Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo, Iris Day, Cartoonists Day, more

May 5th, 2012, is Cinco de Mayo, AHA Big Brew, Iris Day, Free Comic Book Day, Kentucky Derby, Join Hands Day, Cartoonists Day, International Day of the Midwife, Pilates Day, National Scrapbooking Day, Bonza Bottler Day, Kodomo no hi, Children's Day, Tango no Sekku, Vesak, Patriots' Victory Day (Ethiopia), Liberation Day (Denmark), National Hoagie Day, Oyster Day, and Totally Chipotle Day.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican Militia over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the United States the date has become a party day, featuring Mexican food, drink, and music.

Join the worldwide toast, scheduled for noon Central Time, to celebrate the AHA Big Brew.

Celebrate a beautiful perennial that comes in a rainbow of colors on Iris Day.

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day! Participating comic book stores around the world give away a free comic book to anyone who visits.

Today is the Kentucky Derby - place your bets and don your fancy hats! The horses first ran in 1875.

Join Hands Day is an opportunity for fraternal organizations, along with non-fraternals, to join together and be of service in the community.

Cartoonists Day is today, sponsored by the National Cartoonists Society. Celebrate by searching for your old faves online. Ahhhh..... Calvin and Hobbes.... Blondie.... Tiger.... For Better or for Worse.... BC.... Zits.... Ponytail....

International Day of the Midwife is meant to raise awareness of midwifery and issues surrounding maternal mortality.

The first Saturday in May is Pilates Day. Stretch those muscles!

The first Saturday in May is also National Scrapbooking Day. Consider scrapbooking about your pilates experience.

Bonza Bottler Day is here once again, as it is every month, when the month and date are represented by the same number. Today is 5/5, you see.

Kodomo no Hi or Children's Day is celebrated today in Japan, along with Tango no Sekku or Boys' Festival. Parents hang carp streamers and display samurai dolls to improve their sons' chances for success.

Buddhists observe Vesak on the 15th day in the 4th month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Ethiopia observes Patriots' Victory Day on May 5th.

Denmark celebrates Liberation Day, marking the end of German occupation.

Sandwiches on loaves of bread stacked high with meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments are known as hoagies, Dagwoods, submarines, subs, poor boys, grinders, rockets, and heroes. Call them what you will - today is National Hoagie Day.

Celebrate Oyster Day by eating oysters or wearing pearls. Or go crazy and do both!

Along with Cinco de Mayo, celebrate Totally Chipotle Day by enjoying some smoky jalapeno peppers.

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