Friday, September 27, 2013

Holidays for September 27th 2013

National Thank You Day

In an on-the-go society, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything accomplished. Today reminds us to slow down and be thankful for the things we have and the special people in our lives. September 27 is National Thank You Day. While the origins of this annual event are unknown, National Thank You Day is observed on several different days throughout the year, depending on which holiday calendar you prefer.

Just Say Thank You
If you have trouble remembering the last time you said “thank you” to someone, this “holiday” is for you! Whether someone pays you an unexpected compliment, cleans the house all of their own accord, or says “Have a nice day” in passing, verbally thanking someone should be part of our daily routine.

And if you are feeling particularly adventurous today, why not let someone go ahead of you in the long line at the checkout counter or at a 4-way stop sign at a busy intersection? Don’t forget to thank the mailman, paperboy, salesman and pizza delivery person while you’re at it. And be sure to thank the person who holds the door open for you or goes out of their way to help.

Whether the gesture is big or small, be sure to say those two little words that are far too often neglected and difficult for some to say. Chances are you have an awful lot to be thankful for!

Thankful Quotes & Sayings
  • The more you are thankful for what you have, the more you’ll have to be thankful for. ~ Zig Ziglar
  • People who live the most fulfilling lives, are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. ~ Richard Carlson
  • Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. ~ John Wooden
  • Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.~ Unknown
  • If you can’t be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped. ~ Unknown
  • The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. ~ William Blake
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
  • If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful. ~ Unknown
  • Thanking God for letting me see another day on this beautiful earth because another day is never promised. ~ Unknown
  • Be careful what you take for granted, someone else is waiting to appreciate it. ~ Unknown
  • In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~ H.L. Mencken
Ancestor Appreciation Day

Ancestor Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on September 27. The observance of this day gives us the chance to reflect on our ancestors, learn more about them and the ways in which they influenced each of our lives. Many of us in the hustle and bustle of everyday life have never taken the time to fully understand and appreciate our extended families. Traditions are forgotten and the link between the generations slowly fades away until it is nothing more than a whispered notion. Many times it is expressed almost embarrassingly at family gatherings such as a wedding or funeral when out of obligation more than anything ancestral links bring us together with family that feel more like strangers.

In the thread of time and events most of our ancestors lived common lives. Filled with the struggles of everyday life it might be easy to conclude that they do not have much of a story to tell. Ah but nothing could be further from the truth and that is where Ancestor Appreciation Day can give us new insight into those who came before us. If we will but take this little known and often neglected holiday to heart we can learn of the many fascinating and colorful individuals who make up our past.

Knowledge of ones family history can give a sense of purpose and provide stability and comfort in our own lives. We are but one small part in the vast expansion of time and space and at times feel insignificant and overwhelmed. This is becoming a more prevalent feeling and is do in part to our lack of knowledge of who are ancestors really were. But when we can see the connection between ourselves and our ancestors we can then begin to gain a sense of purpose. The chance to learn our ancestral history slips away with each passing generation if we do not take the time to listen and learn from those that came before us. The observance of Ancestor Appreciation Day is a time to not only learn about our past but can also be used to preserve such history in written, recorded or video form.

Take advantage of Ancestor Appreciation Day to remember your ancestors, the good and bad, the successes and failures of those who came before you. Undoubtedly you will be surprised by some of the things you discover and will gain a better understanding of who you are.

National Chocolate Milk Day

Celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day! Who doesn't crave a nice, tall glass of frothy chocolate milk? Until the 1820s, drinking chocolate was fairly uncommon and no one knew how to produce a smooth chocolate taste in liquid form. In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Today, chocolate milk is a popular beverage for people of all ages.

Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious!

Pour yourself a nice tall glass of chocolate milk in honor of National Chocolate Milk Day!

National Corned Beef Hash Day

While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Hash it all out - September 27 is National Corned Beef Hash Day! Today is all about celebrating the meat and potatoes! It's not glamorous but mashing corned beef, potatoes, spices and onions together until smooth and creamy can be a lip-smacking one-pot meal.

When meat became scarce due to rationing during and after World War II, corned beef hash became pretty popular. In the U.K., corned beef, which is beef treated with saltpetre (and less like our delicatessen pastrami in the States), almost always came from a tin. Economical and available, corned beef hash was a go-to meal. Hormel borrowed the idea, made it less like rations and introduced the dish to the U.S. in 1950.

While traditionally considered to be breakfast fare, you can mash up some corned beef hash any time of day. Diners like to serve it with a fried egg or hash browns on top.

It's also National Chocolate Milk Day, so whether you decide to wash your savory hash down with some sweet chocolatey milk could, well, be quite an interesting mash-up.

National Crush a Can Day

Crush a Can Day invites you to (safely) crush a can, safely. Can crushing, particularly on the head, is one way TV and movie characters have expressed their devil may care attitude. John Belushi did it in "Animal House." Andy Warhol created "32 Campbell's Soup Cans" and Red Bull held a recycled cans art contest. Can you also be inspired by cannes? Turn crushed cans into recycled art including coasters, jewelry or wind chimes.

