Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Holidays and Observances for May 20 2015

Be a Millionaire Day

If you've ever fantasized about being filthy rich, it may just be your “lucky” day! Although the origins of this annual “holiday” are unknown, May 20 is Be a Millionaire Day!

For millions of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, the real possibility of losing a job, not being able to pay the mortgage or adequately provide for the family, are all too common concerns. Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were wealthy? No more worries about being able to pay all those bills, or worries about health care costs. Just imagine being able to afford that new luxury car, having one or two beautiful homes in scenic locations or jet-setting around the world in your private jet or yacht? Imagine owning a fortune in art, owning a slew of sparkling gems and having that one-of-a-kind ginormous walk-in closet filled with fabulous designer shoes? Ahh, living the lifestyle of the rich and famous sounds pretty darn good, doesn't it?

But if you don’t happen to have an oil field in your back yard and striking gold isn’t in your immediate future, you could always play the lottery, right?

How to Celebrate Be a Millionaire Day:
  • Get some expert advice and invest wisely!
  • If you don’t have one, open a savings account.
  • Have a few extra bucks automatically withdrawn from your paycheck and automatically deposited into your retirement fund.
  • Pay off that credit card!
  • Give! You really do reap what you sow!
  • Live within your means.
  • Play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
  • Buy a lottery ticket!
  • Head over to your nearest casino and hope Lady Luck's got your back!
Although money may not buy happiness, it sure can make life a lot more interesting and a lot less stressful!

Eliza Doolittle Day

The mean old speech teacher made Eliza Doolittle do her vocal exercises again and again and again. And over again, again.

All this while treating her rather badly!

As she daydreams about taking revenge on her teacher, Doolittle dreams of a day when she will be famous, “proper and prim.” She imagines meeting the King; he is so charmed by her that he proclaims:
"Oh, Liza, old thing,I want all of England your praises to sing.Next week on the twentieth of May,I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day!”
This delightful revenge song is in the Broadway show and movie My Fair Lady. It's all about the transformation of a young cockney woman, who earns a grubby living by selling flowers, into a Lady with a capital “L.” The speech teacher is Professor Henry Higgins ('Enry 'Iggins, to Eliza Doolittle), and he does his transforming trick on the “flower girl” in order to win a bet with a colleague. The question that hangs over the movie is—Do these two fall for each other? And maybe even, do they live happily ever after?

Basically, today we celebrate a fictional character's daydream about something that would never, ever happen!

And celebrate we will!
  • It's a great day to watch the movie My Fair Lady.
  • Learn the whole song “Just You Wait.”
  • Do you think that the movie is sexist, according to our modern ideas? And what do you think about the way “upper class” and “lower class” people are depicted?
  • “Elocution” is the study of formal speaking. What is the “proper” or “correct” pronunciation of a word in a world with many different accents?
Would it surprise you to hear that the “right” way to say something is supposed to be the way that the upper class pronounces things? In England, the upper-class English accent is called “the Queen's English.” The accent used by most American news broadcasters is called “General American.”

Of course, in reality there is no one “correct” accent or way of pronouncing words. No matter what 'Enry 'Iggins said, people with regional accents that are different from what are considered “standard” accents are not necessarily less intelligent, less educated, or less “cultured.”

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

Many communities in the United States join in on raising awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children on Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day. It is held on the Wednesday of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, which is on May 19–25.

The EMSC Natural Resource Center hosts an annual event featuring activities and giveaways at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. Many schools, health-related organizations, local communities and medical personnel take part in raising awareness about the need for pediatric emergency medical care. The day is also promoted via social media, newspapers, radio, television, and websites.

The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) every year to celebrate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. The Wednesday within the week-long celebration, from May 19–25, is designated as EMSC Day.

The “Benny the Bearamedic” logo is often seen on t-shirts, mugs, brochures, and other promotional items on EMSC Day.

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day (or "Draw Mohammed Day") was an event held on May 20, 2010, in support of free speech and freedom of artistic expression of those threatened with violence for drawing representations of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It began as a protest against censorship of an American television show, South Park, "201" by its distributor, Comedy Central, in response to death threats against some of those responsible for two segments broadcast in April 2010. Observance of the day began with a drawing posted on the Internet on April 20, 2010, accompanied by text suggesting that "everybody" create a drawing representing Muhammad, on May 20, 2010, as a protest against efforts to limit freedom of speech.

U.S. cartoonist Molly Norris of Seattle, Washington, created the artwork in reaction to Internet death threats that had been made against animators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for depicting Muhammad in an episode of South Park.Depictions of Muhammad are explicitly forbidden by a few hadiths (sayings of and about Muhammad), though not by theQuran. Postings on (under the pen name Abu Talha al-Amrikee; later identified as Zachary Adam Chesser) had said that Parker and Stone could wind up like Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was stabbed and shot to death.

