March 3rd I Want You To Be Happy Day

Isn’t our goal in life to make as many people happy as we can? Or well, sort of anyway. Generally speaking, the one person we truly make happy, by making someone else happy, is ourselves. To fill those around us with happiness is the best way to ensure our own happiness. And then there those we want to make happy because they make us happy. It’s the same difference. There are people who are happy living in the woods alone but they are pretty rare. Nothing wrong with the idea of wanting to make animals happy or even plants. Our own happiness entirely depends on how happy we are able to make something, or someone, else happy.

How to celebrate – Make your spouse happy today. Make your children happy today. Make the world a better place to live.

December 31st New Years Eve

Thank God 2020 will be over after today! We have no idea of 2021 will be any better but it can’t be a whole lot worse! Make your New Years Resolution before midnight and see if you can keep it for even 24 hours. Average length of kept resolution is a week. This has to be a better year and we can make sure it is better by going into it with a positive attitude. Try to calm yourself with the fireworks… they scare all our pets and remember how good they have been to use all year. Lets close out 2020 and start all over with 2021!

How to celebrate – Bring in the New Year with someone you love. Make a list of your New Year resolutions. Take it easy on the booze and fireworks.

April 18th National High Five Day

There are probably few days to celebrate where the act of celebrating is what the day celebrates! The high five was invented during a basketball game in 1977. As with most things that seem to happen, no one seems to be sure why it happened, it just sort of did. It was turned into a big deal in 2002 when students at the University of Virginia decided to create the day as a holiday. Conor Lastowka, Sam Miotke, and Wynn Walent are credited with creating the day, helping to make the action common place among people all across the world. It may be a little over used these days – Giving someone a high five because you just made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems a little over the top, but then again… why not. Remember too that it is never acceptable to give a low five until after a high five has been given first… otherwise it would just be called a handshake.

How to celebrate – Give out High Fives today. Play basketball. Find your own way of celebrating a victory.

April 19th National High-Five Day

Load them up! It’s the day to give everyone you come on contact with a “High-Five”! It may be followed by a low five after the proper application of a high five first. Though the date does very, it always falls on the 3rd Saturday of April.

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It is said the first high five came on the basketball court during a game in 1977. Personally I think it may have been an attempted block of a shot after it had already left the hand of the shooter. None the less, once started it quickly went nation wide to both athletes as well as the common person on the street. The day became unofficially official in 2002 when students at the University of Virginia proclaimed the day.

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Conor Lastowka, Sam Miotke and Wynn Walent are responsible for creating the day, probably by celebrating with high-fives themselves! It seems to have become very common place these days, sometimes celebrating winning or making a good attempt while losing.

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Of course you can pout your own creative addition to the traditional high-five. Finger waves, dances and words of encouragement add to the celebration but let us not forget what it is truly about, skin on skin. The fist bump is slowly over taking the high-five but I don’t think it will ever totally take over because it hurts!

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Even animals are getting into the act. I doubt they know why but they are cute doing it anyway, naturally extended claws take away from the over all joy of the celebration.

How to celebrate – High-five everyone you see today! (Unless one of them happened to be Captain Hook) Create your own unique high-five celebration. Try and get your pet fish to give you a fin-five!

December 31st National Champagne Day

Out with the old, in with the new, it’s a New Year’s tradition. And so is popping the cork on a fine (or cheap) bottle of champagne. The idea is to begin the new year by celebrating with some of the most cherished beverages ever made for adults. However, even if you choose to just the cheap stuff it will still give you the desired results.

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Most champagne comes from southern France, but California has stepped up it’s game lately. Champagne is generally accepted as the beverage to celebrate things with. The victory of a big game, a wedding or, in this case, the coming of a New Year.

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Let it tickle your nose as the New Year approaches but make sure you save at least enough for a swallow at the dropping of the ball, right after your kiss, to ring in the New Year.

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Or you could be like the couple above and celebrate all three things at the same time. This New Years Eve, lets all lift the glass and let bygones be bygones and start off fresh celebrating the New Year and all the promise it brings.

How to celebrate – Share a glass of champagne with someone you love. Have a champagne breakfast on New Years Day. Drive safely.

October 19th Hindu Diwali Day

Well apparently there aren’t a lot of American holidays on October 19th but Hindu Diwali Day is probably one we should adopt. The date does vary though, this year it’s on October 19th so we are in luck! It basically is the India Harvest Festival.

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Today is a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair…. something we all could stand celebrating no matter what religion you practice.

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The day is celebrated with family prayer, cleaning your house or workplace, wearing new clothes, lighting lamps or candles and, of course, fireworks. (Which is a good thing they collected the harvest before setting it all on fire with the fireworks). It is a day to celebrate life and the riches we have been given, something we often forget in the daily grind.

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It sort of combines a lot of other holidays we all celebrate, this just happens to begin in India. It is kind of odd that religion often causes war. All religions celebrate a greater Being, someone we should try to be like though we will never succeed.

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So celebrate the Hindu Diwali with our Hindu friends. There are a lot of things to celebrate if you just look for them.

How to celebrate – Buy some new clothes today. Lead your family in a prayer. Clean your house (It probably needs it anyway!)