Saturday, January 3, 2015

Holidays and Observances for Jan 3 2015

Festival Of Sleep Day

Festival of Sleep Day is observed on, 3rd of January

Who wouldn't take a day off and sleep all the day like a baby? Well for those who want a reason to sleep here is a big reason. On January 3rd you are eligible to sleep as much as you want. Sleeping is the favorite hobby for most of us. Festival of Sleep Day is celebrated on the eve of taking rest for what were done from Christmas and new year with a sleep on January 3rd of every year. All you have to do is sleep, sleep and sleep. You need to relish the experience of how sound sleeping is. There are no barriers of how you sleep or where you sleep. This day is completely dedicated to sleeping!

AS a part of origin to the day of celebrating Sleep day, no one knows when was it started and by whom. But everyone know that the Sleep Day commences on 3rd January of every year for people seeking relaxation and rest after Christmas shopping and New Year celebrations.

Sleeping is the only escape from all the worldly stress we carry every day. We work all day in the cluster of buildings and pollution and try to be good to people and have a zillion things in our mind when we come home. We start looking at repair works, preparing dinner for the family, taking care of children or old parents etc. One may think when does all this stress get vented? The answer to that question is – when you sleep!

Like many holidays which we may see on the calendar and don’t know why it is a holiday, festival of sleep day is also similar to that. There is no origination traced which shows how January 3rd is declared as festival of sleep day. This day is therefore an unofficial holiday which depends on how strict and professional your office is. Either way all the sleep lovers sure must be thanking the person who has declared this day. Sleeping one full day in today’s world is definitely a boon. In the era of people being sleep deprived one would always love to take a sweet little nap.

As the festival isn't similar to the rest of the them, that include a gathering or centering, but the Festival of Sleep Day includes rest and relaxation. It shows an opportunity to have a nap or a deep sleep on the same day to recharge your body for the new year. As believed a human can be more healthier of one who sleeps to that of one who eats. This is been celebrated as a means of rest after a long week of shopping and celebrations. The Festival of Sleep Day is not been declared as federal holiday but depends on the boss whom you are working with.
What is there to do on a day where you have to sleep? You are supposed to sleep as simple as that. There is nothing to do the whole day but sleep. You may share your experience of how you feel when you are in sound sleep. Every person feels in a different way when they are sleeping. Every person has a different story to tell about their sleep. Dreams, nightmares and imaginations are all so versatile and have no limitations.

Once you are awake there are lots of good things which you would like to share. Their dreams and imaginary stories which they get to see and experience in their dreams. For those who want to try out different things, you can check out the different places where you can sleep. For instance you can try sleeping in the couch or in the relax chair. Other than that you can go a little wild and try sleeping in a car or in a hammock in your backyard.

Having a sound sleep is all about making yourself comfortable in any place with a dreamless sleep. This is what true essence of sleeping is. Hope you all make the most of this day and discover the beauty of a good sleep. Good Night..!!
Fruitcake Toss Day

Let’s be honest: nobody really likes fruitcake, and nobody ever really eats it, either. Heavy, flavorless and always too sweet, fruitcake is one of our century’s biggest holiday jokes. So when Christmas is over, and you've taken the tinsel down, and thrown out the tree, what should you do with that old fruitcake that you’ve been using to prop open the door/to replace a missing limb/as a headrest? Fruitcake Toss Day has a “fruitful” answer (see what we did there?). The event, which is reported as having originated in Manitou Springs, Colorado, was created in order to help people get rid of unwanted fruitcake after Christmas.

The earliest known fruitcake recipe from ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were then mixed with barley. In the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added. Fruit cakes soon became popular all over Europe. Recipes varied greatly from country to country, depending on what ingredients were available as well as church regulations.In the 16th century, sugar from the American Colonies, paired with the discovery that it could help preserve fruits, created an excess of candied fruit, which further contributed to fruitcakes’ affordability and popularity. However, fruitcakes later became a bit of a joke due to their excessive sweetness and heaviness, as well as their lack of any real flavor. Nevertheless, giving fruitcakes during the holiday season has remained a tradition in many parts of the world.

Manitou Springs has hosted the Fruitcake Toss tournament every year since 1995. During the competition, fruitcakes are thrown, hurled, catapulted and cannoned into the air using a range of inventive devices. Those braving this event would be wise to remember to look up occasionally – a frozen fruitcake in the face is a formidable force when fired from an exercise-bike-powered cannon.

