Happy Birthday Shelley! I had to start out today with a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to my dear friend Shelley! Have a truly wonderful day, soak in every minute of it with complete enthusiasm. Make it an adventure! Big hugs to you and I’ll see you soon.
Let’s start out this day celebrating with everything in us! Lots of fun stuff to enjoy today, so let’s get to it!
Braham Pie Day – This is MY kind of celebration! Every year on August First, Braham, Minnesota has PIE DAY! Seriously! An entire day dedicated to pie! They have pie baking contests, pie eating contests, booths with pies and all sorts of other things too! Here’s the link and if you’re anywhere NEAR Braham, check it out. If not, break out the ingredients and bake a pie in their honor. AWESOME!
Girlfriend’s Day – Where would we be without our friends? (ladies, I’m specifically talking to you right now) Girlfriends are there for each other, through thick and thin. We can laugh together, cry together, and even be angry at each other and know – if it’s TRUE friendship – that none of that matters, and when the air clears we’re still there for each other. We each know who our real friends are, so celebrate them today! They are precious and to be appreciated.
Lughnasa – I don’t typically focus on non-Christian holidays, but sometimes they have a certain historical significance that I find to be quite interesting. Lughnasa is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically it was observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It was originally held on July 31- August 1st, which was about halfway between summer solstice and autumn equinox. Over time though the celebration shifted to the Sunday that was closest to this date. Lughnasa also corresponds to other European harvest festivals, like the Welsh Calan Awst and the English Lammas. Named after the god Lugh, this celebration is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and to be of pagan origins. There were huge gatherings for the festival that included religious ceremonies, athletic contests, feasting, matchmaking and trading.
Some of the religious rituals involved sacrifices on mountain tops. These customs were kept up until the 20th century – being known by various names like ‘Garland Sunday’, ‘Bilberry Sunday’, ‘Mountain Sunday’ and ‘Crom Dubh Sunday’. The custom of climbing hills and mountains for Lughnasa has survived in some areas, but it is now called a Christian pilgrimage. Interesting how so many pagan holidays have been re-vamped as Christian to make them more acceptable to the general public, and have been since Christianity was born.
Respect For Parents – This day isn’t so much about celebrating parents as it is showing them respect. It must have been rather important for God to have included it in the Ten Commandments, right? We are to give them honor and respect for the positions they have in our lives as our parents. And don’t get me wrong here – this is not a day to absolve parents of any wrongdoing they do to their children and demand that kids (even adult ones) overlook those wrongs. It is to remind us that our parents are to be treated with respect for the position they hold in our lives. I know that for myself, my parents have given up a lot over the years so that my brother and I could have the things that they didn’t have themselves as children. It’s just something that parents do – or should anyway – sacrifice for their kids. It’s part of the job. The least they deserve from us in return is respect and honor – after all, it’s something God told us very specifically to do!
Rounds Resounding Day – We’ve all either heard songs being sung in a round, or we’ve been a part of a round, and let’s be honest, it just makes even the most basic of songs so much fun! It’s pretty too! Today we sing the praises of Rounds Resounding Day. If, by chance, you don’t know what singing rounds is – it’s when you sing songs, or parts of songs, with different voices taking up different parts of the melody. Popular songs to sing in a round would be Three Blind Mice and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. They are often sung while sitting around a campfire at a kids camp. It isn’t just for kids though – serious composers have written many songs in this format, with the oldest published English part-songs dating back to the 17th century. Recently you may have heard a cappella groups and barbershop quartets putting a fun and different spin on singing in the round. This celebration was started in 1987, specifically to promote singing in harmony! Have fun with this one! How can you NOT have fun when singing songs this way?
Spider-Man Day – There are a lot of kids out there who would have absolutely no idea that Spiderman didn’t just materialize in the movies, but started as a comic book character about 50 years ago! Over the years the character has evolved and is recognized around the world for being a crime-fighter and is now a member of The Avengers! Go Spiderman!
US Air Force Day – This day was set up on August 1, 1947 by President Truman “in recognition of the personnel of the victorious Army Air Forces and all those who have developed and maintain our nation’s air strength”. August 1 was picked to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Aeronautical Division in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army in 1907. Air Force Day immediately came into being after the National Security Act of 1947 was signed, even though the status of the air element of the military wasn’t certain, so even though this day is called Air Force Day, the very first celebration was staged by the Army Air Forces, and not by the US Air Force.
Twins Day 1-3 – First full weekend of the month – I have to say, I bet there is a lot of deja vu in Twinsburg, Ohio this weekend! This incredible festival is open to all people from multiple births – identical, fraternal, young and old, twins, triplets, quads and more! There have been as many as 2000 sets of twins at this festival at a time before! How incredibly fun is THAT? I always wished I’d either been a twin, or had had twins. Chaos, yes, but what fun and happy chaos, right?
This Day In History –
1790 – The first U.S. Census is completed. There were four million people in the U.S. in 1790.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day – Well my goodness, yesterday was Raspberry Cake Day and today is Raspberry Cream Pie Day! I honestly think the pie sounds better than the cake. Here’s a good looking recipe from www.tasteofhome.com that you may enjoy! It certainly looks like one I’d like to try.
National Sandwich Month – History has it that the 4th Earl of Sandwich is to thank for dreaming up this wonderful idea. His inspiration? A meal you can eat with one hand that won’t interfere with your gambling. You can pretty much make anything you want into a sandwich – the possibilities are endless!
- Nut & Carrot Sandwich
- Italian Meatball Subs
- Tomato Croque Monsieur
- Shrimp Po Boys
- S’more Sandwich
- French Dip Roast Beef Sandwich
Well, I’m exhausted and I haven’t even started ANY of these celebrations! There are so many of them! There were more, but there were a few depressing ones – good in their own right, but I just couldn’t start out the month with sad observances. We’re all about fun and tasty today! Happy 1st of the Month, Happy Friday and Have Fun! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!