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August 21, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Spumoni Day – Spumoni is Italian ice cream that is made with layers of different colors and flavors. It frequently has nuts and/or candied fruits mixed in as well. I've never tried it, but I'm certainly willing if I could just find a place that serves it.

Poet's Day – This is a day to honor your favorite poets. A talented poet can express powerful emotions with words and make the rest of us cry, laugh, or really think about a subject in a new way. We all have a bit of a poet inside us, so today is a day to either bring out your inner poet, or enjoy some poetry created by others.

Senior Citizen's Day – This is a day to honor the seniors of our society. This day was created in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan who was attempting to change the way we look at our elders. We need to remember that our elders have a great deal of life experience and wisdom that we can benefit from if we only open up our minds and hearts and recognize that they are still contributing members of society.

Cupcake Day – This is a delicious day that was created by the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Australia to celebrate cupcakes and animals. It can be celebrated on the third Monday in August by making, eating, smelling or even just looking at cupcakes and by helping an animal in need in some manner.

Stay Home with your Kids Day - Created by Jennifer Stewart in 1997 this is a day to take one day and stay home with your kids. You can work from home or just take the whole day off if you want to. I was a stay at home mom for many years and found it very rewarding, but I think we all realize that not everyone can afford to or wants to do that. You have to make the decisions that are right for you and for your family, whatever they are. But if you have chosen to stay home with the kids, this is a day to encourage you and support your decision. This is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of August.

August 20, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day – This is a new one for me. I didn't know you could make chocolate pecan pie. I bet it's pretty good but probably too sweet for me.

National Lemonade Day – This day is all about teaching young people how to begin and operate their own business of selling lemonade from a lemonade stand. They will learn a lot about business doing something like that especially if they have a good mentor to give them tips. I’ll give all you kids who are planning on doing this a quick, free tip. Don’t put a lemonade stand on my road. You’ll go broke before lunchtime.

National Radio Day – This day celebrates the invention of the radio. Many people contributed to the various evolutions that the radio has gone through over the years. The first transmission of a signal using electromagnetic waves happened around 1880. The technology just kept getting better from there.

World Mosquito Day - This is not a day to celebrate mosquitos so don’t worry about my sanity. It is, however, a day to celebrate Sir Ronald Ross, the doctor who discovered, in 1897, that female mosquitos transmitted malaria between humans. He declared this day shortly afterward and it has been celebrated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since the 1930s with parties and exhibitions.

National Bacon Lover’s Day - My daughter will rejoice today, bacon is one of her favorite foods. Bacon in one form or another has been around for thousands of years, possibly dating back to the Chinese in 1500 B.C., although I’m sure it tasted much different, the idea of salting pork is at least that old.

Virtual Worlds Day - Created by the Association of Virtual Worlds in 2008, this is a day to recognize the rapid development of the virtual worlds industry. I don’t know too much about it because virtual worlds affect my motion sickness issues so I can’t play in them or watch anyone else play in them for more than a few seconds at a time. But I can see how popular they are, and I know enough about programming to know how difficult it is to create an entire world. The sheer number of variables to be considered is staggering to me. So hats off to all those who have succeeded in conquering this virtual frontier.  

God's Preeminence Day – Celebrated on the third Sunday of August, this is a day for believers to pay tribute to God. Pray, meditate about God, and give all glory to God today.

August 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day - Let’s head to the beach today people! If you go to the right beach, you might be lucky enough to find a sandcastle and sculpture competition. If not, create your own competition or just sit quietly in a pile of sand and form your own creation just because it’s fun. If you do make something in the sand today, post a picture so we can all enjoy it!

International Orangutan Day - This is a day to focus on saving the Orangutans from extinction. Orangutan numbers have declined at ridiculously high rates because of deforestation. Whether you believe they are long lost cousins or not is irrelevant. They are an amazing species and we don’t want to lose them, or any other species on our watch. It would be a sad world indeed if our grandchildren have to learn about Orangutans the same way we learned about Dodo birds, in history books. Show your support for the cause and the people dedicated to saving these fantastic creatures by tagging a photo with #OrangutanDay feel free to include a message and mention the name of the day.

