Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Left-Handers Day, Eleanor Roosevelt Day, Filet Mignon Day, more

August 13th, 2012, is Left-Handers Day, Eleanor Roosevelt Day, Obon, Independence Day (Central African Republic), and National Filet Mignon Day.

Left-Handers Day dates back to 1992, founded by the Left-Handers Club. Enjoy your day, lefties, and be happy you live in a time when left-handers aren't forced to convert.

The second Monday of August is Eleanor Roosevelt Day. Learn more about this great woman who was married to Franklin D. Roosevelt and accomplished much in her own right.

Obon is a Buddhist tradition observed in Japan either in July or August, depending on whether the solar or lunar calendar is used. Regions of Japan that follow the lunar calendar observe Obon from August 13th to August 15th  this year. Celebrants hang lanterns in front of their homes to welcome their ancestors' spirits to visit. At the end of Obon, those lanterns are floated down rivers or out to sea, to guide the spirits back to their world.

The Central African Republic observes Independence Day on August 13th.

August 13th is National Filet Mignon Day. This has to be one of the best foodie days ever created, unless you're a vegetarian.

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