Friday, July 15, 2011

Gummi Worm Day, Be a Dork Day, I Love Horses Day, more

July 15th, 2011 is Gummi Worm Day, Be a Dork Day, I Love Horses Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day, Respect Canada Day, St. Swithin's Day, Dharma Day, and National Tapioca Pudding Day.

Gummi or Gummy? Your choice. Either way, today is Gummi Worm Day. I like mine sour.

How will you celebrate Be a Dork Day? My husband says you're a dork if you plan to do dorky things, so it's easy to participate.

Here's a day made for young girls with equestrian dreams. July 15th is I Love Horses Day. Try to rent the classic 1944 Elizabeth Taylor movie, National Velvet.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is the perfect time to survey your home and consider what flammable items might be within reach of your pets. Affix stickers to your windows, alerting the fire department that your house contains pets. Plan an escape route for your pets as well as for your human family.

Respect Canada Day is a fine opportunity to learn a bit about Canadian history and famous Canadians.

St. Swithin's Day is a British tradition, akin to Groundhog Day in the United States. Whatever the weather on July 15th, according to the legend, it will continue for the next forty days. The real St. Swithin, actually Swithun, was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He wished to be buried outdoors, to be trodden on and rained on. When monks tried to move his body to a shrine inside Winchester Cathedral nine years after his death, a heavy rain storm occurred. Thus the legend began:

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain.
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

Dharma Day or Asalha Puja is observed on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month. The day celebrates the beginning of Buddha's teaching and the beginning of Buddhism.

Today is National Tapioca Pudding Day, not to be confused with National Tapioca Day on June 28th. Try some tapioca pudding and you might just discover a new dessert favorite.

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