Friday, June 20, 2014

Holidays and Observances for June 20 2014

American Eagle Day

Celebrated each year on June 20, it is American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, to assist in the recovery of their natural environments and to take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on it”s Seal.

In the later 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States.  Eventually populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species.  On June 2007, it was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico.  They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagle’s survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water.  Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nest ever recorded for any animal species.  A  Bald Eagle’s nest was measured at 13 ft deep and 8.2 ft wide and it weighed 1.1 ton.

The name “Bald Eagle” derives from an older meaning of “white headed” as the bird is actually no bald.  The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.

National Ice Cream Soda Day

If you love Ice Creams and Soda, then this is the day meant for you. Every year June 20th is celebrated as National Ice Cream Soda day. Ice Cream soda is a frothy drink prepared by mixing few scoops of ice cream in Soda.

We could not find since when exactly the national ice cream soda day began but ice cream soda was invented by Robert Green in the year 1874 in Philadelphia. Robert Green used to sell Soda Ice in Philadelphia and one day he ran out of ice. He then added vanilla ice cream to soda and sold it. The Soda ice cream mixture was an instant hit and Robert Green’s earning increased from $6 to $600. Green was so proud of his invention that he had his grave bear the engravings –“Originator of the Ice Cream Soda”.

There are many ways you can celebrate national ice cream soda day. You can go out to an ice cream parlor alone or with friends and enjoy varieties of Ice Cream Soda. You can also prepare different varieties of ice cream soda at home and invite your friends or family members to the treat or can simply relax at home and enjoy it with your kids.

National Vanilla Milkshake Day

Almost everyone loves milkshakes. June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, so make yourself and your every member of your family a tall glass and celebrate. Make sure you serve it the traditional way with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

A classic vanilla milkshake is one of America’s beloved beverages. We have often seen it in the movies and on television when sweethearts and friends drink it at a diner. Your parents probably made it for you when you were young. Now you can make it for yourself since the recipe is quick and easy. The most important ingredient is vanilla ice cream. The other ingredients are some you probably already have in your kitchen. You will need milk, half & half, vanilla extract and sugar. Simply pour the milk, ice cream, and half & half in a blender and partially blend, then add the sugar and flavoring until thoroughly mixed. Milkshakes are usually served in a tall glass with a straw, and whipped cream may be added as a topping.

Full-service restaurants, soda fountains, and diners usually prepare and mix the shake by hand from scoops of ice cream and milk in a blender or drink mixer using a stainless steel cup. Many fast food outlets do not make shakes by hand with ice cream. Instead, they make shakes in automatic milkshake machines which freeze and serve a pre-made milkshake mixture consisting of milk, a sweetened flavoring agent, and a thickening agent.

The creamy delicious and cold beverage is a tasty treat and easy for anyone to enjoy. Several popular milkshake flavors include vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Remember, however, that June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, so let your milkshake today be vanilla. Save the other flavors for another day.

World Refugee Day

A description given by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, declares that a refugee is someone who has been put on to run away from his or her country due to harassment, war, or hostility. As a result, the refugee’s revisit to his or her home country is prohibited for the reason of the terror of harassment on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political judgment and devotion in a particular social group.

The United Nations (UN) World Refugee Day is remembered on June 20 every year. This occasion respects the bravery, power and strength of mind of women, men and children who are required to flee their mother country under danger of discrimination, clash and aggression. The day is devoted to lift up consciousness of the state of affairs of expatriates all through the world. The day is a greeting to the strength and bravery of the world’s many refugees, forwarding to them our back up, support and admiration. There are just about 40 million people on the earth who have been expatriated from their homes due to hostility and maltreatment, and in the prospect this number will amplify due to more and more complex issues, such as the sprain on civilizations and economies from harsh transformations in climates. Roughly a third of refugees are public who have run away their nations because of civil wars and racial, ancestral and religious brutality. They were forced to escape, they have lost the whole thing and they can’t revisit their home nation. On the other hand, many of them decline to give up hope. Commemorating their bravery and guts and make them see our support is what World Refugee Day is all about.

For years, many nations and districts have been holding their own events parallel to World Refugee Day. One of the most extensive proceedings is Africa Refugee Day, which is notable on June 20 in many countries. The UN General Assembly espoused a decree to state its solidarity with Africa on December 4, 2000.

The decree noted that 2001 was the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention connecting to the position of refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) decided to have International Refugee Day happen together with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly consequently decided that June 20 would be observed as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards. This day was chosen by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring concentration to the dilemma of around 14 million refugees round the world.

