Saturday, November 2, 2013

Holidays for November 2nd 2013

All Soul's Day

All Souls’ Day in the United States is dedicated to prayers for the dead. The Day of the Dead is also celebrated on this day. Many western churches annually observe All Souls’ Day on November 2 and many eastern churches celebrate it prior to Lent and the day before Pentecost.

All Souls’ Day in the United States is a day of prayer for deceased souls. Many Christians visit cemeteries where their loved ones are buried. Some cemeteries offer candles to be placed on these graves. The candles are blessed and marked with the names of the deceased to be placed at the designated grave sites. The Catholic Church remembers deceased members of the congregation on this day.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)is celebrated in many parts of the United States, particularly where there are large Latin American communities. Day of the Dead events, which come in the form of festivals, parades and group celebrations, are held on November 1-2 to coincide with All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. During these celebrations some people wear masks, carry signs, or put up elaborate decorations to honor the dead. Some community centers invite people to commemorate their deceased loved ones with ofrendas (offerings) through alters that include food, symbols, flowers, candles, photos and other mementos. Altars in memory of the dead are also made in people’s homes.

All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. People held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set aside to honor the departed, particularly those whose souls were still in purgatory. Today the souls of the faithful departed are commemorated. Although All Souls’ Day is observed informally by some Protestants, it is primarily a Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox holy day.

The Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced back to the various indigenous groups, such as the Aztecs and other pre-Hispanic civilizations, from as far back as 3000 years ago. Skulls were collected and used during rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.

The skull, which symbolizes death and/or rebirth, is used for All Souls’ Day. With regard to the Day of the Dead, elaborately decorated skulls, including those made of candy, are made for the day. The Marigold is a traditional flower that is associated with the dead. Some say that the flower represents the rays of the sun, which is linked with life, so the deceased have not lost their place in the universe. The raven and the crow have both been linked with death, although some say that the crow tends to be confused with the raven, which they claim is the true symbol associated with death.

National Deviled Egg Day

It’s National Deviled Egg Day! Did you know that another name for deviled eggs is eggs mimosa? This dish is a traditional favorite in both American and French cultures. Deviled eggs are made with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and seasoning, and can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or main course.

While deviled eggs originated in ancient Rome, the term "deviled" didn't appear until the 18th century when it was used to describe highly seasoned, fried, or boiled dishes. By the 19th century, the word "deviled" was used to describe hot seasonings in general. Today, not all deviled egg recipes are spicy, but a little cayenne pepper or hot mustard can always give them an extra kick.

Make your favorite family recipe tonight to celebrate National Deviled Egg Day!

Cookie Monster Day

Cookie Monster is a voracious monster and one of the main characters on Sesame Street. Covered with blue fur and possessing a pair of googly eyes, Cookie Monster has an insatiable appetite. As his name implies, his primary craving is cookies, but he can (and often does) consume anything and everything, from apples and pie to letters, flatware, and hubcaps. When Cookie Monster eats something, he makes a very distinct, loud munching "noise", often interpreted as "OMM-nom-nom-nom..."

Cookie Monster has a deep, growly voice, and generally speaks with simplistic diction, saying everything with "me" - for instance, "Me want cookie!", as opposed to "I want a cookie!" (though in early seasons, Cookie spoke the other way around, and only occasionally would "me" slip in). Cookie occasionally displays an unexpectedly complex vocabulary, however, and is at his most gentrified when in his Alistair Cookie persona, hosting Monsterpiece Theater.

Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles explains Cookie Monster's early life: "In 1966, Henson drew three monsters who appeared in a General Foods commercial that featured three crunchy snack foods: Wheels, Crowns and Flutes. Each snack was represented by a different monster. The Wheel-Stealer was a short, fuzzy monster with wonky eyes and sharply pointed teeth. The Flute-Snatcher was a speed demon with a long, sharp nose and windblown hair. The Crown-Grabber was a hulk of a monster with a Boris Karloff accent and teeth that resembled giant knitting needles.

"These monsters had insatiable appetites for the snack foods they were named after. Each time the Muppet narrator, a human-looking fellow, fixes himself a tray of Wheels, Flutes and Crowns, they disappear before he can eat them. One by one, the monsters sneak in and zoom away with the snacks. Frustrated and peckish, the narrator warns viewers that these pesky monsters could be disguised as someone in your own home, at which point the monsters briefly turn into people and then dissolve back to monsters again."

As it turns out, the commercial was never aired — but all three monsters had a future in the Muppet cast. The Crown-Grabber was used in an Ed Sullivan Show sketch, in which he ruins a girl's beautiful day. Known from then on as the Beautiful Day Monster, he made a number of appearances on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. The Flute-Snatcher turned into Snake Frackle, a background monster from The Great Santa Claus Switch and The Muppet Show.

And then there's the Wheel-Stealer, who was destined for greater things.

In 1967, Henson used the Wheel-Stealer puppet for an IBM training film called "The Coffee Break Machine." In the sketch, the monster devoured a complex machine as the machine described its purpose and construction. His greed gets the better of him, however, as the machine's recording continues (within his stomach), announcing that it is wired to self-destruct. The monster promptly explodes. This sketch was also performed in October 1967 on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Two years later, a similar-looking puppet (sans teeth) was used for three commercials selling Munchos, a Frito-Lay potato chip. This time, the monster was called Arnold. After the three ads were produced, Henson had the opportunity to renew the contract. He chose not to, because at that point he was working on Sesame Street -- and that monster puppet was moving on to the next stage in his career.

