Thursday, April 3, 2014

Holidays and Observances for April 3 2014

National Chocolate Mousse Day

April 3 is National Chocolate Mousse Day!

Forget the spoon and just stick your face into a mess of mousse today. While you won't want to comb this kind through your hair, it sure tastes like a chocoholic's dream.

A French word that literally means "froth" or "foam," mousse is both rich and airy, combining the best of both dessert worlds. The secret to its cloud-like texture is beaten egg whites or whipped cream.

Julia Child is often credited with making the perfect chocolate mousse. Her precise recipe includes eggs, dark-brewed coffee, butter, bittersweet chocolate, dark rum and vanilla extract.

And as David Lebovitz says, since he isn't one to argue with Julia, these individual mousses don't need any adornment once you're ready to serve. A spoon should suffice!

National Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day

Don't go to Work Unless It's Fun Day is just that, if it's fun, go to work. If it's not, then don't go. However, make sure that you don't lose your job if you don't show up. You could also make sure that it will be a fun day at work by having some type of activity or game. Employers especially should create a reason for it to be a fun on this day so that everyone is sure to come to work.

While we definitely like the concept of this holiday, it does appear to be significantly redundant with International Fun at Work Day which is usually celebrated on April 1st. It seems overkill to have two holidays so similar, so close together -- especially when asking your employer for a fun day.

Based on this, we feel that one of these holidays should be depreciated. Which one? Our vote is for dropping this holiday in favor of International Fun at Work Day based on the following...
  1. One of the primary things that we feel makes a holiday a holiday, is the back story. Basically, how did the holiday get started? Who was behind it? With International Fun at Work Day we've been able to find its origin, while with this one we haven't been able to find any info about it.
  2. Having date significance is another important factor. While International Fun at Work Day is celebrated on April 1st which is a great tie-in to April Fools Day, we've found no date tie-in for Don't go to Work Unless it's Fun Day.
  3. Most workplace holidays are celebrated during the work week. For this holiday, many times April 3rd will be on a weekend, which for many people is not much of a celebration on those years. Whereas International Fun at Work Day is usually celebrated on April 1st, but if April 1 falls on a weekend, then it's the first Thursday in April.

National Tweed Day

April 3 is National Tweed Day. Like many non-traditional holidays, the origins of this particular holiday are unknown. But what makes this special day a bit more unusual is that no one is quite sure what the annual event celebrates.

Boss Tweed
Some believe National Tweed Day recognizes the infamous senator-turned-crook, William “Boss” Tweed, who was born on this day in 1823. Considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, he was the wealthiest and most powerful politician at the time. Even to this day, Tweed is still considered one of the most notorious politicians in American history. It is estimated he stole up to $200 million of public money, which was a heck of a lot of dough back in the day. He endured several stints in the slammer, and died in jail in 1878.

Tweed Fabric
For some, National Tweed Day celebrates the rough, woolen twill material often used in apparel and accessories originating from Scotland. Rumor has it Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones, frequently wore tweed.

And speaking to Tweeds, National Tweed Day could also celebrate the curvaceous 1982 Playboy Playmate, actress and reality-star, Shannon Tweed, right? The beautiful celeb recently married long-time boyfriend and notorious bachelor, Gene Simmons. The couple have two children.

How to Celebrate National Tweed Day
  • Get your tweed on by sporting tweed today.
  • Visit the Tweed Museum of Art – Yes, there really is one.
  • Take a listen to Tweed Music, the “psychedelic combination dream melting jam, funk, electronica and experimental rock.” Yep.
  • Listen to the "uplifting" tune by Bob Dylan, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum.
  • Speaking of music, visit the Tweed River Music Festival.
  • Learn how tweed is made.
  • Visit the River Tweed, famous for its salmon fishing.
  • Learn about the Tweed Water Spaniel, a breed of dog that has been extinct since the 1800's.

Pony Express Day

On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet's arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America's imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. It also contributed to the economy of the towns on its route and served the mail-service needs of the American West in the days before the telegraph or an efficient transcontinental railroad.

The Pony Express debuted at a time before radios and telephones, when California, which achieved statehood in 1850, was still largely cut off from the eastern part of the country. Letters sent from New York to the West Coast traveled by ship, which typically took at least a month, or by stagecoach on the recently established Butterfield Express overland route, which could take from three weeks to many months to arrive. Compared to the snail's pace of the existing delivery methods, the Pony Express' average delivery time of 10 days seemed like lightning speed.

