Thursday, March 5, 2015

Holidays and Observances for Mar 5 2015

Nametag Day

If you've ever attended a meeting, reunion or class, chances are pretty good you've been asked to wear one whether you wanted to or not. You know what they are - those annoying identification badges that you either self-stick or pin on your lapel or shirt that say, "Hello. My Name is _______________." Well believe it or not, there is actually a special day of the year dedicated to name tags.

What's in a Name? Nametag Day, also referred to as National Nametag Day, is an annual event that takes place during the first complete week in March, during the yearly Celebrate Your Name Week. This year's event occurs on March 5.

Other special days during the week-long event include Namesake Day, Fun Facts About Names Day, Unique Names Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, Middle Name Pride Day and Descendants Day. No foolin'!

Whether your name is a traditional one, unusual one or trendy one, be sure to celebrate Nametag Day by proudly wearing a name tag all day long. And you never know. Maybe that little tag will come in handy just in case you forget your own moniker! And if you aren't too fond of yours, why not be someone else just for the day and make one up?

National Absinthe Day

Fancy a visit from the green fairy? - March 5 is National Absinthe Day!

St. Patrick's Day is still more than a week away, but it's the perfect day to get your green drink on! Throw on your flapper dress or fedora in celebration of this vampy beverage.

This naturally green and highly alcoholic drink has a distinct flavor that combines green anise, wormwood, sweet fennel, culinary herbs and at times, a whole lot of sugar.

Absinthe has quite a history and memorable taste. Gaining popularity in France during the 1800's among artists and writers because it was pegged as particularly bohemian, it made its way to the U.S. as a famed favorite during Prohibition.

A chemical compound, thujone, could be traced in scant amounts to absinthe, and was immediately blamed as an addictive psychoactive drug with harmful effects. It was banned in the U.S. and Europe in 1915, but that didn't stop people from quaffing "la fée verte," or its nickname, "the green fairy."

But it turns out that the harmful effects were greatly exaggerated, and absinthe received a welcoming revival in the 1990's after the bans were removed. Now, nearly 200 brands are produced here and across Europe.

Join the ranks of Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh by raising a glass to this controversially sweet beverage - just don't let it go to your head.

National Cheese Doodle Day

It’s National Cheese Doodle Day! Cheese doodles are a snack food made with cornmeal that has been puffed, baked, and coated with cheddar cheese. Morrie Yohai invented the cheese doodle in the 1940's. After serving as a Marine in World War II, he returned to his home in the Bronx and took over the family business—a snack food company called Old London Foods.

During the 1960's, Wise Foods, Inc. acquired the company and cheese doodles became part of the potato chip division. Today, cheese doodles are one of Wise's strongest brands. The company produces over 15 million pounds of cheese doodles each year. That’s enough to fill 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

To celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day, pick up a bag of cheese doodles to share with friends!

Multiple Personality Day

March 5 is all about you - and you! It's Multiple Personality Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates the many faces of, well, you! Do you ever notice you are in a good mood with certain people and a downright lousy mood with others? Do you tend to be more polite to strangers than to your own family members? Why is that?

While this event may take a lighthearted look at our various personalities, it also can help shine the spotlight on a serious disorder that affects many people around the world.

Multiple Personality Disorder
According to Psychology Today, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is a "severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in - and alternately take control of - an individual." DID is believed to be an effect of severe childhood trauma.

Symptoms can include a presence of two or more distinct personalities and the inability to recall very personal information. Each personality has its own age and gender with its own gestures and ways of talking. Some personalities may even be animals. "Switching" to a different personality can occur quickly or take days, according to WebMD. Other symptoms may include depression, mood swings, sleep and eating disorders, phobias, alcohol and/or drug abuse and suicidal tendencies. Diagnosis takes time - often years - to properly diagnose. While there currently is no cure, long-term treatment is quite successful.

World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 18th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 5th March 2015 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

What happens? Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, we can send millions of book vouchers to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country).

It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.