Friday, February 21, 2014

Holidays and Observances for February 21 2014

International Mother Language Day


International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.[1]

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka (near High Court), which is the capital of present day Bangladesh.

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62).On 16 May 2009 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world". By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
—from the United Nations International Mother Language Day

National Sticky Bun Day


Enjoy a sticky bun today, and celebrate along with the rest of the nation. Sticky buns are loved by children and adults. February 21 is National Sticky Bun Day.

What exactly are sticky buns?
Sticky buns are the same as cinnamon rolls. Sticky buns are delicious dessert or breakfast pastries made with leavened dough. Traditional sticky bun recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter.

Even though sticky buns are usually eaten as a breakfast food, know that a sticky bun is good at any time.

What is the origin of sticky buns?
  • The Ancient Egyptians were the first people to add honey and nuts to their bread. Glazed pastries have been popular ever since.
  • German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns. The pastries were originally called “Schnecken” and are still considered a Philadelphia specialty.
  • Sticky buns are now popular all over the world.
Use a quick and easy recipe to bake some fresh sticky buns to share with friends and family. You can also pick up a batch from your local bakery if you prefer not to make your own.

Single Tasking Day


Attention multitaskers. If doing more than one thing at a time is part of your daily routine, hold on to your keyboard, telephone, handy-dandy gadget and/or mobile device. It's Single Tasking Day, an annual "holiday" that encourages folks to slow down and tackle one thing at a time.

While some observe the event on February 21, the Chase Calendar celebrates Single Tasking Day on February 19th. But regardless which day you celebrate, can you imagine what life would be like if you could complete one task at a time? No more trying to finish 20 things at once.

Let's be honest. Most of us are overworked, underpaid and over-stressed. There simply is not enough time in the day to get everything done. The thought of being able to actually complete a thought, a sentence, a task, project or activity without interruption, sounds absolutely divine! Researchers have found that the human brain is unable to focus on two or more tasks at once. And studies suggest multitasking actually lowers productivity. Being able to take your time to do one thing at a time means less stress and fewer mistakes.

If only every day could be Single Tasking Day.

Card Reading Day


Today is "Card Reading Day," and even though the origins of this unique holiday are a bit tenuous, most believe it refers to greeting cards. So if you're one of those sentimental people who save their greeting cards from year to year, today's the day to get them out and enjoy the sentiment all over again.

I can't help but wonder however, if the true origin of this day didn't refer to Tarot Cards instead. After all, the English idiom "It's in the cards" most likely refers to the reading of these fortune-telling icons. You can make up your own mind.

Locomotive Birthday


In 1804, the first self-propelling steam engine or steam locomotive was tested at the Pen-y-Darren iron-works on its normally horse-drawn tramlines. The machine was designed by Richard Trevithick. He had built his first road steam locomotive at Camborne in 1801, and another road machine in 1803, which ran several times in London, before he turned his attention to railways. The railway engine at Pen-y-Darren was able to pull a load of 15 tons at a speed of about 5 mph. However, adhesion was a problem as the iron wheels slipped on the iron rails. Further, the cast-iron rails of the tramways of those days were not strong enough to support the weight of his new machine and the experiment was soon abandoned.