National Hot & Spicy Food Day - I’m not a hot and spicy food person, but I know plenty of people who love it and just can’t get it hot and spicy enough. So this is a day to stretch your palate and take it to the limits as far as you can stand.

World Photo Day - On this day in 1839, the French government purchased the patent for the Daguerreotype, a way of making photographs that was created by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre a couple of years earlier. The French announced that the invention was a gift “Free to the World”, which is pretty impressive and generous of them. Since the Daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process, and was gifted to the world by the French government, this day was selected as the best day to celebrate photography. So go out and take a whole bunch of fantastic pictures today.

National Aviation Day – Established by Presidential Proclamation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, this is a day to celebrate the development of aviation. This day was chosen because it is Orville Wright's birthday. He was born in 1871 and was still alive when the proclamation was made in 1939.

Potato Day – This is a day to celebrate the potato. My oldest daughter would prefer to miss this day since she doesn’t care for potatoes, but she is not cooking dinner tonight, I am. I think I'll make homemade french fries. Potatoes have been an important food source for humans for hundreds of years, possibly longer.

"Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day – The root beer float is made with root beer and vanilla ice cream and ends up a light brown color. However, if you make it with chocolate ice cream, it is not a traditional root beer float and so it is instead called a “black cow” root beer float, or in some areas, a “brown cow” root beer float. Drink up!

World Humanitarian Day – This is a day to honor humanitarians all over the world who have worked for a humanitarian cause. It particularly honors those who have died in the course of their humanitarian work. This is not the same as Humanitarian Day, which we celebrated on January 15th, because this is a world wide day that was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2008.

International Geocaching Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday in August, Geocaching is an activity where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find containers called “geocaches” or “caches” hidden anywhere in the world. These caches can be any kind of container and usually contain a log book for the finder to sign and date and replace for the next geocacher to find. Sometimes they contain little trinkets or toys for the geocacher to take as a momento of the hunt. This is a great activity to do with your kids if you are looking for a way to get them off the video games and out of the house.

International Homeless Animals Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday of August, this is a day to raise awareness about the problem of pet overpopulation. There are too many pets and not enough loving owners. Make sure you spay/neuter your pet so you don't add to the problem.

National Honey Bee Day - Celebrated on the third Saturday in August, this is a day that was created by a group of beekeepers to raise awareness of the benefits of bees to the environment and our food sources, as well as the hazards that bees face in their daily lives that are causing their numbers to decrease at alarming rates. They wish to honor the people dedicated to beekeeping and work together to further knowledge, skills and support for each other.

August 18, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Bad Poetry Day - Not everyone has the skill to create wonderful poetry. I can wax poetic from time to time if I try, but I am probably the only one who thinks what I write is any good. So this is a day for me and for all the other poetry lovers who don’t get a lot of appreciation from others for their work and words. Keep trying and one day perhaps you’ll become the next Robert Frost.

National Fajita Day - Created by On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in 2016, this is a new day that is all about this highly popular Tex-Mex dish that includes peppers, onions, some variety of meat and flour tortillas. Obviously it was created to promote the restaurant and sell more Fajitas which are probably on sale today at participating On The Border restaurants, but that’s ok. Who’s going to complain about a possible sale or about a restaurant wanting to increase business? That’s how business works and thrives. Enjoy your Fajitas today!

Men's Grooming Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in August, this is a day that was created by American Crew, a company that makes men's grooming products. Some barbershops and salons participate in this day with special grooming related events for men.  

National Ice Cream Pie Day – Do you have a pie crust handy? Maybe some ice cream? Then you have all the makings for a ice cream pie. Soften the ice cream, spread it into the pie crust and refreeze. Delicious.

National Soft Ice Cream Day – I’m not sure why this is on the same day as the ice cream pie but who cares? Soft ice cream is the best. I absolutely love it and cannot turn it down no matter how much I should since it's made with dairy and I'm allergic. For this dish, I'll accept the consequences.

