Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tiara Day, Scavenger Hunt Day, European Day of Parks, more

May 24th, 2011 is  International Tiara Day, National Scavenger Hunt Day, European Day of Parks, Labor Day (Jamaica and Bermuda), Independence Day (Eritrea), Battle of Pichincha (Ecuador), Commonwealth Day (Bermuda), and National Escargot Day.

Today is your chance to emulate Kate Middleton without the trouble of a Royal Wedding, paparazzi, or constant scrutiny. Just put on a tiara, stand proud, and celebrate International Tiara Day.

In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day, here's a fresh idea for you: Create a list of clues, then turn them into QR codes that can be scanned with a smartphone. My daughter invented this idea, and she's only eleven! (Proud Mom here.)

European Day of Parks was founded in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation, to raise awareness and support for Europe's protected areas. The theme for 2011 is "Volunteering - Nature Needs You," "Volontariat - La nature a besoin de vous," "Freiwillige vor - die Natur braucht Sie."

Labor Day in Jamaica includes emphasis on volunteer service. Prior to 1961 the date was known as Empire Day, honoring the birth of Queen Elizabeth.

Labor Day is celebrated in Bermuda to draw attention to racial disparity in the workplace.

The people of Eritrea celebrate Independence Day on May 24th, although they have yet to achieve democracy or adopt a constitution.

The Battle of Pichincha festival commemorates a victory in 1822 which ultimately led to Ecuador's independence from Spain. Festivities include parades and air shows.

Even though I'm an adventurous eater who gave snails a chance, I'm not a fan. You're welcome to my share of the goodies on National Escargot Day. Go crazy!

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