September 7th Neither Rain Nor Snow Day

So we all think the saying “Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the the swift completion of their appointed rounds” belongs to the post office. It says that on the New York Post office opened on September 7th, 1914 in New York City. Guess what, that has never been, now will ever be, the motto of the Post Office. It was in a book written about a Greek-Persian War sometime in 500-499 BC, “The Persian Wars” written by Herodotus. Can one say plagiarized!

How to celebrate – Support your local Post Office. Mail something today, even if it’s to yourself. Visit New York City.

August 24th National Waffle Day

Waffles are generally made from flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. They are thought to be a breakfast food, or a snack, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. I was a little surprised to find out that the first record of waffles being served was back in 1300’s Greece. International Waffle Day on March 25, was created in Sweden, it’s called Vaffeldagan Day there, but I guess in the US we had to have our own National Waffle Day so August 24th was proclaimed. Even if we “stole” the day, everyone knows of course the most famous waffles come from Belgium (well the story goes a bit differently, but that is for another day and time).

How to celebrate – Make some waffles. Try different kinds of waffles. Visit Sweden!

July 23rd Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

Well, after a years delay it is time for the Olympic Games to begin in Tokyo. It’s was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 but will finally get started again and hopefully get back on schedule. The games close on August 8th. These will be the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Seems like there should be more than that) Let the games begin!

How to celebrate – Tune your television in on the games. Go to Tokyo! Get in training and be ready for XXXIII Games in Paris.

March 25th International Waffle Day

Waffles are generally made from flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. They are thought to be a breakfast food, or a snack, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. I was a little surprised to find out that the first record of waffles being served was back in 1300’s Greece. International Waffle Day was created in Sweden, it’s called Vaffeldagan Day there. Of course the most famous waffles come from Belgium, almost halfway between Greece and Sweden.

How to celebrate – Make some waffles. Try different kinds of waffles. Visit Sweden!

June 7th National Frozen Yogurt Day

Yogurt has been around nearly as long as history has been recorded. Yogurt is the bacterial fermentation of milk, yum! Good thing we call it yogurt because I think a lot of us might not eat it otherwise! Though many enjoy it as is, others prefer to add fruit or flavoring to it for a better taste. I am among the latter. Someone got the great idea of freezing it and treating it as ice cream, great on these coming hot days of summer. The day was created by The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY) in 1993 on the first Sunday in June. It is a healthier choice, though maybe not as healthy as originally thought.

How to celebrate – Have some bacterial fermented milk on a stick! Add your favorite fruit to your yogurt. Make yogurt a part of your summer.

June 6th National Yo-Yo Day

The Yo-Yo has been a popular toys since BC Greece. Some think it was originally designed as a weapon but that is somewhat unlikely. China also claims having given the yo-yo to the world but evidence suggests it was a Greek invention. The yo-yo was made popular in the United States by Donald F. Duncan Sr in the early 1900’s. In fact we celebrate today on Duncan’s birthday, June 6th. So get out and “Walk the dog” or “Shoot the moon” showing off your yo-yo skills.

How to celebrate – Go buy a yo-yo. Start developing your skills with the yo-yo. Invent your own yo-yo tricks.

September 5th Cheese Pizza Day

Why mess with a good thing? Cheese pizza is great before you add any of the usual toppings – pepperoni, onions, black olives… you name it. When you were a kid you wouldn’t touch any of the rest of that stuff, it was cheese or nothing. As you get older you realize you can pick that stuff off but then what do you do with it? Actually, the original pizza probably didn’t have cheese on it either. Pizza didn’t originate in Italy either, it is probably a Greek soldier thing. They put spices and herbs on flat bread and let it bake in the sun. Maybe they had a little cheese, but probably not. However today it’s all about the cheese, the more the better.

How to celebrate – Have a cheese pizza! Experiment with different types of cheese. Try a white pizza.

April 9th National Unicorn Day

April 9th National Unicorn Day

Unicorns are probably the best known of all the mythical beasts of history.  They seem to first have appeared in Greek stories though it is thought, even then, that the Unicorn came from India. Children love the idea of Unicorns, and over the years they have been given bright colors and rainbows to enhance them to make them appeal to children even more. In legend, women were the only ones who could tame Unicorns. Unicorn Day was established in 2015.

How to celebrate – Try to remember all the stories you have heard or read that had unicorns in them. Get yourself a stuffed unicorn. Study mythology.

March 18th Goddess of Fertility Day

Looking to finally get your family started? Well, today is the day to honor the Goddess of Fertility, Aphrodite. She comes from Greek legend when the citizen of Greece felt there were gods for every event that took place in life. Other nations had their own versions of Aphrodite, some even copying the Greeks version. Now today we know none of that to be true, creating a family will not happen because you honor Aphrodite but just in case… might as well include her in your efforts. After all, guess it couldn’t hurt.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Aphrodite. Visit Greece. Try a fertility clinic.

February 9th National Pizza Day

This is one of my favorite holidays of the entire year! Well, maybe it’s not really a real holiday, but of the not so real holidays this is may favorite. I love pizza! I am one of the national average American’s when it comes to eating pizza, that’s 23 pounds of pizza a year. Over 3 billion pizzas are sold every year in the US, the most coming at Superbowl Sunday and second, oddly, Halloween!

No one knows exactly when pizza was invented. I have heard it was the Greek soldiers with Alexander who used to bake cheese and herbs on pita bread on top of their shields. Maybe true, but like most everything else, it was probably first served up by the Chinese.

Chow Mein pizza, yum. And yes I know chow mein is actually an American dish. I wonder how you use the chopsticks!?!

How to celebrate – Order pizza today. Make your own pizza today. Try a white pizza for a change.