August 23

National Sponge Cake Day

Today is a day to have your cake and eat it too. No, we’re not talking cheesecake, red velvet cake, carrot cake, or angel food cake.

We’re talking sponge cake: The queen of delicate desserts.

What Is National Sponge Cake Day

National Sponge Cake is a day to honor one of the hardest types of cakes for expert bakers to master. This dessert is sweet, moist, and layered with delicious toppings like berries and whipped cream. 

A History of National Sponge Cake Day

Though we have not been able to identify the creator of National Sponge Cake Day, we do know a bit about Sponge Cake’s history. It is thought to have been created in the Caribbean region, though one of the earliest printed recipes for sponge cakes is in a cookbook by Gervase Markham that was published in 1615.

How To Celebrate National Sponge Cake Day

There are two ways to celebrate National Sponge Cake Day.

For one, you can get into the spirit of baking and bake your own delicious sponge cake.

If you’re not much of a baker, you can eat a sponge cake instead!

Whatever you do, make sure to hashtag #NationalSpongeCakeDay to spread the yumminess!

Time To Indulge!

Who doesn’t love sponge cake? Though we are a more health-conscious society than we have ever been, today is a great day to enjoy one of the baking world’s greatest guilty pleasures, the Sponge Cake. Happy National Sponge Cake Day!

“You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge cake is to me”

Jane Austen

August 22

National Tooth Fairy Day

Remember the pure and innocent excitement of putting your tooth under your pillow at night and waking up in the morning with a bit of spending cash? You can thank the Tooth Fairy for that, as today is a day to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day.

What Is National Tooth Fairy Day?

Let’s face it; losing a tooth can be scary for a kid. National Tooth Fairy Day helps to celebrate the world-renowned fictional character that comforts children who have recently lost one of their chompers. 

A History of National Tooth Fairy Day

While we have been unable to locate the inception of National Tooth Fairy Day, the idea of the tooth fairy dates all the way back to Medieval Europe, when children received gifts for losing their teeth. With that said, the personification of the Tooth Fairy is credited to 20th-century western influence.

How To Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day

If you have young children, today is a great day to prepare yourself for the time when you need to become the tooth fairy! It is also a great day to read a book or story about the tooth fairy. 

Whatever you do, make sure to hashtag #NationalToothFairyDay so that other people can remember to brush their teeth and join in the celebration. 

Celebrating the Dental Deity

There are few fictional characters that bring as much joy to children as the tooth fairy. While it may just be folklore, it somehow made losing a tooth far less painful when we were young. Happy Tooth Fairy Day!

“I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.”

– Dolly Parton

August 21

National Senior Citizens Day

It is more than likely that you have someone who is elderly in your life that you love or help take care of.

Today is the perfect day to let them know how much you care about them while recognizing the accomplishments that they have made in their lives. Today is National Senior Citizens Day.

What Is National Senior Citizens Day?

People are living much longer than they ever have now. Senior Citizens are surprisingly active in their communities, many of whom are still in the workforce. National Senior Citizens Day is a day to celebrate their long lives and how much they have achieved.

A History of National Senior Citizens Day

Senior Citizens Day came into effect on August 19, 1988, when President Ronald Reagan made a proclamation that declared the 21st of each August a day to celebrate senior citizens. 

How To Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

The best way to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day is by spending time with senior citizens that you know. Let them tell you their stories and let them know how much you appreciate them. You can even volunteer at a retirement home!

Whatever you do, make sure to hashtag #NationalSeniorCitizensDay to spread awareness!

Give Thanks to the Wise

Today is a day to celebrate the wise, generous, and loving senior citizens in our lives. It only makes sense that we give back to the people who helped to bring us into this beautiful world. Happy Senior Citizens Day!

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Mark Twain

August 20

National Radio Day

Thank you all for joining us on this lovely August 20 broadcast, where we bring you a special celebration for one of the most joyous forms of entertainment that has ever graced the hearts and souls of the human race.

Today is National Radio Day.

What Is National Radio Day?

National Radio Day is a day to celebrate the invention of the radio. Thanks to the radio, we’ve been able to hear music, news, talk shows, and much more, all around the world. Of course, the Internet plays an even bigger role in our lives these days, though the radio remains one of the largest forms of communication almost anywhere you go. 

A Sound History of National Radio Day

The radio dates back to 1895. It was invented by a man named Guglielmo Marconi who is said to have received the very first radio signal. By 1927, the FRC (Federal Radio Commission) was created (later changed to the FCC) to help regulate interstate radio communications. 

