Sunday, November 6, 2011

Daylight Saving Time, Zero-Tasking Day, Nachos Day, more

November 6th, 2011, is Daylight Saving Time, Zero-Tasking Day, Marooned Without a Compass Day, Saxophone Day, International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, All Saints' Day (Denmark), Eid al-Adha, and National Nachos Day.

Daylight Saving Time takes place on different dates around the world, with some areas and countries opting out. Much of the United States "falls back" on October 6th this year, at 2:00 am.

Zero-Tasking Day takes place on different dates around the world, since it celebrates the extra hour gained due to Daylight Saving Time. Use your extra hour to relax, not to add more stress to your life!

Marooned Without a Compass Day doesn't come with much documentation. Perhaps it's similar to being "up the creek without a paddle." Celebrate how you see fit, but don't get lost.

Celebrate a lively, romantic woodwind instrument on Saxophone Day. The saxophone is named for its inventor, Adolphe Sax.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is a long title for an important day, highlighting a rarely discussed issue. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General for the United Nations, writes: "As we mark this International Day, let us recognize the wide-ranging and long-term consequences of damaging the environment - both in peace and times of war. And let us reaffirm our commitment to the sustainable management of natural resources as a critical element of durable peace and security."

Denmark celebrates All Saints' Day on the first Sunday in November.

Muslims observe Eid al-Adha on November 6th this year. The day honors the faith of Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews), shown by his willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, upon the command of Allah.

Enjoy a zesty, easy-to-make snack today, National Nachos Day. According to Slashfood, nachos were first served in Piedras Negras, Mexico, by restaurant maitre d', Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya. I'll have mine topped with sour cream and cilantro, please. 

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