Tuesday, November 6, 2012

U.S. Election Day, Marooned Without a Compass Day, Nachos Day, more

November 6th, 2012, is U.S. Election Day, Samhain, Marooned Without a Compass Day, Saxophone Day, Lhabab Duchen, International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, and National Nachos Day.

U.S. Election Day falls on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. In other words, November 1st can't be Election Day. Every four years on this day the United States voters voice their choice for President, although the Electoral College can muck up the results. This year's major candidates are the incumbent President, Barack Obama, and his Republican rival, Mit Romney. No matter who wins I will rejoice, because the barrage of campaign ads will cease.

Although many observe the Celtic holiday, Samhain, on November 1st, the true dates of Samhain 2012 are November  6th and 7th in the Northern Hemisphere.

Marooned Without a Compass Day doesn't come with much documentation. Perhaps it's similar to being "up the creek without a paddle." Celebrate how you see fit, but don't get lost.

Celebrate a lively, romantic woodwind instrument on Saxophone Day. The saxophone is named for its inventor, Adolphe Sax.

Lhabab Duchen is the time to celebrate the descent of the Buddha to Indra's Heaven. Buddhists believe that on this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times!

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is a long title for an important day, highlighting a rarely discussed issue. In 2011, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General for the United Nations, wrote: "As we mark this International Day, let us recognize the wide-ranging and long-term consequences of damaging the environment - both in peace and times of war. And let us reaffirm our commitment to the sustainable management of natural resources as a critical element of durable peace and security."

Enjoy a zesty, easy-to-make snack today, National Nachos Day. According to Slashfood, nachos were first served in Piedras Negras, Mexico, by restaurant maitre d', Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya. I'll have mine topped with sour cream and cilantro, please. 

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