Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dia de la Raza, Fossil Day, Day of the Six Billion, more

October 12th, 2011, is Columbus Day, Native American Day, Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race), Dia de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day), Fiesta Nacional de Espana (National Day), Dia de la Resistencia (Day of Indigenous Resistance), National Fossil Day, Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day, International Top Spinning Day, Day of the Six Billion, Moment of Frustration Scream Day, Freethought Day, Emergency Nurses Day, Stop America's Violence Everywhere (SAVE), Old Farmer's Day, Feast Day of Our Lady of Aparecida, Bouk Ok Pansa, Independence Day (Equatorial Guinea), Cookbook Launch Day, and National Gumbo Day.

October 12th is the actual date of Columbus Day or Native American Day, when Columbus first set foot in America, although the United States generally observes the holiday on the second Monday in October. The event is not a celebration for all, as the arrival of Europeans meant loss of land and freedom for many indigenous people. Spanish-speaking countries observe the event today as Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race), Dia de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day), or Fiesta Nacional de Espana (National Day). Venezuela observes Dia de la Resistencia (Day of Indigenous Resistance).

National Fossil Day honors all fossils, but the holiday is also embraced as the fifth and final event of Cephalopod Days.

Need some comfort or moral support? Today is Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day. Just be prepared to answer a lot of questions as you go about your day with a teddy bear cradled in your arms.

Add your own spin on this day, International Top Spinning Day.

Day of the Six Billion is a reason for concern, not for celebration. According to the UNFPA, the earth's population reached 6,000,000,000 on or about October 12th, 1999.

If you're having a bad day, if you're sad because you left your teddy bear at home, if you're fed up with politicians and the news of the world, vent your stress with a primal scream. Today is Moment of Frustration Scream Day.

Freethought Day is meant to increase awareness and tolerance of others' beliefs or lack thereof. According to Secular Seasons, "In this day and age in the United States, discrimination, hatred, and bias against freethinkers is still allowed, even promoted, by many in this country."

The second Wednesday of October is celebrated as Emergency Nurses Day. They are special, dedicated individuals.

Sponsored by the AMA Alliance, Stop America's Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is observed on the second Wednesday in October.

During this harvest season, remember the ones who tend the crops. Celebrate Old Farmer's Day.

Brazil celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of Aparecida on October 12th. The Patroness of Brazil is also known as Our Lady Who Appeared.

Bouk Ok Pansa means "End of the Rains Retreat" in Laotian. Buddhist monks end their three-month retreat on this public holiday in Laos, celebrated on the full moon of the eleventh lunar month.

Equatorial Guinea observes Independence Day on this date, celebrating freedom from Spanish rule since 1968.

Share your culinary creativity with the world today, Cookbook Launch Day. Alternatively, visit your favorite book retailer and purchase a new cookbook.

Enjoy a flavorful dish that shouts "New Orleans!" today, National Gumbo Day.

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