The Pony Express Company, the brainchild of William H. Russell, William Bradford Waddell and Alexander Majors, owners of a freight business, was set up over 150 relay stations along a pioneer trail across the present-day states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Riders, who were paid approximately $25 per week and carried loads estimated at up to 20 pounds of mail, were changed every 75 to 100 miles, with horses switched out every 10 to 15 miles. Among the riders was the legendary frontiersman and showman William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), who reportedly signed on with the Pony Express at age 14. The company's riders set their fastest time with Lincoln's inaugural address, which was delivered in just less than eight days.

The initial cost of Pony Express delivery was $5 for every half-ounce of mail. The company began as a private enterprise and its owners hoped to gain a profitable delivery contract from the U.S. government, but that never happened. With the advent of the first transcontinental telegraph line in October 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations. However, the legend of the lone Pony Express rider galloping across the Old West frontier to deliver the mail lives on today.

World Party Day

World Party Day is celebrated on April 03, 2014. World Party Day (P-Day) is celebrated every year as a synchronized global mass celebration of a better world and the active creation of desirable reality. The celebration has no religious or political ties and recognizes a "universal human right to fun, peace and life." 

The idealized objective is a global Party of all Parties where every person in the world is in synch no matter what they are doing, to appreciate, participate in and celebrate social existence. Via holiday slogans, greetings and mottos, Party is defined as the opposite of War. 

World Party Day began as a grassroots effort in 1996 and was one of the first global efforts in a growing number of movements of synchronized human celebration to bring about improved social conditions. World Party Day is observed yearly through personal and public observances of party-like atmosphere.

National Find a Rainbow Day

From a symbol for social change, a bridge connecting heaven and earth, to the U.S. Army 45th Infantry Division patch and the spot where you will find a leprechaun’s gold, the rainbow has been used to symbolize joy and goodness in mankind. National Find a Rainbow Day is April 3, and to celebrate, Rainbow International has ways to find the silver lining in any situation.

Make obstacles a challenge 
If obstacles damper and cloud your day, turn them into challenges. Once you accept the obstacles as a challenge you can make gray clouds go away and find your rainbow. Completing the obstacles will allow you develop new qualities and improve your character.

Make a list 
When faced with a difficult situation, create in your head or on paper a list of things you are thankful for. By doing this you will see all the positives you have going for you and it will bring your rainbow to light. By having a list of positives your spirit will be lifted and give you positive energy.

Understand your limits 
By acknowledging what you can control and letting go of what you cannot, the stuff you cannot fix will start to become less of a priority, allowing you to focus on what you can control and fix. Bring out your rainbow by handling what you can and letting go of what you can’t.

Be optimistic 
Have a glass is half-full attitude. You will always be able to find your rainbow if you have a consistently positive attitude. By being positive you can bring those around you up and positive as well.

Consider it could be worse 
Similar to being optimistic, thinking it could be worse allows you to see that your situation isn't as bad as you might think. There is always something that could make your situation even more stressful than it already is. By remembering that it could be worse the silver lining, and rainbow, will start you show.

Rainbow International will be celebrating National Find a Rainbow Day and by using these tips you can find your own rainbow, and possibly pot of gold, at the end of the day, no matter how stressful or tough.

National D.A.R.E Day

Each year one day, National D.A.R.E. Day, is set aside to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of D.A.R.E., as well as the students having graduated from D.A.R.E. their D.A.R.E. Officers and schools and law enforcement agencies hosting D.A.R.E.

In 2014, National D.A.R.E. Day will be observed on Thursday, April 3rd. Please join with others in the nationwide observance commemorating D.A.R.E.’s thirty years of service to students and their parents.

D.A.R.E. trains local police officers who in turn serve as a local resource in helping educate young people on how to resist peer pressure and refrain from drug use, violence, and other high-risk behaviors.

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles. Thirty years later, D.A.R.E is now in over 70% of the school districts nationwide. D.A.R.E. implementations can also be found in 53 other nations around the world.

As a Nation, we must work to raise a drug-free and healthy generation of 21st-century leaders. Substance abuse and its consequences have grave impacts on our society—destroying lives, tearing apart families, and introducing drug-related violence to our neighborhoods.

Young Americans especially need the help and support of caring adults to resist pressure to use drugs or engage in other harmful activities.

We must address the use of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, as well as prescription drug abuse, among youth by building knowledge of the warning signs and risks associated with substance abuse. Though parents must take the lead in teaching the value of drug-free living, friends, mentors, teachers, and neighbors also have roles to play in helping adolescents understand the dangers of alcohol and drug addiction.

By joining together to tackle this issue and encourage positive behavior, communities can help young people reject the pressure to try illicit substances or engage in other hazardous activity