Thursday, October 17, 2013

Holidays for October 17th 2013

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National Pasta Day

Pasta is one of the world's most favourite foods! Spaghetti, lasagna, rotini, tortellini - there are over 600 known pasta shapes.

It's delicious, it's nutritious, it's versatile. It can be enjoyed as a main course, or as a side dish. Top it with your favourite sauce and mangiamo - let's eat!

Pasta's origins are ancient. Contrary to popular belief however, Marco Polo did not discover pasta in Asia and bring it to Italy. In fact, in 1279 a.d., a will drafted by Ponzio Bastone was found bequeathing a storage bin of macaroni when Marco Polo was still in the Far East.

Early Romans used a very simple flour and water dough. Pasta is the Italian word for dough.

Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after first tasting it in Naples, Italy. He was the American Ambassador to France at the time. In 1789, he brought the first pasta machine, along with crates of macaroni, back to the United States.

Pasta became a common North American food in the late 19th century with the surge in Italian immigration.

Fresh pasta (pasta fresca) is not necessarily better than dried pasta (pasta secce). It just that it's made differently and it tastes different. Dry pastas are made with just wheat and water. Fresh pastas add egg to the dough.

It is the shape of the noodle that gives pasta its name. Some examples:
  • Spaghetti - cord 
  • Linguini - little tongues
  • Vermicelli - little worms 
  • Conchiglie - shells
  • Rotini - spirals 
  • Fettuccine - small ribbons
  • Ravioli - little turnips 
  • Capellini - fine hairs
  • Fusilli - little spindles 
  • Cannelloni - tubes
  • Tortellini - little cakes 
  • Penne - quills
  • Rigatoni - short, wide fluted tubes 
  • Lasagna - broad, sometimes ruffled, ribbons of pasta
What's in your pantry? Homemade pasta sauce tastes great with pasta and is limited only by the ingredients you have on hand. Follow a recipe or use your imagination. It's that simple!

Some basics include olive oil, garlic, tomato and hot pepper flakes. Combine for a quick and easy sauce.

Keep fresh herbs (basil, parsley) on hand to add flavor. Pair sauce with vegetables or beans. Add meat and simmer for a thicker, richer flavor.

There's something special about a shared family meal. Whether it's simple spaghetti and meatballs, or pasta risotto with shrimp and scallops, it's a time to relax, re-energize, refuel and reconnect after a busy day on the go.

Celebrate National Pasta Day this October 17th with your favorite bowl of pasta!

Rock Your World Day

Rock on! It's October 17th, a date popularly known as Rock Your World Day. Pump up the volume with your favorite rockin' tunes.

How many earthquake-related songs can you name? How about "All Shook Up," by Elvis Presley," "I Feel the Earth Move," by Carole King; "Like a Rolling Stone," by Bob Dylan; "Shake, Rattle and Roll," by Bill Haley; "Walls Come Tumbling Down," by The Style Council, and "You Rock My World," by Michael Jackson?

Perhaps you can rumble up a few more tunes to set things a-rocking.

Perhaps coincidentally, a 7.1 (Richter Scale) earthquake struck in Northern California on October 17, 1989, causing some $7 billion in property damage and killing 67 people.

Wear Something Gaudy Day

If you tend to buck the trends when it comes to fashion and don’t consider yourself a fashionista, today may be your lucky day!October 17 is Wear Something Gaudy Day.

This annual “holiday” celebrates fashion that is not quite in style. Wear Something Gaudy Day actually got its start from the hit television sitcom, Three’s Company. One of the actors, Richard Kline, declared October 17th as Wear Something Gaudy Day, and the rest is wacky holiday history!

Whether it’s drab or bright colors, wild prints or fashion from days-gone-by, today is the day to bring that totally tasteless attire out of the closet and have fun!? Remember striped polyester pants, white go-go boots, dickies and tube-tops? And who knows? Today could also serve as a practice run for Halloween.

How to Celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day
  • Invite your BFF’s over and clean out your closet! Try on those out-of-style clothes for old times’ sake, have a little wine and a lotta laughs!
  • Have a Wine Tasting and Gaudy Day party.
  • Wear something gaudy to work – just make sure to check with the boss first!
  • If wearing something really wild to work just isn’t appropriate, at last you can wear mismatched socks and shoes, right?
  • Don’t forget the flashy, ginormous fake jewels and over-the-top makeup!
  • If you are an educator, why not take a look back at the fashion crazes over the years?
In honor of Wear Something Gaudy Day, put on something loud, and be proud to stand out in the crowd!

Black Poetry Day

Celebrating our heritage is something we should all do. No matter what our skin color, race, nationality, or culture, we should be proud of where we came from and how we got to where we are today. Everyone's past has failures and perseverance and it's important to celebrate it.

Black Poetry Day is one of those special days where celebration should be a must. Blacks all around the world have contributed so much to the genre that a day was needed to help. The day helps show how important this group of people have been to literature.

Black Poetry Day is celebrated on October 17 each year. This day is considered the time to celebrate both past and present black authors like Langston Hughes, Phillis Wheatley, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Of course, if you prefer to celebrate your favorite black modern poets (such as whatever rapper is headlining the current genre), that's great too.

