Sunday, October 6, 2013

Change a Light Day, Noodle Day, more

October 6th, 2013, is Change a Light Day, Country Inn Bed-and-Breakfast Day, Erntedankfest, International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat, World Communion Sunday, Mad Hatter Day, Jackie Mayer Rehab Day, National Physician's Assistant Day, Ivy Day, Armed Forces Day (Egypt), Earthquake Remembrance Day (Turkmenistan), National German-American Day, and National Noodle Day.

To celebrate Change a Light Day, replace an old light bulb with a new, energy-efficient bulb (unless you, like me, are bothered by the quality of light put out by the new bulbs, or if you are concerned about their mercury content).

Take a break from your normal routine, and spend the night in a charming home away from home. Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.

Germany celebrates Erntedankfest, a Thanksgiving and harvest festival, on the first Sunday in October.

International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, is observed on a random Sunday in September or October, as far as I can determine. "The Day of Prayer began in 1983 to make housing a matter of conscience. The intent was to place in the hearts, minds and souls of people everywhere the idea that poverty housing is unacceptable. The New Testament passage from 1 John 3:17 teaches that we must respond to those in need." 

World Communion Sunday is observed on the first Sunday in October.

Mad Hatter Day relates to the character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. An original illustration in the book shows the Mad Hatter with a slip of paper attached to his hat - a slip which reads, "In this style 10/6." The 10/6 is the inspiration for this holiday on October 6th. Never mind that the 10/6 could mean the 10th day of June or indicate a price.

Jackie Mayer Rehab Day celebrates the courage of Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963, who suffered a massive stroke at the age of 28. Today she serves as an inspiration to many with her speeches of hope and encouragement.

National Physician's Assistant Day honors those who help keep medical offices running smoothly, helping patients and freeing physicians to perform at their peak.

Ivy Day is a public holiday in Ireland, honoring politician and erstwhile hero, Charles Stewart Parnell. He fell out of favor with some, due to his divorce, perhaps contributing to his early death. Celebrants wear a sprig of green ivy on this day.

October 6th is Armed Forces Day in Egypt.

Turkmenistan observes Earthquake Remembrance Day on this date, the anniversary of a devastating quake in 1948.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National German-American Day in 1983, the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Concord, the "German Mayflower."

My daughter would eagerly celebrate National Noodle Day every day. The official date, however, is October 6th.

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