Friday, August 31, 2012

Hungry Ghost Festival, Forgive Your Foe Friday, more

August 31st, 2012, is Hungry Ghost Festival, I Love Litigating Lawyers Day, Forgive Your Foe Friday, Limbra Noastra, Daffodil Day, Independence Day (Malaysia), Independence Day (Kyrgzstan), Independence Day (Trinidad and Tobago), and National Eat Outside Day.

Today also brings a blue moon, and a request from the family of Neil Armstrong to wink at the moon. A fitting tribute, and not too much to ask!

Zhongyuani, the Hungry Ghost Festival, takes place on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month. In 2012, the date is August 31st. Some Chinese believe that this is a dangerous time, when whistling, shouting, standing near water, or sitting in a "reserved" empty chair could cause unsuspecting souls to be dragged into the underworld.

You might have trouble drumming up enthusiasm for this holiday, unless you've won a big lawsuit or you're married to an attorney, but today is I Love Litigating Lawyers Day. Lawyers are a necessary component of the judicial system.

Maybe lawyers or litigants have been your foes lately. If not, surely someone else has held you back or put you down. Wipe the slate clean, if you can, for today is Forgive Your Foe Friday.

Moldova celebrates Limbra Noastra, honoring their national language, traditons, and freedoms. "Limbra Noastra" means "our tongue" or "our language."

The Southern Hemisphere observes Daffodil Day on the last Friday in August. It is the flagship event of the Cancer Society. The daffodil, a flower that blooms early in spring, represents hope.

Malaysia celebrates Independence Day, marking independence from Britain since 1957.

Kyrgyzstan observes Independence Day today, celebrating independence since 1991.

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates fifty years of independence today, Independence Day.

National Eat Outside Day is a great idea if it's not 100-plus degrees where you are. Enjoy!

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