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Daily Holidays - May 23

National Taffy Day National Taffy Day is celebrated annually on May 23. Taffy candy has been made and sold for many years and has become a popular souvenir of many vacationers.

“Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until fluffy.” It is then rolled and cut into small pieces before it is wrapped in a waxed paper which keeps it soft. Taffy is noted for its fruit flavors however there are other flavors available as well, including licorice.

Salt water taffy in was invented 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Lucky Penny Day Pennies are often just a nuisance. They don’t seem to be worth much, especially considering their weight, which is decidedly disproportionate to their actual value. So what are they really good for? Well, for centuries, finding a penny has been considered a good omen, an event that suggested something good would happen in the life of the finder. Lucky Penny Day is all about celebrating this simple superstition and doing what we can to make sure some good does in fact come of pennies. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/lucky-penny-day/

National Title Track Day Some albums are defined by a single track, ones that tie the entire album together and will be the banner for the sound it brings, and often the best of these are the title track of the album. Title Track Day is a day to dust off and break out those albums whose artists have nailed it, and placed the most iconic of a collections music right there on the label. Title tracks are, simply put, the song on an album that shares the name of the album itself.

Occasionally you get a brilliant trifecta that sets off a chain reaction that goes on to define a band. Black Sabbath produced an album that was self-titled, with a track of the same name that went on to define the band itself. The deep sonorous tones implemented the “diabla in musica”, or the devil’s chord, a discordant set of notes used to represent satanic influences since time immemorial in western music. The band was off to a running start in its desire to create the ‘horror movie’ equivalent of music.

Title tracks tend to be the most memorable of an albums songs, as Quiet Riots “Metal Health” album demonstrates beautifully. While not quite as popular as the second track on the album “Cum on feel the noize”, the song Metal Health makes you want to Bang Your Head within the first few bars. While they went on to produce many more albums after this, this song and the album it came from is by far one of their most memorable.

When a title track really shines and does its job, it sets the theme for an entire album, and this is the case with Metallicas “Master of Puppets”. As an album “Master of Puppets” speaks of control and abusing power, and is far and away the magnum opus of this particular band. The title track is specifically referencing the way a drug addiction can rule a person’s life, pulling their strings so that everything is about the drug, and serving the addiction.https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/title-track-day/

World Turtle Day Turtle Day encourages you to discover the world of turtles and tortoises, and to learn how you can help to protect and help them to thrive. Some ideas include dressing up as turtles, saving turtles on roads, or getting involved in turtle research. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/turtle-day/


Daily Holidays - May 22

National Vanilla Pudding Day National Vanilla Pudding Day is celebrated annually on May 22. Enjoy a nice cold bowl of vanilla pudding to celebrate the holiday.
Vanilla pudding has a very long history and he evolved from a meat or fish dish. Arabs had a pudding-like dish of rice and almonds, that could be traced to the 12th century, but it is believed that is had appeared even earlier. The recipe of this dish was translated and it appeared in medieval Europe. Over ages the dish evolved into French blancmange, that was enjoyed Europe's wealthy families. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1050

The original ingredients for blancmange were milk, sugar and shredded capon or fish. Later meat was dropped and blancmange evolved into a dessert made with milk and eggs. In the 19th century arrowroot and cornstarch were added to the dish, that made the modern pudding. Jelly-based pudding is the final stage of vanilla pudding development. Jell-O launched the line of instant puddings in the 1950s and advertised this product as the busy-day dessert.

No matter what kind of vanilla pudding you prefer, homemade or bought in the store, both are good for the holiday. And if you want a special treat, pair pudding with chocolate or fresh fruit.

Harvey Milk On Harvey Milk Day, people celebrate the life and achievements of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was the first openly gay politician to be elected to public office in California. Tragically, Harvey Milk served as city supervisor in San Francisco for only a little less than a year before he was murdered by Dan White, a rival politician. During his time in office, he was responsible for championing a civil rights bill that outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Harvey Milk led an unremarkable life until he found his calling as a leader of the gay rights movement in the famous Castro District of San Francisco. He was naturally charismatic, and deeply concerned with social issues. His successful campaign was a landmark in American political history. On Harvey Milk Day, people around the world celebrate the achievements of the international gay rights movement, and reflect on the work that still remains to be done. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/harvey-milk-day/

International Day for Biological Diversity Biodiversity, a simple word with some very broad reaching implications. Biodiversity, when split into it’s component parts, “Diversity” defined as “a range of different things.” and bio meaning “life”, quite simply means “A Diversity of Life”. It has been shown that ecological niches with good biodiversity flourish and are healthy. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-day-for-biological-diversity/

National Maritime Day A day to recognize the maritime industry, Maritime Day commemorates the date upon which the first American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah in Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/maritime-day/


Daily Holidays - May 21

National Strawberries and Cream Day National Strawberries and Cream Day is observed annually on May 21st. Fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream is a must when strawberries are in season. They are the perfect, refreshing, light snack on a nice warm day!

