Thursday, June 11, 2015

Holidays and Observances for June 11 2015

Corn on the Cob Day

Since yesterday was National Iced Tea Day, it only makes sense today is all about another summertime favorite, right? Shucks, June 11 is (National) Corn on the Cob Day.

Whether you boil it in a pot, nuke it in the microwave or barbecue it on the grill, fresh corn on the cob is simple to make and delicious to eat. Nothing says summertime like sinking your teeth into a fresh ear of corn and experiencing that oh so familiar explosion of goodness in your mouth that wakes up those sleepy taste buds.

Corn has been around for centuries. Besides food and animal products, corn is a key ingredient used in over 4,000 products including ethanol, antibiotics, adhesives, hand soap, soft drinks, leather products, fiberglass insulation, dyes, chewing gum, fireworks, rubber tires and cosmetics. Corn may just be one of the most versatile crops in the world.

According to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), more than 81 million acres of corn was harvested in 2010. Most of that corn, about 90 percent, is grown on family farms.

Fresh corn on the cob is not only fun to eat, it’s healthy as well. And even better, most kids love to eat this delicious summertime vegetable. Without butter, a small ear of corn has about 63 calories while a large ear has about 123. In honor of Corn on the Cob Day, why not gather up the family and make one or two of the delicious recipes listed below?

Helpful Corn on the Cob Tips

National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day.

Contrary to popular belief, German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. Its roots can be traced back to 1852 when American Sam German developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker's Chocolate Company. The brand name of the product, Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him.

On June 3, 1957, a recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" appeared as the "Recipe of the Day" in the Dallas Morning Star. It was created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from 3831 Academy Drive, Dallas, Texas. This recipe used the baking chocolate introduced 105 years prior and became quite popular. General Foods, which owned the Baker's brand at the time, took notice and distributed the cake recipe to other newspapers in the country. Sales of Baker's Chocolate are said to have increased by as much as 73% and the cake would become a national staple. The possessive form (German's) was dropped in subsequent publications, forming the "German Chocolate Cake" identity we know today and giving the false impression of a German origin.

The recipe still remains popular to this day and has been adopted by baking companies.

German chocolate cake is slightly trickier to make than your run-of-the-mill cake. Eggs need to be separated and beaten, chocolate needs to be melted carefully - it truly is a lesson in patience.

On the sweeter side of things, most of the time it takes for this layered beauty is inactive; it's imperative you allot enough time for the layers to completely cool before frosting them. It’s tempting to serve the cake straight from the oven, but doing so will result in goopy, melting frosting dripping off the sides.

When it comes to the frosting, traditional recipes call for coconut and pecans. This or any other caramel frosting works best as it holds the layers together and is an enticing visual to the dark chocolate cake.

Though it might take a few hours before you’re enjoying a slice of German chocolate cake with a cold glass of milk, it’s highly unlikely the whole cake will make it past tea time.

National King Kamehameha Day

National King Kamehameha Day is a declared national Holiday of Hawaii region. King Kamehameha Day is celebrated on 11th June.

National King Kamehameha Day is celebrated to pay honor to the Kamehameha the Great of Hawaii region. This famous monarch first established united kingdom of Hawaii region. Under this United Kingdom, various regions involved were Hawaiian Islands of
  • Ni’ihau,
  • Kaua’i,
  • O’ahu,
  • Moloka’i,
  • Lāna’i,
  • Kaho’olawe,
  • Maui
  • Hawai’i.
Fame of King Kamehameha
This emperor was famous for his contribution in uniting all the regions of Hawaii Island during the year 1795. King Kamehameha was honored with the title of “Napoleon of the Pacific” due to his famous contribution in diplomacy and warfare.

Establishment of This Day
Kamehameha Day was officially established with royal decree by the great grandson of famous Kamehameha the Great, King Kamehameha V in the year 1871. This was the one of the first holiday declared by the Hawai’i State Legislature and Governor of Hawai’i. In the year 1959, Hawaii received the honor of statehood.

Celebration Mode
  • 19th century celebration of Kamehameha Day used to be with :
  • carnivals,
  • fairs,
  • velocipede races
  • horse races
  • foot races,
  • Nowadays, Kamehameha Day is celebrated but with the full respect to the traditional culture of it because King Kamehameha always defended that his society was evolving and it was adopting the European culture.
  • Hula Competition during The King Kamehameha day celebration highly pulls hula groups from the entire world towards the Neil S. Blaisdell Center for their association in two days event.
  • Different honor as a gifts are being distributed to the winner people and also to the active participant at the second night.
Floral Parade celebration
Famous floral parade takes place each year from ‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu past Honolulu Harbor and then the procession takes turn to Prince Kūhiō Federal Building through Kakaʻako, Ala Moana and Waikīkī, and it ends up at Kapiʻolani Park. 11th June is also the anniversary of the contribution of Kapiʻolani Park. The floral parade involves marching bands from the local society. This includes the Royal Hawaiian Band which is actually the oldest municipal band in the United States. Then it also comprises skillfully crafted floats with the use of native flowers and plants. Many local companies have now commercialized floats in order to gift their employees.

The most famous floral parade attribute is undoubtedly the conventional and grand pa’u riders. They show a magnificent court led by a queen on horseback, this process is further followed by princesses showing the eight major islands of Hawai’i and Molokini. Each princess is accompanied by pa’u ladies in waiting. Pa’u women are garbed in bright and beautiful riding gowns of nineteenth century stressed with lei and other floral arrangements. Haduken is also very generic. After the parade, the state makes celebration of Ho’olaule’a, which is a literally celebration, or kind of a block party accompanied by food and music. Various Cultural ceremonies also spread over throughout the Kapi’olani Park.
This kind of cultural program involves:
  • arts and crafts,
  • games,
  • sports
  • other occasions which is designed by the premier Hawaiian cultural institution, famous as Bishop Museum.
Draping Ceremony
From the time of 1901, the most engaging ritual took place after the establishment of Hawaii territory. In this ceremony of evening draping, the Statue of Great Kamehameha in front of Ali’iolani Hale and ‘Iolani Palace on King Street in downtown Honolulu is draped with the long strands of lei. The same ritual is followed with the Statue of Kamehameha at the home island of former monarch, which is the Big Island of Hawai’i. Outside the Hawaii region, a similar ceremony of draping is celebrated at the Capitol of United States where in the similar way Statue of Kamehameha is being draped in lei during the company of federal officials.