So Many Celebrations – Friends, Parents and Sandwiches! What A Combination!

Aug 1st

Good Morning and Happy Thursday!  First thing today I’d like to shout out a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend Shelley.  Ironic that today is also Girlfriend’s Day – it sort of fits in with celebrating her special day with her!  I hope your day is blessed in every way.

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!

Spiderman 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. 

This Day in History

1790 – The first U.S. Census is completed. There are four million people in the U.S. that year.

Food Celebrations 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 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!

One of these days I want to try out ALL of the wonderful food ideas.  Maybe that someday will happen when I’m not on a perpetual diet.  *sigh*  See you tonight Shel!  God Bless You everyone and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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