Friday, June 26, 2015

Holidays and Observances for June 26 2015

Beautician's Day

We all need a little help looking our best now and then, and Beautician’s Day celebrates those cosmetological experts who can help hide our flaws and bring out the absolute best of our beauty. There are multiple disciplines within the realm of cosmetology, including such areas as skin care, manicures, electrology, hair care, and cosmetic application. When it’s a special day for you, it’s always good to remember that without these, we could be locked in a perpetual bad hair day. The world of fashion and style is in constant flux, evolving with the changing of the seasons, and these wonderful navigators of the beauty world will see you through.

Cosmetics is one of the foundations of the beauticians art, with the knowledge of how colors, skin tones, and hair color all come together to create the unique pallete that is your skin. Cosmetics have to be carefully selected to enhance your natural features, with considerations needing to be taken for dry skin, oily skin, and the always tricky combination skin. While most people think merely of the colorants that are standard ‘make-up’, cosmetics actually include those products used for treating the various issues tied into the nature of your skin.

Skin care is done through a variety of methods, and Beautician’s Day is a great time to check in with your cosmetologist to help you adjust for your new look. There are several processes involved in properly caring with your skin, including regular cleansing, masks (such as clay-based, peel masks, sheet masks, and others). Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin to help the fresh new skin underneath truly shine, or to even out rough spots on your skin. Combining these habits with Toning, moisturizing, and products to protect your skin from skin and wind damage.

But what is perfect skin without the glowing, healthy hair to back it up? Just like your skin, hair has different characteristics, some is naturally curly, or long and straight, some is fine, and others thick, and just like face, hair can suffer from being oily or dry. There’s so much that can be done with hair, with coloring being one of the most popular options, serving to perfectly compliment your natural coloration. There are hundreds of different hair styles, each one serving to compliment your face in a different way. Beautician’s Day is a great opportunity to consult them on what styles would look best on you.

Another great way to celebrate is to get together with your friends, men and women alike, and head on down to your local nail salon or spa for a relaxing mani-pedi. Men rarely take an opportunity for this level of pampering, and that’s a terrible shame. Convince your friends to come on down with you, and you can guarantee they’ll keep coming back for more. For bonus points, try to convince them to get their nails not just shaped, but to get at least a clear-coat, if not a full colored coat!

Beautician’s Day can also be an opportunity for you to take the plunge and get rid of those unsightly and bothersome areas of body hair. Electrology is another element of the beautician’s art, allowing you to take control of your appearance by permanently removing unwanted hair in troublesome areas. Never worry about shaving your armpits, or having an unsightly bikini lines at the beach or pool. With the application of electrolysis, you’ll be free from these concerns forever! So pop in to see your Beautician, and bring them cards or flowers, or even treat them to a day at the spa with a gift certificate!

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns.

Governments, organizations and individuals in many countries, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand, have actively participated in promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as white against a blue background or gold against a light purple background.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed on June 26 to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable – it is also a crime.

Rehabilitation centers and human rights organizations around the world celebrate the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 each year. The day serves as a reminder to people that torture is a crime. This event gives everyone a chance to unite and voice their opinions against human torture.

Organizations, including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and Amnesty International, have played an active role in organizing events around the world to promote the day. Activities may include: photo exhibitions; the distribution of posters and other material to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human torture; and television advertisements.

On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture came into force. It was an important step in the process of globalizing human rights and acknowledging that torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment should be universally illegal. In 1997 the United Nations General Assembly decided to mark this historic date and designated June 26 each year as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held on June 26, 1998. It was a day when the United Nations appealed to all governments and members of civil society to take action to defeat torture and torturers everywhere. That same year marked the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world. The logo appears in colors such as black on a white or light yellow background.