Helium Discovery Day - On this day in 1868, helium was discovered by a French astronomer, Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, using a spectroscope during a solar eclipse in the spectrum of the sun. Over the next few weeks Monsieur Janssen worked on a way to see it without the solar eclipse. Meanwhile, an English Astronomer, Joseph Lockyer, made a similar discovery a short time after. They both wrote a paper on the subject and submitted it to the French Academy of Sciences on the same day, so both get credit for the first sighting of helium.

Birth Control Pills Day - On this day in 1960, oral contraceptives began to be sold by the G.D. Searle company. They were created by Gregory Pincus and probably a team of people that he worked with. This invention put into women’s hands the ability to decide when they were ready to have kids because birth control methods prior to this were extremely unreliable which is why families were generally very large.

Long Tan Day or Vietnam Veterans Day (Australia) – On this day in 1966, the First Australian Task Force (ATF) to Vietnam prevailed over the Viet Cong forces in the Battle of Long Tan. This is a day to honor those veterans who came home and those who did not. It was an amazing victory for them because the Viet Cong forces of approx. 2,000 men outnumbered the small company of 108 men when they were isolated from the other American and New Zealand platoons. That small group held their own for many hours before the other platoons could break through and force the Viet Cong to retreat. The Australians lost 18 men but the Viet Cong lost 245.

Mail Order Catalog Day – Montgomery Ward was the first company to make a mail order catalog on this day in 1872. It was only one page. It did well so they went crazy with it and by 1904 it weighed four pounds. They kept it going until 1985 but by then the idea had long been picked up by scores of other companies and our mail boxes have not stopped groaning under the weight of it all.

Serendipity Day – This is a day “to live as though everything is a miracle...with the belief that at any moment, something wonderful is about to happen.” This is according to Madeleine Kay who is on a mission to encourage as many people as she can to look for serendipity and celebrate it.

August 17, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Baby Boomer's Recognition Day – This is a day to celebrate the baby boomers and their contributions to society. Many of them became very successful in a wide variety of fields, and our medicines and technology wouldn't be where they are today without this talented group of people.

Balloon Air Mail Day - As I previously noted on July 1st, this day in 1859 marks the first successful airmail delivery by hot air balloon in history. The mail didn’t make it all the way to its’ destination as John Wise battled unfortunate air conditions and only traveled 30 miles in 5 hours before he gave up, landed, and put the mail on a train to take it the rest of the way. But at least this time, the mail survived, unlike his first attempt on July 1st when he crash landed in a storm and all the mail was lost in the resulting fire.

National Black Cat Appreciation Day - Black cats get such a bad rap. They are the subject of many superstitions and people are afraid of them. But they are just as sweet and adorable  (in an aloof and finicky, you never know what to expect from your cat at any given moment sort of way) as any other cat. The color of your cat doesn’t do much to make up their personality that I can see. So if you’re looking for a cat to add to your family, consider a black one.

National #2 Pencil Day - The #2 pencil is the most popular pencil in schools. Growing up, until I took an art class, I didn’t even know there was another kind of pencil, or that the number designation referred to the hardness of the graphite (used to be lead) inside it. Standardized tests where you fill in little bubbles to mark your answer, always demand that you use a #2, possibly because other numbers make marks that are too light for their sensors to pick up.

National Vanilla Custard Day – A dessert made with milk, eggs and sugar. Of those ingredients, the only one I can eat is the sugar so I guess I'll have to let my family celebrate this day without me.

Meaning of "Is" Day – On this day in 1998, during grand jury hearings attempting to figure out President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton used semantics and double talk to try to squeak his way out of trouble. His testimony was made public later that year and you can probably still find it on Youtube.

National Thrift Shop Day – This is a day for bargain hunters and people who like to re-purpose used items. Thrift shops are a great place to find inexpensive but still perfectly good merchandise. You can also find retro items if that's your style. Go hunting for some treasures today.

August 16, 2017

Today we celebrate:

True Love Forever Day - This is a day to express your true feelings for someone, preferably someone you love in a forever kind of way. You can go big or small with your expressions of love, it all depends on what kind of people you and your loved ones are. Something elaborate would only serve to embarrass me because I’m a person who is not comfortable in the spotlight, but some people thrive on that kind of thing.

