Though the origins of spaghetti are disputed—whether it was Marco Polo bringing back culinary invention from the East, and Arab trade-route delicacy, or a home-grown Sicilian treat dating back to the 12th Century—we can all agree that a cold night with a big bowl of noodle-y, saucy goodness is balm for the soul. So join us on January 4th as we celebrate National Spaghetti Day with this amazing dish!
04January, 2017 Activity Holidays
Here's a little-known fact: Jan. 4 is National Trivia Day! The trivia craze has been a part of popular culture for many decades. One of the first established systems for trivia debuted on the 1940s radio program “Take It Or Leave It” and not too long after Jeopardy!, arguably America’s most iconic televised quiz show, appeared in 1964.
14January, 2017 Pet Holidays
It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day on January 14, and we want you go to all out. Celebrate by dressing up your furry family member in comfortable pet clothing — maybe even get matching outfits, if you want to get crazy. If it were any normal day, people would be staring at you at your dog in the street. However, on National Dress Up Your Pet Day, matching outfits are not only accepted, but also encouraged! Who’s the angel responsible for this holiday? National Dress Up Your Pet Day was started in 2009 by celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige. It celebrates pets and helps to support the pet fashion community. The chance only comes once a year to wow the neighbors and to unleash the inner diva of your favorite pooch, so make sure your dog is dressed for the occasion!
15January, 2017 Fashion Holidays
Hats, hats, hats … where do we even begin? There are so many varieties in so many different styles! Where would a cowboy be without his hat? Wouldn’t baseball players look really weird without headgear? Hats have been worn as uniforms, fashion accessories, and protective gear. They’ve been worn because of religious reasons, to protect from the sun, to provide warmth, or even to indicate social status. And did you know that they date all the way back to 3,300 BC? That’s right, that’s older than both your parents put together. So get out your favorite hat (we know, sometimes it can be really hard to decide) and celebrate National Hat Day this January 15!
15January, 2017 Historical Holidays
Each year on January 15 we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Dayand honor the work of this incredible man. We also take the opportunity to reflect on the work that still needs to be done in terms of racial equality. This day was established in 1983 by Ronald Reagan to honor King and other civil rights activists and the strides they made towards racial justice. This January 15, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect on civil rights issues across the globe and take action to promote justice.
18January, 2017 Education Holidays
When you’re looking for that perfect word to convey your thought, or don’t want to repeat the same word over and over again, where do you go? The thesaurus, of course!You’ve got Peter Mark Roget to thank for that wonderful book, and we celebrate his creation on National Thesaurus Day on January 18! Roget started the book in 1848, and finished in 1952 with 15,000 words. The book’s full original title was "Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition." Thanks to the thesaurus, we can do more than just tell friends we are happy, but merry, delighted, and overjoyed! We can do more than have a conversation, but a discussion, a talk, or an exchange! Writers and non-writers alike can be thankful for all the word options available in a thesaurus, and celebrate the work of Peter Mark Roget on National Thesaurus Day!