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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

BANNERS: National KIDS and PETS Day! | April 26

Happy National Kids and Pets Day!  Celebrating the bond between children and pets since 2005...





It's National Kids and Pets Day - and what better way to celebrate than watching this owner try and herd his fur children for a family photo. Anyone with kids or pets will be able to feel his pain.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

BANNERS: World Heritage Day | April 18

Happy World Heritage Day! Today we celebrate the day by bringing awareness to the protection, preservation and conservation of heritage sites around the world and how they are valuable to humankind... 




Whether it’s the Great Wall of China that can be seen from the moon...




or the Taj Mahal that was built as a symbol of love...




or the ruins of Machu Picchu holding the glorious history of the Incas...

Monday, 17 April 2017

BANNERS: Happy DYNGUS Day!

Happy Dyngus Day! The day where guys and gals toss water at each other and get smacked by pussy willows! A popular celebration in Polish communities across America, with Buffalo being the Dyngus Day capital of the world! 

Dyngus Day is always celebrated the Monday after Easter ...



Śmigus-dyngus (shmee-goose-ding-goose; also known as lany poniedziałek, meaning "Wet Monday" in Polish) is a celebration held on Easter Monday in Poland and Ukraine. It is also observed by Polish diaspora communities, particularly among Polish Americans, who call it Dyngus Day. Similar celebrations are held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and in Hungary, where it is known as Vízbevető or Water Plunge Monday.



Traditionally, boys throw water over girls and spank them with pussy willow branches on Easter Monday, and girls do the same to boys on Easter Tuesday. This is accompanied by a number of other rituals, such as making verse declarations and holding door-to-door processions, in some regions involving boys dressed as bears. The origins of the celebration are uncertain, but it may date to pagan times (before 1000 AD); it is described in writing as early as the 15th century. It continues to be observed in Central Europe, and also in the United States, where certain patriotic American elements have been added to the traditional Polish ones.



Dyngus Day is observed in many Polish American communities, most notably in Buffalo, New York, which hosts the largest continuing event commemorating the day. The Buffalo dyngus celebrations only started in the 1960s as an effort by the Polish-American community in the city to find a new focus for its identity. It proved hugely successful, to the point that a local newspaper claimed that "everybody is Polish on Dyngus Day." It has become a fusion of Polish and American traditions, with polka bands, a parade, consumption of krupnik, and Polish food accompanying American patriotic songs sung in English. Party-goers dress up in the white-and-red colors of the Polish flag and carry balloons saying "Happy Dyngus Day" in English.

Source(s):  wikipedia | wivb    Official site: dyngusday


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

BANNERS: National ONLY CHILD Day | April 12

Are you the only child? Well, if so, Happy National Only Child Day to you! - because Only Children gets a special day too you know!...




Source(s): holidays

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

BANNERS: Bell Bottoms Day! | April 5

The bigger the better! Once worn by sailors, bell bottoms were the go-to pants for many in the 60s and 70s. Happy Bell Bottoms Day!...

In the mid-1970s, bell-bottoms became fashionable for both men and women in Europe and North America. Often made of denim, they flared out from the bottom of the calf, and had slightly curved hems and a circumference of 18 inches (46 cm) at the bottom of each leg opening.



Sonny and Cher helped popularize bell-bottoms in the 1970s in the US by wearing them on their popular television show. The pants were typically flared from the knee down, with bottom leg openings of up to twenty-six inches. Made from denim, bright cotton and satin polyester, they were so popular that they became a symbol of the outlandish and colorful style of the decade.

Source(s): wikipedia | holidailys


Thursday, 23 March 2017

BANNERS: Near Miss Day! | March 23

On March 23, 1989, a 300-metre asteroid called 4581 Asclepius flew past Earth by about 500,000 miles (804,000 kms). That was a 'near miss' in interstellar terms.



"On the cosmic scale of things, that was a close call," said Dr. Henry Holt, an amateur astronomer from Flagstaff, Ariz., who discovered the asteroid while working on a NASA project.
Bevan French, a scientist with NASA's solar system exploration division, said if the asteroid had collided with Earth the impact would have been equivalent to the explosion of 20,000 hydrogen bombs and would have created a crater at least 5 miles across--or "enough to destroy a good-sized city."
If it had hit an ocean, it would have caused tidal waves that would have swept over coastal regions, French said. - latimes


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

BANNERS: World Water Day! | March 22 (Set 2)

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing countries. The day also focuses on advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.