Election Day

Election Day in the United States of America is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It can fall on or between November 2 and November 8. It is the day when popular ballots are held to select public officials. These include national, state and local government representatives at all levels up to the president.

On Election Day, citizens of the United States of America can vote by popular ballot for candidates for public offices at local, state and national levels. In even numbered years, federal elections are always held. In years divisible by four, presidential elections are always held. Elections for local and state officials may be held in odd or even-numbered years, depending on local and state laws.

The way in which people vote, depends on the state in which they live. In Oregon, all votes are cast by post and all votes have to be received at a given time on Election Day. In the state of Washington, nearly all people vote by post and the envelopes containing the voting papers have to be postmarked with the date of Election Day. In other states, people vote at voting stations, where long queues can form.

In 1792, a law was passed allowing each of the states to conduct presidential elections at any point in the 34 days before the first Wednesday in December. This was the date when the meetings of the Electors of the U.S. president and vice-president, known as the Electoral Colleges, were held in each state. A date in November or early December was preferable because the harvest would have been finished, but the most severe winter storms would not have begun.

As long distance communication improved and became quicker with the advent of trains and telegraphs, allowing each state to conduct its elections at any point in a period of more than a month, became outdated. The results of the elections that were announced earliest could influence the outcomes of elections held later in the permitted period.

In 1845 the United States Congress chose a single date for all national elections in all states. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November was chosen so that there would never be more than 34 days between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December. Election Day is held on a Tuesday so that voters will not have to vote or travel on Sunday. This was an important consideration at the time when the laws were written and is still so in some Christian communities in the United States.

In 2008 Barack Obama was the first African American to be elected as president of the United States. This historic event realizes Martin Luther King Jr’s dreams for a nation where people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. On Inauguration Day, which is on January 20 every four years, the president and vice-president of the United States of America are sworn in and take office.

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Plan Your Epitaph Day is a day to decide what should be written on your gravestone. This is a message that represents how you would like people to remember you. So today is the day, as weird as it may be, to create your epitaph. By making these plans ahead of time, you'll be giving your family a wonderful gift by helping to reduce stress in their time of grief. That, and you never know what they may decide to put on your tombstone if you were to leave it up to them.

Also, figuring out how you want to be remembered when the time comes (hopefully a long time from now), can help to give your life and important decisions more clarity and purpose.

Make it as memorable as one of these famous epitaphs:
  • "She did it the hard way." -- Bette Davis
  • "Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished, and unyielding, o death." -- Virginia Woolf
  • "Fly Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore." -- Edgar Allen Poe
Traffic Directors Day

Traffic Director’s Guild of America’s CEO Larry Keene is reminding all in the media biz that Traffic Director’s Day is on Tuesday, November 2nd (the date coincides with the first commercial broadcast on KDKA on November 2, 1922). Traffic Director’s Day is a day set aside to recognize and say “Thank You” to the unsung heroes of the so-called back office staff that funnels all the station’s efforts onto the logs, through automation playback units, then reconciled log audits and off to Billing. In some stations, that involves several key professionals; and in others it’s just one or two people handing the end-result efforts of your entire Administrative, Sales, Programming and Technical staff. In either situation- they are primary links in the Revenue Management chain.

As Keene suggests: “Please take a moment to say thank you–either with a quick visit to their office or cubicle area, or a phone call. Or, if possible something modest to express the appreciation of all the internal people they serve year round. Maybe some danish or donuts, flowers, or treat Traffic to lunch. (If you can join them, it would be even more appreciated, of course). Certainly dinner from a trade account is always most appreciated. Hopefully, a walk down the hall (or over to your cubicle) to say a sincere “Thanks for all you do” comment seems in order. But, let’s not lose sight of the fact that everyone, in every department is working harder, longer, under more stress and facing some big-time concerns right about now.”

He says this may be one of the best Traffic Director’s Day, to date, based on the initial responses they’ve received from advance e-mailings last week to the names submitted by members to receive ‘reminders’: “For many, a simple “thank you”, for others some nice treats for breakfast snacking, lunch at others, and even more at several other we’ve heard from. It’s not a national holiday, of course – Hallmark isn’t cashing in on the sales potential of Traffic Day greeting cards (although we’ve always felt they should). I do know of several really nice gestures from a few State Broadcaster Associations, a few clusters are planning some added surprises and at least two major, major traffic software companies are telling me to “Stand By.” (I think that means “film at 11…)”

Traffic Director’s Day really applies to all phases of the inner-office from Continuity, Production, Billing, Business Office, etc. It’s one day a year to do something that shows you appreciate that without you (and without Traffic) there would be no bottom line.

On Traffic Director’s Day, RBR-TVBR hopes you’ll take the initiative and be a part of it.

Look for Circles Day

This is one of those amazingly random days where you can’t help but wonder why on earth someone would create it. It’s November 2, so we could be celebrating All Souls’ Day, the second day of Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos, or even Traffic Director’s Day, but . . . I’m celebrating Look For Circles Day.

Yes, circles. I’m certain I searched for circles as a preschooler, learning my shapes, and I definitely remember taking pictures of various circles and polygons found in everyday life for my high school geometry class, but I don’t think I’ve really looked for circles since then.

I’m making up other celebration ideas as I go along, but I’m thinking that we can just consider sphere’s 3D circles and eat some celebratory oranges, meatballs, or crackers and bologna; play ball (basket-, soccer-, base-, etc., but not American foot-); or take a long bubble bath. Sound good?