Sunday, August 2, 2015

Holidays and Observances for August 2 2015

Dinosaurs Day

Are you terrified of a tyrannosaurus? Do you find the diplodocus somewhat duplicitous? Or are you enraptured by the sight of a raptor? August 2nd is the holiday for you. Dinosaur enthusiasts dig up bones and dig through drawings of prehistoric creatures on this historical holiday. Carnivores, herbivores, omnivores - all out of doors! Be on the alert for purple dinosaurs (and dinosaurs of every hue) on August 2nd. It's Dinosaurs Day. 

Dinosaurs are a diverse group of animals of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared during the Triassic period, 231.4 million years ago, and were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years, from the end of the Triassic (about 231 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago), when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of most dinosaur groups (and some three-quarters of plant and animal species on Earth) at the close of the Mesozoic Era. The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic Period and, consequently, they are considered to be modern dinosaurs. Some birds survived the extinction event that occurred 65 million years ago, and their descendants continue the dinosaur lineage to the present day.

Dinosaurs are a varied group of animals from taxonomic, morphological and ecological standpoints. Birds, at over 10,000 living species, are the most diverse group of vertebrates besides perciform fish. Using fossil evidence, paleontologists have identified over 500 distinct genera and more than 1,000 different species of non-avian dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are represented on every continent by both extant species and fossil remains. Some are herbivorous, others carnivorous. While dinosaurs were ancestrally bipedal, many extinct groups included quadrupedal species, and some were able to shift between these stances. Elaborate display structures such as horns or crests are common to all dinosaur groups, and some extinct groups developed skeletal modifications such as bony armor and spines. Evidence suggests that egg laying and nest building are additional traits shared by all dinosaurs. While modern dinosaurs (birds) are generally small due to the constraints of flight, many prehistoric dinosaurs were large-bodied—the largest sauropod dinosaurs may have achieved lengths of 58 meters (190 feet) and heights of 9.25 meters (30 feet 4 inches). Still, the idea that non-avian dinosaurs were uniformly gigantic is a misconception based on preservation bias, as large, sturdy bones are more likely to last until they are fossilized. Many dinosaurs were quite small: Xixianykus, for example, was only about 50 cm (20 in) long.

Although the word dinosaur means "terrible lizard", the name is somewhat misleading, as dinosaurs are not lizards. Instead, they represent a separate group ofreptiles that, like many extinct forms, did not exhibit characteristics traditionally seen as reptilian, such as a sprawling limb posture or ectothermy. Additionally, many prehistoric animals, including mosasaurs, ichthyosaurs, pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, and Dimetrodon, are popularly conceived of as dinosaurs, but are nottaxonomically classified as dinosaurs. Through the first half of the 20th century, before birds were recognized to be dinosaurs, most of the scientific community believed dinosaurs to have been sluggish and cold-blooded. Most research conducted since the 1970s, however, has indicated that all dinosaurs were active animals with elevated metabolisms and numerous adaptations for social interaction.

Since the first dinosaur fossils were recognized in the early 19th century, mounted fossil dinosaur skeletons have been major attractions at museums around the world, and dinosaurs have become an enduring part of world culture. The large sizes of some groups, as well as their seemingly monstrous and fantastic nature, have ensured dinosaurs' regular appearance in best-selling books and films, such as Jurassic Park. Persistent public enthusiasm for the animals has resulted in significant funding for dinosaur science, and new discoveries are regularly covered by the media.

Oh, and by the way. Last time we checked, dinosaurs were extinct. Still, dinosaur lovers may enjoy viewing movies about these massive prehistoric animals. Here are a few dinosaur films from which to choose on Dinosaurs Day: Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Dinosaur, The Flintstones, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jurassic Park, King Kong, The Land Before Time, Land of the Lost, The Land That Time Forgot and We're Back - A Dinosaur's Story.  

Friendship Day

Friends are one of the most valuable people in our life. Having a good friend whom we can share our feelings and problems will make our world happy and worth living. Understanding, compassionate, loving, and mending is some of the quality a friend shows. They are the people who says silently, that " You Are Special and important'. So shouldn't we thank all our dear friends and tell them how much their support and friendship mean to us. Most of the time, we don’t find an opportunity to express our gratitude, or to tell them how important they are. Friendship day is a right occasion celebrating this wonderful bonding between two hearts and a very good chance to say, "Hey I would never be the same without your friendship".

