Thursday, November 1, 2012

All Saints Day, Men Make Dinner Day, Authors' Day, more

November 1st, 2012, is All Saints Day, All Saints Day Kite Festival, Samhain, National Men Make Dinner Day, Give Up Your Shoulds Day, National Cook for Your Pet Day, National Authors' Day, National Family Literacy Day, Revolution Day (Algeria), Independence Day (Antigua and Barbuda), Liberty Day (U.S. Virgin Islands), and National Deep Fried Clams Day.

Just as the name implies, All Saints Day honors all saints, known and unknown. The day used to be known as All Hallows Day, which inspired the names for October 31st - All Hallows Eve or Halloween.

Guatemala hosts the All Saints Day Kite Festival at Santiago Sacatepéquez's cemetery today. The kites, true works of art, are burnt at the end of the day's contests.

Samhain, summer's end, brings the beginning of the dark season on the Celtic calendar. The day is also known as November Day.

Attention, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, fathers, sons, etc. The first Thursday in November is National Men Make Dinner Day. Sure, steak au poivre and creme brulee would be lovely, but many of us would settle for some pasta and a salad. Surprise us!

Give Up Your Shoulds Day is a great idea, in general. Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks you should do. Do, however, listen to the voice in your head that says, "I should keep my eyes on the road while I'm driving, instead of reading text messages."

National Cook for Your Pet Day sounds like a good idea, I suppose, unless your idea of cooking is nuking a package of microwavable brownies. Dogs and cats shouldn't eat chocolate.

In honor of National Authors' Day, compile your list of favorite authors and share it with the world (or your friends). I'm partial to Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Ken Follett, and (at the moment) Amor Towles.

Celebrate National Family Literacy Day by reading with your family, aloud or separately, then discussing what you've read. My tween and I are reading the Iron Fey series, by Julie Kagawa, then sharing our thoughts.

Algeria celebrates Revolution Day on November 1st.

Antigua and Barbuda observes Independence Day today.

The U.S. Virgin Islands celebrates Liberty Day, honoring David Hamilton Jackson and the establishment of a free press.

If you'd like to add more seafood to your diet, but you're worried that it might be too healthy, here's the holiday for you. Celebrate National Deep Fried Clams Day!

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