Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cities for Life Day, Computer Security Day, Mousse Day, more

November 30th, 2011, is Cities for Life Day, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, Stay Home Because You're Well Day, Computer Security Day, National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, Feast Day of Saint Andrew, St. Andrews Day (Scotland), Independence Day (Barbados), Bonificio Day (Philippines), and National Mousse Day. 

Today marks the ninth annual Cities for Life Day. Last year, over 60 capitals and about 1,300 cities participated, each creating a "live logo" by lighting a monument in a unique way. The day's message, "No Justice Without Life," is a plea to abolish the death penalty.

The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting takes place today at 7:00 p.m., New York City time. The 2011 Norway Spruce features 30,000 LED lights and a Swarovski crystal star.

November 30th is Stay Home Because You're Well Day. Now, it's up to you what to say to your boss, but if you stay home your alibi should remain unquestioned. Don't show up at Rockefeller Center, which will be loaded with media.

Got firewalls? On Computer Security Day, stop to consider the security of your electronic information. Do you use antivirus software? Are your passwords creative? Think about all of your devices that contain electronic data, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is meant to highlight the dangers of meth, not to mention meth labs.

The Feast Day of Saint Andrew honors the patron saint of  Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania. Scotland, in fact, celebrates St. Andrews Day as a festive holiday.

Barbados observes Independence Day, celebrating freedom from British Rule since 1966.

Bonificio Day is a public holiday in the Philippines, honoring Andres Bonificio, a key player in the revolutionary forces against Spanish Colonial Rule in the 1800s.

National Mousse Day honors a delectable French dessert, mousse, not to be confused with the largest extant member of the deer family, the moose. Enjoy!

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