Thursday, August 31, 2006

SEPTEMBER 10 - GRANDPARENTS DAY

The founder of National Grandparents Day is Marian H. McQuade, a simple housewife from Fayette County, in West Virginia. This holiday is celebrated every year on the first Sunday after the Labor Day.

The main reason for establishing this unusual holiday was the cause of lonely elderly living in nursing homes. Another reason was the hope to persuade the grandchildren to appreciate the wisdom of their grandparents.

Therefore, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed Grandparents Day as a national holiday.



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Saturday, August 26, 2006



SEPTEMBER 4 - LABOR DAY


Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a holiday hold in honor of the worker. Therefore, it is also known as "workingman's holiday".

The holiday is dedicated to people in respect and appreciation for their work in or outside of the home, union or non-union, big company, small companies, or government; better said for anyone who works in the society and for the society. As long as you work, this holiday is just for you and for the results of your work.


The origins of the American Labor Day can be traced back to the Knights of Labor in the United States and a parade organized by them on September 5, 1882 in New York City. They were inspired by an annual labor day parade held in Toronto, Canada. In 1884 another parade was held, and the Knights passed resolutions to make this an annual event. Other labor organizations (and there were many), but notably the affiliates of the International Workingmen's Association favored a May 1 holiday. With the event of Chicago's Haymarket riots in early May of 1886, president Grover Cleveland believed that a May 1 holiday could become an opportunity to commemorate the riots. Thus, fearing that it might strengthen the socialist movement, he quickly moved in 1887 to support the position of the Knights of Labor and their date for Labor Day.

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The September date has remained unchanged, even though the government was encouraged to adopt May 1 as Labor Day, the date celebrated by the majority of the world. Moving the holiday, in addition to breaking with tradition, could have been viewed as aligning the U.S. labor movements with internationalist sympathies.

Labor Day is generally regarded simply as a day of rest and, unlike May Day, political demonstrations are rare. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water activities, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer. Some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school.

One of the largest modern traditions of Labor Day in the United States is the annual telethon of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, hosted by Jerry Lewis to fund research and patient support programs for the various diseases grouped as muscular dystrophy. The telethon raises tens of millions of dollars each year. In 2005, despite the recent catastrophe caused by Hurricane Katrina, nearly $55 million was raised over 21 hours.



2006 September 4
2007 September 3
2008 September 1
2009 September 7
2010 September 6
2011 September 5

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Saturday, August 19, 2006



SEPTEMBER 3 - SKYSCRAPERS DAY

Skyscrapers day is the perfect time of the year to admire the world's tallest buildings and appreciate their special architecture. A new reason for a holiday.

A skyscraper is a very tall, continuously habitable building. Although there is no official definition, a height of approximately at least 150 metres or 500 feet is often used as a criterion for a building to qualify as a skyscraper. Other criteria like shape and appearance also affect whether or not a building is considered a skyscraper.



The word skyscraper was first applied to such buildings in the late 19th century, reflecting public amazement at the tall buildings being built in New York City. The structural definition of the word skyscraper was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s that had enabled construction of tall multi-story buildings. This definition was based on the steel skeleton—as opposed to constructions of load-bearing masonry, which passed their practical limit in 1891 with Chicago's Monadnock Building. Philadelphia's City Hall, completed in 1901, still holds claim as the world's tallest load-bearing masonry structure. The steel frame developed in stages of increasing self-sufficiency, with several buildings in New York and Chicago advancing the technology that allowed the steel frame to carry a building on its own. Today, however, many of the tallest skyscrapers are built more or less entirely with reinforced concrete. In the United States today, it is a loose convention to draw the lower limit on what is a skyscraper at 150 metres. Elsewhere, though, a shorter building will sometimes be referred to as a skyscraper, especially if it is said to "dominate" its surroundings. Thus, calling a building a skyscraper will usually, but not always, imply pride and achievement.



World's Tallest Buildings

Building

Country

Height(Feet)

Year Built

1.

Taipei 101

Taipei, Taiwan

1,671

2004

2.

Petronas Tower 1

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1,483

1998

3. Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1,483 1998
4.

Sears Tower

Chicago, Il

1,451

1974

5.

Jin Mao Building

Shanghai, China

1,381

1999

6.

Two International FInance

Hong Kong, China

1,362

2003

7.

CITIC Plaza

Guangzhou, China

1,283

1996

8.

Shun Hing Square

Shenzhen, China

1,260

1996

9.

Empire State Building

New York, New York

1,250

1931

10.

Central Plaza

Hong Kong, China

1,227

992



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Friday, August 18, 2006

SEPTEMBER STRANGE HOLIDAYS

September is Classical Music Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Fall Hat Month, International Square Dancing Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, National Courtesy Month, National Piano Month, Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Little League Month, Honey Month, Self Improvement Month, and Better Breakfast Month.