From Earth 911:
  • Don't try to crush aerosol cans, they should be emptied and recycled.
  • " Americans recycled nearly 56 billion aluminum cans last year." If you crush your cans, you won't get your deposit back.
National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27 is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a time to reflect on the heavy toll of HIV among gay and bisexual men and acknowledge the contributions they have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Since the first cases of AIDS were reported in five gay men in 1981, gay and bisexual men across the United States have been at the center of the U.S. epidemic. Gay and bisexual men bear the greatest burden of this disease, accounting for almost two-thirds of all new infections in 2010. Yet, they also have been at the forefront of fighting this disease. Many have helped shape the research agenda and worked with organizations that provide HIV services.

Getting More Men Tested and Treated
Too many gay and bisexual men with HIV—more than one-third—are HIV positive and don't know it. Knowing one's status and getting linked to treatment if positive are critical to protecting one's own health and that of one's sexual partner(s).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone at high risk for HIV from sexual activity or injection drug use should be tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay men may benefit from more frequent testing, such as every 3 to 6 months.

HIV testing has never been easier. Today's, rapid tests are offered in clinics and at many other settings—like Pride events or community service organizations—with results in as little as 20 minutes. Two home testing kits are also available online or from drugstores; one is a rapid test.

A new testing initiative is now available in some U.S. cities called Testing Together. This strategy gives gay and bisexual men the option to get tested together through local HIV/AIDS organizations and health departments. Once the couple learns their HIV status, they can develop an HIV prevention plan just for them.

Testing is one step to help stop the spread of HIV and ensure better health. But there are many more. If you know your status, get treatment if positive; if not, take steps to keep it that way. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) coupled with a health maintenance plan can help ensure persons living with HIV live a longer, healthier life. Men who stay on ART and who have suppressed viral load also are much less likely to spread the virus to their partners—up to 96% less likely. But staying on treatment and taking it exactly as prescribed are key.

Options for Prevention
Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent HIV Infection. However, for those who are sexually active, the same basic tools for HIV prevention apply to everyone. Anal sex without a condom (unprotected anal sex) has the highest risk for spreading HIV during sex. It is also possible to become infected with HIV through oral sex, though the risk is much less than for anal or vaginal sex. For sexually active gay and bisexual men, the most effective ways to prevent HIV are to limit or avoid anal sex, or for men who do have anal sex, to use a condom correctly, every time. They can also choose less risky behaviors. In addition, sexually active gay men are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—e.g., syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia—and CDC recommends that they be tested annually for these infections.

To help prevent the spread of HIV, two medical options now available. Men who are HIV-negative but at very high risk of infection may consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which involves taking HIV medicines every day to reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV. Men should consider PrEP if they have sex without using a condom, especially if their sex partner is HIV positive or has HIV risks (e.g., injects drugs or has sex with other people).

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) involves taking medications as soon as possible after being exposed to HIV to reduce the chance of acquiring HIV. To be effective, PEP must begin as soon as possible, but within 72 hours of exposure at the latest, and must be taken for 4 weeks. Men who think they may have been exposed to HIV should see a doctor or go to an emergency room right away to ask about PEP. PEP is for urgent situations rather than long-term risk, for which PrEP is the better option.

What Gay and Bisexual Men Can Do
All gay and bisexual men can

  • Find out about HIV, STIs, and other health issues that affect gay and bisexual men.
  • Learn the HIV risk of different sex behaviors and choose less risky behaviors. (For example, oral sex is much less risky than anal sex).
  • Use condoms correctly every time they have sex.
  • Reduce their number of sex partners.
  • Get tested for STIs at least once a year.
  • Get tested for HIV and STIs by visiting the National HIV and STD Testing Resources site, text a ZIP code to Know IT (566948), or calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
  • Speak out against stigma, homophobia, racism, and other forms of discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS.

Sexually active HIV-negative gay and bisexual men can

  • Get tested for HIV at least once a year.
  • Take HIV medication to prevent HIV infection if you are at high risk for infection.
  • Ask your healthcare provider about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) immediately (within 72 hours) after a single, high-risk possible exposure to HIV.

Sexually active HIV-positive gay and bisexual men can:

  • Get life-extending care and treatment and learn how to prevent transmission to others.
  • Share their HIV status with all sex partners.

Save The Koala Day

The aim of Save the Koala Day is to raise awareness of the plight of the koala and to educate people. The Australian Koala Foundation raises money with sales of stickers, special Koala Day gifts, items and donations.

The money contributes to the long term survival of Australia's wild koalas and their habitat. Koalas in the wild face problems as their habitat is cleared. With housing getting closer, there is also the risk of dog attacks and road accidents.80% of koala habitat is on private land and the public needs to be educated on how to help to keep the koala habitat alive and safe. Simple measures like planting new and maintaining existing trees that koalas like to feed on and keeping dogs secure at night go a long way to help.

Despite there being large populations of koalas in some areas, other areas are very fragile due to the degradation of the habitat. Public education is necessary and the Australian Koala Foundation has done a lot to enable this including implementing the Save the Koala Day.

World Tourism Day

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. At its Twelfth Session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year to act as the Organization's partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day.

At its Fifteenth Session in Beijing, China, in October 2003, the Assembly decided the following geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations: 2006 in Europe; 2007 in South Asia; 2008 in the Americas; 2009 in Africa and 2011 in the Middle East.