Monday, June 1, 2015

Holidays and Observances for June 1 2015

Dare Day

Dare Day is always on June 1st. Dare Day is a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. It's a day that daredevils truly relish. Today is definitely a call to action. It is not a day for procrastinators or for hesitation.

Dares take all forms and shapes. The type of dare is almost limitless. Whether it is a prank, a challenge to accomplish something, or a personal action (like asking someone out on a date), this is the day to make the dare. And, its the day to do the dare. We do suggest that dares be safe, and of course, legal....... 

Daring to the max: To dare someone to do something risky or challenging is one thing. Declaring the "double dog dare" heightens the challenge. The highest degree of challenge is to "triple dog dare" someone. It should not be used lightly, or frequently. 

The most important DARE: We believe the most important dare is the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. 

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did discover, that Dare County, England celebrates a Dare Day on the First Saturday in June. It is possible, that this is the origin of the day. We "double dog" dare you to find more information about this day!

Flip a Coin Day

Flip a Coin Day is celebrated on June 1st of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Flip a Coin Day.

Coin flipping, coin tossing, cross and pile, or heads or tails is the practice throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives, sometimes to resolve a dispute between two parties.  It is a form of sortition which inherently has only two possible and equally likely outcomes.

The historical origin of coin flipping is the interpretation of a chance outcome as the expression of divine will.  Coin flipping as a game was known to the Romans as “navia aut caput” ‘ship or head’, as some coins had a ship on one side and the head of the emperor on the other.  In England, this game was referred to as cross and pile, and in the 19th century California frontier, as Indian or Wheat.

Two-Face, the comic book super-villain (most famously as a member of Batman rogues gallery), has a double-headed coin with one side defaced – a parallel to his actual character, because one side of his face is deformed – which he relies upon for all of his decisions.  He will do evil if it lands on the faced side, and good on the other side.  The coin is also representative of alter-ego Harvey Dent’s obsession with dualism and the number 2.

Global Day of Parents

The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honors parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

In its resolution, the General Assembly also noted that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

The resolution recognizes the role of parents in the rearing of children and invites Member States to celebrate the Day in full partnership with civil society, particularly involving young people and children.

Parents of every race, religion, culture and nationality in all parts of the world are the primary caregivers and teachers of their children, preparing them for a happy, fulfilling and productive life. Parents are the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies.

Parents and children's rights
The principles outlined in the international human rights framework apply both to children and adults. Children are mentioned explicitly in many of the human rights instruments; standards are specifically modified, or adapted, where the needs and concerns surrounding a right are distinct for children. The Convention on the Rights of the Child brings together the children’s human rights articulated in other international instruments. This Convention articulates the rights more completely and provides a set of guiding principles that fundamentally shapes the way in which we view children.

All children have the same rights. All rights are interconnected and of equal importance. The Convention stresses these principles and refers to the responsibility of children to respect the rights of others, especially their parents. By the same token, children's understanding of the issues raised in the Convention will vary depending on the age of the child. Helping children to understand their rights does not mean parents should push them to make choices with consequences they are too young to handle.

The Convention expressly recognizes that parents have the most important role in the bringing up children. The text encourages parents to deal with rights issues with their children "in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child" (article 5). Parents, who are intuitively aware of their child's level of development, will do this naturally. The issues they discuss, the way in which they answer questions, or the discipline methods they use will differ depending on whether the child is 3, 9 or 16 years of age.

Traditionally in many societies, fathers have been moral teachers, disciplinarians and breadwinners.  In many countries, there is now an increased emphasis on the father’s role as a co-parent, fully engaged in the emotional and practical day-to-day aspects of raising children. Recent research has affirmed the positive impact of active involvement by fathers in the development of their children.

Yet challenges persist for fathers -- and for society and social policy.  Too many men have difficulty assuming the responsibilities of fatherhood, often with damaging consequences to families, and inevitably, society at large.  Some fathers inflict domestic violence or even sexual abuse, devastating families and creating profound physical and emotional scars in children. Others abandon their families outright and fail to provide support.  Researchers continue to explore how the presence or absence of fathers can affect children, in areas such as school achievement and crime.

At the international level, migration forces many fathers to often face separation from their families.  Migrant fathers may encounter a starkly different concept of fatherhood in their country of destination than what they knew in their home country -- and may even be rejected by their children as they grow up in a new society. 

