What do we celebrate in August?
What do we celebrate in August?
By William L. Bulla
Looking through my desk calendar, I was amazed that nothing was listed as a day to be celebrated in August. Usually there are numerous holidays, or days of special recognition, every month. As a result, I thought maybe some important dates had been neglected or had simply fallen through the cracks. Therefore, I began to Google the Internet to find those missing events. Wow! There were some very important ones that had been neglected, so I will share them with you. There are many minor ones, but I will share those important ones that reoccur each year on a particular day of that month.
The first day of August, each year, is recognized for two events: "Girlfriend's Day" and "Respect For Parents Day". The third day of the month is "Watermelon Day", followed by "National Chocolate Day" on the 5th (this is one of my favorites), and "International Beer Day" on the next day. After all that, it is no wonder that August 7th is named "National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day".
Then we have an exciting "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night" on the 8th (I don't know what that is all about), and "International Day of the World's Indigenous People" on the 9th. I always look forward to August 10th when we celebrate National "S'mores Day." Wow! I love those S'mores!
Some of my friends, and especially my son-in-law and one of my grandsons, appreciate that on the 13th of the month they are recognized by "International Left Hander's Day".
In 1982, President Ronald Regan declared August 14th as "National Navajo Code Talkers Day." This was to recognize the Navajo Nation's utilization of their language in coded form to help speed the Allied victory in World War II.
One of my favorites is "National Relaxation Day" on the 15th. It's a day to kick back and do nothing; a day to unplug and recharge. It's a great day to rest up before tackling "National Thrift Shop Day" on the 17th while looking for a real bargain. "Thrift shops" is an old term for stores that sell deeply discounted merchandise. It's not always the highest quality, but the price is right. You know these stores better today as discount department stores and dollar stores.
"Bad Poetry Day" on the 18th sounds like a lot of fun. According to Wellcat.com, the creators of this day, the intention is to gather a group of old high school friends, and write some really bad poetry. Then, send the poetry to your old high school teacher. Sounds like a lot of fun for former students, but I'm not so sure the teachers find is so. They probably think the students are still failures.
August 19th provides us with a day that sounds delicious, "Black Cow Root Beer Float Day". I will have to try to find a local soda fountain and try that. Oh! Do they still have soda fountains, or is that a thing of the past?
In a Presidential Proclamation in 1988, President Regan designated August 21st as "National Senior Citizen Day" to honor our elderly population. Being a senior citizen, I thank you all for any kind words you may express.
August 22 has been designated "Be an Angel Day" to encourage us to do acts of kindness, and to help others. We really should be trying to do this every day of the year not just on this one day.
I am looking forward to celebrating "National Waffle Day" on the 24th at one of my favorite restaurants. There are so many great selections with various fruits and syrups.
August 25th, known as "Kiss and Make Up Day", is a great way to end a spat. Everyone has an argument, a fight, or a tiff once in a while. Family, friends, lovers, no one escapes without an occasional fight. This is the day to end the fight, kiss, and make up. Oh-h-h-h- what fun this day could be!
The 25th is also called "National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day". The idea is to encourage thrift store donations, and to remove the stigma of buying previously used clothing and accessories.
August 29th is another dual reorganization day. One reminds us that we should be doing things according to the rules. This is called "According to Hoyle Day". The other name is "More Herbs, Less Salt Day" as a reminder that flavoring your foods with herbs can be tastier, and healthier than using salt. And we end the month with a delightful "National Toasted Marshmallow Day" on the 30th. Of the last three, I think I'll celebrate with the marshmallows.
So, hey folks, don't overlook August. It is a month packed with important and delightful holidays that are being neglected by the designers and printers of our calendars.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.