Sunday, June 26, 2011

Forgiveness Day, America's Kids Day, Beautician's Day, Descendants Day, more

June 26th, 2011 is National Forgiveness Day, America's Kids Day, Beautician's Day, Descendants Day, International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Corpus Christi, Independence Day (Somalia), Independence Day (Madagascar), National Bomb Pop Day, and National Chocolate Pudding Day.

Forgive someone today, or offer an apology if you're the one in need of forgiveness. Life is too short to harbor ill will against someone you used to be close to. Do it now, in the spirit of National Forgiveness Day.

America's Kids Day, always the fourth Sunday in June, is a time to help your kids learn more about America. Tell them a story about a historical figure, help them find the fifty states on a map, or teach them about flag etiquette.

Beautician's Day is a great opportunity to say thanks to the one who knows just how much gray hair you have or how many extensions you wear. Show your appreciation!

Descendants Day is always observed on the last Sunday in June. Take time to write or record some family history, especially that of older relatives, so their stories will live on.

In 1987 the United Nations declared June 26th as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated, "Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies. Confronting the illicit trade on drugs and its effects remains a major challenge for the international community."

In 1997 the United Nations declared June 2th as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states, “At a time when the legitimate aspirations of people in many regions of the world for greater freedom, dignity and a better life are too often met with violence and repression, I urge States to respect the fundamental rights of all people. Torture and other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment and punishment, wherever they occur and whatever the circumstances, can never be justified.”

The Feast of Corpus Christi, primarily celebrated by Catholics, is also known as Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ or Day of Wreaths. The event is celebrated by some on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, by others on the Sunday after. The Feast of Corpus Christi commemorates the Last Supper on the day before the crucifixion of Jesus.

On June 26th, Somalia celebrates Independence Day, marking their independence from Britain.

Madagascar observes Independence Day on June 26th. Some call this country the "Eighth Continent" because it hosts animals and plants that exist nowhere else, due to its isolation. (Unfortunately, we have another candidate for the "Eighth Continent" label - the giant garbage patch.)

If you've properly celebrated America's Kids Day, reward yourself and the young one with red, white, and blue bomb pops. Enjoy your bomb pops in a porch swing, if you have one. Happy National Bomb Pop Day! Oops - National Bomb Pop Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in July - that's July 30th in 2011.

Yumalicious! Today is National Chocolate Pudding Day. 'Nuff said.

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