As poets and readers, we should spend this day appreciating black authors and spreading the word of black poets through our friends, family members, and throughout the world.

This holiday was first proposed in 1970 by Stanley A. Ransom to celebrate black culture and life.

Black Poetry Day takes place on the birthday of the first published African-American poet, Jupiter Hammon, who was born into slavery in 1711 on Long Island. Hammon was first published on Christmas Day with the poem "An Evening Thought" at the age of 49. Hammon is considered one of the founders of African-American literature.

Even though this day is celebrated throughout the world, especially within the United States, Oregon is the only state to have it as a state holiday.

Famous black poets include
  • Maya Angelou
  • Sterling A. Brown
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Toi Derricotte
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Jessie Redmon Fauset
  • Angelina W. Grimke
  • Jupiter Hammon
  • Langston Hughes
  • Claude McKay
  • Anne Spencer
  • Ntozake Shange
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Margaret Walker
  • Phillis Wheatley (one of the first female black poets)
  • Rita Dove - The first African-American poet laureate (1993).
However, this list is not extensive and there are many other important black authors. Actually, there are too many to count and list within this article. Rappers, for example, have played one of the largest poet roles in history with the creation of a brand new musical sound while bringing hip hop culture to the masses around the world. Black poets have influenced millions, if not billions, of people worldwide. This is why the day should be celebrated and supported around the world.

Four Prunes Day

Today is Four Prunes Day. It may sound like a funny name for a food celebration. But four prunes are the minimum of what people who want more “digestive regularity” should take per day (up to a maximum of 9 prunes a day).

We love prunes and prune juice. But many Americans steer clear of them, perhaps because of their association with regularity, which goes back to before great-grandmother’s day. A campaign several years back tried to change the name of prunes to “dried plums” (which is what prunes are) to make them more appealing.

But as anyone who has ever made a pork or chicken roast with stuffed prunes knows, the dried fruits are delicious on their own. One of our favorite hors d’oeuvre is prunes stuffed with chicken liver mousse (you can marinate the prunes in Cognac overnight before stuffing).

The 21st-century view of healthy prunes should be as a high-antioxidant* fruit full of fiber†, potassium‡ and magnesium. A clinical study currently underway indicates that prunes may have the ability to reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women and may help fight osteoporosis.

While dried fruits such as prunes are easy to tote around for a healthy snack, Sunsweet Growers has made it even easier with Sunsweet Ones, which are individually wrapped. Four prunes have approximately 100 calories.

Some say that prunes are a good remedy for a sore throat. With cold season approaching, we’ll have to try that!

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

Various non-government organizations and community charities support the Day for the Eradication of Poverty by actively calling for country leaders and governments to make the fight against poverty a central part of foreign policy. Other activities may include signing “Call to action” petitions, organizing concerts and cultural events, and holding interfaith gatherings that may include a moment of silence.

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to October 17, 1987. On that date, more than 100,000 people gathered in Paris, France, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. Since that moment, individuals and organizations worldwide observed October 17 as a day to renew their commitment in collaborating towards eradicating poverty. In December, 1992, the UN General Assembly officially declared October 17 as the date for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (resolution 47/196 of December 22, 1992).

In December 1995, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997–2006), following the Copenhagen Social Summit. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half the number of people living in extreme poverty by the year 2015.

The United Nations Postal Administration previously issued six commemorative stamps and a souvenir card on the theme “We Can End Poverty”. These stamps and the souvenir card featured drawings or paintings of people, particularly children, working together in the fight against poverty. Many of these images used strong colors and contrasts. These stamps resulted from an art competition where six designs were selected from more than 12,000 children from 124 countries.

Note: Although the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first officially celebrated by the UN in 1993, many people around the world celebrated the day annually on October 17 since 1987.

National Mulligan Day

The calendar is full of fun and sometimes silly holidays, but not many of those holidays offer to give you a do-over. On October 17, National Mulligan Day does just that by celebrating second chances. This little-known and vaguely understood holiday may be a fun way to take a look at past mistakes and give yourself a chance to set them right.

In some games, mulligan is a term used to describe a second chance at a certain play. This is particularly true in golf, where players are often allowed to retake an errant first shot on the first tee box. Mulligan rules change depending on the course and situation. In social games, players may decide that everyone gets a certain number of mulligans, such as one per nine holes played. During some charity tournaments, players can even buy mulligans as a way to raise more money.

Beyond golf, the term has been adopted to describe nearly any kind of do-over or second shot. The commissioners of fantasy sports leagues may grant an occasional mulligan if a team owner mistakenly drops a player. Players of collectible card games, such as Magic: The Gathering, may also be given a chance to call a mulligan after drawing their first hand of cards.

Some golf clubs offer National Mulligan Day promotions, where players who come out for the holiday get a free pass to play the course again another day. Non-golfers can also find creative ways to celebrate National Mulligan Day by looking for their own do-overs. Why not use the day to take a second chance on a past relationship, a forgotten hobby or a missed adventure?

However you choose to celebrate, National Mulligan Day is a great time to serve up a steaming pot of mulligan stew. In the early 1900s, the dish referred to a shared stew made by American hobos who threw whatever they could scrounge into the pot. Today, it has evolved to mean more of an Irish beef stew, though it's easy to make with leftover potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, making it a perfect second-chance meal.