Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cartoonists Day, Cinco de Mayo, Totally Chipotle Day, Hoagie Day, more

May 5th, 2011 is Cartoonists Day, Cinco de Mayo, Totally Chipotle Day, National Hoagie Day, Kodomo no Hi, Tango no Sekku, Martin Z. Mollusk Day, Advocacy Day, International Day of the Midwife, National Day of Reason, National Day of Prayer, Bonza Bottler Day, and Oyster Day.

Cartoonists Day is today, sponsored by the National Cartoonists Society. Celebrate by searching for your old faves online. Ahhhh..... Calvin and Hobbes.... Blondie.... Tiger.... For Better or for Worse.... BC.... Zits.... Ponytail....

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican Militia over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the United States the date has become a party day, featuring Mexican food, drink, and music.

Along with Cinco de Mayo, celebrate Totally Chipotle Day by enjoying some smoky jalapeno peppers.

Sandwiches on loaves of bread stacked high with meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments are known as hoagies, Dagwoods, submarines, subs, poor boys, grinders, rockets, and heroes, but make no mistake - today is  National Hoagie Day.

Kodomo no Hi or Children's Day is celebrated today in Japan, along with Tango no Sekku or Boys' Festival. Parents hang carp streamers and display samurai dolls to improve their sons' chances for success.

Residents of Ocean City, New Jersey, USA, celebrate Martin Z. Mollusk Day, a play on Groundhog Day. If Martin the hermit crab sees his shadow, summer will come one week early.

On Advocacy Day, break the silence surrounding infertility, an issue too often ignored by government, insurance companies, and society.

International Day of the Midwife is meant to raise awareness of midwifery and issues surrounding maternal mortality.

The National Day of Reason is intended, according to their website, "to celebrate reason - a concept all Americans can support - and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship." See the National Day of Prayer, which follows.

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Rumors have surfaced that  President Obama tried to cancel this holiday, but the rumors are untrue. Follow celebrants' tweets at #NationalDayofPrayer.

Bonza Bottler Day is here once again, as it is every month, when the month and date are represented by the same number. Today is 5/5, you see.

Celebrate Oyster Day by eating oysters or wearing pearls. Or go crazy and do both!

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