National Roller Coaster Day - Roller coasters made out of wood were patented in 1885 and have been enjoyed by adults and children ever since. The bigger the better, it seems. They even have roller coasters that go upside down now, which you won’t ever find me on. I don’t do upside down, but there are an incredible number of people who just love it.

National Bratwurst Day - This is a German sausage that has been around since the 14th century. If you’re a fan of German food, indulge yourself today.

National Airborne Day – This is a day created by George W. Bush in 2001 and approved by the United States Congress. The purpose of today is to honor our nation's airborne branch of the Armed Forces. Airborne fighting tactics have been very important to the success of innumerable battles during every war since it's creation right after World War I.

Joe Miller's Joke Day – This is a day to tell a joke in celebration of Joseph Miller, an English comic actor born sometime in the year 1684. He died on this day in 1738. During his life, he was a popular actor at the Drury Lane Theatre in London. I know you have all been saving up your jokes all year long for just this occasion so let’s hear some good ones! Here’s one to start you off: Q: Why did the insomniac man get arrested? A: He resisted a rest.

National Rum Day – All of my children love watching Pirates of the Caribbean. If you have seen any of those movies, you know that Captain Jack Sparrow loves rum but frequently finds that somehow it is mysteriously missing. If you enjoy drinking it too, and you are 21 years of age or older, this is a day for you. Hopefully you won’t find yourself in the Captain’s predicament of wondering, “Why is the rum always gone?”

National Medical Dosimetrist Day – Celebrated on the third Wednesday in August, this is a day to recognize the importance of medical dosimetry professionals to our lives. If you have lived with cancer treatments either for yourself or for a loved one then you might know that medical dosimetrists work with the radiation oncologist team. They generate radiation dose distributions in collaboration with the rest of the team.

August 15, 2017

Today we celebrate:

India Independence Day - On this day in 1947, India attained independence from the British Empire. Amazingly, they accomplished this mostly through nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience let by the Indian National Congress. It was much more complicated than that, of course, and coincided with the partitioning of Indian into the Dominions of India and Pakistan which was very violent with great loss of life. The day is celebrated with parades, flag ceremonies, patriotic songs and movies and family activities.

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day – My FAVORITE pie! I eat a diet that is gluten, dairy and egg free right now, all three of which appear in this particular dish, but I tell you what...I don't care. When it comes to lemon meringue pie, I will cheat on my diet every time and happily accept the consequences.

Assumption Day – This is a feast day for the Catholic Church. It celebrates the day that the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

Chauvin Day – Nicholas Chauvin was a French soldier who was loyal to Napoleon even when it became obvious that any kind of loyalty in that regard was misplaced. He was ridiculed because of that blind loyalty and his dedication to anything French. Chauvinism now refers to intense and unreasonable attachment to any cause. It is celebrated today because it is Napoleon's birthday. Chauvin's birthday is not known.

Julia Child's Birthday – Born on this day in 1912, Julia Child was a chef who revolutionized American cooking. She brought the art of cooking gourmet meals to the average American housewife in the form of cookbooks and television cooking shows.

Victory Over Japan Day – V-J Day, on this day in 1945 (Japanese time) Japan surrendered, ending World War II. It's sort of odd that the same event happened on two different days. Thinking too hard about the time differences makes my head hurt so I don't go there often. If I did I could get lost in the idea that the United States received Japan's surrender the day before Japan issued it, except...not really.

National Failures Day - This is a day to think about and recognize the failures in your life and learn from them. Once you have figured out the lessons that you can learn, stop dwelling on the past, and move on with your life with a renewed positivity and determination to avoid repeating past mistakes. Don’t be afraid of failure because sometimes we learn more about life from them then we do from our successes.  

National Relaxation Day – This is a day to do whatever you like to do for relaxation. Do you like to lounge on the beach? Sit in a cozy chair and read a book? Get a massage? Whatever it is that relaxes you, that is what you should do today.

August 14, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Financial Awareness Day - This is a day to focus on your financial awareness. Don’t be shrugging this off as unimportant, or you know everything you need to know. The fact is that finances are complicated and if you are going to get through life from post-high school all the way through retirement, you need to have a good understanding of basic financial skills to keep you from making serious mistakes that can impact your life and possibly prevent you from being able to retire.

