September 28th International Rabbit Day

Sept. 28th International Rabbit Day

Some call this Bunny day but either way it always falls on the last Saturday in September. Unless you have a garden, it’s pretty hard not to love rabbits.  They are soft and cuddly, cute to watch and they always leave a trail for you to follow to find them. Now you might think Bunny Day would fall closer to Easter, but we are talking about real rabbits here, not the man-made kind. If you get one for a pet be careful, they do bite, but they really don’t mean it.

How to celebrate – Adopt a pet rabbit. Search for rabbits in the woods. Dress up like a bunny and see if anyone notices. Visit peacebunnyisland.org to learn more about this teen’s awesome work rescuing rabbits.

September 28th International Rabbit Day

Sept. 28th International Rabbit Day

Some call this Bunny day but either way it always falls on the last Saturday in September. Unless you have a garden, it’s pretty hard not to love rabbits.  They are soft and cuddly, cute to watch and they always leave a trail for you to follow to find them. Now you might think Bunny Day would fall closer to Easter, but we are talking about real rabbits here, not the man-made kind. If you get one for a pet be careful, they do bite, but they really don’t mean it.

How to celebrate – Adopt a pet rabbit. Search for rabbits in the woods. Dress up like a bunny and see if anyone notices. Visit peacebunnyisland.org to learn more about this teen’s awesome work rescuing rabbits.

April 21st Easter Sunday

For Christians today is the day Jesus arose from the dead showing that God could even defeat death. It is a great day of celebration as it should be. The cross and Empty Tomb is the symbol of Easter for Christians. While Easter Service is a tradition for most.

Other symbols and traditions have crept in. The day is filled with colorful eggs that are hidden so they smell really bad when you do actually find them, chocolate, jelly beans, and Peeps. Did you know that over 1.5 billion Peeps are sold yearly, most at Easter since it is also tied to the Goddess Eastre, who is symbolized as a bunny (funny how that worked out).

How to celebrate – Go to church. Hide Easter eggs. Celebrate the Resurrection with a family party.

April 22nd National Jelly Bean Day

Who doesn’t enjoy a good jelly bean!?! I mean, can you pass by a bowl of jelly beans without taking a handful? Not me! No one knows exactly when the jelly bean came into existence but they were advertised as far back as the Civil War as the ideal treat to send to the Union soldiers in the field.

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Somehow they also became an Easter favorite. I remember being told they were rabbit droppings… as a kid, I thought that was cool but as an adult it’s a little disgusting. I still eat them though so I guess I got over the idea pretty quick!

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And naturally, the jelly bean has progressed over the years, the flavors have grown and even, in some cases, the shapes. I am still trying to deal with jelly beans that taste like popcorn or cheese steak.. not my favorite but some really like them. And then there are those that no one likes that taste awful… dish soap, axle grease or toenails. What really bothers me is that someone had create those tastes by actually knowing what the substance taste like!

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There are fine works of art created out of jelly beans. Here again, I don’t know if I can appreciate the art but I guess that all depends on your taste. (Get it! Taste!) So when asking what your art form is does the artist respond, ” jelly bean”?

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I don’t think I have ever met anyone who does not like a jelly bean, I mean, they may have other favorites and the jelly bean may not be on the top of the list but if offered, they general take at least one.. or two… or twenty.

How to celebrate – Have some jelly beans today, after all if you have children you probably have some left over from Easter.  Try and create your ow new flavor of jelly bean. Make certain that what you believe is a jelly bean is indeed a jelly bean before eating.

April 1st Easter

This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. It is a sacred day in Christianity. There is so much I could say, and probably would be better if I did but… I can’t believe how much stuff is going on today! Lord, please forgive on this Holy day but here goes.

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This also happens to be International Tatting Day! Not that I actually know what that is but if you are a tatterer, it’s your day. I suppose it has something to do with a sewing pattern.

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It is also April Fool’s Day. You know, the day you play all sorts of weird tricks on people and then shout, “April Fool’s”. It gets pretty old, pretty fast, but it is good for a few laughs. Watch out for nonlogical perils to come your way.

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Today is also International Fun At Work Day. However, since it is a Sunday I hope you are not finding yourself stuck at work. I really appreciate those business’ that shut down for Easter since it is the Lord’s Day anyway. But if you are at work, you might want to try and find someway to enjoy yourself. Just make sure you keep in mind that it is April Fool’s Day as well.

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And last, but not least, it is our CEO’s birthday! Born so many centuries ago that we’ve all forgotten, this is her day to shine (that is intended as a joke! April Fool’s!) So there you have it, Easter, International Tattering Day, April Fool’s Day, International Have Fun At Work Day and our CEO’s birthday! Lots of stuff for you to celebrate!

How to celebrate – While all the days may seem important please remember it is Easter. If you are a Christian, hold the day up to the honor it deserves, if you are not Christian, please allow Christians to celebrate as they allow you to celebrate your important days.

March 30th Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, the day Christ died on the Cross. I have always had a little issue with it being called Good Friday, it seems like it should be Bad Friday. But since it is the beginning of Christianity, for us Christians I guess it is good, in a way. The dates vary since it is the Friday before Easter and Easter varies.

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This is a very Holy Day for Christians as Christ died on the cross for our sins. The idea of dying on the cross was a Roman torture, meant to dissuade others from committing the same crime. Pontius Pilate did not think Jesus guilty of any crime but sent him to the cross to appease the crowd and the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem and history remembers the rest.

