Monday, April 15, 2019

April 2019 Bizarre and Unique Holidays

Monthly Celebrations:

  • National Humor Month 
  • Lawn and Garden Month 
  • Records and Information Management Month 
  • Stress Awareness Month 
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month 

Weekly Celebrations: 

  • Week 1 Library Week 
  • Week 2 Garden Week 
  • Week 3 Organize Your Files Week 
  • Week 3 Medical Labs Week 

April 2019 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days: 

2 Reconciliation Day 

6 National Walk to Work Day - first Friday of month

7 World Health Day
Always April 7
Sponsored by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Day focuses upon a different health theme each year. It is an international event to emphasize and work on important health issues or problems. Many countries around the world participate. 
14 International Moment of Laughter Day
Always April 14th
International Moment of Laughter Day is a special day that will put a big smile on your face. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, "laughter is the best medicine."

Moment of Laughter Day is also known as National Moment of Laughter Day, and plain old Moment of Laughter Day. We don't care whether you celebrate today as a local, national, or international day. What's important is that you bring about laughter (and happiness) to those you come in contact with today.
To celebrate this special day, simply tell jokes or do funny things that cause people to laugh. A smile is not a good enough reaction. Successful participation in this day results in whole-hearted laughter. 
Origin of "Moment of Laughter Day":
Humorologist Izzy Gesell created Moment of Laughter Day to encourage people to laugh. It sure would be nice to meet the creator of this day in person, so we could share a laugh together.  
We found varying dates for this celebration, all in the month of April. But among them, April 14th is the day designated by the creator as International Moment of Laughter Day. 
16 National Stress Awareness Day
Always April 16th
Is work or school putting on the pressure? Are the kids on your nerves? Is there enough money to pay all of those the bills? There are literally thousands of reasons for you to get stressed out.  
RELAX!!! Today is National Stress Awareness Day. This is your opportunity to recognize that there is plenty of stress in your life... as if you didn't already know. More importantly, today is an opportunity to learn, and to do something about the stress... before it drives you batty or worse. 
April is also designated as Stress Awareness Month.
Did you know? There was method behind the madness. April 16 was designated as Stress Awareness Day, because it is the day after taxes are due!  
Note: The UK also has a National Stress Awareness Day, organized by the International Stress Management Association. It is held in November. The date changes each year. 
Origin of Stress Awareness Day:
Stress Awareness Day and Stress Awareness Month is sponsored by the Health Resource Network (HRN). They started this holiday in 1992, to increase public awareness of the causes and cures of stress. 

20 Volunteer Recognition Day
Always April 20

Volunteer Recognition Day honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. They are making big and small differences in the lives of millions of people all over the world. They are saving lives. They are improving lives and providing comfort. They assist people, animals, and nature. 
Most volunteers do not ask for recognition. They just want to help and to "give back" where they can. 
In documenting special and unique days, this author attempts to avoid editorializing, and keeps to reporting the facts. But I will step away from the norm when speaking to this topic. It is vital and essential that more people get involved. There are so many groups and causes that need volunteer efforts. And, the needs are so broad and urgent, that everyone can find someplace to volunteer and make a difference. 
Celebrate this Volunteer Recognition Day by:
  • Thanking volunteers for their work 
  • Getting involved yourself in a volunteer activity. 
  • Donating to a volunteer group 
BTW: Volunteers are keeping a big secret from those that don't volunteer. Volunteer activities are energizing and rewarding. And, it is lots of fun and camaraderie. Try it and you will see! 
22 Earth Day (U.S.)

30 National Honesty Day

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