World Water Day is supported by stakeholders across the globe. Many organizations promote clean water for people and sustainable aquatic habitats. Events such as theatrical and musical celebrations, educational events, and campaigns to raise money for access to clean and affordable water are held worldwide on or close to 22 March.



UN-Water selects a theme for each year. Previous themes include: 'Why waste water?' (2017), 'Water and Jobs' (2016) and 'Water and Sustainable Development' (2015).



The first International World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993.





Website: worldwaterday

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

BANNERS: World Poetry Day! | March 21

World Poetry Day is on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements".


"Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures."




Website: poetryday

Monday, 20 March 2017

BANNERS: Alien Abduction Day! | March 20

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (also called Alien Abduction Day) is a new festivity observed on March 20. Its origins are unclear, though it seems it was popularized since the 2008 Alien Abduction Day festival in Toronto.



The celebrations take multiple forms, from those who watch the skies expecting or wishing to be abducted by an alien life form, or watching movies about UFOs and aliens.




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Monday, 13 March 2017

BANNERS: Earmuff Day! | March 13


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Saturday, 11 March 2017

BANNERS: Spring Forward (DST) | SET 2

More 'SPRING FORWARD' banners for your site!
It's that time again - time to Spring Forward or as some of us also like to call it, Daylight Saving Time (DST). It's the time to set your clock one hour ahead before going to bed Saturday night - or 2:00am Sunday.
It's not much of a big deal today like it was way back when since most of our computers, phones and other electronics do the work for us. Nevertheless, if you want a reminder for your site, check out more banners below.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

BANNERS: Get Over It! Day | March 9

We all have something/someone in our lives we just have to get pass in order to move on. Need to get over it? Today is the day to do it!...


BANNERS: World Kidney Day

Needless to say, World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys.



World Kidney Day comes back every year. All across the globe, many hundred events take place from public screenings in Argentina to Zumba marathons in Malaysia. We do it all to create awareness. Awareness about preventive behaviours, awareness about risk factors, and awareness about how to live with a kidney disease. We do this because we want kidney health for all.



Source(s): worldkidneyday

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

CARDS: International Women's Day | March 08

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

BANNERS: Public Sleeping Day! | February 28

Public Sleeping Day is an opportunity to sleep in public. We can think of a whole lot of places to sleep in the public eye. And, today is the day to do it.

You can sleep on a park bench. You can doze on a blanket on the beach. Some people may opt to sleep on the job.  They do so at their own risk.





Source(s): holidayinsights

BANNERS: Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day aka Mardi Gras aka ...

It's Shrove Tuesday! The day changes every year because it is determined by when Easter falls. It marks 47 days until Easter!

It is also celebrated as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day in other countries and is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.



This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve". Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with."



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

BANNERS: International Mother Language Day | February 21

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.







International Mother Language Day 
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Thursday, 16 February 2017

BANNERS: National ALMOND DAY | February 16

Hooray for almonds! Happy National Almond Day!

The almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as the Yamuna River in India. In Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and other Central Asian countries, it is known as bādām. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe, and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.




National Almond Day - website

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

BANNERS: National Flag of Canada Day | February 15

On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Every year since 1996, when Parliament declared February 15th as National Flag of Canada Day, we celebrate our beautiful flag.

In 2017, the National Flag of Canada is celebrating its 52nd anniversary. Canadians are invited to celebrate this important symbol of our identity by organizing their own events and by showing their pride on social media.





Thursday, 2 February 2017

BANNERS: (Happy) Groundhog Day!

UPDATED: Groundhog Day consensus calls for early spring!

They have their 'Punxsutawney Phil' - we have our 'Wiarton Willie', and there are others that have joined in recently like 'Dundas Donna' of Toronto and la marmotte de Québec, 'Fred'...

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States that is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Groundhog Day was adopted in the U.S. in 1887. Clymer H. Freas was the editor of the local paper Punxsutawney Spirit at the time, and he began promoting the town’s groundhog as the official "Groundhog Day meteorologist".




The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.