Sunday, July 6, 2014

Holidays and Observances for July 6 2014

International Kissing Day


July 6th is celebrated as the National Kissing day in the United Kingdom and approximately two decades ago this holiday has been adopted universally by UNO, making 6th of July “The International Kissing Day or World Kissing Day”. International Kissing Day is not the same as Valentine’s Day as it is commercialized.

The underlying idea behind formulating International Kissing day is that most people have forgotten and overlooked the mere pleasure affiliated with Kissing for the sake of Kissing on contrary to kissing has just a social formality or just an overture to other actions. This holiday is set to promote kissing can be an enjoyable experience rather than just a formality greeting.

In many cities, various types of Kissing contests are organized on this day and the participants can establish “Kissing Records” and win various gifts and prizes.

How and when was the first kiss invented/ originated? Most capable sociologists argue that the history of kiss is not very clear and the inventor of the first kiss is not known, but they are sure that the kiss was not invented like any other equipment via phone, light or electricity. Hence the word “Kiss” is not named after any person who first brought his lips together and opened them at once with a smooching sound that left a wet impression on his girlfriend / boyfriend.

Even though, it is not really important to trace the origin of the word defining the act of emotion and love , the most significant fact is the rationale why this act was produced, and sociologists, anthropologists, historians , scientists and philosophers have no distinct vision of it. There are many hypotheses floating around.

What urges people to kiss? Firstly in many places it is a cultural practice. Virtually in the entire world people during romantic rendezvous feel the unmarked urge to kiss and express their love and feeling towards their respective partner there is such an emotion that the people of the opposite gender are tuned to kiss and are ready and waiting for the moment. When one understands the pleasure and love attached with a kiss one would yearn for more kisses and derive more satisfaction from them.

This act works on daily basis; People watch personalities kissing on movie screens, advertisements and TV monitors. People keep hearing that some of their friends are in relationship with someone and kissing them and they come across many people on the streets kissing each other. As an outcome, in particular situations kiss is comprehended as an essential part of life. That’s the reason in any romantic encounters the unconscious typecast comes into power, and people feel almost an irresistible desire to kiss, regardless of whether they feel like to do it or not.

Renowned Kissers:
  • The first kiss in a movie was recorded in 1896 - by May Irvin and John S. Reye. It was a 30-second act by Thomas Edison named The Kiss, counting 191 kisses.
  • A. E. Wolfram an American from Minnesota on September 15, 1990 kissed approximately 8001 people in 8 hours during the kissing festival. It means he managed to kiss a new person every 3.6 seconds.
  • The longest kiss in movie history is credited to You're in the Army Now (1940); Lead Actors Regis Toomey and Jane Wyman kissed for 185 seconds, which is 4 % of the movie length.
National Fried Chicken Day


It’s National Fried Chicken Day! Today we honor a finger-licking American favorite. To make this flavorful delight, smother a piece of chicken in batter and fry it. The result is a savory treat that’s crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Yum! 

Fritters have existed in Europe since the middle ages. The Scots, and later Scottish immigrants to the southern United States, had a tradition of deep frying chicken in fat, unlike their English counterparts who baked or boiled chicken.

A number of West African cuisines featured dishes where chicken was fried, typically in palm oil, sometimes having been battered before. These would be served on special occasions in some areas, or sometimes sold in the streets as snacks in others. This provided some means of independent economy for enslaved and segregated African American women, who became noted sellers of poultry (live or cooked) as early as the 1730's. Because of this and the expensive nature of the ingredients, it was, despite popular perception, a rare and special dish in the African-American community.

After the development of larger and faster-growing hogs (due to crosses between European and Asian breeds) in the 18th and 19th century, in the United States, backyard and small-scale hog production provided an inexpensive means of converting waste food, crop waste, and garbage into calories (in a relatively small space and in a relatively short period of time). Many of those calories came in the form of fat and rendered lard. Lard was used for almost all cooking and was a fundamental component in many common homestead foods (many that today are still regarded as holiday and comfort foods) like biscuits and pies. The economic/caloric necessity of consuming lard and other saved fats may have led to the popularity of fried foods, not only in the US, but worldwide. In the 19th century cast iron became widely available for use in cooking. The combination of flour, lard, a chicken and a heavy pan placed over a relatively controllable flame became the beginning of today's fried chicken.

