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July 14, 2014

This is a different sort of day to celebrate, it requires a costume...who's game?

International Town Criers Day – This day is celebrated on the second Monday in July. Town crying is an old tradition. There are not too many of them around anymore in this day of instant connections. A town crier is an officer of the court who makes public announcements for the court. In the old days (18th century), they had a dress code of a red and gold robe, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. They would ring a bell and shout, “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez” (which means “hear ye”) and then when they had everyone's attention, they would announce the important news of the court. We don't use this method anymore, I think most courts publish information in the newspaper or maybe they ‘tweet’ it. However, their job was very important in their day and they deserve recognition.

Bastille Day – Also known as French National Day or La Fete Nationale which commemorates the day of the storming of the Bastille on this day in 1789. The Bastille was an old prison fortress and its downfall was a symbol of the coming of the modern French nation.

Pandemonium Day – Today is your day to get a little crazy! There are only two guidelines that you MUST follow on a day like this. One – your craziness must be FUN and not mean or hurtful to anyone or anything. Two – your craziness must be LEGAL!! I know, I just ruined it for you, didn't I? Well, I'm sure you can manage to get crazy anyway.

To celebrate today, get a little crazy by dressing up as a Town Crier, going to the center of town, and announce the fall of Bastille.  Then, escape in the ensuing pandemonium.

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