Saturday, July 26, 2014

Holidays and Observances for July 26 2014

Aunt and Uncle's Day

Finally, a holiday just for Uncle John. And Mrs. Uncle John! Happy Aunt and Uncle’s Day!

You’re familiar with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and hardworking moms and dads certainly do deserve their holidays. There’s a National Grandparents Day (it’s in September, and not widely celebrated). And in 2001, President Bush declared June 4 “National Children’s Day.” (Although Uncle John’s mom always said “everyday is children’s day”…with a groan.)

But what about the people who don’t have kids of their own but positively worship their brothers’ and sisters’ kids? Where is the day of recognition for the loyal souls who send birthday cards with a $10 bill tucked inside and who “like” all of the niece and nephew baby pics on Facebook?

Aunt and Uncle’s DayAunt and Uncle’s Day is finally here. This still-unofficial holiday falls on the last Friday of July—right in the middle of family vacation road trips to visit relatives—and this year, that’s today. Oddly, very little information seems to exist on who came up with Aunt and Uncle’s Day. A petition on Facebook to make it an officially recognized holiday on par with Mother’s Day or Father’s Day has only around 100 likes as of press time. But even though Hallmark doesn't sell Aunt and Uncle’s Day cards, and no retail chain is urging you to buy the perfect gift for your fun uncle or cool aunt, you can still make a phone call…or send a card with a $10 bill tucked inside.

National All Or Nothing Day

Almost every day has been assigned a theme where the nation can come together to do the same things. July 26 has been designated National All or Nothing Day.

What is an All or Nothing Day?
An All or Nothing Day is a day when a person decides that he is going to take risks and live on the edge. He decides to live like it is his last day on earth. It is the time when people are given permission to shine.

An All or Nothing Day is the time when people quit testing the waters and playing the “what if” game. Whether it’s a job commitment, overcoming a fear, or even a starting a relationship, today is the time to fully commit. Force yourself to make a decision – all or nothing. In the end, you’ll feel better that you no longer have those questions lingering on your mind. It's now or never.

How does one observe All or Nothing Day?
The answer to this question is not the same for everyone. While it is All or Nothing Day, it does not mean that you should break laws or go against God's will. It is not a day to get involved in evil doings or being mean to people. In fact, the day is designated to give you courage to make peace with your enemies and to forgive those who have hurt you in the past. Spend time with your loved ones, and do some of the things you have listed on your bucket list.

Try something new, seek an adventure, and give this day all you’ve got. All or Nothing Day only happens once a year, so don’t hold back.

Go for the gold. July 26 is the perfect day to either "go for it" or "forget it." It is the day to quit making excuses and silence the beliefs that prevent you from moving forward. Go on and fully own your choices. Either forget them or embrace what you want and just do it.

National Bagelfest

Bagels are so beloved by the American people that they have been granted two national holidays: National Bagels and Lox Day, which falls in February, and National Bagelfest, which occurs every 26th of July. This page will focus on National Bagelfest, which leaves far more options for celebration than the former mentioned holiday. After all, there are numerous toppings for a bagel besides simply lox. They may be topped with cream cheese and chives, made into an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, or toasted and slathered with butter or margarine.

Here we will discuss the history of National Bagelfest, as well as how it is celebrated.

Bagelfest all started back in 1986 with Murray Lender, owner of Lender's Bagels. It was created as a way to celebrate the bagel and encourage people to honor this breakfast staple.

The Lender's story itself began with Harry Lender, who opened a bagel bakery on the east coast in 1962. This first bakery was only 800 square feet in size. Eventually, Lender moved his operations to a location in Montoon, Illinois and the company expanded, eventually popularizing the frozen bagel around the country. Today, Lender's Bagels is owned by Pinnacle Foods Group LLC.

Bagel shops and grocery stores around the country may hold special events sales on bagels during National Bagelfest, so be on the lookout for local deals. If you live near (or are planning to travel to) Montoon, Illinois, you can attend the Bagelfest celebration at the Lender's bagel factory. Each year over 40,000 people show up to receive free bagels and listen to live music.

