Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mad Hatter Day, Poetry Day, Noodle Day, more

October 6th, 2011, is Mad Hatter Day, National Poetry Day, Jackie Mayer Rehab Day, National Physician's Assistant Day, National Depression Screening Day, Ivy Day, Tishreen Liberation War Day (Syria), Armed Forces Day (Egypt), Earthquake Remembrance Day (Turkmenistan), National German-American Day, Dussehra, Dashami, and National Noodle Day.

Mad Hatter Day relates to the character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. An original illustration in the book shows the Mad Hatter with a slip of paper attached to his hat - a slip which reads "In this style 10/6." The 10/6 is the inspiration for this holiday on October 6th. Never mind that the 10/6 could mean the 10th day of June or indicate a price.

National Poetry Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom on this date. The theme for 2011 is "GAMES."

Jackie Mayer Rehab Day celebrates the courage of Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963, who suffered a massive stroke at the age of 28. Today she serves as an inspiration to many with her speeches of hope and encouragement.

National Physician's Assistant Day honors those who help keep medical offices running smoothly, helping patients and freeing physicians to perform at their peak.

Do you or someone you love exhibit symptoms of depression? Learn more about depression and your options on National Depression Screening Day.

Ivy Day is a public holiday in Ireland, honoring politician and erstwhile hero, Charles Stewart Parnell. He fell out of favor with some, due to his divorce, perhaps contributing to his early death. Celebrants wear a sprig of green ivy on this day.

Syria observes Tishreen Liberation War Day on October 6th.

October 6th is Armed Forces Day in Egypt.

Turkmenistan observes Earthquake Remembrance Day on this date, the anniversary of a devastating quake in 1948.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National German-American Day in 1983, the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Concord, the "German Mayflower."

Dussehra, a Hindu festival also known as Vijayadashmi (Tenth Day of Victory), is observed on October 6th this year. Dashami is part of Bengal's Durga Puja festival.

My daughter would eagerly celebrate National Noodle Day every day. The official date, however, is October 6th.

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