National Canoe Day

 In 2007, the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada via a CBC Radio feature in which more than 1 million votes were cast. In celebration of this, the Canadian Canoe Museum founded this day with the aim of increasing participation in paddle sports in Canada, engaging new paddlers and reaching across generational and cultural divides to introduce the canoe to those who haven’t had the opportunity to experience this great national heritage. National Canoe Day has grown to become a truly countrywide event, with participants paddling across the country, from the midnight sun of the north to the urban rivers of the south. National Canoe Day has also been celebrated internationally by groups in the US and UK. Annually, June 26.

Canoes were developed over the course of thousands of years by the native peoples of North America. The word 'canoe' originated from the word 'kenu' - meaning dugout. These seagoing boats were used by the Carib Indians of the Caribbean islands, and were made of large tree trunks which were shaped and hollowed, and were strong enough to travel between the islands. 
 North American Indians are responsible for creating the more well-known version of the canoe - a frame of wooden ribs covered with the lightweight bark of birch trees, and sometimes elm or cedar trees. These boats, which have remained virtually unchanged in design for thousands of years, proved to be ideal for travelling the numerous streams, rivers and lakes of North America.
Birch bark was the perfect choice to build canoes because, not only was it lightweight and smooth, but it was also waterproof and resilient. As well, the birch tree was found in almost every area of Canada, except for the western subarctic region, where spruce bark had to fill in as a substitute. The joints of the canoes were held together by the root of the white pine and then made waterproof by applying hot pine or spruce resin.

As the commerce of early North America grew, so did the need for canoes. The fur trade became so large, in fact, that the French set up the world's first known canoe factory at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, around the year 1750. Many of the canoes that fur traders used were capable of carrying a crew of up to 12 people and a cargo weighing around 2400 kilograms.

National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 26th is National Chocolate Pudding Day!

National Chocolate Pudding Day offers a perfect excuse for you to indulge yourself with some delicious chocolate pudding. This unusual holiday is a great occasion for chocolate pudding companies and chocolate pudding lovers alike. There are two types of chocolate pudding. In the United States, Canada, Sweden, and East and South East Asia, chocolate pudding is boiled then chilled, and its texture is that of custard with starch. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, chocolate pudding is steamed and baked, and its texture is similar to that of cake.

Celebrate this weird holiday by cooking your own homemade chocolate pudding and sharing it with the people you love. Buy some Hershey's Cocoa, and follow a recipe to make some quick creamy chocolate pudding. Open up a chocolate pudding Snack Pack, and enjoy! Have a competition with your friends to see who can make the most delicious chocolate pudding on National Chocolate Pudding Day. Wish your friends a "Happy National Chocolate Pudding Day!" Whichever way that you decide to spend National Chocolate Pudding Day, let go of anything that's holding you back, and indulge yourself with some chocolaty pudding delight! 