Every year, the first Sunday in the month of August is celebrated the beautiful bond between two person; friendship. The idea of honoring friendship and friends began in the year 1935 in the United States of America. As the popularity and the true reason behind the celebration spread, friendship day became an international observation and more and more countries started observing this day. Today the first Sunday of August is celebrated in most of the country dedicating this day to friends all over the world. Every person is a friend of one or many, so the friendship day is a celebration for each and every person on mother earth.
How to Celebrate the Friendship Day

Friendship day is a great opportunity even for the shyest friend to say "friend you made my day" or "you mean a lot". On this day, friends express their love by exchanging friendship bands and gifts like flowers, cards to each others. People spend their entire day as part of celebration with their special friends where they share their joy and have fun. Friendship is one of the strongest relationships which influences ones behavior. Affection, care, respect, understanding and trustworthiness are important which helps maintain a good bond with their friends. This is a day where peoples can recollect their beautiful memories about their friends or friendship.

In today's life every persons give more importance to their relationship with friends which has increased importance of the friendship day. . Friendship day is celebrated as a day to dedicate to their friends, to show how much they care and love them. As friends are the mirror image of each other's personality friend's decisions, opinions, lifestyles and their perceptions will greatly influence in persons behavior. Specialty of this day is that people forgets their sorrows, celebrates their day with friends by making each other's happy and most of all making each other feel worthy.

Youth and students celebrate the day with much enthusiasm, they spent time with each other and enjoy the day to its maximum. the friendship is acknowledged by giving each other flowers, gifts, chocolates, friendship bands, greeting cards and even a framed photo of one of their best moments together. Winnie the pooh has been decided as the world ambassador of friendship by the united Nations in the year 1997 an d presenting stuffed toys, clay models and greeting card with this cute Ambassador of friendship has become a trend among friends. These are not the only gifts which are given, a pen, a good novel, or even a serving of your friends favorite ice cream does the job as long as it is given with a lot of friendship and love. Even a small note or a handmade card can convey the real meaning of the friendship you share. Now, the day is not just for youth though they are the ones who celebrate it with the most enthusiasm. Many elderly enjoys friendship which has begun many decades ago and is still strong, and they are the one to whom the celebration really mean to. And celebrating this year long relationship together and going through the pages of the old memories of the friendship can be the best gift they can give each other.

Friendship does not need a verbal thank you or expression of love to make each other understand the real value they give for the relation. But expressing it can always help as a small thank you will be treasured. As someone said, "In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." So take this opportunity to at least call up your friends who are really special and tell them that you always treasure them and their friendship.

International Forgiveness Day

International Forgiveness Day takes place on August 02. It takes place on the first Sunday in August each year. Forgiveness is the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offence, disagreement, or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. The Oxford English Dictionary defines forgiveness as 'to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offence or debt'. 

The concept and benefits of forgiveness have been explored in religious thought, the social sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives including forgiving themselves, in terms of the person forgiven or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven. In most contexts, forgiveness is granted without any expectation of restorative justice, and without any response on the part of the offender. In practical terms, it may be necessary for the offender to offer some form of acknowledgment, an apology, or even just ask for forgiveness, in order for the wronged person to believe himself able to forgive.

Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness. Some religious doctrines or philosophies place greater emphasis on the need for humans to find some sort of divine forgiveness for their own shortcomings, others place greater emphasis on the need for humans to practice forgiveness of one another, yet others make little or no distinction between human and divine forgiveness.

National Doll Day

Whether they are handcrafted porcelain dolls with dainty pinafores and exquisitely beaded gowns....or run-of-the-mill plastic dolls purchased at Toys R Us...or grubby rag dolls missing their eyes...dolls are common playthings and collectibles all over the world.

A doll is a model of a human being, often used as a toy for children. Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and religious rituals throughout the world, and traditional dolls made of materials such as clay and wood are found in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. The earliest documented dolls go back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The use of dolls as toys was documented in Greece around 100 AD. They have been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as elaborate art. Modern doll manufacturing has its roots in Germany, going back to the 15th century. With industrialization and new materials such as porcelain and plastic, dolls were increasingly mass-produced. During the 20th century dolls became increasingly popular as collectibles.

There are doll organizations, such as the National Institute of American Doll Artists, United Federation of Doll Clubs, and even Doll Doctors Association (which is all about mending and restoring dolls). There are doll conventions, doll magazines, and doll museums.

Dolls are big business! Three Barbie dolls are sold every second, 24 hours a day, somewhere in the world...and that is just ONE sort of doll! More than 23 million American Girl dolls have been sold since 1986—and that is just through the mail-order catalog (many more have been sold in stores)—and that is just a second sort of doll. I cannot seem to find an estimate of how many dolls of all kinds are sold each year—but I'm sure the number would be staggering!

