Thursday, August 1, 2013

DOGust, Girlfriends' Day, Lammas Day, more

August 1st, 2013, kicks off the month with a crazy-long list of holidays: DOGust, National Girlfriends' Day, Rounds Resounding Day, Respect for Parents Day, Lughnasadh, Lammas Day, Minority Donor Awareness Day, Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Day, Emancipation Day, Caribbean Day (proposed), Swiss National Day, and National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

DOGust is the universal birthday for shelter dogs whose true birth date is unknown, as declared by the North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Phenomenal! Now our dog, Shimmer, Official Blog Dog of The Trend Police, has a birthday of her own!

Shimmer, Official Blog Dog of The Trend Police.

National Girlfriends' Day is a great opportunity to have a girls' night out, a leisurely lunch, or even a long phone chat with your bestie while you lounge in fuzzy slippers and one of those blankets with sleeves.

Rounds Resounding Day was established in 1987 to celebrate the beauty and pure enjoyment of singing in the round. The mere mention of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" conjures up memories of childhood and simple joy. The motto for this day is: "As rounds re-sound and resound, all the world's joined in a circle of harmony."

Respect for Parents Day is an idea that's circulating and percolating on the net. I respect my parents (and miss them now that they're gone), and I treasure the opportunity I've been given to be a parent. A day to encourage respect for parents is a wonderful idea, as long as parents strive to be worthy of that respect.

August 1st is the Celtic harvest festival known as Lughnasash in Ireland, Lunasdal in Scotland, Laa Luanys in the Isle of Man, and Gwl Awst in Wales. In later times the festival came to be known as Lammas Day, celebrating the end of the "hungry gap" and the beginning of the harvest season.

Minorities are encouraged to learn more about organ, blood, and tissue donation - and consider becoming donors - on this day, Minority Donor Awareness Day.

Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Day is meant to help people understand the nature of clergy sexual abuse and its prevalence in many religions around the globe. We can only hope that such awareness and understanding will lead to prevention in the future.

Emancipation Day commemorates the date in 1834 when the British Empire abolished chattel slavery within all of its colonies. This action brought freedom to many in parts of the Caribbean, Africa, Canada, India, China, Australia, and South America.

Caribbean Day is a holiday in the making, proposed by Hamilton Daley, Jamaican Attorney-at-Law. Mr. Hamilton writes, "The question I pose is whether the significance of the 1st August [as Emancipation Day] should be used as the centrifuge to detonate a positive force of global unity amongst Caribbean people; like an annual blossom - lasting just for a day - Caribbean Day....We should move away from the thinking which perceives the Caribbean Community as being founded on mere victims and castaways from Africa. We need to celebrate ourselves wholly as Caribbeans, and I suggest that we should globally conjoin on an annual basis to celebrate who we are."

Swiss National Day features a procession between Werdm├╝hleplatz Square and B├╝rkliplatz in Zurich. Citizens and visitors enjoy food, drink, and folk dancing.

Last on this unusually long list of holidays is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. Can't say I've ever had raspberry cream pie, but it sounds interesting.

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