Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day of Play, Mad Hatter Day, Noodle Day, more

October 6th, 2012, is Worldwide Day of Play, Mad Hatter Day, Tarantula Festival and Barbeque, National Pumpkin Festival, World Card Making Day, International Frugal Fun Day, Madonna del Lume Celebration, Jackie Mayer Rehab Day, National Family Fire Drill Day, Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, National Physician's Assistant Day, Ivy Day, Armed Forces Day (Egypt), Earthquake Remembrance Day (Turkmenistan), National German-American Day, and National Noodle Day.

Today is the Worldwide Day of Play, celebrated by the cable channel, Nickelodeon. Their channel goes dark this afternoon - gasp - to encourage young people to get up, go outside, and play. Don't worry - "iCarly" and "Spongebob" will be back on the air tomorrow!

Mad Hatter Day relates to the character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. An original illustration in the book shows the Mad Hatter with a slip of paper attached to his hat - a slip which reads, "In this style 10/6." The 10/6 is the inspiration for this holiday on October 6th. Never mind that the 10/6 could mean the 10th day of June or indicate a price.

The Tarantula Festival and Barbeque takes place on the first Saturday in October, in Morgan Hill, California. I'm sad to report they don't actually barbeque the tarantulas.

The National Pumpkin Festival is celebrated on the first Saturday in October, in Spring Hope, North Carolina. Events include a parade, a pageant, and contests.

World Card Making Day is a time to show off your creative flair. Make a birthday card, a thank-you card, or a whole stack of holiday cards to send in December!

On International Frugal Fun Day, visit a free museum or a park in your area, or simply stay home and play board games! Fun doesn't have to cost money.

The North Beach area of San Francisco, California, observes the Italian Madonna del Lume Celebration on the first Saturday in October, Events include the blessing of the fleet, a dinner and dance, and other festive events on Saturday and Sunday. Madonna del Lume, Madonna of the Light, is the patron saint of fisherman, guiding them safely home after time at sea.

Jackie Mayer Rehab Day celebrates the courage of Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963, who suffered a massive stroke at the age of 28. Today she serves as an inspiration to many with her speeches of hope and encouragement.

On National Family Fire Drill Day, take time to plan escape routes for your family in the event of fire, and then actually practice your escape. Don't forget to designate a rendezvous point, somewhere outside.

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters is a time to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect the rest of us from the devastation of fire.

National Physician's Assistant Day honors those who help keep medical offices running smoothly, helping patients and freeing physicians to perform at their peak.

Ivy Day is a public holiday in Ireland, honoring politician and erstwhile hero, Charles Stewart Parnell. He fell out of favor with some, due to his divorce, perhaps contributing to his early death. Celebrants wear a sprig of green ivy on this day.

October 6th is Armed Forces Day in Egypt.

Turkmenistan observes Earthquake Remembrance Day on this date, the anniversary of a devastating quake in 1948.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National German-American Day in 1983, the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Concord, the "German Mayflower."

My daughter would eagerly celebrate National Noodle Day every day. The official date, however, is October 6th.

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