are not technically nuts? Walnuts are not a nut. Almonds are a nut. Peanuts are actually legumes. Acorns are nuts, but they taste good only to squirrels, it would seem. Test your knowledge of nuts on National Grab Some Nuts Day! Nuts are considered to be a superfood: They're high in protein and contain monounsaturated fat, which can decrease a person's risk of heart disease and help boost their good cholesterol levels. Their portability also makes them a fantastic on-the-go snack. In fact, it’s been shown that crunchy snacks - like nuts - help improve mood and alertness. A good way to boost nuts' natural goodness is by roasting them. Try tossing a variety of nuts in a little bit of vegetable oil, some brown sugar, cayenne for spice and an earthy herb like rosemary. They burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Nuts are high in oil content, which means they can also spoil quickly. To prevent your stash from going bad, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.