How To Celebrate National Radio Day

The best way to celebrate National Radio Day is to donate to your local public-owned radio station. The only way that these radio stations continue to thrive is by donations. Show them you care and become a part of the community!

Video Never Killed the Radio Star 

Before radio, we could only communicate long-distance by writing letters. Its inception completely changed our lives. As of now, we can see that it has paved the way for modern technologies, though it still remains one of humanity’s most crucial forms of communication. Happy National Radio Day. 

“In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence.”

– Ira Glass

August 19

National Aviation Day

Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for liftoff, as August 19 is National Aviation Day.

Today is the perfect day to be thankful for the power of flight and the incredible impact that it has had on our species.

What Is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day takes is a United States national holiday that celebrates the development and advancements of aviation. 

A History of National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day was first established back in 1939 thanks to Franklin Roosevelt. He issued a presidential proclamation to celebrate the day on the birthday of Orville Wright. Orville Wright, for those of you who don’t know, was one of the Wright Brothers from North Carolina. They were the first people to complete a sustained flight with a true aircraft.

How To Celebrate National Aviation Day

There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Aviation Day. If you are around the North Carolina region, you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the spot where the very first American flight took off. 

If you’re feeling crafty, you can build your own model airplane!

Whatever you do, make sure to hashtag #NationalAviationDay to let others know you are celebrating!

Taking Flight – National Aviation Day

Though we are now looking to space as our next destination, National Aviation Day is there to remind us just how lucky we truly are. After all, men from a century ago would’ve told you that you were crazy if you said you could jet across the world in massive flying machine hundreds of miles above the ground. Happy National Aviation Day!

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”

– Orville Wright

Teachers’ Day

Teachers’ Day

Everyone can probably look back to at least one teacher in their life who inspired them to become the person that they are today.

For many of us, that teacher was the reason that we went into the field of work that we ultimately decided on. For others, that teacher was there to help them through hardships in their lives that their friends or families couldn’t help them with.

Teachers shape our lives in ways that no other people do. They teach us, help us grow, provide us a space for inspiration, and pave the way for us to become better individuals for the greater cause of society. If there is any one group of people that has the future of the world in their hands, it’s teachers. This is the reason that we celebrate Teachers’ Day, to show appreciation to the great teachers in our lives and honor their contributions to our lives, no matter how large or small. 

From India to the United States and beyond, Teachers’ Day is celebrated all over the globe. The real question is, how did this day come to be? 

What is Teachers’ Day?

There are two separate Teachers’ Day celebrations. One celebration is known as World Teachers’ Day. This celebration has been held annually on October 4th since 1994. It is meant to mark the date of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO, a standard-setting document that helps to identify and address problems for teachers all over the world. This document helped to bring standards and outlines to policy, training, and recruitment for teachers, as well as employment and working conditions.

This iteration of World Teachers’ Day is meant to not only show appreciation to teachers of the world, but also meant to assess and improve the working conditions of these teachers around the world as well. 

The National Teachers’ Day holiday is celebrated differently depending on the country. Countries around the world, such as the United States, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, and hundreds of others, have their own days and celebrations for Teachers’ Day. In the United States, for example, Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week, a long holiday that takes place every year in the first week of May.

While each country has a different day for the holiday, the idea remains the same.  

The History of Teachers’ Day

The history of Teachers’ Day cannot be told without first understanding the role of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who served as the President of India from 1962-1967. The very first Teachers’ Day dates back to the year 1962, when President Radhakrishnan had his very first year in office. It was the year before that he had just moved up from his vice president role and become the second president that the country had ever had.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in Andhra Pradesh to a Telegu Brahmin in 1882. When he graduated from secondary school, he attended the University of Madras, where he would receive his Masters in Philosophy. After that, he began teaching at both the University of Calcutta and the University of Mysore.

He eventually served as the Andhra University Vice Chancellor, as well as the Eastern Religions Chair of Spalding Professor at Oxford University. This information is incredibly important, as it showed he was dedicated to the process of teaching and education. It wasn’t until he became President of India that he could create a day dedicated to teachers.

As the story goes, Radhakrishnan had a group of students and friends that asked him if they could create a day to observe his birth. As the story continues, his response was, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day.”

