Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Holidays and Observances for September 9 2014

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day


September 9 is the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day. This day is observed since 1999 and it provides an opportunity to build awareness and knowledge about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome popularly also called as FAS among your community and your people. Its awareness is important as FAS is not curable but 100% preventable. It is the damage caused to the unborn child because of the mother’s drinking habit that is continued during pregnancy.

Every year on the 9th day of the 9th month at 9:09 am Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day is observed. People all around the world gather together for this event for awareness on the facts and damages done due to drinking during pregnancy. This day is chosen so that the world remembers that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should stay away from alcohol as it may cause damage to it unborn baby.

It is said that anytime is a good time to raise the awareness for such a disease. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the name given to problems that arise due to the continuum of physical and mental health. It arises because of the foetus that is exposed to alcohol in uterus. Diagnosis of the same is very difficult and sometimes not done unless a mother discusses its drinking habit with the doctor. Some of the most common characteristics seen in the children whose brain has been damaged are poor impulse control, poor problem solving skills, difficulty in linking themselves into actions and their consequences, poor communication skills and lack of learning skills.

People Suffering from FAS have a great difficulty in internalizing values, feelings and laws and they may also develop inappropriate skills related to social and sexual.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day: It is very necessary to raise the awareness about the dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy and the consequences that may be seen later. Your participation in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day will ensure a healthier community today and healthier babies in the near future. There is no cure for this disorder but these disabilities can be prevented if you realise it early and apply some intervention strategies.

Taking participation and becoming an activist for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day will not take much hard work and neither much energy of yours. You do not have to do this work all alone you just need to find some partners and also get some media coverage for yourself. Then from the following activity choose any one and your part of work is done.
The activities are:
  • Ring some bells on 9th September 9:09 am so that people gets to know about the Feat Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day.
  • Host a get together or an informal gathering of families and friends where you can brief them about the disorder and its prevention causes.
  • Start a small social group which will go door to door and especially to the maternity hospitals to give the expected mothers knowledge about the Feat Alcohol Syndrome and its Awareness Day.
  • You can also plan a Walk Along and round up your city for such a noble cause and give them a T-shirt the ones who are participating inscribed Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day so that people comes to know about such disorder and its day.
As it is said that any day can be chosen to spread the awareness of the disorder so begin the event on 9th day of the 9th month of the year which is worldwide observed as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day.

National “I Love Food” Day


When it comes to delicious food holidays, Sept. 9 takes the cake….and the ice cream….and the fries….and the juicy steak…..and the pasta! If you are a foodie - go grab your fork. It's National I Love Food Day, an annual occasion that celebrates one of life’s most enjoyable pleasures - food!

Whether you have a hankerin’ for something sweet to eat, love to try new things, are a tried-and-true meat-and-potatoes kind of person, are a strict vegetarian or somewhere in-between, food is a large part of our everyday lives. Regardless of our culture or where we live, food is usually front-and-center at all sorts of gatherings – from family reunions, picnics, holiday celebrations and festive parties to bridal showers, weddings and funerals.

Besides water and air, we all need food to survive. Food provides energy to help us grow, stay strong and healthy. And the better we eat, the better we feel.
  • While ice cream or chips and dip may be your preferred “food group,” eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may protect against certain types of cancers and reduce the risk of heart disease. Veggies and fruit contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber and most are low in fat and calories.
  • Rich in essential fatty acids, salmon is rich in Vitamin D and Omega-3 which may prevent heart disease, minimize the effects of arthritis and inflammatory joint conditions, reduces depression, dementia and helps you sleep. Sardines, trout, flaxseed, chia, walnuts, edamame, kale, spinach, canola oil are also rich in Omega-3.
  • Dark chocolate is good for you, too! Sweet! Loaded with flavonoid antioxidants, many believe dark chocolate not only tastes great, but provides heart-healthy benefits and may improve brain function, too.
Food for thought – today is all about food. Whether you try a new dish or a family favorite in honor of the occasion - Bon Appetite!

National Teddy Bear Day


National Teddy Bear Day takes place in the US on September 9th. Initially a US specific holiday this is increasingly being celebrated by bear lovers across the world. There appears to be no record of the origin of this holiday or why this particular date was chosen - perhaps the bears themselves know?

On this day in 1903, toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window, advertising them as Teddy bears. Michtom had earlier petitioned President Theodore Roosevelt for permission to use his nickname, Teddy. The president agreed and, before long, other toy manufacturers began turning out copies of Michtom's stuffed bears, which soon became a national childhood institution.

