April 25th World Penguin Day

Today we celebrate the bird with class, the tuxedo wearing penguin! This is the time of year that the penguin begins to migrate north. Since penguins don’t fly they have to walk or swim to get where they are going, which takes a little longer. The penguin generally enjoy the colder weather, they have heavy layers that keep them warm. There are about a half-dozen different types of penguins, each generally staying to it’s own tribe. They are members of the Spheniscidae family. They, like many wild animals, are threatened by man’s invasion of their territories. Zoos may be the future for penguins which is sad for one of natures most cherished animals.

How to celebrate – Learn the different types of penguins. Visit penguins in the wild, but do not disturb them. Wear a tuxedo to visit them at the zoo.

April 24th National Arbor Day

Celebrate the last Friday of April, today is the day we honor trees. Actually, we honor the planting of trees. It is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and began in 1872. The Latin word for tree is Arbor. I love trees. I can’t tell one from the other nor can I tell you their names. There are the obvious ones like the Apple tree or an Oak but for the most part, I just appreciate them for being a tree. It’s roots, no pun intended, began when American’s started moving west and came to the vast sections of treeless land. As they settled the people planted trees for numerous reasons, food, shade, oxygen, shelter are just among a few.

How to celebrate – Plant a tree today. Visit a forest. Help save the rain forest.

April 23rd Lover's Day

Today is the day set aside for lover’s. Now most of us think lover’s are people who are drawn to each other but there is more to being a lover than just how you feel about another person. It applies to anything that you love, animals, plants, books, tennis, baseball, music, movies… it can go on and on. The general idea is that anything to love, love to see or love to do is celebrated today. And I suppose it is possible to love many things all at the same time. This does not include things you like a lot, you have to love them!

How to celebrate – List everything you love. Spend a little time with everything you love today. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with!

April 23rd National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

April 23rd National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Today was created by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2009. It celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday which was on April 23rd, 1564. In order to talk like Shakespeare…to start with, we know it has to be in an English accent, and using words that aren’t normally linked to each other. It also means making sure that people aren’t quite sure what it is you are saying. It can be fun, it can be educational and it can be really, really annoying! But it’s only for one day so you can deal with it. And maybe Juliet will finally find out where Romeo is!

How to celebrate – Work on your English accent. Read Shakespeare so you understand how he put the words together. Make up your own words and see if anyone catches on.

April 22nd National Jelly Bean Day

Who doesn’t like jelly beans!?! Nearly everyone can find a flavor they like, altough there are some jelly beans specifically made for nobody to like these days. No one knows exactly where jelly beans came from, they just seem to have started to appear during the American Civil War as Union soldiers began receiving them, which would make one think they came from someone’s home. That would have been in the 1860’s and perhaps they were around before that as well, but if they were, we have no proof of it. Jelly beans are sort of like potato chips, it’s hard to eat just one!

How to celebrate – Have some jelly beans. Invent your own new flavor of jelly bean. Learn how to make your own jelly beans.

April 21st Kindergarten Day

If you can remember your days in Kindergarten you are probably a lot younger than I. For most of history, children stayed at home until 1st grade, actually they stayed at home and learned from mom and dad (Normally mom). In 1837, Friedrich Froebel figured out that it was better to start educating children early and introduced Kindergarten in Germany. It proved to be far better for children (And mom too!). It is surprising how much Kindergarten teaches children, beyond the obvious, it also teaches children social skills that helps them everyday of their lives. We celebrate today on Froebel’s birthday, April 21st, 1782.

How to celebrate – Visit your old Kindergarten class. (If the school still exists!) Volunteer at your local kindergarten (They can use the help) Look back at photos of when you were in kindergarten.

April 20th Volunteer Recognition Day

When I was looking at the choices of holidays today I was torn between listing National Volunteer Recognition Day and Patriot’s Day. Then it dawned on me, they in so many ways are the same day. Patriot’s Day is about those who fought the Revolution and they were basically volunteers. As in nearly every profession, there are volunteers often getting more done than the supposed professional. Whether it’s war, restoring order after some disaster, teaching or just feeding the hungry, volunteers lead the way to answering the issues.

How to celebrate – Thank a volunteer. Become a volunteer. Look up all the organizations that use volunteers.