Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winter Solstice, Baby Boomers Recognition Day, Peaches and Cream Day, more

June 21st, 2012, is Winter Solstice, National Dump the Pump Day, Recess at Work Day, World Handshake Day, Go Skateboarding Day, Baby Boomers Recognition Day, National Aboriginal Day, St. Leufredus' Day, Atheist Solidarity Day, Martyrs' Day (Togo), and National Peaches and Cream Day.

The Northern Hemisphere observed Summer Solstice on June 20th; the Southern Hemisphere observes Winter Solstice on June 21st. Brrrr!

APTA (American Public Transportation Association) hosts the 7th annual National Dump the Pump Day. Commuters are encouraged to leave their cars at home and give public transportation a try. Tempting, since the price of gas is so high.

Celebrate Recess at Work Day if you're secure in your job, if your boss is cool with it, and especially if your office has a tetherball court and a slide. Lose that stress and have fun!

World Handshake Day is a lovely notion, created by Ivan Zupa. Join hands and celebrate Welthändedruck in Austria, Welthändeschütteln in Germany, Heimshandtak in Iceland, Wereld Handskud in Africa, Világ kézfogás in Hungary, or Saludando al mundo in Spanish-speaking nations. Learn more ways to say World Handshake Day, then celebrate.

On Go Skateboarding Day, you're encouraged to let everything else slide in favor of a little recreation on wheels. You're even asked to ignore the poster for this event, and just go skateboarding.

Baby Boomers have always been a self-centered bunch, with so much marketing aimed at them, that they even need a special day. Voila - Baby Boomers Recognition Day. Baby Boomers are usually categorized as everyone born between 1946 and 1964. (All right, I'll admit I'm one of that group, at the younger end.) Did you know we're called "Boomies" in Canada and "The Bulge" in the UK?

Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st, to honor their native population. First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people share their culture and contributions to Canada on this day.

St. Leufredus' Day is the most important day in Fight the Filthy Fly Month. St. Leufredus is the patron saint against flies, supposedly because he could shoo flies away through prayer.

Atheist Solidarity Day is a grassroots phenomenon with no formal organization. Celebrate how and if you so choose.

Togo celebrates Martyrs' Day on June 21st every year, honoring those who lost their lives for the sake of freedom and independence.

Doesn't early summer bring peaches to mind? Celebrate National Peaches and Cream Day with a bowl of summer goodness.

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