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October 2, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Change A Light Day – Celebrated on the first Sunday in October, this is a day to make a change for the good of the environment. Change at least one of your old light bulbs to one of the new energy efficient light bulbs. Even though they tend to be more expensive than the old bulbs, they will end up saving you money over the long term.

World Communion Day - Celebrated on the first Sunday in October, this is a day for Christians all over the world to come together in faith to remember and affirm Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church.

Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day – Also celebrated on the first Sunday in October, this is a day to celebrate inns, innkeepers and visitors of Bed & Breakfasts in North America. Some of them celebrate this weekend with special rates so if you happen to be enjoying a B&B today, ask about that.

International Blessings of the Fishing Fleet Day - I couldn’t find out much about today but it seems to be a coastal celebration around the world where priests bless fishing fleets in the hopes that they will have a productive and safe year for fishing. I believe it is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.

Rosh Hashanah – This is the Jewish New Year. It begins today at sundown and ends at sundown on October 4th. Happy New Year everyone!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

International African Diaspora Day - This is a day to remember the disbursement of African natives to other countries beginning with the slave trade hundreds of years ago and continuing today because of wars, famine, economic necessity, etc. Other countries have experienced diaspora (The displacement of natives of a country to numerous other locations when said natives continue to identify themselves as belonging to their original country.).

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