As a humble man and a former teacher, he felt that creating a day to honor the teachers of India would be the best way to pay tribute to him instead of celebrating his own life. Since then, the 5th of September, which is also Radhakrishnan’s birthday, is the date of Teachers’ Day in India. Before his death in 1975, Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest-possible civilian award in India. While he never won, he was nominated on eleven separate occasions for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

While this may be the biggest story surrounding Teachers’ Day, there are other countries with different histories of the holiday. In the United States, Teachers’ Day dates back to 1944. The National Education Association says that the U.S. Teachers’ Day was started by a man named Ryan Krug, who was a Wisconsin teacher during the time. 

Ryan Krug began corresponding with both educational and political leaders to help create a day that honored the teachers of the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt eventually received a letter in 1953, and then proceeded to persuade Congress to instate a National holiday for teachers. It wasn’t until much later on March 7, 1980, that Congress declared National Teacher Day a holiday. 

Up until 1985, the NEA and the affiliates of the NEA observed the first Tuesday in March as National Teacher Day. In March of 1985, the PTA created Teacher Appreciation Week and set it in the first week of May, which effectively moved National Teacher Day to that Tuesday. 

How to Celebrate Teachers’ Day

When it comes to celebrating World Teachers’ Day, UNESCO and Educational International band together every year to help spread the word of the importance of teachers and their development in our society. They do so by reaching out to major media organizations to create large campaigns that focus on specific themes. The themes will change from year to year. For example, the theme for 2018 was “The Right To Education Means the Right To A Qualified Teacher.”

The idea of this theme was to remind people that we cannot fulfill the right to education, a right stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, if we do not have teachers who are properly trained and qualified. UNESCO notes that everyone can celebrate teachers by spreading awareness of teachers and the issues that they face in order to respect the major impact that these teachers have on our lives. 

While celebrating World Teachers’ Day is incredibly impactful, there are about a hundred different ways to celebrate Teachers’ Day on a smaller level, each of which can be just as impactful. 

If you are a student or teacher, there are a load of ways that you can celebrate this holiday at school. One of the best ways is to get together with your school board and plan a formal gathering or assembly to honor the teachers of your school. Students can get together and make gifts or decorations with letters wishing their teachers a Happy Teachers’ Day. 

Here are some other excellent ideas for students to celebrate Teachers’ Day:

  • Get together with your student union and create gifts or souvenirs for your teachers.
  • Talk to the administration and see if the teachers can get a day off at your school to relax while senior or graduate students take over for the day. While this may seem like a crazy idea to some, this is exactly how students in Estonia celebrate Teachers’ Day.
  • Organize an essay-writing competition for students to write about teachers that have made a large impact in their lives.
  • Get together with a group of students and decorate your teacher’s classroom.

If you’re not a teacher or still in school, yet want to celebrate Teachers’ Day within your community, here are a few ideas to do so:

  • Find local businesses and see if you can set up a special discount for teachers on the day of the holiday. It’s great marketing for businesses and can help your favorite teachers acquire some discounted goods or services!
  • Organize a recreational function in honor of teachers. Get students to participate!
  • See if you can organize a community service group to perform different services for teachers who are older or retired.

If you have a way to access larger media companies or platforms, they can provide an excellent way to spread the news about Teachers’ Day. Here are some great ideas for going hand-in-hand with media platforms to celebrate Teachers’ Day:

  • See if you can get your local network or media group to sponsor a Teacher Award.
  • Ask your local media if they can send a reporter or representative over to observe a day at the school. That representative can document a day in the life of a teacher and publish it in their magazine or paper.
  • If you are in college and have a radio station, organize a group of students and create a program for the day that interviews students and teachers about their lives and impacts. It’s an excellent way to broadcast and spread the word about Teachers’ Day.

Of course, something as simple as getting a gift for your teachers on Teachers’ Day can be just as impactful as everything mentioned above. There are about a million gifts that you could possibly get for your teacher, which can make deciding a bit difficult. The best thing to do is think of something personal. Is there an inside joke that you and your teacher share? Does he or she have a hobby that you know about? A gift that draws inspiration from personal experience will always mean the most. If you don’t have that close of a relationship with your teacher, yet still want to get him or her a gift, here are some excellent gift ideas:

  • Personalized mugs or trophies are a quintessential teacher gift. Put their initials on it and maybe a small saying such as “World’s Greatest Teacher.”
  • Get them a tote bag. Tote bags are excellent and almost all teachers use them for supplies and other classroom gear.
  • Write them a note or letter that expresses your appreciation for them. Make sure to put some serious thought into it.
  • Get them some classrooms items that you know they’ll use during the year, such as cool gel pens, art supplies, new whiteboard markers, etc.
  • If you’re a culinary expert, bake your teacher some cupcakes or other delicious goods.

