Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mardi Gras, Unique Names Day, Grammar Day, more

March 4th, 2014, is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Paczki Day, IHOP National Pancake Day, Unique Names Day, Town Meeting Day, March Forth, Do Something Day, Hug a GI Day, Toy Soldier Day, Dance the Waltz Day, National Grammar Day, Courageous Followers Day, Old Inauguration Day, International Scrapbooking Industry Day, Holy Experiment Day, and Pound Cake Day.

Image: morgueFile, Patricia Fortes.
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is always celebrated on the day before Lent begins. The Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold represent justice, faith, and power, respectively. Gather those beads!

The last day before Lent is also known as Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. It's the day to use up all remaining fat, since Lent brings dietary restrictions. Grill those rich, tasty pancakes!

Paczki Day celebrates a Polish baked item, pronounced "ponch-key." In Poland, this holiday is celebrated on the Thursday before Lent. The day has links with Mardi Gras. Celebrate fully, but come home safely.

This year, IHOP National Pancake Day takes place on Pancake Day. In exchange for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, diners are encouraged to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network or other designated local charities.

Unique Names Day is celebrated on Tuesday of Celebrate Your Name Week. Is your name unique? Is uniqueness good or bad, in your opinion? Check out these unique celebrity baby names!

Vermont observes Town Meeting Day on the first Tuesday in March. It's a time-honored tradition.

On March Forth or Do Something Day, the world is your oyster. Seems the only option unavailable is doing nothing - and even breathing is something.

On Hug a GI Day, another holiday in the March Forth theme, take a few precious moments to celebrate the courageous men and women who fight or have fought for your freedom. A hug is the least you could give.

Gather your little green guys and your weapons, then transport yourself back in time to your childhood, when war was a glamorous game. Take the same trip in your mind with a battle-themed video game. March 4th or March Forth is Toy Soldier Day.

If you're tired of marching, today is also Dance the Waltz Day! One - two - three. One - two - three. One - two - three. Beautiful.

Please be doing you're goodest to day to talk right, cuz its National Grammar Day, you know? If you're really into grammar or you'd like to improve your English, subscribe to Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl podcast.

Usually a leader gets most of the credit, but where would that leader be without followers? Just some crazy person talking to himself. Today is Courageous Followers Day, celebrating the loyalty and perseverance of the all-important follower.

Prior to 1937, United States presidents were inaugurated on March 4th, now remembered as Old Inauguration Day. In modern times, presidents are inaugurated on January 20th.

International Scrapbooking Industry Day is apparently a day for celebrating the business of scrapbooking, but that doesn't preclude anyone from enjoying the hobby today.

On Holy Experiment Day, take a leap of faith and pray for something that matters to you. You have nothing to lose, really, and you might just find faith or a miracle!

Don't take a mallet to your cake just because today is Pound Cake Day. A pound cake is so named because recipes call for a pound each of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. So basic, so delicious, so ready to pair with some sliced strawberries, kiwi, or pineapple. Yum.

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