Friday, September 16, 2011

Collect Rocks Day, Wrinkled Raincoat Day, Mayflower Day, more

September 16th, 2011, is Collect Rocks Day, National Play Doh Day, Wrinkled Raincoat Day, National Stepfamily Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, National Working Parents Day, National Wife Appreciation Day, Mayflower Day, Anne Bradstreet Day, Pledge Across America, International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Independence Day (Mexico), and National Guacamole Day.

Look down at the ground as you go about your business today. Go off the beaten path in search of nature's beauty or a real treasure. Today is Collect Rocks Day.

Celebrate National Play Doh Day with a young person. Rekindle the fun of making pasta, worms, coiled bowls, and any number of fanciful creations.

Wrinkled Raincoat Day is a tribute to Peter Falk, the actor who played the rumply detective Columbo on TV for many years. Just one more thing.... Falk was born on this date in 1927.

These days many family trees are complicated. No matter, as long as the branches are nurtured with love. Celebrate National Stepfamily Day.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. Take time to remember the prisoners of war and those missing in action, who have sacrificed everything to preserve our security and freedom.

Today is National Working Parents Day. If you're a working parent, consider taking time off to recharge or spend more time with your family.

Attention all loving husbands! Today is National Wife Appreciation Day. Even a few words of appreciation will do, along with a romantic kiss. Flowers or diamonds are optional.

September 16th is Mayflower Day, commemorating the date in 1620 when the Pilgrims and other passengers and crew left Plymouth, England, beginning a 66-day voyage to the New World.

Anne Bradstreet Day honors a Puritan woman, considered by many to be the first American poet. Her birth date is not known; September 16th, 1672 is the date of her death.

Pledge Across America is usually celebrated on September 17th, along with Constitution Day, as requested by tbe U.S. Department of Education. This year it is celebrated on September 16th, however, to allow schools to participate.

September 16th is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, sponsored by the United Nations.

Mexico observes Independence Day on September 16th, celebrating independence from Spain. The celebration is bigger than Cinco de Mayo. When the clock strikes eleven in Mexico City, the president shouts, "Viva Mexico! Viva la Independencia!" All across Mexico, in unison, people echo those words.

Today's only food celebration is National Guacamole Day. Whip up a fresh batch of guac, grab a bowl of chips, and enjoy. Add a Mexican beer or a margarita if you so choose!

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