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July 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Hot Dog Day - The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council in the United States designated this day as National Hot Dog Day. They give advice on hot dog eating etiquette (who knew there was hot dog eating etiquette?) and encourage the nation to have special hot dog eating contests and family friendly activities like face painting and wiener dog races in order to celebrate. And, of course, eat hot dogs.

Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day - Created by Presidential proclamation on July 13th, 1990 by Former President George Bush, this is a day to appreciate and celebrate the Flight Attendants who are with us on every airplane. They do far more than just hand out drinks and snacks, they help us with absolutely everything we could possibly need on an airplane and even do their best to save our lives if necessary if we have a medical crisis or have to make an emergency landing.

Stick Out Your Tongue Day - This is another one of those odd days that don’t seem to have much purpose. I haven’t seen anyone who has claimed to have created it. But if you want to celebrate, I will not try to stop you.

National Daiquiri Day - Cocktails made with rum and lime juice along with other ingredients that you can add to make it just right for your taste.

Flitch Day – A flitch is the meat cut from the side of an animal or fish. These days you usually only hear it when a side of salted or cured pork is being referred to as a flitch of bacon. There is a VERY old tradition (rarely heard of these days except in certain parts of England), that says that a year and a day after their wedding, if a married couple can swear that they do not regret getting married, then they are given a flitch of bacon.

Myanmar Martyr’s Day - This is a  somewhat complicated day which I learned about from the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by Cherie Abbey. The United States government refuses to recognize the military government of Myanmar, or their name, so they still call this country Burma, which was its’ name until 1989. Burma briefly won independence, first from the British in 1942 with the help of the Japanese, then from the Japanese with the help of Allied forces in World War II. Both of these victories were achieved under the leadership of a man named Aung San. After WWII, the British granted independence to Burma in 1947. Shortly after, on this day in 1947, Aung San and his cabinet members were assassinated during one of their Executive Council meetings. The man responsible was arrested and executed. Ever since that day, the people hold a moment of silence for Aung San, and the family members of the assassinated men decorate their graves with wreaths. In 1962, there was a military coup and the democratic republic was no more. However Aung San’s daughter (who was 2 years old when her father was killed) has been fighting for human rights and a democratic government for many years, enduring persecution from the present government. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

National Raspberry Cake Day – The perfect dessert to go with your ice cream, don't you think? Some say this day is celebrated on July 31st so I’ll add it to that day as well.

Take Your Poet To Work Day - This seems like an odd thing to celebrate. What if your favorite poet doesn’t want to go to work with you? Well, in that case, cut out a picture of your favorite poet, color it if necessary, glue it to a stick and off to work you go. We celebrate this day on the third Wednesday in July.

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