Saturday, September 21, 2013

Idaho Spud Day, Gratitude Day, Miniature Golf Day, more

September 21st, 2013, is Boys & Girls Club Days for Kids, Idaho Spud Day, Big Whopper Liars' Contest, International Coastal Cleanup Day, International Eat an Apple Day, Miniature Golf Day, World Gratitude Day, International Day of Peace, World Alzheimer's Day, Independence Day (Belize), Independence Day (Malta), and National Pecan Cookie Day.

Boys & Girls Club Days for Kids is celebrated at Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States and on military installations overseas. Events include festivals, carnivals, and picnics.

Shelley, Idaho hosts Idaho Spud Day today, celebrating the potato harvest. Activities include a parade, free baked spuds, a spud tug, and a potato picking contest.

New Harmony, Indiana hosts the Big Whopper Liars' Contest on the third Saturday in September. Or do they?

The third Saturday in September is International Coastal Cleanup Day, the world's largest volunteer effort for ocean health.

Maybe you're not in the mood for apple dumplings, but you still like apples. Have one straight from the tree or in some other recipe, because today is International Eat an Apple Day.

No matter the weather, since many miniature golf courses are indoors, celebrate Miniature Golf Day. Makes for a fun family outing or a unique date destination.

A world-wide Thanksgiving of sorts, World Gratitude Day is a time to take stock of everything you have to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and friends, our reasonably good health, living in the modern world with our many conveniences, my Holiday Whiz readers, and so much more.

The International Day of Peace is always observed on September 21st. In years past, their website suggested many ways to participate: "Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense."

World Alzheimer's Day is a time to raise awareness, to make a difference for those suffering with dementia and their families.

Belize celebrates Independence Day  with festivals, concerts, parades, and performers wearing gorgeous native costumes.

Malta observes Independence Day, celebrating independence from Great Britain.

Celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day - the pecans mean you're eating healthy!

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