SEPTEMBER STRANGE HOLIDAYS are:

September 1: Emma M. Nutt Day, a day celebrating the first woman telephone operator

September 2: VJ Day - Surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri and National Beheading Day

September 3: Skyscraper Day and Uncle Sam Day

September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day, and Labor Day ( first Monday of month)

September 5: Be Late for Something Day, Cheese Pizza Day

September 6: Fight Procrastination Day, Read a Book Day

September 7: Neither Rain nor Snow Day

September 8: International Literacy Day, Pardon Day

September 9: Teddy Bear Day

September 10: Sewing Machine Day, Swap Ideas Day, Grandparent's Day

September 11: Make Your Bed Day, No News is Good News Day

September 12: Chocolate Milk Shake Day, National Pet Memorial Day, National Video Games Day

September 13: National Peanut Day, Defy Superstition Day

September 13: Fortune Cookie Day, Positive Thinking Day

September 14: National Cream-Filled Donut Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 15: Make a Hat Day, Felt Hat Day (on this day, men traditionally put away their felt hats), World Vegetarian Day

September 16: Collect Rocks Day, Step Family Day, Mayflower Day, Mexican Independence Day, Working Parents Day, and Women's Friendship Day

September 17: POW/MIA Day, Apple Dumpling Day, Citizenship Day, Constitution Day

September 18: International Peace Day

September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Butterscotch Pudding Day, National Play Doh Day

September 20: Oktoberfest (Germany) ends October 5, National Punch Day

September 21: Miniature Golf Day, World Gratitude Day

September 22: Business Women's Day, Dear Diary Day, Elephant Appreciation Day, Native American Day ( fourth Friday of the month)

September 23: Checkers Day

September 24: Good Neighbor Day (fourth Sunday of month), Rabbit Day

September 25: National Comic Book Day

September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day, National Pancake Day

September 27: Crush a Can Day

September 28: Ask a Stupid Question Day, National Good Neighbor Day

September 29: Confucius Day - Try your luck. Get a Fortune Cookie.

September 30: National Mud Pack Day

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006


AUGUST 22 - BE AN ANGEL DAY

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"Be an Angel Day", celelbrated on August 22 every year since 1993, is an event in honor of goodness. Everyone must be encouraged to live like an angel, to be a blessing for the others - doing just good deeds, helping people, being kind, and peaceful.


Inspired by God, people can celebrate it on an individual basis by anonymously performing a small act of service. It can be celebrated with a group activity in holding a joyous angel party with a group meditation where participants invite the angels to inspire them with God thoughts on ways to be of service as a group in their community.

Be an Angel Day is the best excuse to be an angel for your family: mommy's angel, auntie's angel or grandpa's little angel.Be an earth angel.

The founder of this celebration is considered to be Jayne Howard Feldman.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

CRAFT IDEA CALENDAR PAGE FOR AUGUST 2006


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Sunday, August 06, 2006

AUGUST 13TH - LEFT-HANDERS DAY


Even if the world is built for right handers, August 13th is only fo lefties.

Did you know that right handed people use their left side of the brain, while left handed people use the right side. And so, only left handed people are in their right mind.


Folklore and Superstitions

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the "left-hand side" being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan "avec le bras gauche" or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.

Evil spirits lurk over the left shoulder - throw salt over this shoulder to ward them off. In Roman times, salt was a very valuable commodity, giving rise to the word "salary" and was considered a form of money at the time. If salt was spilled, that was considered very bad luck, that could only be avoided by throwing some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder to placate the devil.

Joan of Arc (burned at the stake in 1431 for being a heretic and a witch) was not necessarily left-handed, she may have been depicted in this way to make her seem evil.

Getting out of bed with the left foot first means that you will have a bad day and be bad tempered . i.e. getting out of bed the wrong side.

A ringing in the right ear means that someone is praising you. In the left ear it means that someone is cursing or maligning you.

An itchy right palm means that you will receive money. An itchy left palm means you will have to give money.

Wedding rings worn on the third finger of the left hand originated with the Greeks and Romans, who wore them to fend of evil associated with the left-hand

The Romans originally considered the left to be the lucky side and used for augury. However, they later changed back to the Greek methods and favoured the right-hand side.

The right hand often symbolises 'male' while the left hand is 'female'.

If you hear the sound of a cuckoo from the right it will be a lucky year. If the sound comes from the left it will be unlucky.

The Meru people of Kenya believed that the left-hand of their holy man has such evil power that he had to keep it hidden for the safety of others.

If your right eye twitches you will see a friend, if it's your left eye that twitches you'll see an enemy.

When dressmaking it's believed to be bad luck to sew the left-hand sleeve onto a garment before the right sleeve.

When leaving to go on a journey, if your right foot itches you're bound to have a good journey. If your left foot itches it will end in sorrow.

It is thought to be bad luck to pass a drink to another person with your left-hand or anti-clockwise around a table.


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Saturday, August 05, 2006

AUGUST 6 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY

"Make new friends, but keep the old.One is silver and the other gold.”

Friendship Day occours on the first Sunday of August.

Therefore, August 6, 2006 is the International Friendship Day , the best time of the year to recognise the true value of your friends and their contribution to your life. Friendship helps to bring peace in people's souls and positivity to the globe - everybody must celebrate this holiday with the greatest joy.

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."

"FRIEND" IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Albanian -- mik ; Afrikaans - vriend; Chinese - péngyou; Dutch - vriend,vriendje; Danish - ven; Estonian - sõber; French - ami; German - freund; Georgian - megobari; Hungarian - barát; Indian - dostitalian - amico; Irish - cara; Japanese - tomodachi; Korean - jingu; Latin - amicus; Manx - carrey; Old English - freond, wine; Persian - dust; Russian - prijátel; Sanskrit - mitra; Spanish - amigo; Swahili - rafiki; Turkish - dost,arkadas.

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