Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Balloons Around the World Day, Chung Yeung Festival, more

October 5th, 2011 is Balloons Around the World Day, Do Something Nice Day, Chung Yeung Festival, Walk to School Day, World Teacher's Day, Mabami, Proclamation of Republic (Portugal), National Unity Day (Vanuatu), and National Apple Betty Day.

Balloons Around the World Day celebrates the art of balloon sculpture. Now in its 12th year, the event attracts both amateur and professional balloon sculptors. Just one request - if you're near me, try to avoid making that squeaky, rubby sound while twisting your balloons.

Even if it goes against your mood, do something nice for someone today. You may be surprised to find that you benefit as much as the recipient of your kindness. Celebrate Do Something Nice Day.

The Chung Yeung Festival is the second of the Chinese "grave sweeping" holidays, a time to respect one's ancestors, traditionally by climbing a mountain and making a burnt offering.

Walk to School Day is meant to encourage kids to walk (or bike) to school today and throughout October. The slogan for 2011 is "Hike it. Bike it. I like it!"

The United Nations sponsors World Teacher's Day. The theme for 2011 is "Teachers for Gender Equality."

Mabami is part of Bengal's Durga Puja festival.

Portugal celebrates the 101st anniversary of its Proclamation of Republic on October 5th.

Vanuatu observes National Unity Day on October 5th.

National Apple Betty Day is the perfect opportunity to go retro with your extra apples. Enjoy your Apple Betty as a simple crustless pie, or add crumbles to make Apple Brown Betty. Thanks, Betty.

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