The HIV/AIDS crisis challenges fathers worldwide as it demonstrates the critical importance of sexual responsibility for fathers and all men. The crisis also challenges men to become father figures to children who have been left orphaned by the disease.

These challenges all highlight the deep and universal need for positive father figures in families. As our understanding of fatherhood grows, there is an opportunity for men to re-envision imaginatively what it means to be a father and to see opportunities to make a difference in communities.

Mothers play a critical role in the family, which is a powerful force for social cohesion and integration.  The mother-child relationship is vital for the healthy development of children. And mothers are not only caregivers; they are also breadwinners for their families. Yet women continue to face major -- and even life-threatening -- challenges in motherhood.

Childbirth, which should be a cause for celebration, is a grave health risk for too many women in developing countries.  Improving maternal health is the Millennium Development Goal on which the least progress has been made. A woman in a least-developed country is 300 times more likely to die in childbirth, or from pregnancy-related complications, than a woman in a developed country.  We must make pregnancy and childbirth safer by enabling health systems to provide family planning, skilled attendants at birth and emergency obstetric care.

Violence against women, many of whom are mothers, remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time. It has far-reaching consequences -- endangering the lives of women and girls, harming their families and communities, and damaging the very fabric of societies.  Ending and preventing violence against women should be a key priority for all countries.

We must also ensure universal access to education. The benefits of educating women and girls accrue not only to individual families, but to whole countries, unlocking the potential of women to contribute to broader development efforts. Statistics also show that educated mothers are much more likely to keep their children in school, meaning that the benefits of education transcend generations.

As we strive to support mothers in their care-giving work, we should develop and expand family-friendly policies and services, such as childcare centers that would reduce some of the workload placed on women. Women and men, alike, need stronger public support to share equally in work and family responsibilities.  Families built on the recognition of equality between women and men will contribute to more stable and productive societies.

Heimlich Maneuver Day

When it comes to holidays, this annual day raises awareness about a life-saving technique used around the world. Ever since Dr. Henry Heimlich “invented” the emergency procedure back in 1974, this life-saving maneuver has saved drowning and choking victims all over the globe. June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day.

According to Merriam-Webster, the procedure, which uses abdominal thrusts to force air from the lungs, is defined as:
The manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen of a choking victim to force a foreign object from the trachea.
According to the American Red Cross, choking causes over 3,000 deaths per year. Touted as the “best rescue technique in any choking situation,” the maneuver saved its first chocking victim one week after the technique was published. Heimlich also introduced the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve which saved thousands of soldiers who were shot during the Vietnam War.

Life-saving Resources
Don’t wait until an emergency occurs – learn how to perform this simple procedure. You may just save someone’s life!

International Children's Day

International children's day is celebrated on the 1st of June each year, though it is not a common phenomenon in many countries. children's day is often confused with Universal Children's Day which is celebrated on November 20th. 

History of International Children’s Day
The ICD is said to have originated in turkey in 1920(April 23) and later in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925.children's day was a coincidence that two very important events took place on 1st June 1925. The first was the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva and at the same time the Chinese consul-general in San Francisco gathered a number of Chinese orphans to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.Since both these incidents had the idea of child welfare at their core, 1st of June began to be celebrated as International children's day thereafter but it were largely restricted to the communist countries and continue to be restricted, even after the atrophying of communism. There is often little public awareness of International children's day in the western world and the central Asian continent.

International Children’s Day Celebration in Different Country
Most of the nations in the western world, the Middle East, Africa and the southern hemisphere have their own particular so called "Children's day", which they celebrate during different times of the year. Australia celebrates "Children's Day" on the fourth Wednesday of October. Brazil celebrates children's day on October 12th, which is also the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, a public holiday in Brazil. In India children's day is celebrated on the 14th of November, in honor of the birthday of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (the first prime minister of free India) owing to his excessive fondness of children. 

International Children’s Day in Europe
However, being a prominent phenomenon in Europe, International children's day has acquired an important place in the agenda of United Nations and its concerned agencies, especially UNICEF (United Nations international children's emergency fund). This year children welfare is also going to be an important point of discussion in the G8 summit meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany from the 6th to 8th June (owing to it's proximity to 1st June). The major concerns will be poverty in the African nations and the prevention on HIV among children in the same nations. 

