Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Holidays and Observances for January 15th 2014

Humanitarian Day

Humanitarian Day is celebrated every 15th day of each year

Humanity is a word which transcends race, country, language, age, religion or culture. Humanity consists of all peoples in the planet Earth united as one. Unfortunately, this remains a dream. For to truly be united as one, each country would respect the other countries and help them as they would their own countrymen.

Humanitarian Day is the first day of the three annual “Emancipation Days of Respect” created to honor Martin Luther King Jr. to promote unity, respect and remembrance. January 15 was chosen as it corresponds to his birthday

The second annual day, Victims of Violence Holy Day, is observed on Martin Luther King Jr.’s death anniversary, April 4. The last annual day, Dream Day Quest and Jubilee, is on August 28 marking the anniversary of his speech entitled “I Have a Dream.”

This day is dedicated to those who helped end racial separation in America and is observed by encouraging people to wear white. Donating money or services to charitable or philanthropic institutions or activities would also be perfect. Fund raising campaigns for humanitarian causes, through concerts, are also done during this day.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Whether it's summer or winter, everybody loves ice cream. With so many flavors to choose from, it is easy to pick a favorite. However, today is a day to celebrate one particular flavor. January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.

As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow. The ice cream we know and love today evolved from ancient flavored ices.

There are hundreds of ice cream flavors in grocery stores and ice cream parlors; however, people still pick the three standards: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. When all three favors are served together in one block, it call Neapolitan.

Neapolitan ice cream is made up of blocks of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream side by side in the same container typically with no packaging in between.

According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.

Celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day by treating yourself to a delicious bowl or cone of strawberry ice cream.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15. The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

The idea of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King's death,United States Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and United States Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King's birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office). Only two other people have national holidays in the United States honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Soon after, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as "the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history."

At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The bill established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. W. Bush in May 1989.

National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day

National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day is celebrated annually on January 15 in the United States!

Happy Fresh Squeezed Juice Day everyone! On this day we are encouraged to re-educate ourselves about fresh squeezed juice and good health!

Popular juices include:
apple, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tomato, passion fruit, mango, carrot, grape, cranberry and pomegranate. It has become increasingly popular to combine a variety of fruits into single juice drinks. Popular blends include cran-apple (cranberry and apple) and apple and blackcurrant.

Juice is a liquid naturally contained in fruit or vegetable tissue. Juice is prepared by mechanically squeezing or macerating fresh fruits or vegetables without the application of heat or solvents. For example, orange juice is the liquid extract of the fruit of the orange tree. Juice may be prepared in the home from fresh fruits and vegetables using variety of hand or electric juicers. Many commercial juices are filtered to remove fiber or pulp, but high pulp fresh orange juice is a popular beverage. Juice may be marketed in concentrate form, sometimes frozen, requiring the user to add water to reconstitute the liquid back to its "original state". However, concentrates generally have a noticeably different taste than their comparable "fresh-squeezed" versions. Other juices are reconstituted before packaging for retail sale. Common methods for preservation and processing of fruit juices include canning, pasteurization, freezing, evaporation and spray drying.

Nothing is more invigorating than some fresh fruit juice. On Fresh Squeezed Juice Day, gulp down some of your favorite juices. Ask others to do the same and spread the message of healthy living.

National Hat Day

In some countries, wearing a hat is as important as wearing a trouser. By mere looking at the material and design of the hat worn, the wearer’s economic standing in the community is readily ascertained. Hats have a history of their own and, with the passing time, have undergone its unique form of evolution.

The National Hat Day is celebrated every 15 day of each year annually.

There is no known beginning of the National Hat Day. But hats have been worn by men as early as 3200 B.C. as depicted in a Thebes tomb painting which shows a picture of a man wearing a coolie-style straw hat. This unofficial holiday may probably been a much welcomed excuse for people to show off their latest hat creations.

Basic rules on wearing hats require tipping it when meeting a lady or an elder person. This is a sign of respect and greeting. Hats are required to be removed during funeral processions, when the National Anthem is played or when the national flag is passed. Likewise, hats are not to be worn inside, except in lobbies, corridors and non-residential elevators and stairways.

This special fun day is observed by sporting a hat when going out for the day. Activities are also held in schools or the community, as a whole, which includes hat quizzes, contests on hat creations, and hat games. Fashion shows are also conducted featuring unique hat designs. Lectures on hat-making are also given on classrooms.