Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, Day Without Shoes, more

April 16th, 2013, is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, One Day Without Shoes, National Librarian Day, National Stress Awareness Day, Emancipation Day, Day of the Mushroom, and National Eggs Benedict Day.

Every year in the United States, the weekday after taxes are due is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. Celebrate this one at your own risk, measuring the tolerance of your boss, co-workers, and/or clients. Since I work from home, I'll jump all over this holiday.

One Day Without Shoes is meant to raise awareness about the importance of shoes. Children in poverty "live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day." Could you make it through the day without shoes?

National Librarian Day, observed on April 16th, is a time to appreciate the professionals who always know how to find books about kangaroos, the history of Italy, or knitting.

And now for a bit of redundancy, this year only: National Library Workers Day, observed on Tuesday of Library Week, is your opportunity to thank the hard-working people at your favorite library. Consider, for a moment, how lucky we are to have public libraries, bursting with great literature, how-to books, computers, and more. Priceless. (A final comment on the redundancy - Yes, I'm aware that not all library workers are librarians, but the level of respect is the same for most laypeople.)

Taxes got you stressed? Stress Awareness Day is celebrated both today and November 2nd, in case you're super-stressed.

Emancipation Day commemorates the date in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act.

Serve up some delicious mushrooms in honor of Day of the Mushroom. Just be sure you know what you're doing if you hunt mushrooms in the wild, because some bite back.

On National Eggs Benedict Day, enjoy this classic dish that features an English muffin topped with ham, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.

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