Celebrating the Significance of Teachers 

Teachers’ Day is meant to signify how important teachers are in the lives of the old and young. Teaching is a job of persuasion and understanding. It is one of the biggest responsibilities in the world, as teachers are the keepers of knowledge who continue to pass things down to different generations of workers, as well as future teachers. Essentially, teachers are there to help us build the best future we can possibly build.

Great teachers can help to move us forward into a future that is brighter, as they can help us to understand and comprehend the world around us using logic, facts, and other important tools that transcend human emotion. The celebration of Teachers’ Day is to honor teachers who have made these incredible contributions to all of us. 

In Radhakrishnan’s book, Political Thinkers of Modern India, he says that the education provided by our great teachers is the reason that a democratic country can survive. They help to shape a nation more than most people understand. We hope that this has inspired you to get out and show some love for the teachers who have inspired and taught you throughout your life. 

Happy Teachers’ Day!

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

Your grandparents were always the ones who told you yes when your parents said no. They were the ones who you always wanted to spend time with, even when you were embarrassed to be seen with your parents. Grandparents are there to provide us joy and wisdom, as they are some of the most experienced people that we grow up with. 

Grandparents Day is a day to celebrate the grandparents of the world in honor of everything that they do for us throughout our childhood and adulthood.

What is Grandparents Day?

Grandparents Day is a national holiday that is celebrated throughout the world during different times of the year. In the United States, it falls on the first Sunday directly after Labor Day. While it’s not as heavily-marketed as Mother’s or Father’s Day, Grandparents Day is a special holiday to honor the grandparents of the world. 

This national holiday gives children the opportunity to show their love and respect for their grandparents, as well as grandparent-like figures who are in their lives. This can mean creating memories through events or gifts. 

Grandparents Day is also an opportunity for Grandparents to spend time with their children and their grandchildren. It gives grandparents the chance to share their life experience with their grandchildren, helping to guide them with information that only someone with that level of experience could have.

Most importantly, the day is there to commemorate the strength, guidance, and importance of grandparents. The initial vision for the holiday can be traced back to a grassroots campaign put together by Mrs. Marian McQuade. 

The History of Grandparents Day

Just prior to Marian McQuade’s success in organizing Grandparents Day as a national holiday, a young, nine-year-old boy by the name of Russell Capper sent a letter to President Nixon in 1969, asking for a special day to be set aside for honoring grandparents. A letter returned to the boy from Nixon’s personal secretary Rose Mary Woods, stating that while the boy’s letter was greatly appreciated, the president could only create a proclamation regarding a special observance if Congress allowed him to. While Russell was not successful in his attempt, he was the first major piece of the puzzle in Grandparents Day history.

In 1973, at the urging of Marian McQuade, who was elected the Vice-Chair of the West Virginia Committee in 1971, Senator Jennings Randolph created a resolution for the Senate in hopes that they would make Grandparents Day a national holiday. At the time, Governor Arch Moore had already proclaimed Grandparents Day as a holiday for the state of West Virginia. Unfortunately, Senator Randolph’s resolution did not go very far and ended up failing while it was in committee. When Marian McQuade found out that Randolph’s resolution did not go through, she began organizing supporters and contacting politicians from each state, including senators, governors, and local congressmen. 

Only three years later, Marian McQuade had obtained Grandparents Day proclamations from 43 of the 50 states, which she later handed over to Senator Randolph. Along with a slew of other senators, Randolph created a joint resolution to the senate for a request that the president issue an annual proclamation for National Grandparents Day on the Sunday after Labor Day. On August 3, 1978, Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation to create the National Grandparents Day.

The proclamation read:

“…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

Marian McQuade passed away in 2008, leaving behind 43 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

How to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is celebrated differently all over the world, from Australia to Mexico to China and beyond. Though some countries have their own special celebrations, the idea remains the same.

