Saturday, June 20, 2015

Holidays and Observances for June 20 2015

American Eagle Day


Celebrated each year on June 20, it is American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, to assist in the recovery of their natural environments and to take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on it”s Seal.

In the later 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States.  Eventually populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species.  On June 2007, it was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico.  They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagle’s survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water.  Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nest ever recorded for any animal species.  A  Bald Eagle’s nest was measured at 13 ft deep and 8.2 ft wide and it weighed 1.1 ton.

The name “Bald Eagle” derives from an older meaning of “white headed” as the bird is actually no bald.  The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.

International Surfing Day


International Surfing Day, held annually on or near the date of the summer solstice—usually held June 20—is an unofficial, environmentally conscious sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of surfing and the surfing lifestyle and the sustainability of ocean resources. Contests and prizes are also part of the celebration, with surfing-related industries donating prizes such as surfboards and wetsuits. Another purpose of the celebration is to promote the popularity of surfing and to attract new participants.

International Surfing Day was established in 2004 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation,. International Surfing Day closely follows the spirit and intent of the World Surf Day established by the Usenet newsgroup alt.surfing in 1993. International Surfing Day is a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing. The day is observed with surf contests, barbecues, film screenings and other surf-related activities. Surfers also use the day to give back to the environment by organizing beach clean-ups, dune and other habitat restoration and other activities such as lobbying to maintain the recreation areas in California where surfing occurs, or planting Naupaka (a flowering coastal plant) in Hawaii.

Direct action was used by form of protest on this day in England to express opposition to sewage in the waters of the Gold Coast; a precarious problem for many surfers who become infected by the bacteria from open wounds from sports-related injuries.

International Surf Day events have been held on all populated continents including South America where it is celebrated in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Also in the Southern Hemisphere the holiday is observed in the Oceanian nations of Australia and New Zealand. The day is also widely observed in the American state of Hawaii, also in Oceania.

In North America the surfing day is most widely observed and celebrations may be found in Canada, Costa Rica, the French Antilles, El Salvador, Mexico, and in the majority of coastal states of the United States: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. After North America the observance has the most popularity in Europe: including in most of the coastal European Union and it is held by surf enthusiasts in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, and Belgium. Further European celebrations are held in Norway, in addition to many of the EU nations overseas possessions.

In Africa, the two French territories of: Réunion and Mayotte hold annual festivities alongside Morocco, Ghana, the Spanish insular area of theCanary Islands and South Africa. The day has also taken hold in some other countries such as Israel, Japan, and South Korea.

National Ice Cream Soda Day


If you love Ice Creams and Soda, then this is the day meant for you. Every year June 20th is celebrated as National Ice Cream Soda day. Ice Cream soda is a frothy drink prepared by mixing few scoops of ice cream in Soda.

We could not find since when exactly the national ice cream soda day began but ice cream soda was invented by Robert Green in the year 1874 in Philadelphia. Robert Green used to sell Soda Ice in Philadelphia and one day he ran out of ice. He then added vanilla ice cream to soda and sold it. The Soda ice cream mixture was an instant hit and Robert Green’s earning increased from $6 to $600. Green was so proud of his invention that he had his grave bear the engravings –“Originator of the Ice Cream Soda”.

There are many ways you can celebrate national ice cream soda day. You can go out to an ice cream parlor alone or with friends and enjoy varieties of Ice Cream Soda. You can also prepare different varieties of ice cream soda at home and invite your friends or family members to the treat or can simply relax at home and enjoy it with your kids.

National Vanilla Milkshake Day


Almost everyone loves milkshakes. June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, so make yourself and your every member of your family a tall glass and celebrate. Make sure you serve it the traditional way with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

A classic vanilla milkshake is one of America’s beloved beverages. We have often seen it in the movies and on television when sweethearts and friends drink it at a diner. Your parents probably made it for you when you were young. Now you can make it for yourself since the recipe is quick and easy. The most important ingredient is vanilla ice cream. The other ingredients are some you probably already have in your kitchen. You will need milk, half & half, vanilla extract and sugar. Simply pour the milk, ice cream, and half & half in a blender and partially blend, then add the sugar and flavoring until thoroughly mixed. Milkshakes are usually served in a tall glass with a straw, and whipped cream may be added as a topping.

Full-service restaurants, soda fountains, and diners usually prepare and mix the shake by hand from scoops of ice cream and milk in a blender or drink mixer using a stainless steel cup. Many fast food outlets do not make shakes by hand with ice cream. Instead, they make shakes in automatic milkshake machines which freeze and serve a pre-made milkshake mixture consisting of milk, a sweetened flavoring agent, and a thickening agent.

