Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sweetest Day, Grouch Day, Roast Pheasant Day, more

October 15th, 2011, is Sweetest Day, National Grouch Day, Global Handwashing Day, Bridge Day, International Day of Rural Women, White Cane Safety Day, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, Mother's Day (Malawi), National Chicken Cacciatore Day, National Roast Pheasant Day, and National Mushroom Day.

Sweetest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October. The event originated in Cleveland, Ohio, in the middle of the twentieth century, when a man decided to distribute small gifts to orphans and shut-ins. Over time the sentiment expanded to included more cities and to embrace acts of kindness to anyone whose spirits could use a lift.

As if to counteract Sweetest Day, today is also known as National Grouch Day. This holiday is endorsed by Sesame Street Magazine.

Global Handwashing Day was created in 2008 to "foster and support a global culture of handwashing with soap, shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in every country, [and] raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap."

Bridge Day in Fayette, West Virginia is the one day every year when people are allowed to BASE jump from the New River Gorge Bridge into the gorge below. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth.

October 15th is the International Day of Rural Women. United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon writes, "This year's International Day of Rural Women falls at a time of heightened awareness of the important contribution women are making to social progress."

White Cane Safety Day is a time to raise awareness among sighted people, regarding safety for independent individuals who happen to be blind.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a day to remember the little lives that ended all too soon.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is meant to raise awareness about prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among Hispanics.

Malawi celebrates Mother's Day on October 15th, the centerpiece of a three-day festival.

Did you know "cacciatore" means "hunter" in Italian? Me neither. Celebrate National Chicken Cacciatore Day.

Fall brings cooler temperatures for all and freedom to crank up the oven for the home cook. Make a grand dinner in honor of National Roast Pheasant Day.

Fashion your favorite fungi into a foodie feast today, National Mushroom Day.

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