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April 29, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Independent Bookstore Day or Indie Bookstore Day- Today, on the last Saturday of April, we celebrate the independent bookstores in the country. They are, in many cases, the center of their communities where people can gather, similar to a library. You should visit one today, they might have some special events to highlight this special day such as an author visit, special sales or special activities for adults and children.

International Tabletop Day - This is a day for people who love games. It is celebrated on the last Saturday in April and is all about tabletop gaming which I believe includes board games, dice games and card games.

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare - Created by the United Nations Conference of the States Parties in 2005, this is a day to commemorate the victims of chemical warfare. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is hard at work in their efforts to convince the world that chemical weapons should be eliminated from wars. Soldiers are generally prepared for such things, so the only people who suffer are the innocent civilians who always seem to suffer the most in a war.

Viral Video Day - Created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, this is a day to make and post short video clips that may or may not appeal to thousands and thousands, maybe millions, of people who have nothing better to do than watch short video clips and share them with their friends. You will have better luck if you post something with a cute kitten because everyone loves cute kittens. Other options include making something funny or something sappy that makes people cry because while I don’t quite understand it, people like to cry.

International Dance Day – Begun in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute, the purpose is to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre. Mr. Noverre is the father of modern ballet and was born in 1727. But we don’t just celebrate ballet, we celebrate every form of dance there is, cross all barriers and come together with a language everyone understands.

World Wish Day - Created in 1980 when a seven year old boy who was dying of leukaemia was asked what he would wish for if he could have anything he wanted. He wished that he could be a police officer even if just for a day. The local police in his area granted his wish and just like that, almost, the Make-A-Wish Foundation International was born. I’m sure it wasn’t quite that easy to create a foundation like that. There was probably a little bit of paperwork involved as well. But its’ mission is to add joy to the remaining days of terminally ill children and to acknowledge and honor their courage and everlasting hope.

National Shrimp Scampi Day – If you like shrimp, butter, garlic and parsley, this is the meal for you. Try this recipe if you don’t already have one you like.

Peace” Rose Day – The Peace Rose was developed by French horticulturist, Francis Meiland. He wanted to save the rose during World War II when it seemed inevitable that France would fall to Germany so he sent cuttings of his rose to friends in Italy, Germany, Turkey and the U.S. It made it onto the last plane to the U.S. before the German invasion. During the war it was cultivated in the U.S. by the Conrad Pyle Co. In 1945, Monsieur Meiland contacted Field Marshall Alan Brooke, one of the master strategists of the U.S. whose strategies helped win the war, and offered to name the rose after him. But Brooke suggested that he name it “peace” instead. It's name was announced on this day in 1945. The day that Berlin fell to Allied forces and the war against Germany was officially over.

Zipper Day – On this day in 1913, the zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback. Where would we be without it? Would we still have to button our pants and coats? Would we need lots of help and patience to get into and out of our dresses? Others before him attempted to develop different kinds of fasteners but their attempts didn’t achieve the success of Sundback.

Bob Wills Day - Bob Wills was an American Western swing musician but he was much more than that. He wrote songs, and was a bandleader as well. He was knows as the King of Western Swing back in the 1930s. He was born in 1905 and died in 1975. I’m not sure why this day was chosen to honor him, but since it was, this is a day to play some American Western swing music in his honor. Now, I don’t exactly know what that was, you’ll have to google it if you don’t know. It was a little bit before my time and maybe yours too. This day is celebrated on the last Saturday in April.

World Veterinary Day - Celebrated on the last Saturday of April, this is a day to appreciate your Veterinarian. Those of us who have pets or farm animals depend upon our Veterinarians to keep our animals healthy and to help them when they are injured. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Antimicrobial Resistance: From Awareness to Action.”

Eeyore's Birthday Day – Always celebrated on the last Saturday in April, this is Eeyore's birthday! The idea came from one of A.A. Milne's stories where Eeyore thinks everyone forgot his birthday only to find out that they had been planning a party all along. Ever since 1963, Austin, TX has had a huge all day festival to celebrate this day with live bands, food, drinks, family oriented games and arts and crafts. Which is kind of crazy since I lived in the Austin area for two Aprils and don’t remember hearing about this.

Sense Of Smell Day – Today is a day to celebrate your sense of smell. The world would be a pretty bland place without the ability to smell. Granted, when we smell stinky things, we're not so pleased about it, but the good generally outweighs the bad. In fact, I think that a smelling app has even been invented for one of the latest idevices. We celebrate this day on the last Saturday of April every year.

National Rebuilding Day – The non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, works hard to rebuild and repair homes and community centers for low-income families. This day is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April and the goal is to bring attention to the organization's mission and the sad plight of the low-income population of this country. They have been working at this for over 25 years and have rebuilt more than 150,000 homes so far.

Save The Frogs Day – The frog population is dwindling. You wouldn’t know it necessarily if you aren’t in the amphibian conservation business because who else goes around counting frogs? But, for the last six years, Save the Frogs has been working to fix this problem. This day is celebrated on the last Saturday in April.

National Go Birding Day - My husband loves birds. Most people do, I suppose. I like them too, but not so much that I have binoculars on the window sill and keep a list of all the birds I see in the yard. I like to watch them at the feeders, but I forget to fill the feeders when my husband is not home. But I am glad that he loves them so and takes care of them because it brings them to our house and I can’t imagine what life would be like without birds flying around the world. Celebrated on the last Saturday in April.

World Healing Day – Always on the last Saturday in April, this day is focused on healing in all forms. There are many different kinds of health oriented celebration days associated with this day. Some of which I have listed below but I have no doubt that there are many more. All Healing Day activities begin at 10am local time to form a global wave of healing.  

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Celebrated in 60 countries around the world since 1999, this is a day to spread awareness of the two related disciplines. The goals of today are to educate the world about the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong and to encourage people to embrace wisdom from all countries and cultures of the world.

World Native Aboriginal Sacred Ceremony & Dance Day – This is a day to embrace the ceremonies and special dances of the natives and aboriginals in the world.

World Yoga Day – Yoga is excellent exercise. Some of my favorite stretches came from yoga techniques and I do them every day. And you might be surprised to know that yoga, not lamaze,  helped me to get through my second and third childbirth experiences since the first showed me that pain medication was not an option for me.

World Reiki Day – On this day, Reiki groups around the world will be teaching Reiki meditations and holding participatory exhibitions.

World Prayer Day – This is a day to pray for healing for yourself, your neighbors, your city, your state, your country and your world. If you participate at 10am, you can be part of a global wave of prayer.

World Thespian Day - Dramatic artists around the world are invited to be part of the Healing intent of the day by performing visions of healing for the public. Film makers may wish to produce films that encourage world healing and tolerance.

World Activism Day - All worldwide human rights and activist groups of all kinds are invited to hold events with a healing theme.

World Music Healing Day - Musicians around the world are invited to add their musical vibrations to the global wave of healing.

World Art Day - Artists are invited to produce visions of healing to share with the world.

World Sufi Dance Day - Sufism events used to be combined with the World Tai Chi and Qigong events but now it has been decided that they deserve their own category. I’m not sure what Sufi dance is yet but Sufi groups, who presumably know what they are doing, are invited to hold Sufi Dance meditations and exhibitions as part of the global wave of healing.

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