National Dance Day

Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board representing all aspects of the American dance community, the foundation’s mission is threefold:
  • To sponsor, fund, and/or support dance education programs which expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations.
  • To provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios, or institutions.
  • In conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States.
National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy was started as a way to contribute to the preservation of America's rich cowboy heritage.

Did you know there is a Cowboys' Code of Conduct? The lack of any real written law in the Wild West made it very important for cowboys to create their own guidelines on how to live. These rules became known as the "Code of the West" – rules that were not written as statutes, but were always respected on the range.

In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, try to live up to these 10 codes of conduct:
  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.
To celebrate you can dress like a cowboy, host a hoedown, attend a rodeo, go horseback riding, or curl up on the couch to watch your favorite Westerns. Live in the West? Check to see if your community is having a special National Day of the Cowboy celebration!

One Voice Day

Today at 1 p.m. CDT, people from all over the world will be reading the Universal Peace Covenant aloud. Although the peace covenant will be read in English and Spanish and many other languages, read by men and by women, by young people and by the elderly—we are asked to consider all the voices reading aloud the covenant at the same time to be just one voice, united in hope of peace.
The Universal Peace Covenant 
Peace is the breath of our spirit.It wells up from within the depths of our being to refresh, to heal, to inspire. 
Peace is our birthright.Its eternal presence exists within us as a memory of where we have come from and as a vision of where we yearn to go. 
Our world is in the midst of change.For millennia, we have contemplated, reasoned, and practiced the idea of peace. Yet the capacity to sustain peace eludes us. To transcend the limits of our own thinking we must acknowledge that peace is more than the cessation of conflict. For peace to move across the face of the earth we must realize, as the great philosophers and leaders before us, that all people desire peace. We hereby acknowledge this truth that is universal. Now humanity must desire those things that make for peace. 
We affirm that peace is an idea whose time has come.We call upon humanity to stand united, responding to the need for peace. We call upon each individual to create and foster a personal vision for peace. We call upon each family to generate and nurture peace within the home. We call upon each nation to encourage and support peace among its citizens. We call upon each leader, be they in the private home, house of worship or place of labor, to be a living example of peace for only in this way can we expect peace to move across the face of the earth. 
World Peace begins within ourselves.Arising from the spirit peace seeks expression through the mind, heart, and body of each individual. Government and laws cannot heal the heart. We must transcend whatever separates us. Through giving love and respect, dignity and comfort, we come to know peace. We learn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves bringing peace into the world. We hereby commit ourselves to this noble endeavor. 
Peace is first a state of mind.Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine. 
Peace is active, the motion of silence, of faith, of accord, of service.It is not made in documents but in the minds and hearts of men and women. Peace is built through communication. The open exchange of ideas is necessary for discovery, for well-being, for growth, for progress whether within one person or among many. We vow to speak with sagacity, listen with equanimity, both free of prejudice, thus we will come to know that peace is liberty in tranquility. 
Peace is achieved by those who fulfill their part of a greater plan.Peace and security are attained by those societies where the individuals work closely to serve the common good of the whole. Peaceful coexistence between nations is the reflection of man's inner tranquility magnified. Enlightened service to our fellowman brings peace to the one serving, and to the one receiving. We vow to live in peace by embracing truths that apply to us all. 
Living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully.We stand on the threshold of peace-filled understanding. We come together, all of humanity, young and old of all cultures from all nations. We vow to stand together as citizens of the Earth knowing that every question has an answer, every issue a resolution. As we stand, united in common purpose, we hereby commit ourselves in thought and action so we might know the power of peace in our lifetimes. 
Peace be with us all ways. May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Check out the official website, which has the Universal Peace Covenant, in case you want to participate in the global read-aloud. 

In some places, people are holding “peace camps” for kids, where children can learn about good ideas that encourage peace. Maybe you could do your own personal “camp” by learning about people like Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges, and Nelson Mandela. Try to implement these “100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World.” Make a poster for peace.

Disability Independence Day

Disability Independence Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The signing of the ADA provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services and communications for people with disabilities. As a result, people with disabilities have had more opportunity to increase their independence. This holiday celebrates the big step forward taken in 1990 as well as serving to remind us to continue to strive for equal opportunity and access to all Americans.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The current text of the ADA includes changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADA was originally enacted in public law format and later rearranged and published in the United States Code.

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