Sunday, January 19, 2014

Holidays and Observances for January 19th 2014

Brew A Potion Day

Hey, it's Brew A Potion Day! "It's time for you to brew a potion for all your near and dear ones to make their day bewitched with fun. Cast the spell and charm them with our magical Potion.

Brew A Potion Day is celebrated annually on January 19 in the United States! It celebrates the knowledge and ability to brew a positive potion!

A potion (from latin potionis, meaning beverage, potion, poison) is a consumable medicine or poison, usually possessing magical properties.

In mythology, a potion is a concoction used to heal, bewitch or poison people, made by a magician, sorcerer or witch. E.g. Love potions make a person fall in love with another (The love potion figures tragically into most versions of the tale of Tristan and Iseult, including Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde); sleeping potions cause a person to fall asleep (in folklore, this can range from normal sleep to a deathlike trance); and Elixirs are potions which heal/cure any wound/malady (as in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).

Creation of potions of different kinds was a common practice of alchemy.

During the 19th Century it was common in certain countries to see wandering charlatans offering potions to heal every disease, ache, etc. These eventually gained reputations as quack medicines. In later years, these became replaced by/known as patent medicines.

National Popcorn Day

It’s National Popcorn Day! Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (about 51 quarts per person), which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country. It is also one of the oldest.

Popcorn has been around for centuries. It is one of six main varieties of corn. (The others are pod, sweet, flour, dent, and flint.) Popcorn originated in Mexico, but eventually made its way north. In 1948, archaeologists in the state of New Mexico discovered ancient popcorn ears that were at least 5,600 years old! The Native Americans (in both North and South America) popped their corn by throwing it on hot stones over a fire.

Today, we rely heavily on microwaveable popcorn, which was introduced in the 1980s. To celebrate National Popcorn Day, make your favorite kind of popcorn and enjoy it while watching a movie with your friends!

National Tin Can Day

Just imagine the great help of canned goods to travelers, militaries, university students and of course, during disasters. Tin cans have increased our ability to preserve foods which is important during emergencies. So, take part in celebrating the storage of perishable foods in tin cans this Tin Can Day!

On January 19, 1825, Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett received the U.S. tin can patent. But prior to this, the original tin can patent was received by a British merchant, Peter Durand, in 1810. It was alleged that the tin canning process was developed, not by Durand, but by Frenchman Philippe de Girard. Girard went to London and used Durand to patent his idea. The canning concept came from the French inventor Nicholas Appert in 1809. It was based on his experimental food preservation work in glass containers.

However, Durand did not continue food canning but sold his patent two years later to two Englishmen, Bryan Donkin and John Hall. These men refined the process and established the world’s first commercial canning factory in London. By year 1813, they produced their first canned goods for the Royal Navy

Tin cans nowadays are not really made of whole tin. They are usually made of tin-coated steel or aluminum. Meanwhile, the term implies the almost exclusive use of tinplate steel in cans until the second half of the 20 century. The use of aluminum cans started in 1957. Aluminum is less costly than tin-coated steel but gives the same corrosion-resistance. It also has greater malleability than steel making its manufacture easier.

The first practical can opener was designed 50 years after the first tin can was manufactured. Long ago, you had to use a knife, chisel or rock to open the can and enjoy the delicious content.
  • Make a new recipe using canned foods. Look for recipes on the web.
  • Help save the environment! If you recycle just one tin can, you will save energy enough to power a television for 3 hours.
  • Spread the word about Tin Can Day and the importance of recycling tin cans.
  • Explore your creativity by making tin can crafts. You can have as many ideas as you want, such as painted or covered tin can vases, tin can utensil and pencil holders, drawer organizers and many more.
  • Play with your child using tin can as telephone. Make a hole on two cans, connect them using a string and voila, you made your own phone!
  • Research more about tin can facts and better ways of recycling.
World Religion Day

The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. It was established by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States in 1950 as a way to encourage interfaith understanding.

Many organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures. People are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own and to understand the basic tenants of other religions.

Baha’i is a form of faith that emerged in 19th century Persia and follows three core principles: unity of God, religion and humankind. The Baha’is believe that there is a single God and the spirituality of all religions in the world stem from this single god. They also believe that all humans are born equal and have the same rights and duties irrespective.

Keeping in line with this philosophy, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States announced the institution of World Religion Day in 1949. The first such day was observed in 1950.

The day calls for members of all religions in the world to recognize that all religions have common spiritual goals.

National Sanctity of Human Life Day

National Sanctity of Human Life Day is celebrated on January 19, 2014.

National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an observance declared by several U.S. Presidents who opposed abortion. President Ronald Reagan designated January 22, 1984 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The date was chosen to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that first recognized the constitutionally-protected status of abortion in the United States. Reagan issued the proclamation annually thereafter, designating Sanctity of Human Life Day to be the third Sunday in January, which represents the closest Sunday to the original January 22 date. His successor, George H. W. Bush, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency. Bush's successor, Bill Clinton, discontinued the practice throughout his eight years in office, but Bush's son and Clinton's successor, George W. Bush, resumed the proclamation, and did so every year of his presidency.