Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day, Sauntering Day, Juneteenth, Butterfly Day, more

June 19th, 2011 is Father's Day, World Sauntering Day, Juneteenth, Red Soda Celebration, Butterfly Day, Garfield the Cat Day, Husband Caregiver Day, Family Awareness Day, Trinity Sunday, World Sickle Cell Day, Labor Day (Trinidad and Tobago), and Eat an Oreo Day.  

My Dad, Thomas Brooks, 1911-1995.
The first Father's Day was celebrated in June of 1920. Sonora Smart Dodd created the holiday to honor her father, who raised six children after his wife died in childbirth. Do something special for your Dad if he's still around. My Dad passed away in 1995 and I miss him every day. I've blogged about the world as it was in the year of his birth, 1911. Happy Father's Day, Dad!

World Sauntering Day was created in the 1970s by W.T. Rabe of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA. Rabe considered sauntering to be the antithesis of jogging, being pointless on purpose. Go ahead - show us your best saunter.

Juneteenth is a simple, catchy name for African American Emancipation Day, beginning in Galveston, Texas back in 1865. "promotes unity, freedom, achievement and self-esteem through the celebration of Juneteenth across the nation and beyond.

Along with Juneteenth, today is the Red Soda Celebration. Texas slaves were the last to be freed, on June 19th, 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the state. Former slaves gained many freedoms, including the ability to purchase expensive red soda water.

June 19th is Butterfly Day, a day to capture images of butterflies, not the creatures themselves. Our butterfly bushes aren't blooming yet, but when they are - butterflies galore!

Celebrate Garfield the Cat Day on the anniversary of his creation back in 1978. Eating lasagna and torturing Odie seem to keep Garfield young.

Husband Caregiver Day is always celebrated on Father's Day. This day honors husbands who provide medical care to their wives or children. If you know of such a man, offer him some help and relief today.

Family Awareness Day is another tie-in with Father's Day. Recognize the important role fathers have to play in their children's lives, especially in light of the latest statistics that show too many children growing up without a consistent fatherly influence. Did your father help you to become the person you are today?

Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost, celebrates the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Christianity.

World Sickle Cell Day is meant to raise awareness of Sickle Cell as a world health problem. "A candle loses none of its light by lighting another candle!"

Labor Day is celebrated today in Trinidad and Tobago, marking the beginning of modern trade unions and fair working conditions in that country.

Finally - a legitimate reason to link to Attack of the Show for my husband! Their blog mentions Eat an Oreo Day. Happy Father's Day, Joe, because you're a great Dad, and happy Eat an Oreo Day, everybody!

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