Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Holidays for October 2nd 2013

31 Day of Halloween Horror
2. Dawn of the Dead

National Fried Scallops Day

It's National Fried Scallops Day! A scallop is a type of marine mollusk in the Pectinidae family. Scallops are typically two to five inches in size and can swim by rapidly opening and closing their shells. The muscle used for this activity is the only part of the animal that we eat.

Scallops are a highly prized seafood delicacy, known for their delectable taste and the variety of ways in which they can be prepared. In Japan, for example, scallops are served in soups or prepared as sushi. In Western cultures, scallops are usually breaded, deep-fried, or sautéed in butter.

To celebrate National Fried Scallop Day, enjoy some delicious fried scallops paired with a glass of white wine. Bon appétit!

National Name Your Car Day

Have fun on October 2 as it is "name your car" day. Whether you have a shiny new top of line model, or if your car barely toddles down the street, give it a name. Do you remember any family members who had specially named cars? Did you have a car earlier in your life that made great memories?

Even back in the beginning, the Ford was called the Tin Lizzie. People do become attached to their cars. Many of us spend much time in our cars and they become almost a part of ourselves. Did you ever think back at the variety of cars you've owned? Have they mostly been the same color and style? Or, did you have some little ones and some big ones and some that went fast and some that hardly made it down the road.

Did certain cars have special characteristics?

Maybe you were lucky enough to be "given" a car to drive when you were young? Had it not been that you needed wheels so badly, you wouldn't have been caught inside that car. Some of us just dealt with it and others parked a distance away.

This October 2, if you haven't already done so, take time to give the auto of your choice a special name. Whether it's Old Blue, The Speedster, Lucky, Lady, or My Dancer - just remember it's part of your personal image. Have fun and don't take life too seriously.

So long...zoom... from me and my Red Rooster.

National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

How often do we take time out of our day to thank the hard working, often under-appreciated people who keep our offices, restaurants, classrooms and businesses clean and tidy? October 2 is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day, an annual “holiday” set aside each year to recognize the many men and women who work behind the scenes to keep our spaces spic-and-span. Many don’t realize the back-breaking, dirty work custodians perform each and every day.

Whether it is a simple card, a pat on the back or tray of homemade cookies, October 2nd is the perfect opportunity for all of us to say a great big “thank-you” to those who make our work environment a cleaner and healthier place to be.

World Farm Animals Day

World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and slaughtered for food. World Day for Farmed Animals will continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.

A Day Just for Farm Animals?

  • Each year approximately 65 billion animals are killed to produce meat, eggs, and dairy. More animals are killed for food than for all other reasons combined.
  • Most of these animals are raised on factory farms, where they are confined, mutilated, and raised to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death.
  • Even animals raised on small family farms endure many of these abuses, and all animals raised for food face a gruesome slaughter. 
What Can I Do?
  • If you haven't yet, move away from eating meat, dairy, and eggs!
  • Join the protest! With events scheduled in dozens of cities across the globe, find the one nearest to you. If you cannot find one, we can help you organize a demo in your community.
  • Leaflet! We can send you our brand new "You've Been Lied To" brochure to distribute on college campuses in your city.
Share our 10 Billion Lives video online with friends and family, or reach a wider audience by screening the video while tabling at a community event. The video challenges viewers to see for themselves the abuses inherent to animal agriculture before concluding with an opportunity to pledge to eat more vegan meals. We will even help you set up a "pay-per-view" event, where viewers are given $1 each to watch the 4-minute video like on our 10 Billion Lives Tour.

Why October 2nd?
WDFA takes place on or around October 2nd to honor the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an outspoken advocate of non-violence towards animals. As he said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated."

Guardian Angel Day

Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined. Yet guardian angels are not only for children. Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer and to present their souls to God at death.

The concept of an angel assigned to guide and nurture each human being is a development of Catholic doctrine and piety based on Scripture but not directly drawn from it. Jesus' words in Matthew 18:10 best support the belief: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

Devotion to the angels began to develop with the birth of the monastic tradition. St. Benedict (July 11) gave it impetus and Bernard of Clairvaux (August 20), the great 12th-century reformer, was such an eloquent spokesman for the guardian angels that angelic devotion assumed its current form in his day.

A feast in honor of the guardian angels was first observed in the 16th century. In 1615, Pope Paul V added it to the Roman calendar.

International Day of Non-Violence (Gandhi's Birthday)

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti.

In January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Bombay. The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India's Congress Party ("Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice", The Telegraph, Calcutta) until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi in January 2007 initiated by Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.

On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in "an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness."

The United Nations Postal Administration in New York City prepared a special cachet to commemorate this event, following a request from the Indian Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. The boxed pictorial cachet design was prepared by the UNPA and was limited to cancellation at UNPA's NY location (not Geneva and Vienna). The UNPA has indicated that all outgoing UNPA mail between October 2 and 31 carried the cachet. Information on various philatelic material carrying this cachet is summarized at a website dedicated to Gandhi philately and can be accessed here.

Phileas Fogg's Wager Day

There was a time when travelling around the entire globe was impossible. The advent of sail helped make it possible but you were still looking at years of your life. The technology boomed and advancement in the speed of travel exploded. Today it is possible to circle the globe in under 90 minutes if you own a rocket ship. But back in 1872, the idea of a trip around the world in 80 days still seemed outlandishly impossible.

Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days. In the book Phileas Fogg wagers that a trip around the globe could be done in 80 days. The quest was on and today, october 2 is Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day in honour of the book and in honour of the history of travel. Can you embark on a world trip and see all the major sites in under eighty days? Philieas Fogg did and he won the wager that was set. Congratulations!