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September 27, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Sukkot – A Jewish holiday that lasts for seven days. It begins this evening at sundown and ends at sundown on the 15th. For the first two days, work is not allowed. For the last five days, work is allowed but there are restrictions. This holiday is celebrated with pilgrimages, and special blessings and it is intended that people will remember the sukkah, which is the tent structure that the Israelites used for shelter during their 40 years of traveling in the desert after their freedom from slavery in Egypt.

National Corned Beef Hash Day - Today it’s all about meat and potatoes.  Specifically corned beef meat and fried potatoes.  It’s delicious with fried eggs.

National Chocolate Milk Day – Chocolate fans everywhere, heads up! This is a day for you. Carry some chocolate around with you today so you can add it to your milk at every meal. If you don't usually drink milk at meals, you might want to change your habits today.  I really like to use Ovaltine as opposed to Nestle or Swiss Miss or other chocolate milk mixes because it is chock full of vitamins and minerals and makes really good chocolate milk.

World Deaf Day - Celebrated on the last Sunday in September, this is a day to draw attention to the achievements of deaf people and the deaf community.  They have come a long way since the days when they were pretty much hidden from society.  They were seen as being unable to learn and be educated.  Therefore they were not allowed to own property, or marry, and had to have a guardian.  Life is much better these days, however, there is still more that we can do to expand the development of technology that will help deaf people live the same quality of lifestyle as hearing people.

World Rivers Day - Also celebrated on the last Sunday in September, today we celebrate the waterways of the world.  Our rivers are essential to the health of the plants and animals that live on this planet, ourselves included.  Let’s do our best to keep them clean.

National Crush A Can Day – This is an odd day that doesn't seem to have a specific purpose or history that I can find. I can speculate that it is a stress relieving day as some people like to relieve their stress by breaking or crushing things. I prefer to recycle my cans but I guess I can make an exception today.

National Daughter’s Day - This is a day to celebrate your daughter(s).  It is National Daughter’s Day but it is actually celebrated in several different countries such as India and the United Kingdom.  I have put it on this, the fourth Sunday in August, because most people celebrate on this day.  However, there are some who believe it is on October 1st.  A good way to celebrate the day is to do something fun and special with your daughter like a tea party if she is a child, or decorating each other’s nails if she’s a teenager, or sharing a cup of coffee and conversation if she is an adult.

Ancestor Appreciation Day – This is a day to dig into your family history and find out where you came from so you can appreciate your ancestors, whoever they happen to be.  Without every single one of them, you would not be who you are.  So, even if you find that one or more of them are not necessarily people you would be proud of, you should be thankful for their role in ultimately creating you.

Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Created in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS, this is a day to recognize that although gay and bisexual men are only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 61 percent of all of the newly diagnosed HIV infections in the year 2009. Since this is the demographic that is most at risk of developing this devastating disease, it stands to reason that men who are gay and bisexual need to be tested regularly and, even better, take precautions to protect themselves against becoming infected in the first place.

World Tourism Day - This is a day to focus on the value of tourism.  The theme for this years celebration is “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”.  The organizers want to know how you will be celebrating so they ask that you send them photos based on the theme to the WTD Facebook album and label your tweets about it with #1billiontourists#WTD2015.

Gold Star Mother's Day – This is a day that was created by the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. which is an organization that provides support for mothers of children who were lost in a war. It was created just after World War I. Membership is open to any American woman who has lost a child in service to the United States. We celebrate this day on the last Sunday in September every year.

To celebrate today, travel to a new place and be a tourist by hopping on a river cruise with your daughter.  Have some corned beef hash and crush a can of chocolate milk with your fellow tourists who are deaf or gay.  Make sure they are aware of HIV/AIDS and how to keep themselves safe.  Next, make sure you appreciate your ancestors and the gift of life that they gave you by calling up some Gold Star Mothers and sending them your love and empathy.

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