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Jesus died after 6 hours, it took most 36 or more hours to pass. It is said the sky turned dark and the earth shook when he succumbed. For years it was known as Dark Friday, in some places it is still observed as such. He died at 3 PM on Good Friday.

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On Easter Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. There He would judge between the quick and the dead and buy for we Christians our chance at Heaven.

How to celebrate – Remember Jesus on Good Friday. Study the events that led up to Good Friday. Respect others religious choices.

September 23rd International Rabbit Day

What on earth is cuter than a bunny? The correct answer is, nothing! It is believed that today was created by the White Bunny group in the UK but since they are no longer around (Probably went down the rabbit hole) it cannot be verified. But does it matter? A rabbit never hurt anyone, well… not exactly true cause they do bite.

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Oh, and they eat the food right out of your garden! I remember my grandmother chasing them away from her garden. It was entertaining because they would simply go in circles, never leaving until my grandmother wore out. I don’t think they understood what she was doing and they certainly did not seem scared of her.

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And if there weren’t any bunnies around there would be no Easter eggs! There would be no point in running out in the yard on Easter morning to hunt for anything because it just simply wouldn’t be there!

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There are a lot of things on this earth that represent love but the bunny, the rabbit, pretty much gathers it altogether in one little package. Today seems to have been created to advance rabbits as pets and to help protect them in the wild.

How to celebrate – Look into getting a rabbit for a pet. (Warning, they do leave a mess behind  them) Give a rabbit eating in your garden a break and let it have  the little bit it will eat. Do not accept any product made with rabbit fur.

April 16th Bunny Day – Animal Crossing

Bunny Day – Animal Crossings – Wiki April 16th, 2017

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Bunny Day is the equivalent of Easter, but on the web. It is hosted by Zipper T., who helps you to gather eggs as you would at Easter, hidden furniture among other things. They can be gathered by fishing, diving, shaking trees, digging holes, hitting rocks and shooting presents.

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There are six different types of eggs giving out different rewards. You’ll have to keep an eye out for the exact day as it changes every year, but this year it is on April 16th.

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How to celebrate – Go online and play Animal Crossing – Bunny Day. Get friends and family to join you, make a contest of it seeing who can gather the most eggs. Enjoy the game, remembering it is only a game.

February 21st Card Reading Day

Ever hear the quote, “It’s in the cards” ? Well, it’s supposed to be what comes in your future, but the past may have something to do with that too. No one is exactly sure what cards are supposed to be read today though. Is it supposed to be the greeting card? Those cards sent to you on your birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day? Does anyone even send cards anymore or are we talking ecards here?

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Or maybe they are talking about the Tarot cards, that tell the future. Does anyone believe in the Tarot cards? Can something so random as picking a card out of a deck spell out what your future is? Maybe if you draw the same cards over and over again it might prove something, or is that tempting fate?  And who says that what your fate is can even be related into cards. None of us are the exact same person so how can a card spell out someone’s future when it is likely people will draw the same cards as others.

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Or could they be talking about the playing card? I remember when playing cards was a fun thing to do. People don’t do that all that much anymore… too many computer choices. But they used to play bridge or hearts or whatever. It led to great conversation and who could resist those chocolate covered raisins!?!

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And who are “they” anyway!?! The dealers, the gamblers, the card sharks? Does it really matter who “they” are? Probably not.

How to celebrate – Find some sort of card to read today. Send out a card, ecard or whatever kind of card you want. Start a card collection.

Why Does a Bunny Lay Eggs on Easter? (strange traditions)

Easter is the Holiest Day in the Christian Calendar. The Bible talks of many animals such as donkeys, cattle, sheep, etc…. But bunnies??? and egg laying bunnies at that!

The idea of an egg laying hare here in America seems to date back to the early 1700’s from a tale (Osterhase) that traversed the Atlantic with German immigrants.

Like many other holidays that we see, such as Christmas and the German Rose Sunday Festival, the idea of the Easter Bunny arose out of parents wanting to create a tall tale of why the children should be good throughout the year. It seems that the Bunny was considered a “watchman” much like St Claus’s and his Elves with a list of those that were “Naughty or Nice”. If the children were “Nice”, the Easter Bunny would visit the house on Easter Eve.

He would bring eggs, candy, and gifts in a basket to make a nest filled with the goodies in the children’s Easter Bonnet or Caps – hence the idea of baskets, nests, and bonnets!

No one knows exactly how the eggs in the basket came to be, but the idea of using and dyeing eggs seems to date back to the early 13th Century. Some believe the egg was a symbol of fertility and birth, just as the bunny and spring are,  while there are other accounts of the preserved, boiled, decorated egg being used in celebrations after the fasting of lent. However the tradition of eggs being symbolic at Easter came about – there is one sure thing – they aren’t going to disappear from the modern Easter tale. According to an article by CNN in 2015, “180 million eggs are ‘eggs-pected’ to be purchased by Americans for dyeing and decorating this year”.

As for the other main goodie in the Easter Nest – Chocolate! – well it has been satisfying sweet-tooth’s for Centuries. Once reserved as a luxury for kings, queens, and emperors billions of chocolate is enjoyed yearly by every-day people today.

So there’s only one question – do you eat the Ears first??? (If you do, you’re not alone – in 2014 89% of Americans did :))

Suggested Activities to celebrate:

Gorge on Chocolate – yes it’s OK to have chocolate for breakfast one day a year  🙂

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