Happy June! Welcome to summer . . . finally! I know, June 20 is summer solstice, officially the first day of summer, but we can celebrate a little early, can’t we? I do believe a few folks out there have already started celebrating the beginning of summer. I wasn’t just imagining the smell of barbecue and the sound of laughter last weekend!
Well, I’ve been doing these blogs for more than a year now — my how time flies when you’re having fun — so you know that I like to point out the fun, strange and wonderful special days each month.
Of course, I get a little help from Mom and her friendly helpers since I sometimes have trouble reaching the computer and my paws are kinda big for the keyboard. But have no worries, I AM the one in charge. Right, Mom?
In the course of doing this blog I have to do a lot of research, looking of dates, seeking out more info, finding the most fun and often weird days of the month. And during research, a thought occurred to me. Where do some of these days come from? Who starts them and how do they become special days? I mean, can I get a National Rooney Day? Please? That would be so cool.
I know, I know, bulldogs already have their day. In fact, we dogs have more than one day! April 21 is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day, Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, March 22 is National Puppy Day, June 24 is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and so forth. But I can’t seem to find a National French Bulldog Day! There’s a Hug Your Cat Day (June 4), but nothing for us? C’mon French Bull Dog Club of America!
Which brings me to where these crazy days come from. There seems to be no origin for Hug Your Cat Day (figures!), but days like National Yo-Yo Day (June 6), Donald Duck Day (June 9) and Insurance Awareness Day (June 28), are fairly obvious once you know.
Yo-Yo Day honors the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr., who manufactured the first Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. Donald Duck Day celebrates the June 9, 1934 debut of that famous quacker and Insurance Awareness Day was created by — take a wild guess — insurance companies!
Anything related to food, especially desserts, can be traced to a food company. Any day devoted to a profession or occupation, check for that professions national organization. Go Skate Day (June 21) was created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote skateboarding. See how that works?
The funny thing is for a lot of days there’s no record of a creator or origin. The day just sort of happened! Go figure.
But some days have really interesting origins. Take National Iced tea Day, June 10.
As the story goes, Richard Blechynden, an English tea plantation owner, set up a booth at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair to sell hot tea. But it was a scorching hot day, so visitors stayed away from his product. So he dumped ice into his hot tea and served it cold. It was a big hit and the first known use of iced tea.
Some of the best days to celebrate in June include Summer Solstice; Father’s Day on June 19, which also has National Kissing Day, World Sauntering Day and National Martini Day; June 5 is World Environment Day and National Cancer Survivor’s Day; June 8 is Best Friends Day; June 14 is Flag Day; and June 21, International Yoga Day.
Whatever day you end up celebrating, just have fun and go with the flow!