One of Theodore Roosevelt's hunting expeditions provided the inspiration for the Teddy bear. Ironically, though he was an avid conservationist, Roosevelt-led hunting trips often resulted in excessive slaughter, including one African trip during which his party killed more than 6,000 animals for sport and trophies. However, the idea for the teddy bear likely arose out of one of Roosevelt's more compassionate acts.

Reports differ as to the exact details of the inspiration behind the teddy bear, but it is thought that while hunting in Mississippi in 1902, Roosevelt came upon an old injured black bear that his guides had tied to a tree. (The age, sex and state of health of the bear remain contested.) While some reports claim Roosevelt shot the bear out of pity for his suffering, others insist he set the bear free. Political cartoonists later portrayed the bear as a cub, implying that under the tough, outdoorsy and macho image of Roosevelt lay a much softer, more sensitive interior. The rest, as the say, is history.

Today people buy teddy bears across the world, not just for young children but often for themselves as collectibles. Some early bears by well known names such as Steiff or Gund are rare and much sought after by enthusiasts.

So if anyone deserves an annual holiday it's certainly the Teddy Bear. How they celebrate their special day depends on their owner. Some people like to take their bear out on a trip, others like to organise a toy party and perhaps even buy their bear gifts. If all inspriation fails, there's always the traditional picnic - I've never known a bear turn one down!

Confusingly there's also a National Teddy Bear Day in November. That special day was created by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in 2000 to celebrate the contribution the teddy has made to popular culture.

Wiener Schnitzel Day


Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese schnitzel) is a very thin, breaded and deep fried schnitzel made from veal. It belongs to the best known specialties of Viennese cuisine. The Wiener Schnitzel is the national dish of Austria.

The designation "Wiener Schnitzel" first appeared in the end of the 19th century, with the first known mention in a cookbook from 1831. In the popular southern German cookbook by Katharina Prato, it was mentioned as eingebr√∂selte Kalbsschnitze.

According to a legend, field marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz brought the recipe from Italy to Vienna in 1857. In 2007,linguist Heinz Dieter Pohl discovered that this story had been invented. According to Pohl, the dish is first mentioned in connection with Radetzky in 1969 in an Italian gastronomy book (Guida gastronomica d'Italia), which was published in German in 1971 as Italien tafelt, and it is claimed that the story instead concerned the cotoletta alla milanese. Before this time, the story was unknown in Austria. The Radetzky legend is however based on this book, which claims that a Count Attems, an adjutant to the emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria gave a notice from Radetzky about the situation in Lombardy and mentioned a tasty veal steak in a margin note. After Radetzky had returned, the emperor personally requested the recipe from him.

Pohl relates this anecdote with the words: "This story is scientifically meaningless, it does not cite any sources and it is not mentioned in the literature about Radetzky. No such Count Attems appears in any biographical work about the Austrian monarchy, which would have corresponded to this time and position."

Pohl doubts that the Wiener Schnitzel came from Italy at all, with the basis that in the other "imported dishes" in Austrian cuisine, the original concept is mentioned, even if in Germanised form, such as in goulash or pancakes, and the Schnitzel does not appear even in specialized cookbooks about Italian cuisine.

Pohl hints that there had been other dishes in Austrian cuisine, before the Schnitzel, that were breaded and deep fried, such as the popular Backhendl, which was first mentioned in a cookbook from 1719. The Schnitzel was then mentioned in the 19th century as Wiener Schnitzel analogically to the Wiener Backhendl.

There are documents in the Milan archive of Saint Ambrose dated in 1148 where "Lumbolos cum panicio" (Latin), which can be translated in Italian as "Cotoletta alla Milanese", is mentioned. This contrasts with Pohl's doubts about the Milan originality of the Wiener Schnitzel.

In 1887, E F Knight ordered a dish called Wienerschnitzel in a Rotterdam cafe and wrote "as far as I could make out, the lowest layer of a Wienerschnitzel consists of juicy veal steaks and slices of lemon peel; the next layer is composed of sardines; then come sliced gherkins, capers, and diverse mysteries; a delicate sauce flavors the whole, and the result is a gastronomic dream."

Wonderful Weirdos Day


If non-traditional holidays are your cup of tea, today is your lucky day. Sept. 9 is Wonderful Weirdos Day,an annual "holiday" created by Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat. This yearly occasion celebrates those who refuse to go with the flow.

If you tend to think outside the box and prefer to march to the beat from another drummer, embrace it! Whether your fashion style, hair style or personality is totally different than everyone else’s, your uniqueness makes you stand out from the crowd and makes you who are you. Remember, many celebrities and famous people have unusual traits that make them stand out.

In honor of Wonderful Weirdos Day, check out these really, really weird lists: