MDBCs 26 Feb 2023
February 26th 2023 - Holidays and Observances
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- Christian feast day:
- Day of Remembrance for Victims of Khojaly Massacre (Azerbaijan)
- Liberation Day (Kuwait)
- Saviours' Day (Nation of Islam)
Observances (click on the day, BD or week for details)
Letter to an Elder Day
Black Lives Matter Day
Carpe Diem Day
For Pete's Sake Day
International Tongue Twister Contest Day
Levi Strauss Day
National Saul Day
Orthodox Forgiveness Sunday
National Personal Chef Day
Johnny Cash’s Birthday
Erykah Badu’s Birthday
Eva Cudmore’s Birthday
Duke Dennis’s Birthday
Peace Corps Week
Telecommuter Appreciation Week
Fun Observances ( 2 )
Archeologists believe that pistachios were used as food as early as 6000 BCE. Celebrate this ancient and healthy nut on February 26, Pistachio Day.
Also known as National Pistachio Day or World Pistachio Day, this unofficial holiday encourages people to add pistachios to their daily diets and take advantage of their health benefits.
Called the happy nut in China and the smiling nut in Iran, pistachios are native to the Middle East and Central Asia.
Food historians believe that the pistachio tree reached Greece along with Alexander the Great's army. Traders introduced the nut to the rest of the European continent, where it was initially used as an expensive addition to food and baked goods.
Dyed Red to Hide Flaws
In the United States, the nut was introduced by Middle Eastern immigrants during the late 19th century. Even though, the country now produces most of the world's pistachio crops, along with Iran, Turkey and Syria, the nut wasn't grown commercially there until the mid 20th century.
In the initial days of their commercial productions, pistachio shells were dyed red or green by the growers. This was to hide the marks and dents made on the shell during harvesting. Today, with mechanical harvesting procedures, there is no reason to dye the shells anymore.
Full of Nutrients
Pistachios are a rich source of proteins, fiber, and vitamin B. Research indicates that adding the nut to one's daily diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.
The nut is used in many cuisines around the world. In the Middle East, it is one of the main ingredients in many types of sweets including baklava and halva. In Italy, it is used to make spumoni and pistachio gelato – the Italian versions of ice cream.
How to Celebrate?
- Add pistachios to every meal of the day. Start with adding it to your breakfast cereal, substitute peanut butter with pistachio butter for your lunch sandwich, have a pistachio crusted pork chop for dinner and finish the day off with a scoop or two of pistachio ice cream or pistachio cake.
Did You Know…
…that the Jylgyndy Forest Reserve in Kyrgyzstan was created to conserve the pistachio plant?
Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Tell a Fairy Tale Day is on February 26. The unofficial holiday encourages celebrators to read, tell, and listen to fairy tales from around the world.
Fairy tales are a genre of literature that features fantastical and magical characters. Usually in the form of short stories with fairies, elves, trolls, and witches as central characters, fairy tales are set in a magical world with events that take place "once upon a time."
A form of folk tales, fairy tales have a strong oral and written tradition all around the world - with cultures adopting whole or parts of tales from other cultures.
Before the 17th century, fairy tales often had themes unsuitable for children and were written mostly for adults.
Today, fairy tales are considered to be a genre of children's literature and the term fairy tale is used to refer to happy events and happenings, such as a fairy tale romance or a fairy tale ending.
The holiday is also known as National Tell a Fairy Tale Day in the United States.
How to Celebrate?
- Set your imagination free on this very fantastical holiday and re-read all your favorite fairy tales.
- If you have children in your lives, why not introduce them to some of the world's most famous fairy tales?
- Bring out your inner writer and pen down a fairy tale. Who knows, you could be the next Hans Christian Andersen!
- Watch movies based on fairy tales.
- Host a fairy tale party. Instruct your guests to come as their favorite fairy tale character, decorate the venue as if you were in an enchanted land of fairy tales and serve foods from all your favorite fairy tale stories. Some ideas include caramel apples (Snow White), pea salad (The Princess and the Pea), pumpkin soup (Cinderella) and porridge or rice pudding (Goldilocks and the Three Bears).
Did You Know…
… that at least 500 versions of Cinderella have been found around the world?
One morning a customer entered my flower shop and ordered a bouquet for his wife. "No card is necessary," he instructed us. "She'll know who sent them."
The delivery truck hadn't even returned to the store when the phone rang. It was the customer's wife. "Who sent the flowers?" she asked.
After explaining that the customer had requested that no card be included, I considered the matter closed—but not so. A bit later, she came rushing in the front door. "You've got to tell me who sent the flowers," she demanded, "before my husband gets home."
Another man and I share a locker at work. Noticing that it needed a new combination lock, my partner said he would pick one up on his way to work the next day. It occurred to me later that I might not see him in the morning. How would I find out the combination? I needn't have worried. When I arrived at work I found that he had used the locker before me and had left a note reading:
"To find the first number subtract 142 from your high score the last time we went bowling.
The second number is 16 less than that.
To find the third number subtract 1.87 from the amount you owe me."
Faculty members at Texas Christian university were urged to become familiar with the timesaving machines of the new computer center. Basic courses in their use were given, and research projects were accelerated.
The faculty was enthusiastic—except for one veteran professor. Not only did he flunk the primer course, but on his first project, when he asked the machine simply to separate the names of students by sex, the cards came out in three stacks.
The other day I got carded at the liquor store. While I was taking out my ID, my old Blockbuster card fell out.
The clerk shook his head, said, “Never mind,” and rang me up.
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