Saturday, May 12, 2012

Birth Mother's Day, Hug Your Cat Day, more

May 12th, 2012, is Birth Mother's Day, International Migratory Bird Day, Hug Your Cat Day, Limerick Day, National Mills Day, National Train Day, Stamp Out Hunger, Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, National Babysitters Day, World Fair Trade Day, Canada Health Day, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, and National Nutty Fudge Day.

Birth Mother's Day occurs on the second Saturday in May, to honor women who placed their children in adoption. The day was founded by a group of Seattle mothers, out of recognition that "Mother's Day is one of the most painful days of the year - second only to the birthday of our missing children."

International Migratory Bird Day recognizes the beauty, strength and mystery of migratory birds around the world. How do they find their way year after year with no GPS? The date for this holiday varies around the world, according to local migratory patterns. In the U.S. and Canada, the date is the second Saturday in May.

If your cat is the snuggly type, enjoy Hug Your Cat Day. Otherwise, celebrate at your own risk.

There once was a girl in St. Louis
Who wondered when Limerick Day is
She Googled and found
Crazy holidays abound
Now she writes a blog called "Holiday Whiz."
Celebrate Limerick Day in your own special way.

Celebrate National Mills Day today, if you're in Holland. I wish I were there! More than half of the Dutch windmills are open to the public on National Mills Day, with food and activities for all.

Celebrate a romantic, retro mode of travel on National Train Day. Nothing matches a train ride through beautiful hills and valleys.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is the largest single-day food drive in the United States. According to their website, 49,033,784 Americans are hungry today.

On Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, consider what happens to pets in times of disaster. Come up with a plan of action for your family. Most importantly, have your cat or dog microchipped for easy identification.

The Saturday before Mother's Day is National Babysitters Day. Hmmmm. Maybe a babysitter could come to the house and give Mom a break!

Sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization, World Fair Trade Day is meant to help producers "improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade."

Canada Health Day is celebrated on the birth date of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in modern nursing. Canada Health Day is sponsored by the Canadian Healthcare Association and the Canadian Public Health Association.

Fibromyalgia Day is a time to bring awareness to a disease that causes pain and fatigue.

Barring food allergies, you can't go wrong with National Nutty Fudge Day. Nuts and fudge are such a classic combo.

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