Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Aoi Matsuri, Sea Monkeys Day, Chocolate Chip Day, more

May 15th, 2012, is Hollyhock Leaf Crest Festival, Aoi Matsuri, National Sea Monkeys Day, Nylon Stockings Day, Straw Hat Day, Over the Rainbow Day, International Day of Families, Peace Officers Memorial Day, San Isidro's Feast Day (Madrid), Independence Day (Paraguay), and National Chocolate Chip Day.

Would be wonderful to be in Kyoto today, to see a gorgeous parade - everything is decorated with hollyhocks! The parade, which travels from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo Shrines, is the centerpiece of the  Hollyhock Leaf Crest Festival, otherwise known as Aoi Matsuri.

Today is National Sea Monkeys Day. Did you have sea monkeys - a trademarked brine shrimp - when you were young?

On this date in 1940, nylon stockings were introduced by DuPont. Celebrate Nylon Stockings Day by wearing them or hanging garlic in them (I'd recommend a new pair for that).

Embrace a retro headgear trend on Straw Hat Day, considered by some to be the unofficial beginning of summer.

Over the Rainbow Day commemorates the birth date of Frank L. Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The theme of the 2012 United Nations International Day of Families is "Ensuring Work Family Balance."

Peace Officers Memorial Day honors brave individuals who sacrificed their lives for our safety.

San Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid and of farmers. Today is San Isidro's Feast Day, when people drink from the spring he miraculously made, eat ring-shaped pastries called listas, and enjoy picnics and concerts.

Independence Day in Paraguay celebrates their independence from Spanish rule. Celebrants eat Sopa Paraguayan and drink mate while watching parades.

On National Chocolate Chip Day you could bake a batch of tried-and-true cookies. Or you could enjoy mint chip ice cream, pancakes with chocolate chips, or spicy Mexican chocolate chip cookies.

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