The best way to celebrate this crazy holiday is simply to take part! Fruitcake Toss day is organized on the first Saturday of every January in Manitou Springs, and festivities are organized in the following manner:

Participants are expected to bring their own fruitcakes which should contain candied fruits, nuts and of course, flour, and not any inedible substances. The fruitcakes are inspected by the “Fruitcake Toss Tech Inspectors” before they are allowed to be used for competition to make sure they do not contain any substances hard enough to hurt a person that may get hit in the head with a flying fruitcake. However, you happen to forget your fruitcake at home, you may rent one on the spot.

The Distance Competition is about hurling a 2-pound fruitcake as far as possible. The winner is the person able to hurl the fruitcake the farthest. The distance is measured at the final resting spot of the fruitcake, not where it first hits the ground.

Catch the Fruitcake is played in groups of three team members who are required to catch fruitcakes tossed by their own devices. In this competition, the fruitcakes must be a minimum of 1 pound in weight to make sure nobody gets hurt trying to catch a them. The team that catches the most fruitcakes wins.

Accuracy with Targets is another great way to take part in the competition but not get as messy. Targets are placed out in the park at distances of 75 feet, 125 feet and 175 feet at varying angles. The goal is for each team to land in or as close to as many targets as possible.

Have a great time at Fruitcake Toss Day, but don't forget to keep your eyes on the sky above you!

Humiliation Day

With a brand new year underway, many people look forward to new beginnings. Whether your particular resolution for the New Year involves a healthier lifestyle, new job or perhaps a new romance, this is the time of year when many people reflect and re-evaluate and today is no exception.

While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, January 3rd is Humiliation Day. It’s a special day of the year that focuses on humility and being humble, not for humiliating others.

Humiliation (also called stultification) is the abasement of pride, which creates mortification or leads to a state of being humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission. It can be brought about through bullying, intimidation, physical or mental mistreatment or trickery, or by embarrassment if a person is revealed to have committed a socially or legally unacceptable act. Whereas humility can be sought alone as a means to de-emphasize the ego, humiliation must involve other person(s), though not necessarily directly or willingly. Acting to humiliate yourself may be linked to a personal belief (as with mortification of the flesh, with some religions), or it can be part of erotic humiliation where the belittling activity provides emotional and/or sexual arousal or heightened sensation.

Humiliation is currently an active research topic, and is now seen as an important – and complex – core dynamic in human relationships, having implications at interpersonal, interpersonal, institutional and international levels.

J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Happy Birthday to the father of high fantasy literature, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who lived January 3, 1892 to September 2, 1973 . Tolkien was so many things to the world, author, academic, student, professor, philologist, linguist, poet, and chief influence upon the world of fantasy fiction writing today. He created his own languages, complete with grammar rules and all. He created a world, Middle-earth, that was more than a mere map with some cultural hotspots, but an entire believable universe that feels so real, one can hardly believe that it does not exist at some point in our own universe's history.

Tolkien's realm of hobbits, elves, dwarves, men, goblins, orcs, balrogs, uruk-hai, and many, many, many more (see list of Middle-earth peoples), is really so vast that one could spend a lifetime studying it, and still not really wrap one's head around its breadth.

It goes beyond his creating one of the most popular stories of all time, in his bestselling books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. The appendices for those books alone begins to unravel the threads of his genius, but in a way, that's only the starting point. During his lifetime he developed, as well as with the help of his son, Christopher, in posthumous publishing and editing, vast histories of different aspects and characters of Middle-earth (see Tolkien bibliography). It's uncanny, really, to think that one man's brain could be so prodigious.

Oh to have sat in on his discussions with him and fellow genius, colleague, and friend, C. S. Lewis, at their favorite pub The Eagle and Child, in Oxford, England, which I've fortunately had the privilege of visiting and imagining just such a conversation... magnificent it would be, just magical.

So here's to you, dear friend beyond the grave and great inspiration to me, you'll always lay claim to my favorite story in the world. Thank you, Professor Tolkien.

Memento Mori (Remember You Die) Day

Today the 3rd of January is Memento Mori (Remember You Die) Day. Now why would I bring up such a depressing subject you say? This is not meant to bring you down at all this is just something to make us all more aware that we all have a time limit, an expiration date of sorts. What do you do with the milk when you know the expiration date is close? Take full advantage of that thing and make the best use of it, we make milkshakes smoothies and start eating all the cereal you can so that money you spent on that gallon doesn't go to waste.

Memento mori (Latin 'remember you die') is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is related to the ars moriendi or “Art of Dying” and related literature. Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character, by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

In art, memento mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality. In the European Christian art context, "the expression… developed with the growth of Christianity, which emphasized Heaven, Hell, and salvation of the soul in the afterlife."