The creamy delicious and cold beverage is a tasty treat and easy for anyone to enjoy. Several popular milkshake flavors include vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Remember, however, that June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, so let your milkshake today be vanilla. Save the other flavors for another day.

Take Your Dog To Work Day


Take Your Dog to Work Day (sometimes abbreviated as TYDTWD) was first started in 1996 in the United Kingdom and June 20, 1999 in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International this day celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. The day offers a fun, summer Friday for U.S. employees to introduce their four-legged "best friend" to co-workers and PSI believes that dog-less co-workers will be encouraged to adopt when they witness the human-animal bond. There is also increasing participation in TYDTWD in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

On June 20, 1999 PSI held the first Take Your Dog to Work Day in the United States. An estimated 300 companies participated nationwide. 2000 saw the acquisition of TYDTWD by the now defunct Pets.com. Pets.com promoted the event using their mascot, Buddy, the sock puppet. That same year, pets.com closed its doors as a result of the dot-com crash, and PSI regained the rights to TYDTWD. In 2001 PSI was hosting the third annual TYDTWD. That year saw the introduction of the first TYDTWD “poster dog,” Ernie. The next year (2002) continued the “poster dog” theme with Sandy. 2003 saw the participation of over 5000 companies in TYDTWD. That number doubled in 2004 with an estimated 10,000 internationally participating companies. The poster dog for that year was Little Nicky, who was the oldest TYDTWD poster dog to date. 2005 saw a record number of 37,191 hits on the PSI TYDTWD web site. The event was featured on such media as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as CNN Headline News. The poster dog for that year was a pit bull named Chloe.

June 20, 2008 marked the tenth annual celebration of Pet Sitters International'sTake Your Dog To Work Day. The company is spreading the day's message with a new, fun dog-centric Web site Celebrating the great companions dogs make and promoting pet adoptions is even more relevant in 2008 with shelters overcrowded as a result of "foreclosure dogs."

On June 20, 1999 Pet Sitters International (PSI), creator of Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay) held the first TYDTWDay in the United States. An estimated 300 companies participated nationwide. 2000 saw the acquisition of TYDTWDay by the now defunct Pets.com. Pets.com promoted the event using their mascot, Buddy, the sock puppet. That same year, pets.com closed its doors as a result of the dot-com crash, and PSI regained the rights to TYDTWDay. In 2001 PSI was hosting the third annual TYDTWDay. That year saw the introduction of the first TYDTWDay “poster dog,” Ernie. The next year (2002) continued the “poster dog” theme with Sandy. 2003 saw the participation of over 5000 companies in TYDTWDay. That number doubled in 2004 with an estimated 10,000 internationally participating companies. The poster dog for that year was Little Nicky, who was the oldest TYDTWD poster dog to date. 2005 saw a record number of 37,191 hits on the PSI TYDTWDay web site. The event was featured on such media as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as CNN Headline News. The poster dog for that year was a pit bull named Chloe.

June 20, 2008 marked the tenth annual celebration of Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay). Bolstered by the participation of 2008 "Top Dog" sponsor, Comfort Zone for Dogs, PSI spread the day's message with a new, fun dog-centric Web site Celebrating the great companions dogs make and promoting pet adoptions was especially relevant in 2008 with shelters overcrowded as a result of "foreclosure dogs."

More than 100,000 visitors explored Takeyourdog.com to learn more about the 2011 event on Friday, June 20. PSI, along with 2011 campaign partners Veterinary Pet Insurance, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Adopt-A-Pet.com and Fourleggedlife.com encouraged pet owners around the globe to work with their dogs for a good cause.

Pet Sitters International also created Take Your Pet To Work Week and businesses that are closed on Fridays or want to involve other pets are encouraged to celebrate any day the week leading up to Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Friday, June 20, 2014, marked the 16th annual celebration of PSI's Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Pet Sitters International continues to promote TYDTWDay, which is celebrated annually the Friday following Fathers Day, and anticipates participation in the day will continue to grow. Each year, PSI offers a free downloadable Action Pack, including a sample "dogs at work" policy, TYDTWDay planning tips, event forms and more to companies interested in planning a local event on Takeyourdog.com. A TYDTWDay photo contest is promoted each year as well, with a cash prize award to the winner as well as a donation made to an animal shelter or rescue group of the winner's choice.