If you want to celebrate National Grandparents Day with your grandparents this year, here are some wonderful ways to do so:

  • Set up some time to talk and ask them to share stories with you. Grandparents have experienced a lot. They likely have a list of fascinating stories about your family or your heritage that you never knew. Use the day to make an effort to get to know your grandparents better!
  • Create a playlist for them. If your grandparents aren’t tech-savvy, compile a list of some of their favorite songs from back in the day for them so that they can listen to them wherever they are! 
  • Scrapbook! Though we have moved into the digital age and most of our photos are stored on our phones or on computer hard drives, it is likely that your grandparents have tons of old photos stashed away. Plan some time out to organize or scrapbook those photos. Each photo has a story too, so you can probably make a whole day out of it!
  • Does your family have a special family recipe? Use today to prepare and cook something with your grandparents.

Hear the official Grandparents Day song below!

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is an incredibly special day for individuals and communities alike to honor their grandparents and the legacies they live or have left behind. Though it may seem that we as a society often talk about how much old people need our help, it is truly us who could use the life lessons and experience from them. 

This is why we celebrate Grandparents Day all around the world.If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful holiday, the Legacy Project has some amazing information on celebrating Grandparents Day within a community and why it is so important.

Father’s Day

Father's Day

Father’s Day is the day of the year that is set aside to recognize the role of the father in our lives. In America, we recognize that this holiday is on the third Sunday in June, but the reserved day for Father’s Day changes from country to country. Fathers are one of the most structurally important pieces of any family. Today is a day to show your father some love and appreciation. If you’ve ever been interested in how this holiday came to be, now is your time to find out!

How Father’s Day Is Celebrated

Father’s Day is celebrated differently throughout various countries. People in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom all celebrate the holiday on the third Sunday of June. Other countries like New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, Ireland, Singapore, and more celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September. Thailand celebrates Father’s Day on December 5th in honor of the birthday of the Thai king.

Father’s Day is celebrated very similarly in most countries. People will go out of their way to make an effort to celebrate and commemorate their fathers. Some send cards to their fathers, along with items like gifts, flowers, clothing, athletic gear, etc. Some people will go and visit their fathers and spend time with them, going out for drinks or dinner. 

Because Father’s Day is very modern compared to most holidays, the tradition differs from family to family. Sometimes, something as simple as a phone call is enough to honor one’s father. Those who don’t have biological fathers in their lives will often celebrate father figures in their life, such as step-fathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law, or other male friends and relatives.

One of the last countries to start celebrating Father’s Day was India, though they now celebrate it very closely to how we do in the United States. Father’s Day seems to have the biggest presence in large cities, as there is more exposure to television and ad companies that promote the holiday.

Father’s Day in Mexico, or “Dia de Padre” as they refer to it, has celebrations rooted in family, like coming together, preparing large feasts, and providing gifts for the father figures of the family. There are cultural societies spread throughout South Africa that celebrate fathers, and they also use the day to stress the paternal role in a little one’s life.

It is not seen as a public holiday in most countries because it falls on Sundays. In most countries, many large businesses and public offices are closed down on Sundays regardless. 

A History Of Father’s Day

The celebration of fatherhood can be traced back to about 1508 in Catholic Europe. The feast day of Saint Joseph, which took place on March 19, inspired Father’s Day because  Saint Joseph was known as the “putative father of Jesus”. This Catholic celebration was eventually brought to America by Spanish settlers, and when Catholic churches began popping up, the holiday spread throughout the country. 

U.S. Father’s Day traditions began in the early 20th century as a complement to Mother’s Day, which was the holiday set aside to celebrate the maternal role of the family. One of the very first recorded Father’s Day celebrations was in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. A woman by the name of Grace Golden Clayton was mourning her father’s death after he had been killed in a large mining disaster. She went to her pastor with an idea that there should be a day honoring fathers like there was for mothers. They agreed, and, even though she wanted the day to be June 5th like her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to get things ready, so they deferred the date to the third Sunday of June. 

Some believe that the very first Father’s Day took place in Washington State on June 19, 1910 after the holiday had made its way across the states. It wasn’t until 1924 that President Calvin Coolidge decided to recognize Father’s Day as an actual holiday. About 30 years later in 1956, Congress passed a joint resolution recognizing Father’s Day across the country. 

Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon would eventually make proclamations so that the observance of the holiday would be permanently established in the United States.

How To Celebrate Father’s Day

The best way to celebrate Father’s Day is to make sure that you plan ahead! You don’t want to wake up that morning and realize you don’t have anything planned! If you are planning to take your father out to dinner, you might want to make reservations ahead of time because many restaurants tend to fill up their reservation lists quickly for this date.