National Wiffle Ball Day - Wiffle balls are great, especially from the perspective of a parent in a neighborhood with a pack of wild boys who play baseball in the backyard. I suspect the wiffle ball inventors have saved me from having to replace many windows. It is a lightweight plastic ball that doesn’t travel too far no matter how hard you hit it.

National Creamsicle Day – Oh, I love creamsicles. They take me right back to my childhood when we used to get creamsicle popsicles sometimes and they were sooooo good.

National Navajo Code Talkers Day – The Navajo Code Talkers were young Navajo men who helped win World War II by creating the most ingenious and unbreakable code in military history. At the start of the war, they were sheepherders and farmers but they became warriors that would have made their ancestors proud as they served in every major battle of the Pacific theater from 1942 – 1945. Their code could not be broken and while it is marginally possible that we might have won the war without them, it would have taken a lot longer and cost the lives of thousands more of our soldiers. Prior to Navajo participation, the Japanese broke every code our cryptographers created and sabotaged messages and set up our soldiers for ambushes. Civilian Philip Johnston, one of the few non-Navajo who understood their language, realized that it would be perfect for codes since it had no alphabet and was almost impossible to learn well if you didn't grow up with it. He convinced the military and began the program. There is a fascinating history to this day and you can learn about it here.

V-J Day – Victory over Japan Day, on this day in 1945 (United States time), Japan surrendered, ending World War II. The formal surrender ceremony took place on September 2nd 1945 and that is also sometimes called V-J Day.

World Lizard Day – Today is a day to celebrate the lizard. Lizards are fascinating creatures that come in all kinds of varieties. Some of them even sell car insurance. Some lizards can detach their tails if caught by a predator. Lizards can move their eyes independently of each other, so they can look in two different directions. Most lizards are fairly small, but the Komodo dragon can grow up to 10 feet long.

August 13, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Lefthander's Day – Created by Lefthanders International and first celebrated on this day in 1976, this is a day to spread awareness of the difficulties left-handers face in a mostly right-handed world. My son is left-handed so I'm a little more aware of those issues now than I was as a right-handed kid growing up in a right-handed family. Most tools are made for right-handers and even sitting at a table for a meal can be an issue when you start bumping elbows.

National Filet Mignon Day – Cooked well, filet mignon is tender and juicy and delicious. Obviously, being a beef dish, this is not a good celebration day for vegetarians.  Well, cheer up, tomorrow will be a better day!

National Spirit of '45 Day – Created in 2010 by the United States Congress to be celebrated on the second Sunday in August, this is a day to honor the “ordinary heroes” of World War II. The people who suffered through the Great Depression, sacrificed for the war effort, and worked to rebuild the economies of the United States and the countries devastated by World War II.

August 12, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Truck Driver Day - Today we honor the truckers that we depend upon to transport our belongings, good for sale, equipment, and anything else we need moved from one place to another. Be considerate when you drive among them, remember they need more time and distance in order to stop so don’t pull in front of them until you can see the entire cab of the truck in your rearview mirror. Give them a friendly wave, maybe you’ll get one to wave back.

World Elephant Day - Begun in 2012, this is a day to focus on the dangers to African and Asian elephants, their numbers are dwindling because of loss of habitat, poachers, and captivity. They are an incredibly intelligent and social species with long memories and the ability to feel empathy, something unusual in an animal. And yet, there are some who will pay any price to hunt them and others who don’t care what the cost to the world is as long as they get paid for the elephant pieces and parts they sell on the black market.

National Middle Child’s Day - Today is a day to focus on that person of the family who is stereotypically ignored. This would, of course, be the  middle child. My son is our middle child and he is always quick to point out that we spoil both of his sisters all the time, but not him. Of course, his sisters each make the same claim, but this is not a day for first and last children so we will not pay them any attention right now.  

National Julienne Fries Day - To julienne fries (also known as French Fries), you must cut your potatoes into long thin strips, then you can either deep fry them (very unhealthy), or you can coat them with a little bit of olive oil and bake them. That’s what I do when I make them at home and I highly recommend it.

