Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22, 2010 ~ Happy Eat a Peach Day!!!

Today I'm searching the internet for recipes including my favorite fruit...The Peach!!! 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : "The scientific name persica, along with the word "peach" itself and its cognates in many European languages, derives from an early European belief that peaches were native to Persia (now Iran). The modern botanical consensus is that they originate in China, and were introduced to Persia and the Mediterranean region along the Silk Road before Christian times. Cultivated peaches are divided into clingstones and freestones, depending on whether the flesh sticks to the stone or not; both can have either white or yellow flesh. Peaches with white flesh typically are very sweet with little acidity, while yellow-fleshed peaches typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness, though this also varies greatly. Both colours often have some red on their skin. Low-acid white-fleshed peaches are the most popular kinds in China, Japan, and neighbouring Asian countries, while Europeans and North Americans have historically favoured the acidic, yellow-fleshed kinds."

In Asian cultures the peach is seen as a symbol of happiness, riches, longevity, and immortality.  As such the peach plays an important part in many folk tales and traditions.

In the US, Georgia is known as the peach state but California is actually the largest producer of peaches with South Carolina coming in second.  I can't speak for California, but if you're ever in South Carolina and looking for some great peaches you need to find McLeod's Farm in McBee, SC.  You can also order your peaches online from their website.  If you're lucky enough to go there in person be sure to check out the Antique Museum right next to the farm market.  I simply love the place and get a lot of photos that I use for my greeting cards at the Museum.  This one is my favorite wishing the recipient a happy "antique" birthday.  

But, let's get back to peaches....In celebration of this wonderful fruit and this wonderful day I've found this video to share with all my friends... Enjoy and have a peachy day!!

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