Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pig Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day, Baba Marta, more

March 1st, 2012, is Pig Day, Share a Smile Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day, ReFired Not Retired Day, National Horse Protection Day, International Day of the Seal, Self-Injury Awareness Day, Baba Marta, St. David's Day, Day of the Balearic Islands, Independence Movement Day, National Heroes Day (Paraguay), Fruit Compote Day, and Peanut Butter Lovers Day.  

On Pig Day, either be kind to our snouted friends or have some bacon!

Share a Smile Day is self-explanatory. See how many people smile back.

Need to get away - from everything and everyone? You're in luck, because today is Plan a Solo Vacation Day. Even if you're in no position to travel right now, the very act of planning a solo adventure could be cathartic.

In the spirit of ReFired Not Retired Day, consider retirement as a new adventure, not as the end of the line. Find a new cause or project to ignite your passion. This is great advice, whether you're retired now, about to retire, or simply contemplating retirement sometime in the future.

National Horse Protection Day promotes the well-being of horses. The need is great. In our current economy, some horse owners are forced to give up their equine family members, but animal shelters aren't equipped for horses.

International Day of the Seal is a day to recognize the plight of the seal, dangerously close to extinction. Many zoos feature special presentations in support.

On National Self-Injury Awareness Day, learn more about this psychological disorder that affects more people than you might imagine.

On Baba Marta in Bulgaria, people decorate their clothes, their dogs, their cats, their livestock, and their houses with martenitsi. These items used to be amulets to ward off evil, but today they celebrate the coming of spring. Martenitsi are red and white woven threads, sometimes decorated with tassels, gold coins, blue beads, or colorful threads. Chestita Baba Marta - Happy Grandma Marta!

Wales honors its patron saint on St. David's Day. Some Welsh people wear leeks or daffodils, national emblems of Wales.

Day of the Balearic Islands is a public holiday on these Spanish islands. On this date in 1983 the Balearic Islands' Statute of Autonomy took effect.

South Korea observes Independence Movement Day, celebrating their revolt against Japanese rule.

Paraguay celebrates National Heroes Day, honoring Francisco Solano Lopez, the second president of Paraguay, as well as other national heroes.

Celebrate the coming of spring and fresh fruit on Fruit Compote Day.

Unless you're allergic, have some peanut butter today, in honor of Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Enjoy a classic PB&J or perhaps some chicken satay. Hey - that rhymes!

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