International Children’s Day at China
This year on the 1st of June, as part of the tradition in China (one of the nations that laid the foundations of this day) the celebrations went on in full swing when Chinese President, Hu Jintao, spend the day playing games with children. Hu, accompanied by a group of high-ranking officials, visited a kindergarten and a primary school at a small town of the Daxing District in southern Beijing, which mainly take in children of nearby farmers and migrant workers. Hu joined the children in playing with toy bricks at the kindergarten and played basketball and rope skipping with students at the school.

Recognition of International Children’s Day
Despite of the prominence that International children's day gets in nations like China and Poland, it practically remains an arcane in the majority of nations of the world. However, what demarcates it from other public holidays is the hope that it sheds over the future of children, the architects of tomorrow, especially those thriving for "just existence" in the underdeveloped world. The participation of agencies like UNICEF, G8 and other charitable organizations makes it an endeavor that is a giant leap towards peace and unification of humanity giving all those involved in the process that the world is ONE FAMILY.

National Go Barefoot Day

Whether you stand on your feet all day long, wear those super-stylish but super uncomfortable pricey designer shoes or are sick and tired of tired, aching feet, kick off those shoes and let those tootsies loose! June 1 is National Go Barefoot Day. With the unofficial start of summer and warmer weather “underfoot,” now’s the perfect time to “kick” off this holiday and go bare – foot, that is.

Go Barefoot for a Good Cause
While many of us may relish the thought of going barefoot all day long, National Go Barefoot Day is actually an annual event with a “sole-ful” cause. National Go Barefoot Day was launched by the folks at Soles4Souls in an effort to encourage donations of new and like-new shoes to those less fortunate and victims of natural disasters. After the tsunami disaster in 2004, the non-profit group started a campaign to raise shoes for tsunami victims. More than 17 million pair of shoes has been distributed to folks all over the world since 2005.

It is estimated 300 million children around the world lack adequate shoes. Clothes4Souls, Hope4Souls and Travel4Souls are now also part of the organization.

How to Celebrate National Go Barefoot Day
  • Change your Facebook profile picture to shoes or bare feet.
  • Clean out the closet and donate those gently used pair of shoes to a charitable organization in your neck-of-the-woods or the Soles4Souls organization.
  • Host a shoe drive in your classroom, school, office or neighborhood.
  • Treat yourself to a nice pedicure and put your best foot forward!
  • Go for a nice long walk on the beach.
  • Walk on the grass.
  • On a less serious note, ask your significant other for a nice, long foot massage.
  • If you have a friend or a loved one who is having a difficult time, stop and reflect what they are going though and take a moment and “walk in their shoes.”

National Hazelnut Cake Day

You’ll think you've died and gone to hazelnut heaven – June 1 is National Hazelnut Cake Day.

Just imagining anything hazelnut brings to mind that creamy, dreamy chocolate-hazelnut spread, but hazelnuts are pretty spectacular on their own, plus they’re good for you too!

Still, one of the best ways to enjoy them is to bake them into a cake you’ll never forget.

Just like there’s more than one way to peel a hazelnut skin, these namesake cakes offer different flavors to suit any mood.  You can go traditional, with hazelnuts chopped and baked into a simple indulgence, stack it up and cover it in chocolate buttercream or make a chocolate hazelnut torte “cloaked” in caramel sauce.

Other ideas to get your noggin feeling hazelnutty: Flourless chocolate hazelnut cake, hazelnut brown butter cake, upside down hazelnut banana cake or torta alla gianduia (chocolate hazelnut cake).

If you just can’t wait another minute, stick a spoon in a jar full of Nutella.  I’ll be in my pantry, doing the same thing.

Pen Pal Day

It's not exactly a Hallmark holiday yet - but now is the time to celebrate a special holiday for your special pen pal friends.

Several years back, famous American penpaller Rosie Tholl decided it was time to have a special day to tell pen pal friends just how meaningful their friendship was, and she picked a comfortable date with no close-by holiday and so, JUNE 1ST as PEN PAL DAY, began.

Rosie had been instrumental in starting state pen pal picnics, encouraging and doing newsletter publications for pen pals, and in the formation of Pen Pals United which quickly became international.