Strawberries are a very healthy snack as they are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.

Following is a “tried and true” recipe from Mayo Clinic for a low-fat desert of Strawberries and Cream with amaretto liqueur and sour cream. Enjoy! http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2015/05/20/may-21-2015-national-strawberries-and-cream-day-national-red-cross-founders-day-national-waitstaff-day-national-memo-day/

American Red Cross Founder's Day Annually observed on May 21, National American Red Cross Founder’s Day marks the anniversary of the American Red Cross which was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, the first president of the organization. Barton lead the organization for the next twenty-three years.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization which provides assistance inside the United States and is the designated affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross which is headquartered in Washington D.C. and governed by volunteers, now offers services in five other areas: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2015/05/20/may-21-2015-national-strawberries-and-cream-day-national-red-cross-founders-day-national-waitstaff-day-national-memo-day/

End of the World or Rapture Party Day The Rapture may not have seemed like a joking matter or much of a reason to have a party time for the people who believed it would happen back in 2011, and it’s easy understand why. Imagine believing that 200 million people all over the globe suddenly get sucked up into the sky without a word of warning, amid horrific earthquakes of unprecedented magnitude and relentless plagues–that’s kind of scary, isn’t it? Luckily, the predictions turned out to be completely false. But why let the opportunity to celebrate not having been annihilated go to waste? If the survival of the human race is not an occasion for celebration, what is? So what are you waiting for? Time to throw a Rapture Day Party!

The Rapture may not have seemed like a joking matter or much of a reason to have a party time for the people who believed it would happen back in 2011, and it’s easy understand why. Imagine believing that 200 million people all over the globe suddenly get sucked up into the sky without a word of warning, amid horrific earthquakes of unprecedented magnitude and relentless plagues–that’s kind of scary, isn’t it? Luckily, the predictions turned out to be completely false. But why let the opportunity to celebrate not having been annihilated go to waste? If the survival of the human race is not an occasion for celebration, what is? So what are you waiting for? Time to throw a Rapture Day Party! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/rapture-party-day/

I Need A Patch For That Day Some holidays are set up with the express purpose of ensuring that something we often take for granted or miss entirely receives the honour that it deserves.

I Need A Patch For That Day is a good example of that. Quite simply, it is a day in which we sit back and celebrate the humble patch in all its forms. You may be wondering what sort of patch is referred to, and the answer is that it is every single type of patch that you can imagine: from patches in clothes to nicotine patches, from software patches to patchwork quilts.

Do we really need a day to celebrate patches? Well, think about it. Every single day we take many little things for granted, even though we would often struggle without them. Think of I Need A Patch For That Day as an idea that helps us to appreciate those little things in life. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/i-need-a-patch-for-that-day/

National Wait Staff Day National Waitstaff Day is observed each year on May 21. This day was created to show appreciation to and thank all waitstaff for the work they do in making our dining experiences enjoyable ones. It is also a day for restaurant owners and managers to recognize and express their appreciation to the dedicated waiters/waitresses.

Waiters and waitresses are a big determining factor on the difference between your dining experience being a good experience or a bad one. The food may be delicious but the attentiveness and attitude of the waiter/waitress can make or change the whole experience.

There are those waiter/waitresses that go out of their way to make it extra nice and make sure you have the best time possible. They fill your drinks before you ask, bring extra bread, rolls or chips, give honest opinions on food choices when asked, ask if everything is okay, ask if they can get you anything else and etc. There are good servers that turn diners into regulars. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2015/05/20/may-21-2015-national-strawberries-and-cream-day-national-red-cross-founders-day-national-waitstaff-day-national-memo-day/


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Analysts skeptical of new Whole Foods format

Whole Foods Market has yet to announce the name of the new small-format, value-priced stores it plans to begin opening next year, but the company has listed some of the possibilities it is considering in trademark applications it has filed, one analyst said Thursday.

Those possibilities include 365, Dailyshop, Clever Egg, Small Batch, Swiftgoods and Greenlife, according to Charles Grom, an analyst with Sterne Agree, New York.

The company did not discuss the name of the new format during a conference call with analysts a day earlier, saying it would release more information about the format shortly before Labor Day.

Analysts expressed skepticism about the new format in written reports issued after the conference call.


Safeway says closings based on local decisions

Closures of Safeway stores in a variety of the chain’s operating divisions are local in nature and are not part of any larger pattern, the chain told SN Tuesday.

“Store opening and closure decisions are an ongoing part of the retail grocery business,” a Safeway spokesman said, adding there is “no pattern here” to nine closings in Denver, two in Phoenix, two in Fresno and two in Northern California that have been announced over the last few weeks.

