Friday, June 24, 2011

Take Your Dog to Work Day, Ugliest Dog Day, Museum Comes to Life Day, more

June 24th, 2011 is Take Your Dog to Work Day, Ugliest Dog Day, Swim a Lap Day, Museum Comes to Life Day, Inti Raymi, Midsummer's Day, International Fairy Day, Celebration of the Senses Day, St. John the Baptist's Day, and National Creamy Pralines Day.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is a fun concept, intended to raise awareness of pet adoption. Check with your boss first, please!

If your dog is reeallly ugly, will you still take him or her to work? Today is the Ugliest Dog Day, featuring the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California, USA. How is it that dogs can be so ugly they're cute, but ugly people don't have that talent?

Do you swim? Everyone should learn how, for personal safety as well as for the great fun of it. Celebrate Swim a Lap Day - multiple times, if you're in good shape.

June 24th is Museum Comes to Life Day. Yikes! The idea is cool, for a movie, but would be creepy and downright dangerous if it happened in real life. Just in case, maybe I'll wait until the 25th to visit the wax museum in my home town.

Inti Raymi, also called Indians Day or Peasants Day, is celebrated in Peru on June 24th in recognition of Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Ancient Incans gathered to honor the Sun God, asking him to return. A white llama used to be sacrificed, replaced today by a realistic stage act.

Midsummer's Day is the traditional celebration of summer, associated with witches and magic. People burn bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Midsummer's Day falls on June 24th, not the actual Summer Solstice, due to conflicts between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

Today is International Fairy Day, "the official holiday for fairy collectors, believers, artisans and the young at heart."

June 24th is Celebration of the Senses Day. See the words on the screen. Hear the information as you read it aloud. Taste the.... Never mind.

St. John the Baptist's Day or Feast of John the Baptist  is one of four Christian quarter days, each marking the beginning of a new season. The other three quarter days are Christmas, Lady Day (Anunciation), and Michaelmas.

Pralines are a southern delicacy made from sugar syrup and nuts. Whip up a batch in honor of National Creamy Pralines Day.

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