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is an unofficial food holiday celebrated on August 2 each year. The food holiday is known as a time to enjoy an ice cream treat which dates back to the 1800s. A traditional ice cream sandwich is a slice of ice cream sandwiched between two layers of cake like rectangles. The sandwich has evolved over time and may be served on a regular cookie, or made into a mini sized treat on a bite sized cookie piece. The flavors for an ice cream sandwich can vary according to the taste preferences of the individuals. Ice cream manufacturers now make a variety of flavors matching cookie type to different ice creams.

While history of the day honoring the ice cream sandwich is not known, the history of the treat itself dates back to the late 1800s. cites the Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, John F. Mariani Lebhar Friedman: New York as an early reference to the existence of the sandwich. The sandwich was initiated in New York by street vendors who served their ice cream in slices between cake like cookies. In San Francisco, a similar treat was made using an oatmeal cookie.

When the Hydrox cookie was marketed in 1908, making an ice cream sandwich similar to what is thought of as the ice cream cookie sandwich was made possible. The first commercially sold ice cream sandwiches were sold by ice cream trucks. 

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day celebrations could involve a trip to the grocery store for choices of a variety of sandwiches available from ice cream manufacturers. A selection of sandwiches could be offered as an office treat to celebrate the day. As an alternative and as a learning project for the children, a family event might include making ice cream sandwiches at home. This could include making cookies from scratch, using premade cookie dough, or using a favorite store bought cookie, combined with favorite ice cream flavors.

National Kids' Day

an opportunity to celebrate childhood; to demonstrate our commitment to nurturing children; to inspiring our nation, our communities and our families to love and appreciate children; and to prepare our children for a healthy, happy, successful future.

With more than 130 years of expertise on helping children facing crisis, Kids Peace created National Kids' Day as an annual event on the national calendar to honor and celebrate the inherent value and worth of children.

To encourage the  nation’s adults – parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbors, teachers and  other caregivers – to spend more meaningful time with America’s children. In  this way, we can build a nation of strong, resilient, happy children who know that they are loved by caring adults and can enjoy just being kids.

Kids Peace believes in the inherent value of children and seeks to help America renew its commitment to be a nation where every child feels safe and loved, trusts in those around them and enjoys the freedom to be a child.
  • National Kids' Day is an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to nurturing children.
  • National Kids' Day seeks to inspires parents and caregivers to take the time to communicate their commitment to children through the gift of meaningful time.
  • National Kids' Day challenges parents and caregivers to take time out of their busy schedules and “make a date” with their kids to do something that builds bonds, trust, love and growth for the future.
  • National Kids' Day provides parents and caregivers with a day that focuses on active participation, not merely observance.
Why America needs National Kids' day - For decades, children across America have asked their parents, grandparents and guardians why America celebrates "Mother's Day" and "Father's Day," but has no "Kid's Day." National Kids' Day fills that gap and seeks to provide a reminder of children's year-round need for meaningful time and interactions with adults.

Sister's Day

A sister is someone, with whom you share your earliest memories with, and a very special bond.

Nobody really knows the origin of Sister’s day, but worldwide the first Sunday of August is that special day, when you can celebrate this extremely unique relationship in order to show your gratification and love to your sister with whom you share those special memories.

Whether the memories consist of innumerable fights and arguments or laughing together, she has been, and will remain a person who wiped your tears when you were sad, hugged you when you needed one, watched you succeed and cheered on as well as guided, supported and believed in you when you failed. She is one of the very few people in your life who will always give you an honest opinion whether you need it or not and like it or not. She will always remain your true best friend for life, no matter what happens.

The best way to celebrate Sister's Day is to spend some time with your sister. Here are a few ways of making it special and creating some more memories to cherish.
  1. Meet up for coffee: Meet up for a cup of coffee or tea and chat, catch up and generally go down memory lane and have a few laughs.
  2. Watch a movie together: Go for a movie and have a fun outing or just rent a few which you both like and watch them together
  3. Send her flowers: Send her flowers to show your gratification and how it means to you, having her in your life.
  4. Send a card: Send her a card with something special written; or in this day and age, send an e-card 
  5. Just Chat: Just pick up the phone and have a hearty chat with your special sister
  6. Send a Present: Whether it is a box of chocolates or jewelry, make her feel special by sending something thoughtful to her which she can cherish and remember you by.
Sister’s day not only honors the special relationship between siblings by healing wounded ones as well as strengthening good ones, but also encourages other dimensions of sisterhood like celebrating Sister’s day with your sister in law or anyone else who is like a sister to you. The essence of Sister’s day is to reach out beyond borders to the women who have touched your heart and made your life special in some way.