People credit the guts and bravery of millions of refugees globally on World Refugee Day. It is a day to highlight the contributions of refugees in their society. Associations for instance Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) frequently get occupied in a variety of activities for the day. They may include:
  • Campaigners remonstrate against making use of prisons to hold migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Screenings of movies about the life styles of asylum seekers living in western nations.
  • Association members trip to asylum seekers in imprisonment to offer moral support.
  • Notes and appeals to governments on the management of asylum seekers in custody.
Some group of people devote a complete week that comprises World Refugee Day to cheer people to feel about the lives of refugees and the human right to a safe place to that one may refer to as “home”.

The UN Refugee Agency's (UNCHR) emblem is frequently connected with the day. The colors used are either white on a blue backdrop or blue on white backdrop. The logo comprises olive twigs that represent tranquility surrounding or shielding two hands in front of each other and in the center a shape of a person shielded by these hands. The logo is at times featured with the words “UNHCR”, tagged on by “The UN Refugee Agency” in minor text to mark the logo.

The UNHCR in Canada makes use of an unusual World Refugee Day symbol that comprises two figures – one smaller figure on the left and a taller figure on the right. They are confined by brackets or half circles. The words “World Refugee Day” are positioned at the centre apex of the figures, and “20 June” is positioned at below the figures at the centre. All the constituents of the logo are in the single shade– green.

National Flip Flop Day

National Flip-Flop Day was started 6 years ago by the Tropical Smoothie Cafe and is celebrated annually on third Friday in the month of June. This year 7th annual national flip flop day is organized on 20th June 2014.

Initially the day was started to thank the customers for their trustworthiness towards Tropical Smoothie Café, but later evolved into a charity to raise money for Camp Sunshine to address the effects of a life threatening illness like cancer, kidney diseases and lupus on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, the parents and the siblings.

It is a fun filled national holiday created with the intention to send kids with life-threatening illnesses, and their families to get away and forget their everyday stresses at camp for relaxation and fun.

Customers who visit any Tropical Smoothie Café across its 300 locations nationwide in between 2 pm to 7 pm on this special day sporting their flip flops will get a 24oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie for free. In return of a smoothie they will simply ask for a donation to send children to Camp Sunshine and through this the company donates $1 for every customer that wears flip flops to Camp Sunshine.

On Flip-Flop Day, you can stop by the local Tropical Smoothie Café and make a donation which makes a real difference in the lives of these sick children and their families. It’s time to show off your pedicures for a good cause! On the occasion of 7th national Flip Flop day, get your flip flops on and help a child in need.

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day (sometimes abbreviated as TYDTWD) was first started in 1996 in the United Kingdom and June 20, 1999 in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International this day celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. The day offers a fun, summer Friday for U.S. employees to introduce their four-legged "best friend" to co-workers and PSI believes that dog-less co-workers will be encouraged to adopt when they witness the human-animal bond. There is also increasing participation in TYDTWD in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

On June 20, 1999 PSI held the first Take Your Dog to Work Day in the United States. An estimated 300 companies participated nationwide. 2000 saw the acquisition of TYDTWD by the now defunct promoted the event using their mascot, Buddy, the sock puppet. That same year, closed its doors as a result of the dot-com crash, and PSI regained the rights to TYDTWD. In 2001 PSI was hosting the third annual TYDTWD. That year saw the introduction of the first TYDTWD “poster dog,” Ernie. The next year (2002) continued the “poster dog” theme with Sandy. 2003 saw the participation of over 5000 companies in TYDTWD. That number doubled in 2004 with an estimated 10,000 internationally participating companies. The poster dog for that year was Little Nicky, who was the oldest TYDTWD poster dog to date. 2005 saw a record number of 37,191 hits on the PSI TYDTWD web site. The event was featured on such media as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as CNN Headline News. The poster dog for that year was a pit bull named Chloe.

June 20, 2008 marked the tenth annual celebration of Pet Sitters International'sTake Your Dog To Work Day. The company is spreading the day's message with a new, fun dog-centric Web site Celebrating the great companions dogs make and promoting pet adoptions is even more relevant in 2008 with shelters overcrowded as a result of "foreclosure dogs."

On June 20, 1999 Pet Sitters International (PSI), creator of Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay) held the first TYDTWDay in the United States. An estimated 300 companies participated nationwide. 2000 saw the acquisition of TYDTWDay by the now defunct promoted the event using their mascot, Buddy, the sock puppet. That same year, closed its doors as a result of the dot-com crash, and PSI regained the rights to TYDTWDay. In 2001 PSI was hosting the third annual TYDTWDay. That year saw the introduction of the first TYDTWDay “poster dog,” Ernie. The next year (2002) continued the “poster dog” theme with Sandy. 2003 saw the participation of over 5000 companies in TYDTWDay. That number doubled in 2004 with an estimated 10,000 internationally participating companies. The poster dog for that year was Little Nicky, who was the oldest TYDTWD poster dog to date. 2005 saw a record number of 37,191 hits on the PSI TYDTWDay web site. The event was featured on such media as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as CNN Headline News. The poster dog for that year was a pit bull named Chloe.