She knew early on how special pen pal friends were, and she wanted her pen pal friends to share the message too, so in her own newsletter, she decided to announce a Pen Pal Day celebration, and asked that each pen pal pick any or all of their special pen pal frends and tell them just how special their friendship was.

As long as she continued her newsletter, which is no longer available, she continued to publicize this event and it has continued to be mentioned in a few pen pal publications, but this year it would be really nice if it were carried on in an even bigger way and wider publication be made possible.

In the years since, some pals have continued to notify their pals on June 1st that it is time to celebrate their special pen pal friendship, and of course, very few pals have heard of this before and often question where the idea came from. Many being thinking, this is now a wonderful idea to be carried forward,as they make an effort to remember it the next time it comes around.

So, this is your reminder at this time to take part in PEN PAL DAY this JUNE FIRST. Start planning how to remember your pals on that day. The simplest way, of course, is a simple heartfelt message to your special pals, telling them how important they are in your life. Appropriate tuck in gifts or any small gifts are optional. I have thought that something with an angel theme is appropriate. Design your own card for this occasion. It is meant to e spontaneous and original, since you can't go to the local card shop and find something. Your own messages should reflect something known only to the two of you that makes your friendship special.

And REMEMBER -- Every Holiday had to Start Some Place!

Say Something Nice Day

On May 27th, 2010, Mayor Keith Summey of the City of North Charleston issued a proclamation declaring the month of June as Better Communication Month and June 01 as Say Something Nice Day. Integral to any healthy relationship is communication and the perception that we are appreciated within the context of that relationship.

There is a saying that “it doesn't cost you anything to be nice” and another than says “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” (we’ll reserve discussion of why one would want to catch flies for some other time…..). Life is challenging and with all the things people juggle in their day-to-day lives it is easy to forget the social graces and little things that help make the world a happier place. Here are a few tips to help you have a great Say Something Nice Day.
  • Start with yourself. Affirmations remain an excellent way to set the tone for the day. A great one to try is Written by Ralph Marston, this website provides daily affirmations (every day except Sunday) and you can subscribe so that the affirmations are delivered to your email daily. If you start your day with a positive attitude, you are likely to carry it through the day and handle stresses a little better.
  • Smile. Non-verbal communication can be as effective as verbal communication. At work, smile before you answer the phone. Believe or not, it does influence the way you come across to the caller. As you pass people in the hall or on the street, smile and say “good morning. The natural response to a smile is to return the smile. That pleasantry just might turn someone else’s day around.
  • Reach out to a friend you have not spoken with in a while. We tend to take for granted that our loved ones will always be around. But so many things can happen and people can be removed from our lives when we least expect it. There are not many feelings worse than losing someone and having there be things that were left unsaid. Since today is Say Something Nice Day, I challenge you to pick two people you've not spoken with in a while, think about the 1 or 2 things you would say to them if you knew that you would never see them again. Then reach out to those people and say it.
  • Write a love letter. Valentine’s Day isn't the only day we can express ourselves to the person (or persons as the case may be….) we love. Writing is an excellent outlet for our passion, it is often unexpected and the person now has something tangible that they can read over and over again. A well crafted love letter can easily become the gift that keeps on giving.
Thanks to the internet, we are flooded with news – news of war, news of crimes, news of natural disasters. Sometimes it feels like there is no break from the bad news. Treating each other well is one way that we can change the tide of negative energy and affect positive change in our lives and the lives of those around us. At the end of the day, it’s just nice to be nice. Happy Say Something Nice Day!

Stand For Children Day

Stand for Children is an American education advocacy group. Founded in 1996 following a Children's Defense Fund rally the non-profit helps organize around changes in public education. Since 1999, Stand members have affected policy reforms and used over $3.5 billion in public funding for programs to impact the lives of nearly 3.9 million children. Over the years, Stand has shifted its focus from children’s issues to improving public education funding to changing the public education system. The organization is includes both a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization called Stand for Children, as well as a 501(c)(3) training organization called Stand for Children Leadership Center.

On June 1, 1996, over 300,000 people rallied in Washington, DC for “Stand for Children Day” at the Lincoln Memorial. This event was the largest demonstration for children in US history, in support of children. Rosa Parks, civil rights movement icon, made a statement that challenged the people of nation to commit themselves to improving the lives of children, saying, "If I can sit down for justice, you can stand up for children." Two days later, the cover of Time Magazine featured a young girl’s face with the headline, “Who Speaks for Kids?,” and an article inside had an interview with long-time children’s activist Marian Wright Edelman, the mother of Stand’s CEO and co-founder, Jonah Edelman.

