10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1... Happy New Year! For many of us waking up on Jan. 1, New Year's Day, it's a time of optimism and planning—and resoluteness. There's a feeling that maybe this year we'll make the changes we've been meaning to: more rest, better eating habits, more exercise, or a new job. New Year's Day is about taking a moment — perhaps with family or a football game on the screen — to get ready for everything that is about to unfold.
If you feel the ground trembling beneath your feet on January 28—don't fear! It is simply the beginning of the Chinese New Year and 20% of the Earth's population is celebrating, using the largest amount of fireworks of any one day of the year. When farming dominated life in China, this holiday blessed the upcoming growing season. Today, it is a celebration marked by good food, red envelopes and blessings for everyone. 2017 marks the Year of the Fire Rooster, highlighting the traits of responsibility and hard work.
Sooner or later, it seems, cancer has an impact on us all. That's why World Cancer Day on February 4th is an important day to raise awareness about prevention, detection, and treatment. Started by the Union for International Cancer Control in 2008, World Cancer Day activities seek to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
No one quiet knows the origin of this wagtastic holiday, but we all know that dogs love these treats. Created in the mid-19th century by American James Spratt, the cake-like biscuit comprised of meat, grains and vegetables have evolved over time, but are still dogs favorite reward. So lets raise a baked treat to International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (Feb. 23) and our companions who love them.
Polar bears are some of the coolest creatures on the planet, and they live in some of the coldest places on Earth. Celebrate these magnificent creatures with us on International Polar Bear Day on February 27, as we learn as much as we can about these magnificent mammals. The day was established by Polar Bears International, an organization devoted to preserving polar bears and the sea ice they depend on, to draw global attention to the plight of the polar bears.