National Sewing Machine Day - This is a day to celebrate sewing machines. The newest machines are computerized and can do some pretty impressive things. If you don’t use yours too often, take it out and sew something today. But if you use your sewing machine a lot, then today is a day to give it a well earned vacation. Take it to a sewing machine spa to get a good cleaning and massage by a well trained professional. These machines that are used every day should be cleaned and oiled every day. If you only use yours sporadically then you should perform maintenance before each project.

IBM PC Day – On this day in 1981, IBM introduced its’ new 5150 Personal Computer. For a while, it blew it's competition out of the water and led the technological field. At least until the competition caught up.

Vinyl Record Day – On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and the stage was set for the later invention of vinyl records. When I was young, I had a record player in my bedroom and I thought it was pretty cool that I could play my favorite records over and over again in my own room so no one else would complain. Now I have kids and my record player doesn't work anymore so they have never even heard a record play. They don't seem upset by that as they listen to their CD's and iPods.

Celebrate Your Lakes Day - This is a day created by the New Hampshire State Senate in 1995, to be celebrated on the second Saturday in August, to recognize the significance of New Hampshire lakes and ponds as a vital natural resource. They stress the importance of maintaining the quality of the water so it can be enjoyed for years and years to come.

National Garage Sale Day – On the second Saturday of August every year, we celebrate this great way of cleaning out things you don't use anymore from your house. One person’s trash is another person's treasure, after all. And instead of filling our landfills, why not let someone else get some use out of the stuff you no longer need.

August 11, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Annual Medical Checkup Day - I couldn’t find much information about this day. It appears to be a day that is all about making an appointment to get your annual medical checkup. It’s important to see the doctor even when you are not sick, so that the doctor can look to see if there are potential future issues that need to be watched or treated, such as diabetes and heart disease. You don’t want to wait until these things make you sick before you start treating them.

Play in the Sand Day - If you can head for the beach today, the sand there is the best with an almost unlimited supply of the stuff, depending on what beach you go to. If not, a sandbox will do even if you just stick your feet in it and relax with a cold drink.

National Raspberry Bombe Day – I have never had one of these but they sound absolutely delicious and I love raspberries. Apparently it is a frozen dessert similar to ice cream and molded to look like a sphere that resembles a bomb, hence the name.

National Raspberry Tart Day - Tarts are believed to have come from the Middle Ages and there are many varieties to choose from. Different regions of the world have different favorites. Here in America we prefer fruit tarts, but other countries have tarts made with eggs, cheese, meat and/or vegetables. However, this is a day for the Raspberry Tarts only.

Ingersoll Day - Born on this day in 1833, Robert Green “Bob” Ingersoll was a veteran of the Civil War, an abolitionist, a political leader and a popular orator known for defending his views on agnosticism. His nickname was “The Great Agnostic”. An agnostic is basically someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of any kind of God.

Presidential Joke Day – This is a day to celebrate jokes that have been told by Presidents. Really. Apparently on this day in 1984, President Ronald Reagan told a great joke about how we were about to start bombing Russia. Not everyone thought that was funny, oddly enough. But enough were enamored with his sense of humor that they decided to take this day to celebrate the sense of humor of all of our Presidents.

Son and Daughter Day - This is a day to spend time with your children. We all love our children, as aggravating as they can be from time to time. Face it, we can all be aggravating from time to time. So don’t hold that against your kids. You love them anyway so give them a special gift today. The gift of spending time with you. After all, that is truly the best gift of all.

Kool-Aid DayCelebrated on the second weekend in August, this is a day to celebrate Kool-Aid. Created in 1927 by Edwin E. Perkins, this drink mix was the first of its’ kind and came in raspberry, cherry, grape, lemon, orange and rootbeer. There were many setbacks and a name change (it was originally Kool-Ade) on the road to making it a household name but he persevered through it all.

International Youth DayThis is a day to celebrate and encourage young people all around the world. The theme for this years celebration is, “Youth Building Peace.” The goal is to increase participation of young people in all levels of the United Nations in order to achieve sustainable human development.

Worldwide Art Day – Celebrated on the second Friday in August, this is a day to celebrate art in all of its forms all around the world. Encourage creativity in others and share your own creativity with the world.