Norris said that if people draw pictures of Muhammad, Islamic terrorists would not be able to murder them all, and threats to do so would become unrealistic. Within a week, Norris' idea became popular on Facebook, was supported by numerous bloggers, and generated coverage on the blog websites of major U.S. newspapers. As the publicity mounted, Norris and the man who created the first Facebook page promoting the May 20 event disassociated themselves from it. Nonetheless, planning for the protest continued with others "taking up the cause". Facebook had an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" page, which grew to over 100,000 participants (101,870 members by May 20). A protest page on Facebook against the initiative, named "Against ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'", attracted slightly more supporters (106,000 by May 20). Subsequently, Facebook was temporarily blocked by Pakistan; the ban was lifted after Facebook agreed to block the page for users in India and Pakistan.

In the media, Everybody Draw Mohammed Day attracted both support from commentators who felt that the campaign represented important issues of freedom of speech, and the need to stand up for this freedom, as well as criticism from other commentators who found the initiative crass, juvenile, and needlessly offensive.

National Employee Health and Fitness Day

National Employee Health and Fitness Day (NEHFD), is a national observance celebrated the third Wednesday in May. It was created to promote the benefits of physical activity for employees through their work site health promotion activities.

“Even though NEHFD is a one day celebration, it raises awareness about the physical and fiscal benefits of establishing and maintaining healthy habits at work,” said Nichole Kelley-Korson, Governor’s Council Director of Active Work Environments. (2006)

How can I promote this program?
  • Sponsor a healthy breakfast or lunch
  • Leave a piece of fruit on each employee’s workstation
  • Host a “fitness walk” during lunch breaks; get the CEO to lead the walk
  • Encourage employees to hand deliver messages rather using e-mail or voicemail
  • Provide work-site health screenings on May 20*
  • Invite a fitness instructor to offer before or after work demonstrations on May 20
How can my company benefit?
  • Increased productivity among employees
  • Reduced rates of absenteeism and sickness
  • Increased well-being among employees
  • Improved physical fitness and stamina
  • Reduced stress among employees
For ways to improve the health of your workplace environment, visit and complete a Designing Health Environments at Work assessment.

National Quiche Lorraine Day

National Quiche Lorraine Day celebrates this French dish that dates back to the 16th century.

A quiche is a savory dish made with eggs as a base and other ingredients added to it. It can be prepared with or without a crust. Basic quiche ingredients are eggs, milk, cream, cheese and spices. Other food items such as onions, mushrooms, ham, bacon or spinach can be added. A quiche Lorraine is made with a pastry crust, bacon and Swiss cheese as the add-ins.
Named for the Lorraine region of France -- and borrowing from "kuchen," the German word for cake that was eventually altered to "kische" -- the quiche Lorraine is a hallmark French dish that dates back to the 16th century and is still served in France as a light lunch available at boulangeries, or a first course or hors d'oeuvre at dinnertime.
Julia Child, in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, described the original quiche Lorraine as an open pie with a filling consisting of an an egg and cream custard with smoked bacon or lardons. Today, in France, the quiche Lorraine is filled with beaten eggs, créme fraîche and bacon pieces all baked in a flaky pastry shell, but it's still served without the addition of cheese (in the U.S. we often add Gruyere). The addition of onions technically makes it a "quiche Alsacienne."

National Strawberry Picking Day

When fresh fruit comes along, you must pick it. May 20 is National Strawberry Picking Day!

Nothing says springtime like fresh fruit, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking your own. This time of year fruit farms across the country open their gates to let the general public help themselves to their latest crops.

Picking your own fruit isn’t only a fun outing with family or friends; it’s also an opportunity to meet and support local farmers. You get a better sense of how the food you enjoy is cultivated, and smaller farms often use more sustainable growing practices.

When you’re picking strawberries, make sure to choose plump, bright red berries as those are the ripest. Strawberries also ripen off the vine, so picking green-tinged ones isn’t advised. Also, don’t be fooled by the big berries; the smaller ones are usually the sweetest.

It’s inevitable that you’ll pick way more strawberries than you’ll actually need. Luckily, very few neighbors and friends can resist a pint of fresh picked strawberries. They also freeze well once you’ve hulled them. You can turn your fruit loot into jam, dessert, syrup for cocktails, a healthy alternative to candy, ice cream or sorbet and smoothies, to name a few. But don’t wash your berries before storing them in the fridge as this encourages spoiling.

A few non-fruit related tips for strawberry picking – don’t forget the sunscreen, have a way to transport your berries home softly and safely, and consider taking a picnic lunch.

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

This year May 21 is Turn Beauty Inside Out Day. The TBIO campaign is focused on counterbalancing the negative and unhealthy images of women seen in the media and creating positive definitions of beauty that focus more on internal beauty, defined by who you are, rather than your external appearance.

Every day, we are bombarded with unhealthy messages about health in music, film, television, and advertising. In 2000, a group of girls our age decided to do something about it. They began the TBIO celebration as a way of promoting healthy media images and as critical analysis of sexism in media. Today’s celebration is meant to be of inner beauty– of conviction, caring, and taking action. Girls and boys around the world need to realize that beauty truly is more than just someone’s outer appearance. We need to begin focusing on seeing beauty as who we are and what we do, not how we look.