With approximately 2,200 Safeway stores — now owned by Albertsons — the company intends to continue investing in its store base and opening additional locations, he added.


Daily Holidays - May 20

Pick Strawberries Day There’s nothing quite like locally picked, seasonal fruit – and Pick Strawberries Day is a great excuse to experience one of the key highlights of the fruit calendar! Find your local ‘pick your own fruit’ business and take a basket or two – be sure to wash your strawberries and check that they’re safe to eat, and try not to eat them all at once! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/pick-strawberries-day/

Weights & Measures Day Like most people out there, you’re probably confused about what your baby weighed at birth. Well, you should be, because there’s only one day a year that anybody bothers to convert from dram to gram and from gram to grain, and that’s Weights and Measures Day.

We celebrate this day by taking children’s measurements, weighing the cats and checking that the king size bed matches the country’s guidelines. We also hold a moment of silence for those measurements that have become obsolete, such as the chalder or chaldron, the clove, the scruple, and as soon as that time is up, we proceed by making snotty remarks about the Indian candy, the Chinese catty and tan, the Japanese chin, the jupiter, the kip, and the slug, all valid measurements, as hilarious as they may sound to us. We then conclude by vigorously proclaiming the superiority of the metric or the imperial system, whichever of the two applies. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/weights-measures-day/

Be A Millionaire Day The term “millionaire” first appeared in the English language in a letter written by Lord Byron in 1816. There were only a few millionaires at the time, but thanks to the Industrial Revolution, more millionaires were created outside of the aristocracy. Today there are more than 12 million millionaires scattered around the globe. The origins of Be a Millionaire Day may be unknown, but the day honors the desire to enjoy the freedom and power associated with being financially secure.

If you’re an aspiring millionaire, and who isn’t, why not celebrate Be a Millionaire Day by following the advice of the most successful sports performance coaches. Use visualization techniques to see yourself surrounded by luxury, free of monetary concerns, and living your life on your terms. Then get down to business – get financial advice, find extra sources of income, save, live within your means and commit to becoming a millionaire. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/be-a-millionaire-day/


Daily Holidays - May 19

National Devil’s Food Cake Day National Devil’s Food Cake Day will be enjoyed chocolate cake lovers throughout the country and around the world.

“Devil’s Food” cake is rich, divine chocolate cake. It differs from a regular chocolate cake by its darker color and tends to be more moist and airy. A difference in preparing the “Devil’s Food” cake is that hot or boiling water is used as the main liquid. Cocoa is typically used in the batter, as opposed to chocolate, and coffee is added for a special flavor. A rich chocolate frosting usually accompanies the cake.

It is believed that the “Devil’s Food” cake was invented in the United States in the early 20th century. There is a recipe for a “Devil’s Food” cake as early as 1905.

It may be that this cake was named for its contrast to the snow-white “Angel Cakes” that were being made prior to the “Devil’s Food” cake.

“Devil’s Food” cake is one of the country’s most popular cakes. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-devils-food-cake-day-may-19/

May Ray Day

Weather permitting, May Ray Day is an excuse to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Find ways to soak up some rays (assuming that it’s not raining) by inviting friends for BBQs, having picnics in the park, or taking a trip to the sea-side! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/may-ray-day/

Accounting Day
Let’s face it, for some unthinkable reason most of us avoid accountants like the plague, which is perfectly forgivable throughout the year, with one exception: Accounting Day. It may not be the most cheerful time of the year for those of us who still haven’t filed their tax returns, but this day is not about us.

No, this is the day we pick up the phone and call our accountants to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. This is the day business owners spoil their bookkeepers with a petty cash lunch on the house, the self-employed shower their accountants with wine vouchers, the audited give their auditors a pat on the back, and European and American accountants put their differences aside and pay each other compliments on their accounting standards. Let us celebrate this joyous occasion by paying off our accountants’ fees and by making a phone call to say ‘Happy Accounting Day!’, because luckily for us, they’re tax-deductible. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/accounting-day/


Daily Holidays - May 18

National Cheese Soufflé Day While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Do we seem a little puffed up today? It's not without reason - May 18 is National Cheese Soufflé Day!!

This savory, airy cake rises to the occasion nearly every time; the name comes from a French verb, souffler, which literally means to "blow up" or "puff up." That's the delicious alchemy that happens when custard and whipped egg whites take a leisurely loll in a hot, closed oven.

And yes, "closed" is key. There's a reason soufflés are so often played for laughs in film and television. They're temperamental little suckers, prone to falling flat as a result of temperature shifts and excess vibrations. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/05/18/national-cheese-souffle-day/

No Dirty Dishes Day Piles of dirty dishes, endless scrubbing, and careful storing in cabinets: This is what we do every day. Washing up is the mother of all chores which we love to hate. No Dirty Dishes Day helps relieve the pain and resentment we all feel towards this daily obligation. It brings 24 dishwashing-free hours during which not a single dish or other eating utensil may be dirtied. Putting off the chore until tomorrow is not the point; eliminating it altogether and enjoying a sponge- and detergent-free day is!