Plato's Phaedo, where the death of Socrates is recounted, introduces the idea that the proper practice of philosophy is "about nothing else but dying and being dead." The Stoics were particularly prominent in their use of this discipline, and Seneca’s letters are full of injunctions to meditate on death.

The thought came into its own with Christianity, whose strong emphasis on divine judgment, Heaven, Hell, and the salvation of the soul brought death to the forefront of consciousness. Many memento mori works are products of Christian art, although there are equivalents in Buddhist art. In the Christian context, the memento mori acquires a moralizing purpose quite opposed to the Nunc est bibendum (now is the time to drink) theme of Classical antiquity. To the Christian, the prospect of death serves to emphasize the emptiness and fleetingness of earthly pleasures, luxuries, and achievements, and thus also as an invitation to focus one's thoughts on the prospect of the afterlife. A Biblical injunction often associated with the memento mori in this context is In omnibus operibus tuis memorare novissima tua, et in aeternum non peccabis (the Vulgate's Latin rendering ofEcclesiasticus 7:40, "in all thy works be mindful of thy last end and thou wilt never sin.") This finds ritual expression in the rites of Ash Wednesday, when ashes are placed upon the worshipers' heads with the words "Remember Man that you are dust and unto dust you shall return."

The most obvious places to look for memento mori meditations are in funeral art and architecture. Perhaps the most striking to contemporary minds is the transi, or cadaver tomb, a tomb that depicts the decayed corpse of the deceased. This became a fashion in the tombs of the wealthy in the fifteenth century, and surviving examples still create a stark reminder of the vanity of earthly riches. Later, Puritan tomb stones in the colonial United States frequently depicted winged skulls, skeletons, or angelssnuffing out candles. These are among the numerous themes associated with skull imagery.

Another example of memento mori is provided by the chapels of bones, such as the Capela dos Ossos in Évora or theCapuchin Crypt in Rome. These are chapels where the walls are totally or partially covered by human remains, mostly bones. The entrance to the former has the sentence "We bones, lying here bare, await for yours."

The famous danse macabre, with its dancing depiction of the Grim Reaper carrying off rich and poor alike, is another well-known example of the memento mori theme. This and similar depictions of Death decorated many European churches. Danse Macabre, Op. 40, is a tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

Timepieces were formerly an apt reminder that your time on Earth grows shorter with each passing minute. Public clocks would be decorated with mottos such as ultima forsan ("perhaps the last" [hour]) or vulnerant omnes, ultima necat ("they all wound, and the last kills"). Even today, clocks often carry the motto tempus fugit, "time flees". Old striking clocks often sportedautomata who would appear and strike the hour; some of the celebrated automaton clocks from Augsburg, Germany, had Death striking the hour. The several computerized "death clocks" revive this old idea. Private people carried smaller reminders of their own mortality. Mary, Queen of Scots, owned a large watch carved in the form of a silver skull, embellished with the lines of Horace.

A version of the theme in the artistic genre of still life is more often referred to as a vanitas, Latin for "vanity". These include symbols of mortality, whether obvious ones like skulls, or more subtle ones, like a flower losing its petals. See the themes associated with the image of the skull.

After the invention of photography, many people had photographs taken of recently dead family members.

Memento mori was also an important literary theme. Well-known literary meditations on death in English prose include Sir Thomas Browne's Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial and Jeremy Taylor'sHoly Living and Holy Dying. These works were part of a Jacobean cult of melancholia that marked the end of the Elizabethan era. In the late eighteenth century, literary elegies were a common genre; Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and Edward Young'sNight Thoughts are typical members of the genre.

Apart from the genre of requiem and funeral music, there is also a rich tradition of memento mori in the Early Music of Europe. Especially those facing the ever-present death during the recurring bubonic plague pandemics from the 1340s onward tried to toughen themselves by anticipating the inevitable in chants, from the simple Geisslerlieder of the Flagellant movement to the more refined cloistral or courtly songs. The lyrics often looked at life as a necessary and god-given vale of tears with death as a ransom and reminded people to lead sinless lives to stand a chance at Judgement Day. Two stanzas typical of memento mori in mediaeval music are from the virelai ad mortem festinamus of the Catalan Llibre Vermell de Montserrat from 1399.

National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

In the United States, there is something to celebrate almost every day. Today is no different. January 3 is National Chocolate Covered Cherries Day.

What are chocolate covered cherries? Chocolate covered cherries usually consist of maraschino cherries smothered in milk chocolate sauce and refrigerated overnight. The sauce consists of butter, cream and semi-sweet chocolate. The cherries are normally covered in sugar prior to being dipped in the chocolate sauce.

