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.
National Lipstick Day
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.
National Lasagna Day
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.
National Hammock Day
Lounging in the hammock in Malawi, Africa
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.
National Tapioca Pudding Day
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.
Celebrate National Chocolate with Almonds Day–July 8
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
Today, the 4th of July, is Independence Day in the United States. We were a British colony, but in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was ratified and the United States of America declared themselves independent. After a war with Great Britain, and many discussions by the American leaders, our government was formed and the United States of America was an independent country. Of course, like all countries, we had difficulties, but we Americans are forever grateful to our founding fathers, our freedom, and our way of life. We introduce you to our newest family member, Independence Duck.
Independence Day Duck
On this day Americans, human and ducks, watch parades, attend fairs, have picnics, cook outside, visit the mountains, visit the beaches, go camping, and enjoy our families, our friends and our freedom. And when darkness arrives, there will be many magnificent fireworks displays.
Fireworks behind statue of liberty
People across our country will be giving thanks for our way of life and celebrating our independence.
Today, June 24 is National Praline Day.
Sweet and tasty pralines
We wish you a very sweet day.