Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pink Day, Let It Go Day, Voidupuha, Pecan Sandies Day, more

June 23rd, 2011 is National Pink Day, National Let It Go Day, Public Service Day, Voidupuha, National Day (Luxembourg), St. John's Eve, Feast of Corpus Christi Day, and National Pecan Sandies Day.

On National Pink Day, dress from head to toe in pink or just wear an accent piece. The origin of this day is unclear, but some groups are choosing to highlight the campaign to fight breast cancer.

National Let It Go Day is a time to stop beating yourself up for past mistakes. Don't forget about them, don't repeat them, but do let them go. Oh, and vow to do better in the future.

Public Service Day, created by the United Nations, is observed on June 23rd each year to recognize the value and virtue of public service. This year's forum takes place in Tanzania, with the theme "Transformative Leadership in Public Administration and Innovation in Governance: Creating a Better Life for All."

Estonians observe Voidupuha or Victory Day on June 23rd, celebrating their independence since 1992.

National Day in Luxembourg honors the Grand Duke's Official Birthday, even though June 23rd is not the birth date of any actual ruler of Luxembourg. On the eve of this holiday, citizens take part in a torchlight procession.

St. John's Eve takes place on the day before the traditional Midsummer's Day. No matter that the date doesn't line up with the actual Summer Solstice, June 21st in 2011. Bonfires are lit on St. John'e Eve to ward off evil spirits. This year's festivities have been scaled back in San Juan, out of respect to those who suffered loss in recent forest fires.

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.

National Pecan Sandies Day honors a simple sugar cookie, upgraded with chopped pecans. Delicious!

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