The origin of National Chocolate Covered Cherries Day is unknown. In 1929, chocolate covered cherries were introduced by Cella's Confections in New York. Cella's Confections was eventually bought by Tootsie Roll in 1985. Cella's chocolate covered cherries have a 100 percent liquid center for an extra gooey taste.

The main goal in celebrating National Chocolate Covered Cherries Day is to indulge and enjoy the juicy, sweet flavor.

If you like cherries, and if you like chocolate, why not mix the two and treat yourself to chocolate covered cherries.

You can purchase chocolate covered cherries or you can make your own. Just make sure you have enough for everyone so they may enjoy the delicious treat as well.

National Drinking Straw Day

Drinking Straw Day is celebrated annually on January 3rd in the United States!

Happy Drinking Straw Day everyone! On drinking straw day we are encouraged to celebrate the invention of the drinking straw. So enjoy this day by drinking cool drinks with cool straws all day long!

I guess you don't find paper straws that much anymore do you? Yes in deed drinking straws have been improved since that day in 1888 when it was first invented. Now-ah-days, Straws are made of plastic, and include bendy straws, candy straws, and spoon straws too. My alltime favorite straws are fun twirling straws just like the picture shows! There's lots of fun in drinking out of a fun straw- Give it a try! Live Everyday like A Holiday!

"Marvin Chester Stone was the inventor of the modern drinking straw." "He lived in Washington DC most of his life, until his death in 1898."

"The first drinking straws were made of dry, hollow, rye grass." "Stone, who worked in a factory that made paper cigarette holders, did not like this design because it made beverages taste like grass." "As an alternative, on January 3, 1888, he got a piece of paper from his factory." "He wrapped it around a pencil." "He coated it with wax so it would not leak or get waterlogged."

"The drinking straw is a short tube used for transferring a liquid - usually a drink from one location to another (such as from a cup, to one's mouth)." "A thin tube of plastic (such as polypropylene and polystyrene) or other material, straight or with an accordion-like living hinge, it is employed by being held with one end in the mouth and another end in the drink." "Muscular action reduces air pressure in the mouth, whereupon atmospheric pressure forces the drink up the straw." "The first straws were made by the Sumerians, and used for drinking beer (as to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation)." "Argentines and their neighbors use a similar metallic device called bombilla that acts as both a straw and sieve for drinking mate tea. The modern drinking straw was patented in 1888 by Marvin C. Stone."

Women Rock! Day

In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers. Since then, the Hall has added a new class of inductees each year, expanding by January 2008 to 209 honorees in four categories: Performers, Non-Performers, Sidemen and Lifetime Achievers. The category in which the Hall is most conspicuously lacking, however, is women. Of the 159 total inductions in the Performers category, 135 have been of solo male performers or male groups. Only 10 solo female performers and 13 groups containing at least one female performer have been added since the Hall admitted its first woman—Aretha Franklin—on January 3, 1987.

A combination of history and Hall of Fame policy help explain the gender imbalance. To be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, candidates must have released their first album at least 25 years earlier. This means that in its first ten years of existence, the Hall of Fame considered only female rock and roll figures from the1960s and earlier, a period during which there were relatively few prominent women working in what would generally be considered rock and roll. There was Aretha, there were girl groups like the Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas (inducted in 1988 and 1995, respectively) and there was Tina Turner (inducted with Ike in 1991), but beyond those obvious choices, the Hall had to look to three women—LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brown—who were really more R&B than rock and roll.

In its second 10 years, women fared better with the Hall of Fame as artists like the Jefferson Airplane (1996), Joni Mitchell (1997), Bonnie Raitt (2000) and the Pretenders (2005) became eligible for induction. Still, considering how few female artists and groups are likely to be given serious consideration in the coming years—Heart? Joan Jett? Chaka Khan?—the Hall's roster of honorees is a striking reflection of how much rock and roll really has been, and continues to be, a man's world.

For the record, the solo women and groups containing women who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of 2008 are (in order of induction):
  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Supremes
  • LaVern Baker
  • Ike and Tina Turner
  • Ruth Brown
  • Etta James
  • Martha and the Vandellas
  • Janis Joplin
  • The Shirelles
  • Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick)
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips
  • Joni Mitchell
  • The Mamas and the Papas (Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips)
  • Fleetwood Mac (Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks)
  • The Staple Singers
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Talking Heads (Tina Weymouth)
  • Brenda Lee
  • The Pretenders (Chryssie Hind)
  • Blondie (Debbie Harry)
  • The Ronettes
  • Patti Smith
  • Madonna