A female in today’s day and age can be considered the most stunning person on the planet in terms of outside appearance, but if they have an ugly personality, all of this physical beauty is quickly masked. No amount of makeup can hide “ugly on the inside”. There is no cosmetic surgery for your personality. As Smart Girls, we should be aware that our personalities and stunning achievements tell more about us, and let us shine and stand out more than our outward appearances may. Of course, we all want to be considered beautiful. But we already are each individually beautiful in our own way, because there is no one definition of beauty. Rather than focus on improving how we look on the outside, we should always strive to make our inner beauty shine forth even more brightly than it already does.

Granted, turning beauty inside out isn’t always easy. So what’s the secret? Simple: be the best version of yourself. If you embrace who you are and do what you love to do, people won’t be able to help but notice how incredible you are. There is nothing more beautiful than confidence and happiness. Let your inner light shine through, and people will notice your real beauty, rather than judge you by what the world says is beautiful.

Weights and Measures Day

Like most people out there, you’re probably confused about what your baby weighed at birth. Well, you should be, because there’s only one day a year that anybody bothers to convert from dram to gram and from gram to grain, and that’s Weights and Measures Day.

We celebrate this day by taking children’s measurements, weighing the cats and checking that the king size bed matches the country’s guidelines. We also hold a moment of silence for those measurements that have become obsolete, such as the chalder or chaldron, the clove, the scruple, and as soon as that time is up, we proceed by making snotty remarks about the Indian candy, the Chinese catty and tan, the Japanese chin, the jupiter, the kip, and the slug, all valid measurements, as hilarious as they may sound to us. We then conclude by vigorously proclaiming the superiority of the metric or the imperial system, whichever of the two applies.

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day raises awareness of autoimmune arthritis diseases through various events, including a virtual convention that lasts for nearly 2 days. The day falls on May 20 each year.

Each year, a virtual convention is held involving non-profit organizations, supporters, and educators around the world. The convention begins on May 19 and finishes on May 21 and involves thousands of people going online for the event. Awareness campaigns about arthritic diseases are also promoted in print, social media, and on radio and television around this time of the year.

The first official World Autoimmune Arthritis Day was held on May 20, 2012. The day raises awareness for arthritic diseases such as:
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
  • Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA).
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
  • Primary Sjogren's Syndrome (SS).
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE).
  • Still's Disease.
  • Juvenile Arthritis (JA).
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD).
  • Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease/Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy (UCTD/USpA).
The International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement, The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), which hosted previous World Arthritis Days, and the American Arthritis Foundation work together in promoting World Autoimmune Arthritis Day.

'Autoimmune arthritis' is a term coined by the The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis in 2009 and is used to classify diseases caused by immune system malfunction with primary joint involvement. Autoimmune diseases are chronic, inflammatory, and systemic (they can affect the whole body). Whilst there are many types of arthritis and autoimmune diseases, there are relatively few diseases which fall into both arthritis and autoimmune disease categories.

38 organizations (non-profit and government) from around the globe participated in last years event. Year on year this event is growing. It's estimated that the official website for this awareness campaign will be receiving approximately 50,000 unique visitors this year with between 40 to 60 participating organizations.

World Metrology Day

On World Metrology Day, recognized every May 20th, more than 80 countries celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives. Each year, World Metrology Day is organized jointly by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), with the participation of the national organizations responsible for metrology.

World Metrology Day celebrates the signing of the Metre Convention by representatives of seventeen nations, an event which took place on May 20, 1875. This international agreement is also known as the "Treaty of the Metre." The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and its industrial, commercial and societal application, as well as coordinating the development of the metric system. At first, the treaty was just concerned with mass and length measurement, but was revised in 1921 to cover all physical measurements. In 1960 the system of units was redefined as the International System of Units (SI). The original aim of the Metre Convention remains as important today as it was in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a coherent measurement system worldwide.

This year's World Metrology Day theme is "Measurements and the Global Energy Challenge." Due to the current global energy challenge, this year’s focus will be on the topic of energy. Several factors contribute to our current energy challenge. The growing energy demands of emerging nations, the need to reduce greenhouse gases, rising fuel costs and the need for secure energy supplies all lead to a requirement for a diversity of energy sources, including renewable sources. Metrologists worldwide are challenged to meet the needs of this new diversified energy environment, assuring accurate measurement throughout the field of energy.

Businesses, laboratories and other organizations involved in measurement science have celebrated World Metrology Day in a variety of creative ways. These have included formal presentations and informal parties, as well as educational talks in schools on the history of metrology, information on base measurement units and how measurements affect everyday life. Metrologist Worldwide News Magazine would like to publish your World Metrology Day Celebration!. SEND YOUR TEXT AND PHOTOS TO lstone(at)ncsli(dot)org
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