Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified. Christians all over the world remember this day. This photo was taken in the main cathedral in Maputo, Mozambique in southern Africa. I, Zeb the Duck, was there for this photo July, 2016.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. This is exciting when the actual day is on a Saturday. We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks and our humans, wish you a happy and safe day.
St Patrick, an English person, moved to Ireland, became a priest, and introduced Christianity to Ireland in the year 432. The shamrock, a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, was used as a teaching tool and metaphor for the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick is also credited with chasing all the snakes out of Ireland. However, fossils show no evidence that there ever were snakes in Ireland. Much of the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties, corned beef and cabbage and lots of green beer. Many people here, and elsewhere, celebrate with friends and family, in pubs and restaurants and many with huge dinners and fun at home. Green is the color of the day. Many things show up green that usually are not green. In the US city of Chicago, Illinois, 40 tons of green dye (a secret recipe) are used to color the Chicago River just the correct shade of green for the day. Some people add green food coloring to regular food, including green mashed potatoes. This is a holiday for fun for everyone. And on this day, everyone is a little bit Irish.
Even our four legged friends. You will often hear “Erin Go Bragh” in many establishments. According to http://www.Mentalfloss.com, this is a corruption of a phrase meaning “Ireland Forever.” Have fun tomorrow, wear green and be safe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
According to National Geographic Kids, Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that the people of India light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. This holiday is also celebrated in India’s non-Hindu communities. Diwali is celebrated in October or November each year and lasts for 5 days. This year, 2017, Diwali begins today, Thursday, October 19, 2017. Diwali is sometimes called the Festival of Lights.
There are certain variations of Diwali in different parts of India, but in all interpretations, one common thread rings true. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, and their humans, wish you all a very Happy Diwali.
Today, July 29, is National Lipstick Day. Ducks don’t wear lipstick. Throughout the ages, controversy has surrounded lipstick. British Parliament banned it in 1770 calling it a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage. They likened it to witchcraft. Lipstick has been known to contain poisonous materials. It is said Sarah Bernhardt created a scandal by applying “lip rouge” in pubic. Queen Victoria considered it impolite, yet Winston Churchill thought it was an excellent morale booster during WWII. So, wear your favorite lipstick today.
Not interested in lipstick? Here is the best way to wear it off. Eat! Today is also National Lasagna Day. Let’s eat some! Lasagna was featured in a 14th century England cookbook. Definitely a food that has stood the test of time. And, the cartoon character Garfield’s favorite food is lasagna.
So humans and ducks, let’s eat lasagna today. Our national holiday information is from http://www.NationalDayCalendar.com
Now this is a national day that humans and ducks can enjoy! National Hammock Day! Who knew there was such a day. We will remember July 22 as National Hammock Day. On vacations we often see humans in hammocks. We ducks have tried them also. They are really comfortable.
This is me, Zeb the Duck, admiring Lake Malawi in July 2016.
We ducks and humans love tapioca. But sometimes we forget to buy it at the grocery store. But we will be enjoying some tapioca today! Today, July 15, is National Tapioca Pudding Day. According to http://www.NationalDayCalendar.com tapioca is a starch made from the cassava root. Wow! Last summer when we were in Malawi the people ate cassava almost every day. But to make tapioca, the edible root is ground into a powder or a pearly extract. The resulting pearls are called tapioca.
We hope you also enjoy some tapioca pudding today.
Chocolate with almonds! This is a great day. We enjoy Hershey Kisses with almonds slivers, we enjoy whole almonds covered with chocolate, but this is our favorite.
We will share this Hershey chocolate bar with almonds with our newest duck family members. Just so you know, this chocolate bar will not last long. Neither will the other one mom doesn’t think we know about. Enjoy this tasty day. Celebrate July 8, National Chocolate with Almonds Day. Again, our holiday information comes from http://www.NationalDayCalendar.com