Following their work at the rally, Jonah Edelman and Eliza Leighton founded Stand for Children seeking to pursue ongoing advocacy for the nation’s children. The organization backed hundreds of rallies nationwide over the next two years,[9] before moving toward more systemic changes. Today, Jonah Edelman is the CEO of Stand for Children, and Eliza Leighton is a member of the Board of Directors of Stand for Children Leadership Center.

Edelman opened a series of offices around the United States. Two of those, in Oregon and Tennessee, are still home to Stand offices, and Portland, Oregon is the seat of Stand’s headquarters, where Edelman moved in 1999. At the start, the ways in which the organization sought to help children were sweeping in scope, while victories were very localized. Over time, Stand grew in the direction of focusing on statewide issues—particularly public education funding, which seemed of highest concern to parents and other community members.

Since 1999, Stand has claimed over 100 state and local victories, affecting billions of dollars in public funding and the lives of nearly 4 million children. After seeing successes in the effort to increase funding for public education, the organization decided to reassess its efforts. The organization saw that the problems it sought to solve couldn’t simply be dealt with from a financial angle but rather needed to be addressed with a vision for systemic change. Currently, Stand is in a strategic expansion phase, broadening its reach to states where it believes it can make the most significant difference for children at all levels of government.

World Milk Day

World Milk Day will be celebrated by the people all over the world on the 1st of June.

World Milk Day was first celebrated in 2001 all across the world by the participation of many countries. The number of participating countries in the celebration is increasing year by year. Since then, it is celebrated every year focusing to publicize the activities related to the milk and milk industries all through the world. This celebration has been nationalized by organizing celebration related activities on national and international level. It is celebrated to increase the public awareness about the importance of milk and milk products for everyone throughout the whole life.

World Milk Day was first established to be celebrated every year on world level on 1st of June by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. It was selected on 1st of June as the national milk day was already being celebrated by many countries during this time.

World Milk Day is celebrated by the people all across the world on annual basis on 1st of June. It is celebrated to increase the common public awareness about all aspects of the natural milk such as its natural origin, milk nutritional value and various milk products including its economic importance throughout the globe. It has been started celebrating in several countries (Malaysia, Colombia, Romania, Germany, United Arab Emirates, USA and etc) by the participation of various consumers and employees of milk industries.

Milk is focused as the global food throughout the celebration of world milk day. Varieties of promotional activities (describing the importance of milk as a healthy and balanced diet) are launched by the International Dairy Federation on its website online. Various members of the health organizations take part in the celebration to work together in order to distribute the message of milk importance to the common public through the promotional activities all through the day.

World Milk Day celebration has impacted large population to understand them the reality of milk. Milk is great source of all the healthy nutrients required by the body (calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, iron, potassium, folates, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, protein, healthy fat and etc. It is very energetic diet provides instant energy to the body as it contains high quality proteins including both essential and non-essential amino acids and fatty acids.

As milk is an important food for everyone and must to add in the balanced diet on daily basis, world milk day celebration has brought an effective revolution among the common public about the importance of milk. World milk day celebration brings a perfect opportunity every year for each one all through the word to get the new messages about adding milk in the balanced diet. It is celebrated by the association members on national and international level by working together to convey the message among public through lots of promotional activities.

World milk day celebration was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 2001 in order to encourage common social public about the milk and dairy products consumption as their daily diet. All aspects of the milk are annually celebrated through this event in many countries all around the world. The number of countries want to take part in the celebration is increasing every year to bring more effect.

Variety of activities related to the theme of the celebration is organized by the NGO, private and government health organizations including screen consumer education project of milk by SAMPRO (South African Milk Processors’ Organization), communication programs aiming to target markets and etc to promote milk health and nutritional advantages.

Press releases, articles, news and etc are published to highlight the nutritional health benefits of the milk among consumers. Free milk distribution camps are organized on national level engaging the local celebrities to distribute the free milk packets among children. It is celebrated by the National Dairy Council online through many activities. Various other programs like discussion, quiz competitions, sports activities, essay writing and etc are organized in the schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions to encourage students.