Start by thinking of the things that make your dad happy. Some dads like hanging around the house and not doing anything while others like to get out and explore. Try to plan an activity that is enjoyable for the both of you. If he likes golfing, take him golfing. If he likes cooking, take him to a cooking class. You get the idea! 

Most dads tend to do a lot of work around the house. A great way to show your dad appreciation is by doing some of his housework for him! Mow the yard, fix that leaky faucet, or do his dry cleaning. Remember, even simple gestures can mean the world if done genuinely!

Make sure to get your family involved, too! If you have brothers or sisters, get in touch with them and see if there is something that you can all pitch in on, such as plan a party or pay for a large gift. The most important thing is that the day feels joyful!

If you use social media, make sure to tag #NationalFathersDay to spread the love!

Return The Favor

No matter who you celebrate on Father’s Day, make sure he knows how he made your life better with his love and support. Let him know that, now, you are his love and support. You father is one of the first people that teaches you about love, so let him see how well you listened.

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

  • Jim Valvano

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

Everybody has a mother (or at least someone in their life that acts like a mother). Mothers usually have one main goal: to make sure that their children are safe, healthy, and happy. They are with them through thick and thin, always providing them with a shoulder to lean on in times of sadness and a smile to share with them in times of joy.

This is why Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May – to honor the maternal figures in our life. Mother’s Day is the day to show appreciation to the maternal figure in your life. Take her out to dinner, give her a call and actually listen to her talk, or write her a sweet, personal card. 

How Mother’s Day Is Celebrated

Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world. Even though everyone has their own ideas of how to celebrate in the United States, the traditions and festivities differ from one country to the next. For example, in Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August because that is the day the current queen, Sirikit, was born.

In Ethiopia, families have special celebratory songs that they get together to sing and perform. They also enjoy huge feasts over multiple days; this three-day festival is known as Antrosht. In Japan, the holiday is on the second Sunday in May, and people will buy their mothers red carnations to wear as badges of honor.

Mother’s Day is a huge holiday in Mexico, and it takes place on May 10. Just like here in the United States, families will take women and mothers out to eat at their favorite restaurants. Once out, the mothers will be serenaded with mariachi bands!

Here in the United States, the celebrations vary because we are a huge melting pot of different cultures. Mother’s Day is usually celebrated by people presenting women and mothers with different gifts, ranging from flowers, to birthday cards, to trips, and more. People will also celebrate by taking their mothers out to nice dinners, doing work for their mothers, or doing some sort of activity together.

A History Of Mother’s Day

The idea of Mother’s Day, as well as the general idea of motherhood, can be traced all the way back to ancient times when the Greek and Roman people held massive festivals to celebrate Rhea and Cybele, the central female goddesses of that time. Though they weren’t celebrating their physical mothers, the celebration introduced the idea that mothers were there to provide nurturing and protection.

Ancient Egyptians also believed in the idea of motherhood, celebrating the goddess Isis, their representation of the perfect mother and wife. This celebration took place annually with massive festivals all over the country.

The first known Mother’s Day that celebrated actual mothers was known as “Mothering Sunday.” This was a Christian holiday and festival that was celebrated in the United Kingdom, as well as other Christian parts of Europe. Every fourth Sunday, which was also Lent, was the day where faithful Christians would travel to the local church around their home, also known as their “Mother Church”. There they would have a special Christian service to commemorate motherhood.

It wasn’t for many years that the idea of Mother’s Day would become a secular one. Slowly but surely, it was starting to be seen as a simple way to do nice things for your mother, such as giving her flowers or other gifts. It wasn’t until the early part of the 20th century that the idea of Mothering Sunday faded out and Mother’s Day as we know it began.

We can thank a woman named Anna Jarvis for creating the official holiday. As the daughter of Julia Ward Howe, prominent abolitionist and the writer of the 1870 “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” Jarvis wanted a holiday to celebrate the power and sacrifices of mothers everywhere. In 1908, she organized the very first Mother’s Day celebration in Grafton, West Virginia, using money that she had raised with a Philadelphia store owner by the name of John Wanamaker. 

Though Jarvis originally wanted the holiday to be between mothers and the rest of their families, it soon swept the nation and became a capitalist movement. Soon, greeting card companies, floral companies, and other big industries were looking to make money off of the day. Still, the true meaning of Mother’s Day lies in honoring the brave, strong, and selfless women who raise their children with love and protection by any means possible.