There are many ways to make No Dirty Dish Day happen. An obvious solution is to switch to plastic plates, but this is by far the least glamorous way to mark this innovative holiday. Going out to a favourite restaurant or planning an outing on which you bring snacks or grill some goodies outdoors are just a couple of options which easily turn No Dirty Dish Day into a true festivity. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/no-dirty-dishes-day/

Visit Your Relatives Day Visit Your Relatives Day is an international holiday who’s origins are uncertain, but possibly related to other days such as Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. As the name implies, it is meant to encourage family visits, especially among relatives who don’t get the chance to see each other very often. Historically it has been commemorated on the 18th of May.

Visiting family is something that often falls by the wayside when schedules are busy, and many people wish they could see family more often.

If a face-to-face visit isn’t practical, Visit Your Family Day can be celebrated by sending cards and letters to far-away family members, or making time for a phone call or internet chat. Planning a family reunion to coincide with Visit Your Family Day is another great idea. Many websites offer free e-cards to be sent to relatives on this family-oriented holiday. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/visit-your-relatives-day/

Museum Day Few places in our world are more educational than museums. After all, where else could we hope to see so many pieces of actual history that tell so many stories about our ancestors? From prehistoric spears to Egyptian mummies, from ancient Greek sculptures to medieval armor, and from the first radio to to the first planes used in war during WWI, museums have it all. Unfortunately, there are millions of people with direct access to museums that have never even visited one. There are many possible reasons for this–perhaps they think just looking at old things would be boring, or perhaps they are unaware just how different the world was in the past and see no reason to take interest. Whatever the reason for not taking advantage of the incredible amount of tangible knowledge museums offer, and regardless of age, Museum Day is the time to invest in education in its most fascinating form. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/museum-day/


Daily Holidays - May 17

National Cherry Cobbler
 Day This fruit pie deserves its own holiday and today is a perfect day to bake cherry cobbler to celebrate with friends and family.
Cobblers appeared in the USA in the 19th century, when English settlers brought their recipes. They didn't have equipment to make the same dishes as in Great Britain, that is why many of them were to be adopted. Exactly at that time appeared first cobblers, as the adaptation of suet pudding. Settlers had to improvise and added uncooked dumplings or biscuits on top of the fruit filling.

For a long time cobbler wasn't considered as an appropriate dish for a party or to serve for guests. But everything changes and today cherry cobbler is one of America's favorites. You can bake cherry cobbler with bottom crust or with top layer only. Use canned, frozen or pitted fresh cherries to make the best cobbler. Add some vanilla or almond extract, lemon zest and nuts to make filling of your cherry cobbler even better! https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1020

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is an annual campaign held on the third Sunday in May. It is coordinated by GNP+ – Global Network of People Living with HIV.
The first Candlelight Memorial was held in 1983 in San Francisco. At the time, very little was known about HIV and AIDS. Many people still thought that the disease only affected gay men, people with HIV/AIDS had almost no access to treatment and no political support.

Knowing they would die withing several months, four young man from the Castro District coordinated a small vigil under the motto “Fighting for Our Lives”. Thousands of people supported their idea, and the first vigil inspired a movement aimed at raising awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

On the third Sunday in May each year, millions of people light candles to honor those who died of AIDS and demonstrate their solidarity with people living with HIV. Since 2011, International AIDS Candlelight Memorial has been coordinated by GNP+. It is considered an important civil-society led effort that brings together people in more than 100 countries. It helps raise social conscience about HIV and AIDS, highlight the importance of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/2002

Pack Rat Day We’re all a little bit materialistic, and tend to buy, own and hoard more ‘stuff’ than we might really need… We’re all pack rats, hoarders of treasures and possessions. Pack Rat Day encourages us to embrace the fact that we want to keep stuff, and suggests that you shouldn’t throw your old belongings, clothes or even rubbish away as it may be useful or valuable in days or years to come. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/pack-rat-day/

World Baking Day Crunchy cookies, chewy brownies, decadent tortes, cute cupcakes, crusty baked bread…baking is an art this world would just not be the same without. Do you even know anyone who could honestly say they don’t have deep, unconditional love for at least one of the above? We thought not! This World Baking Day, it’s time to dig out that rolling pin and prepare something delicious! Surprise a friend, coworker, neighbour or relative with a delicious sweet or savoury treat to let them know how much you care, or just make something to enjoy in your own home. However you decide to celebrate this day, make it day deliciously unforgettable! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-baking-day/

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