National Chocolate Pudding Day Fun Facts: 
  • On November 7, 1993, a Rugrats episode premiered called "Angelica Breaks a Leg," in which Angelica fakes a broken leg just to get attention. At one point, DiDi walks into the kitchen to discover that Stu is up at 4:00 am making Angelica chocolate pudding, only to find out later that she is not hungry anymore. The scene eventually turned into a meme that originated on 4chan called "Stu Making Chocolate Pudding At 4 AM."
  • In the late 19th century, many American food companies and social reformers promoted pudding as a type of health food. As a result, chocolate pudding was perceived by some as a health food.
  • By the 1930s, instant custard and chocolate pudding mixes were readily available to the American public.
  • General Foods (Jell-O) introduced their very own chocolate pudding mix in 1934 as "Walter Baker's Dessert." In 1936, the company renamed the product as "Pickle's Pudding."
  • According to Guinness World Records, on May 10, 2010, Donald Cunningham set the record for the most pudding eaten in three minutes at 1.34 kg (2 lb 15 oz). Cunningham used sugar-free Jell-O chocolate pudding for the attempt.
National Chocolate Pudding Day Jokes: 
  • Some gangsters decide to rob a bank. After several days of brainstorming, they agree on the best plan. The next day, they get to work and are able to get into the bank relatively easy. Once inside the main vault, they discover one wall is full of safe deposit boxes, and they start to work on them immediately. They drill and pry open the first box only to find a small container of chocolate pudding inside. The gangster in charge says, "Okay, well, at least we can eat it." So they eat the pudding. They drill and pry open up the second safe deposit box and find more chocolate pudding. They decide to devour it too. Determined to find the goods, the process continues for the rest of the night until all the safe deposit boxes have been opened. They didn't find any money or jewelry in any of the boxes. Disappointed the head gangster said, "Well, at least we got a free meal out of it." The next day, they pick up a local newspaper and read: "MYSTERY AT THE SEWAGE TESTING PLANT: Sewage Plant Workers Baffled As Fecal Material Is No Where To Be Found."
  • ...And then Courtney Love said, "You know, I'm not like a 'cool mom.' I'm a mother, but I’m a really, really good mother, and the proof is in the pudding. Also in the pudding were trace amounts of LSD, cocaine, and crystal meth. No amount of self esteem was found in the pudding."
  • A depressed-looking man is sitting in a cheap, greasy diner in a Leeds suburb. He picks up the menu and sees that it contains just three dishes: meatloaf, shepherd's pie and chocolate pudding. The waitress comes over to take his order. "I'll have the chocolate pudding," says the man glumly, "and if you could throw in a few kind words that would be mighty welcome." The waitress leaves and returns a few minutes later with a plate of chocolate pudding. She bangs the plate on the table in front of the man and starts to walk off. "Hey," says the man. "I got my dinner; how about those kind words?" The waitress turns, takes the cigarette out her mouth and says, "Don't eat the pudding."
  • A 6-year-old boy was sitting on the steps of his apartment building, eating a huge bowl of chocolate pudding. A man walked by and was surprised by just how big a bowl it was. He asked the youngster, "Is that a bowl of pudding?" The youngster replied, "Yes sir, it is." The man then asked, "Are you going to eat all of it?" The boy responded, "Yes sir, I am." Then the man asked, "Does your mother know that you're going to eat all the pudding?" The boy replied, "No sir, she doesn't." Then the man asked, "Well, don't you know that eating all the pudding isn't good for you?" The boy answered, "My grandfather lived to be 100 years old." The man asked, "Is that because he ate a big bowl of pudding everyday?" The boy replied, "No. It's because he minded his own f**king business."
  • Knock Knock... Who's there?... Pudding!... Pudding who?... Pudding on your shoes before your trousers is a bad idea!
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 24, 1999 in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International this day celebrates the companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. The day offers a summer Friday for U.S. employees to introduce their dog to co-workers; 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 24, 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 promoted the event using their mascot, Buddy, the sock puppet. That same year, closed its doors as a result of the dot-com crash, and PSI regained the trademark.

Pet Sitters International continues to promote the day, 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 A photo contest is promoted each year, 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.

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.

In 2001 PSI was hosting the third annual TYDTWD. That year saw the introduction of the first TYDTWD “poster dog,” Ernie. 2002 continued the “poster dog” theme with Sandy. 2003 saw the participation of over 5,000 companies in TYDTWD. That number doubled in 2004 with an estimated 10,000[4] internationally participating companies. The poster dog for that year was Little Nicky, the oldest TYDTWD poster dog to date.

2005 saw a record number of 37,191 hits on the 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 the day. The company is spreading the day's message with a new,; promoting pet adoptions became even more relevant in 2008 with shelters overcrowded as a result of "foreclosure dogs."

More than 100,000 users visited to learn more about the 2011 event on Friday, June 24. PSI, along with 2011 campaign partners Veterinary Pet Insurance, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and encouraged pet owners around the world to work with their dogs for a good cause.

Friday, June 21, 2013, marked the 15th annual celebration. Friday, June 20, 2014, marked the 16th annual celebration.

According to their website, Take Your Dog to Work Day will be celebrated on Friday, June 26, 2015.