Fun fact: Mother’s Day the day chosen by Coretta Scott King to host an underprivileged support March in 1968. It was one of the biggest political causes to have ever been associated with the holiday.

How To Celebrate Mother’s Day

If you’re looking to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, be sure to start planning early, so you can make her day very special. Of course, it doesn’t have to be anything grandiose, but it should be genuine and from the heart. 

Start by making your mother a card! Take time doing this and think about what you want to say before you write. Put love and care into it (bonus points if you make the card yourself!). You can also give your mother a gift as well. Things like flowers, chocolates, and gift cards tend to be the most popular items. Think about what she loves the most, and see if you can find it or something that portrays it. 

Things like photo collages, personalized music CDs, or homemade dinners are very personal, perfect for showing your mother how much you care! Whatever you end up doing, make sure that your mother feels joyous today because it is her day, and she deserves the world!

Make sure to hashtag #HappyMothersDay to let everyone know how wonderful your mother is!

Reflecting Your Mother’s Love

Mothers form a bond with their children before they are ever born that lasts a lifetime. It is often said that a mother’s love is truly unconditional love – the strongest form of love that you rarely get to experience. So, on your mom’s special day, the best gift to give her is your time. Listen for 5 more minutes. Hug for 10 more seconds. Eat dessert before you leave. She’ll appreciate it more than you know.

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”

  • Stevie Wonder

August 18

National Fajita Day

That sizzling sound could only mean one thing…

It’s National Fajita Day!

Fajitas are the king of Tex-Mex food. With a mix of peppers, meats, cheese, and other delectable ingredients, there are many different fajitas that you can try. Luckily, you can get one of these dishes at just about any Mexican restaurant you go to. Get your appetite ready as we fry you up a dish of knowledge on National Fajita Day!

A History Of National Fajita Day

Fajitas first became a Mexican staple in the early 1930s when Mexican vaqueros living in the southwest of Texas decided to use some throwaway beef cuts to make a dish. The meat would be cooked over an open fire or on a grill before it would be served with fresh guacamole, Pico de gallo, and flour or corn tortillas. With the addition of southwest spices, the dish became one-of-a-kind.

The popularity of the fajita would continue to grow as chefs began adding other ingredients such as onions, shrimp, chicken, pork, bell peppers, and more. The seasoning included lime, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and a variety of other smoky and savory flavors. It was around the 1980s that the dish became a staple throughout all Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

The presentation of a fajita became far more festive in restaurants, with servers presenting them on sizzling hot plates. Now, the dish is celebrated around the globe, having come a long way from southwest Texas. That is why On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, one of the country’s biggest casual Mexican dining establishments,  founded this holiday in 2016.

“I wish they made fajita cologne, because that stuff smells good. What’s that you’re wearing? That’s sizzlin’!”

  • Mitch Hedberg

How To Celebrate National Fajita Day

The best way to celebrate National Fajita Day is to go out with your friends and family and order some fajitas! Maybe try a fajita with a different meat than you would usually get! If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make some fajitas at home.

Make sure that if you use social media to hashtag #NationalFajitaDay so that others can join in on the fun!

A Mexican Staple

It’s not surprising that fajitas have become such a Mexican staple. There are so many ways to customize your fajitas that you could literally eat a different fajita every single time you choose to have one. Whether you are a dedicated fajita lover who sticks to the same recipe every time or an adventurous fajita lover who changes it up constantly, you have to admit – fajitas are always delicious!

On This Day, National Fajita Day, As Well As… 

National Mail Order Catalog Day

Before Amazon came along and took over the world as we know it, one of the most popular ways to shop was through the mail-order catalogs. August 18th is the anniversary of the date when Aaron Montgomery Ward produced the very first ever mail order catalog back in 1872. Because he could cut out the middleman, he could sell things for much cheaper. He would soon become one of the country’s richest men. Around 1971, major catalog sales had exceeded a quarter of a billion dollars. We now celebrate this day to remember a once-popular way of shopping.

National Ice Cream Pie Day

Ice Cream Pie combines the two most popular desserts in the world to create one of the most refreshing and tasty desserts available. The beauty of ice cream pie is that it can be produced in a wide variety of ways. From chocolate chip ice cream pie to peanut butter ice cream pie, there are countless kinds. So, go out to your favorite restaurant today and order a delicious ice cream pie. You can also make some at home!