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.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010 ~ International Literacy Day

Well, if you were good you read a book on Monday for "read a book day" and you're all set for today.  First celebrated in 1966 this day was proclaimed a holiday by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to draw attention to the millions of adults who cannot read.  To find events and ideas of how to participate in this day, you can check with your local Rotary Club or Library.
On the homefront, the best thing you can do for your children is to instill in them a love for reading.  Start them off young, read to them until they are able to read to you, and let them see you reading in your spare time.

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