When it was introduced to the American South, fried chicken became a common staple. Later, as the slave trade led to Africans being brought to work on southern plantations, the slaves who became cooks incorporated seasonings and spices that were absent in traditional Scottish cuisine, enriching the flavor. Since most slaves were unable to raise expensive meats, but generally allowed to keep chickens, frying chicken on special occasions continued in the African American communities of the South. It endured the fall of slavery and gradually passed into common use as a general Southern dish. Since fried chicken traveled well in hot weather before refrigeration was commonplace, it gained further favor in the periods of American history when segregation closed off most restaurants to the black population. Fried chicken continues to be among this region's top choices for "Sunday dinner" among both blacks and whites. Holidays such as Independence Day and other gatherings often feature this dish.

Since the American Civil War, traditional slave foods like fried chicken, watermelon, and chitterlings have suffered a strong association with African American stereotypes and blackface minstrelsy. This was commercialized for the first half of the 20th century by restaurants like Sambo's and Coon Chicken Inn, which selected exaggerated depictions of blacks as mascots, implying quality by their association with the stereotype. Although also being acknowledged positively as "soul food" today, the affinity that African American culture has for fried chicken has been considered a delicate, often pejorative issue. While the perception of fried chicken as an ethnic dish has been fading for several decades, with the ubiquity of fried chicken dishes in the US, it persists as a racial stereotype.

Before the industrialization of chicken production, and the creation of broiler breeds of chicken, only young spring chickens (pullets or cockerels) would be suitable for the higher heat and relatively fast cooking time of frying, making fried chicken a luxury of spring and summer. Older, tougher birds require longer cooking times at lower temperatures. To compensate for this, sometimes tougher birds are simmered till tender, allowed to cool and dry, and then fried. (This method is common in Australia.) Another method is to fry the chicken pieces using a pan fried method. The chicken pieces are then simmered in liquid, usually, a gravy made in the pan that the chicken pieces were cooked in. This process (of flouring, frying and simmering in gravy) is known as "smothering" and can be used for other tough cuts of meat, such as swiss steak. Smothered chicken is still consumed today, though with the exception of people who raise their own chickens, or who seek out stewing hens, it is primarily made using commercial broiler chickens.

The derivative phrases "country fried" and "chicken fried" often refer to other foods prepared in the manner of fried chicken. Usually, this means a boneless, tenderized piece of meat that has been floured or battered and cooked in any of the methods described above or simply chicken which is cooked outdoors. Chicken fried steak and "country fried" boneless chicken breast are two common examples.

National Fried Chicken Day is a great time to try out a new recipe or to visit your local KFC. Better yet, get your friends in on the fun and plan a backyard picnic! Corn, mashed potatoes, and biscuits are all great accompaniments for fried chicken. Dig in!

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day


The Internet is central to modern life, playing a major role in how we communicate, get information, shop, and go about countless other activities. Without capable individuals maintaining the necessary websites, however, things quickly fall apart. Show your webmaster how much you appreciate their dedication by treating them to lunch today (July 6) on Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day.

The responsibilities of a webmaster vary depending on the size of the company they work for and the type of website they maintain. Some design (and redesign, and redesign ...) the look of the site in addition to maintaining it, others manage the servers that support the site as well as the site itself, and still others regulate user access to and interaction with the site.

All webmasters, however, deal with the stress of things going wrong for no apparent reason – and having no obvious solution. Remember when the online checkout function started charging prices in Indian rupees when they should be in U.S. dollars on the last day of your seasonal sale? Or when reader comments on an article linked to on Fark and the Drudge Report were only posting in the Cyrillic alphabet? Your webmaster handled these issues with professionalism, speed, and skill, and only threw a few small, non-breakable objects.

For remaining mostly calm under the pressure to fix problems instantly, preventing future problems, and keeping everything running smoothly, your webmaster deserves your gratitude. What better way to show you them you care than by taking them out to lunch?

