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October 2, 2015

Today we celebrate:

World Farm Animals Day or World Day for Farmed Animals – This day is dedicated to saving farm animals from being raised in deplorable conditions and then being slaughtered for food.  It takes place on or near this day because this is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a man who stood for non-violence toward animals and people. 

International Day of Non-violence – Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, this is a day to spread the message of non-violence all around the world through educational programs and public awareness.  Again, this day was chosen to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

Guardian Angels Day – This day has been celebrated for a very long time. In the 16th century, Pope Clement X chose this day for the Feast of the Guardian Angels. On this day we should thank God for the guardian angel that He has given to each of us to inspire us to do good deeds and to protect us from evil and to guide us to God at the moment of our deaths.

Phileas Fogg's Wager Day – On this day in 1872, Phileas Fogg made his famous wager that the book “Around the World in Eighty Days” was based upon. He wagered 20,000 pounds that he could navigate around the world in eighty days. You'll have to check back with me on December 21st to see if he won the wager. Or, I suppose you could just look it up.

National Fried Scallops Day – I love scallops any way I can get them, but fried scallops are particularly delicious, in my opinion.  You can have the small bay scallops or the larger sea scallops.  It’s easier to fry the sea scallops because they are bigger.  Whichever you choose, make sure you don’t overcook them.  They cook up very quickly and if you over do it, they will be tough and not very good.

Lee's National Denim DayCelebrated on the first Friday in October, this is a day for everyone to work together to fight against breast cancer by wearing jeans to work in exchange for a $5 contribution toward breast cancer research.

National Diversity Day – Also on the first Friday in October, this day was established in 2005 by Leo Parvis, and is a day to celebrate whoever you happen to be no matter what your race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age or nationality. Everyone is special and precious and should be accepted for who they are.  Be as tolerant of other people’s differences as you would like them to be tolerant of yours.

Plaidurday - This is the first time I have heard of this one.  It is celebrated on the first Friday in October and is a worldwide celebration of plaid.  It was first celebrated in 2011 and dedicated plaid wearing people eagerly look forward to this day all year.

National Custodial Workers Day – This is a day to recognize the dedicated, hard working people who keep our schools and businesses clean. It is often a thankless and unnoticed job, but we sure notice if it's not done because then we are surrounded by a mess. Make sure you talk to the custodians in your life today and thank them for their hard work.

Name Your Car Day – This is a day to get closer to your car. We depend on our vehicles to reliably get us to wherever we need to go. So we need to treat our cars right and that begins with giving it a really good name. We tend to care for things we name more than we do things we do not name. This is why if you have a farm, you have to be careful to avoid naming the animals you intend to eat.

World No Alcohol Day - I’m not sure if they created it, but the International Council of Nurses certainly endorses the celebration of this day.  Alcohol is a factor in the deaths of 2.5 million people every year.  If people could just show some self control and stop at one drink, it wouldn’t be a problem at all.  But it is an addictive substance and far too many people cannot stop drinking once they start.  So today, take a break from drinking completely.  

World Smile Day – This day is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year. It was created in 1999 by Harvey Ball, the artist who created the smiley face in 1963. He felt that his smiley face symbol was over-commercialized and was losing its intended significance. So he decided that the world needed a reminder that we should smile more often. So today, you should smile at absolutely everyone.

To celebrate today, put on some denim jeans and a plaid shirt, name your car Phileas Fogg and take your guardian angel for a ride to nearby farms to talk to the farmers about improving their living conditions in a non violent manner.  Then find a custodian in an office building or school and give them some fried scallops to thank them for their hard work.  Finally, share a non-alcoholic drink with your diverse group of friends.

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