June 20, 2008 marked the tenth annual celebration of Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay). Bolstered by the participation of 2008 "Top Dog" sponsor, Comfort Zone for Dogs, PSI spread the day's message with a new, fun dog-centric Web site Celebrating the great companions dogs make and promoting pet adoptions was especially relevant in 2008 with shelters overcrowded as a result of "foreclosure dogs."

More than 100,000 visitors explored to learn more about the 2011 event on Friday, June 20. PSI, along with 2011 campaign partners Veterinary Pet Insurance, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and encouraged pet owners around the globe to work with their dogs for a good cause.

Pet Sitters International also created Take Your Pet To Work Week and businesses that are closed on Fridays or want to involve other pets are encouraged to celebrate any day the week leading up to Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Friday, June 20, 2014, marked the 16th annual celebration of PSI's Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Pet Sitters International continues to promote TYDTWDay, which is celebrated annually the Friday following Fathers Day, and anticipates participation in the day will continue to grow. Each year, PSI offers a free downloadable Action Pack, including a sample "dogs at work" policy, TYDTWDay planning tips, event forms and more to companies interested in planning a local event on A TYDTWDay photo contest is promoted each year as well, with a cash prize award to the winner as well as a donation made to an animal shelter or rescue group of the winner's choice.

Ugliest Dog Day

If you don’t believe beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, this ‘howliday’ may give you ‘paws.’ As far as special days are concerned, June 20th is going to the dogs – literally!
Ugliest Dog Day
Not only is it Take Your Dog to Work Day, but June 20th also celebrates doggone ugly and the uglier the better! It's Ugliest Dog Day! Each year, a special day recognizes and celebrates mutts of all shapes and sizes. Whether big, small, thin or chunky, long-haired, short-haired or no hair at all, every dog deserves its day regardless of what he or she looks like, right?

The Annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest and Dog Lover's Festival
The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in California, sees all kinds of pedigree pooches, mixed mutts and everything in-between as they strut their stuff down the doggy red carpet. And if you think the contest is another walk in the park, think again! The competition for the Top Dog prize is pretty “ruff.”

With the face only a mother could love, last year’s winner, Yoda, passed away in March at the age of 15. Watch Yoda's winning ‘feet’ in the video on the left of the page. Just remember - dogs do go to Heaven regardless of their appearance!

Adopt an Animal In Need and Save a Life
Besides being entertaining, the competition has a serious message. The event also raises awareness about the plight of homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs and encourages animal adoption. Due to high unemployment and a slow economy, many shelters have seen an increase in pet population. And through no fault of their own, many of these beautiful dogs never make it out alive.

If you have been considering adding a four-legged member to your family, please consider adopting a cat or a dog from your local shelter - before it's too late.

World Productivity Day

One of the less well-known celebratory days, World Productivity Day does not have a central focus for celebration. It’s instead an occasion for suppliers of productivity tools, training and advances to celebrate their contributions and give something back to their users. For example, some consultancy firms use the event to provide free online sessions to prospective clients to demonstrate what a difference focus on productivity can make.

Other, less obviously relevant, businesses also use World Productivity Day to draw attention to their products and services in the context of getting the most out of work. Coffee and other caffeinated beverage manufacturers use the day as a chance to promote the putative benefits of using their products to stay alert and productive at work. Companies that sell products such as chocolate that can be used to reward productivity may also choose to use the occasion as a chance to promote this.

Midsummers Eve

Midsummer’s Eve is a pagan celebration. Midsummer’s Eve is one of the most significant celebrations of Christians. Midsummer’s Eve is a cultural festival. Midsummer’s Eve is declared as the national holiday especially for the Northern Europe.

Midsummer’s Eve is celebrated during different time in different places in the month of June. Midsummer’s Eve generally occurs in third Friday of the June so that people can get the pleasure of this festival during the entire weekend.
Why is the celebration of This significant?

Midsummer is an old pagan festival, which used to take place during Viking Era. Midsummer’s Eve was celebrated for fertility rite, where the May pole was known to be the phallic symbol, which used to signify nature of "impregnating" mother. Midsummer’s Eve t was believed that it will provide the fruitful harvest during the autumn. Nowadays, it signifies the national holiday and the special gathering of family and friends. Midsummer’s Eve also gives the significant of longest day of the year or summer solstice, which means that summer has gone to the path of half-way.

Midsummer’s Eve is generally celebrated with the meet of friends and families. They sit and eat together. They usually eat in this festival herring and fresh potatoes. They also drink beer and schnapps to celebrate. But it is celebrated in different countries according to their culture and belief.