Be genuine in your offer and let them choose the restaurant. Don’t goad them into the least expensive option, like eating out of the cafeteria vending machines, unless that’s truly their preference. Come to think of it, a candy bar assortment for lunch isn't such a bad idea.

World Zoonosis Day


Zoonosis is an ailment that is transmitted from animals to human beings. World Zoonosis Day is observed on July 6 every year to emphasize and bring the problem awareness amongst people, and teach them to take right action.

Importance
  • The most prevalent of such diseases these days are leptospirosis, and "mad cow disease". But rabies is the deadliest of all. 
  • So World Zoonoses Day becomes essential to have oneself and one's pets vaccinated against these deadlydiseases. 
  • All animals living as pets and food animals should be regularly vaccinated. World Zoonoses Day is so because even pets can prove dangerous sometimes. Secondly the meat would not be fit for consumption if the animal is not properly vaccinated. 
  • However, World Zoonoses Day becomes a serious issue when most people show very casual attitude towards vaccination. 
  • Some are fearful that it can be harmful for their health. 
Initiatives from different organization
  • The GSPCA, an organization concerning the issue, holds camps for vaccination at Goa. 
  • Its responsibility is to inoculate street dogs from the disease of rabies. 
  • There are many advertisements that take place in the press media with announcement of the time and venue about those camps. 
  • You can also volunteer your services at these camps. 
  • The organization encourages dog owners from the surrounding locality for the purpose of vaccination at free of cost.
  • They also urge the youngsters to take initiatives to bring dogs of the neighbors to fulfill this purpose.
  • The GSPCA also hold sterilization camps in areas requested and required on the Zoonoses day. 
  • In the year 2007, SPCA of the Goa invitation was requested by the Merces Panchayat citizens in order to solve the purpose of running a camp on vaccination against rabies at free of cost. 
  • They also conduct lectures in different schools. 
  • They imparted lectures on animal first aid and prevention of rabies. 
  • Citizens of the Merces Vigilant Association gave the donation for the vaccines. 
  • lmost 167 stay and pet dogs were immunized to fight rabies by this celebration. 
  • World Zoonosis Day was observed by the Animal Husbandry Department at Meharban village in Ludhiana on July 6, 2007. 
  • To increase awareness of zoonotic diseases is the purpose of the camp
Facts and Figures
  • These diseases are communicated from animals to human beings due to the lack of knowledge of prevention and necessary precautions for the pets as well as stray animals.
  • Nowadays, there is effective prevention through advance measures in medical science and vaccination. 
  • Stray Animals Committee inaugurated the campaign. 
  • The department also inaugurated the anti-rabies vaccination campaign for dogs, to control rabies and inform about zoonotic diseases like rabies, TB, brucellosis and worm infections. 
  • Rabies Control Society surveyed that almost 30,000 people in India and more than 50,000 people all over the world loose their lives every year due to zoonotic diseases like rabies and TB. 
  • The participation of panchayats of various villages in the campaign is considered important because their cooperation to control zoonotic diseases is really valuable. 
  • The illiterate majority of the village should be knowledgeable enough to minimize the death rate due to such diseases.
  • Such camps are worthwhile only if the villagers and illiterate population is able to take the maximum advantage to follow preventive measures. 
  • The function of the zoonosis day is also organized with the help of various companies dealing in veterinary products. 
Different programs
  • On World Zoonosis Day, team of experts delivers lectures. 
  • They also participate in the technical-cum-interactive seminar with the dairy farmers. 
  • The discussion is regarding common diseases of animals, the importance of vaccination and theimportance of proper sheds. 
  • Our farmers are probably one of the largest victims of the zoonotic diseases. So there participation in such camps becomes all the more important. 
  • They should be imparted knowledge to save themselves against such deadly diseases. 
  • Their families should be a part of such educative sessions. 
  • government should provide sufficient funds to organize such camps in every vulnerable locality. 
  • People should be informed of the organization of camp few days before, to have maximum participation. 
  • Even we can help the country by educating the servants, maids, lab ours and other unaware majority to attend such camps and follow the rules for their safety.