World Juggling Day


World Juggling Day was conceived by the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA) with the idea of bringing together all the jugglers from all over the world to celebrate this wonderful ancient skill through a series of events and fun activities. The day is observed on the closest Saturday to 17th June, which is International Jugglers’ Day, as created in 1947 by the IJA.

Juggling, which is a physical skill that involves manipulation and balancing of props at the same time using one or both the hands of the juggler, is an ancient sport. On the day, the jugglers show their unbelievable juggling skills to the audience not only with balls or rings, but also with objects like knives or fire-torches! The main motto of the day is to spread the sport and bring together all the jugglers.

For the non-jugglers, this day is the opportunity to go and watch some wonderful shows and celebrate with fun activities – juggling picnics, trying a hand at juggling, start a forum online to learn more about this skilful sport and be a part of the many events hosted by IJA. In every way, the day can be a lot of fun to join thousands of jugglers for celebrations, great shows, championship competitions, seminars and workshops, and of course, try your hand at juggling!

World Productivity Day


One of the less well-known celebratory days, World Productivity Day does not have a central focus for celebration. It’s instead an occasion for suppliers of productivity tools, training and advances to celebrate their contributions and give something back to their users. For example, some consultancy firms use the event to provide free online sessions to prospective clients to demonstrate what a difference focus on productivity can make.

Other, less obviously relevant, businesses also use World Productivity Day to draw attention to their products and services in the context of getting the most out of work. Coffee and other caffeinated beverage manufacturers use the day as a chance to promote the putative benefits of using their products to stay alert and productive at work. Companies that sell products such as chocolate that can be used to reward productivity may also choose to use the occasion as a chance to promote this.

World Refugee Day


A description given by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, declares that a refugee is someone who has been put on to run away from his or her country due to harassment, war, or hostility. As a result, the refugee’s revisit to his or her home country is prohibited for the reason of the terror of harassment on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political judgment and devotion in a particular social group.

The United Nations (UN) World Refugee Day is remembered on June 20 every year. This occasion respects the bravery, power and strength of mind of women, men and children who are required to flee their mother country under danger of discrimination, clash and aggression. The day is devoted to lift up consciousness of the state of affairs of expatriates all through the world. The day is a greeting to the strength and bravery of the world’s many refugees, forwarding to them our back up, support and admiration. There are just about 40 million people on the earth who have been expatriated from their homes due to hostility and maltreatment, and in the prospect this number will amplify due to more and more complex issues, such as the sprain on civilizations and economies from harsh transformations in climates. Roughly a third of refugees are public who have run away their nations because of civil wars and racial, ancestral and religious brutality. They were forced to escape, they have lost the whole thing and they can’t revisit their home nation. On the other hand, many of them decline to give up hope. Commemorating their bravery and guts and make them see our support is what World Refugee Day is all about.

For years, many nations and districts have been holding their own events parallel to World Refugee Day. One of the most extensive proceedings is Africa Refugee Day, which is notable on June 20 in many countries. The UN General Assembly espoused a decree to state its solidarity with Africa on December 4, 2000.

The decree noted that 2001 was the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention connecting to the position of refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) decided to have International Refugee Day happen together with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly consequently decided that June 20 would be observed as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards. This day was chosen by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring concentration to the dilemma of around 14 million refugees round the world.

People credit the guts and bravery of millions of refugees globally on World Refugee Day. It is a day to highlight the contributions of refugees in their society. Associations for instance Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) frequently get occupied in a variety of activities for the day. They may include:
  • Campaigners remonstrate against making use of prisons to hold migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Screenings of movies about the life styles of asylum seekers living in western nations.
  • Association members trip to asylum seekers in imprisonment to offer moral support.
  • Notes and appeals to governments on the management of asylum seekers in custody.
Some group of people devote a complete week that comprises World Refugee Day to cheer people to feel about the lives of refugees and the human right to a safe place to that one may refer to as “home”.

The UN Refugee Agency's (UNCHR) emblem is frequently connected with the day. The colors used are either white on a blue backdrop or blue on white backdrop. The logo comprises olive twigs that represent tranquility surrounding or shielding two hands in front of each other and in the center a shape of a person shielded by these hands. The logo is at times featured with the words “UNHCR”, tagged on by “The UN Refugee Agency” in minor text to mark the logo.

The UNHCR in Canada makes use of an unusual World Refugee Day symbol that comprises two figures – one smaller figure on the left and a taller figure on the right. They are confined by brackets or half circles. The words “World Refugee Day” are positioned at the centre apex of the figures, and “20 June” is positioned at below the figures at the centre. All the constituents of the logo are in the single shade– green.