Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day, Eat a Red Apple Day, more

December 1st, 2013, is the first day of Advent, Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day, Day With(out) Art, World AIDS Day, Civil Air Patrol Day, Independence Day (Portugal), Great Union Day (Romania), Teacher Appreciation Day (Panama), and Eat a Red Apple Day.

Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. In 2013, Advent occurs from December 1st through December 24th. Christians anticipate the celebration of Jesus' birth (even though most scholars agree Jesus was not technically born on December 25th).

Today is Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day, but "liberation" is an odd word to use. Most bifocal wearers are unable to abandon their glasses. Nevertheless, if you wish to celebrate, shed your glasses, lament your plight, or consider laser eye surgery.

Day With(out) Art began as Day Without Art in 1989. Groups shut down museums and other cultural centers to draw attention to the plight of AIDS victims and allow interested museum staff to volunteer with AIDS services. Over the years the day evolved to offer programs within cultural centers rather than shutting them down - thus the new name, Day With(out) Art. 

World AIDS Day is also observed on December 1st, to raise awareness and funds. This year a geometric wooden red ribbon brooch is being sold.

Civil Air Patrol Day commemorates the 1941 founding of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary unit of the United States Air Force.

Portugal observes Independence Day today, celebrating independence from Spain since 1640.

Romania celebrates Great Union Day on December 1st, commemorating the unification of Moldova, Wallachia, Transylvania, Crisana, Banat, and Maramures in 1918.

Panama observes Teacher Appreciation Day on this date every year.

Nestled between foodie days celebrating Bavarian Cream Pie (November 27th), mousse (November 30th), Sacher Torte (December 5th), and other fancy desserts is the simply basic Eat a Red Apple Day. Enjoy - your waistline will thank you.

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