What holidays will you celebrate on August 22nd?
August 22nd is a holiday for Hoodie-Hoo, peaches, punctuation and more. Angels, Nessie, the Tooth Fairy and other celebrants mark August 22nd as a special day for many reasons.
Here’s a sampling of the most popular holidays celebrated on August 22nd (arranged alphabetically):
Be an Angel Day
Have you ever met an angel, face to face? Some folks claim to have encountered divinely appointed visitors, particularly on Be an Angel Day.
In fact, Jayne Howard Feldman, an inter-faith minister, Reikie master and New Age author (Angels by My Side, Commune with the Angels and Driving Under the Influence of Angels), actually proposed that August 22nd be tagged as Be an Angel Day. This occasion is intended to encourage human beings to imitate angels by doing compassionate and divinely inspired deeds for one another.
Eat a Peach Day
August 22nd is Eat a Peach Day, a fruitful occasion for enjoying the juiciest bounty of the fruit harvest. At this point in late summer, local farm stands in many regions fairly buckle under with the weight of their abundant peach crops.
Grab a bushel of delicious peaches, and pass them around. It’s Eat a Peach Day on August 22nd.
Hoodie-Hoo Day (Southern Hemisphere)
August 22nd is Hoodie-Hoo Day – at least, in the Southern Hemisphere.
This meteorological mayday signals the end of winter. At high noon, denizens from down-under head for the out of doors to holler, “Hoodie-Hoo!”
This enthusiastic outcry is intended to herald the onset of spring and warmer weather.
Don’t be shy. “Hoodie-Hoo!” Join the ballyhoo on August 22nd.
Grammarians, rejoice. August 22nd is Punctuation Day.
Dash for the dictionary, if you don’t know what punctuation is. August 22nd celebrates the amazing ampersand, the bold bracket, the classic comma, the elusive ellipsis, the exciting exclamation mark, the happy hyphen, the positive period, the quirky question mark and more.
How’s your semicolon today, and do you know where to put your asterisk? It’s Punctuation Day on August 22nd.
Tooth Fairy Day
Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy?
August 22nd is a delightful dental holiday – an occasion into which children (in particular) may sink their teeth (literally and figuratively). It’s Tooth Fairy Day.
Children of all ages celebrate the Tooth Fairy, that benevolent nocturnal visitor that collects discarded baby teeth, in exchange for currency or special treasures.
Actually, in some regions, Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated twice each year (on February 28th and August 22nd).
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 22nd: Andrew of Fiesole, Antoninus, Arnulf, Athanasius, Flaviano, Giacomo, Gunifort, Hippolytus of Porto, John Kemble and John Wall.
Additional August 22nd saints include Martial, Maurus and Companions, Queenship of Mary, Richard Kirkman, Simeon Lukach, Sigfrid, Symphorian of Autun and William Lacey.
Notable Anniversaries on August 22nd:
The first-ever reported sighting of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster (“Nessie”) allegedly occurred on August 22, 565 A.D. Adomnan’s Life of St. Columba indicates that the 6th Century Irish monk (St. Columba) claimed to have seen a mysterious creature emerging from the waters of the lake in the Scottish Highlands.
The America, a U.S. schooner, out-sailed British ships in a 53-mile regatta, tracing the coast of the Isle of Wight, on August 22, 1851. This race became the forerunner of the prestigious America’s Cup sailing race, which is still held annually.
A dozen nations signed the first Geneva Convention treaty (including the first ten articles) on August 22, 1864. The International Red Cross was formed on the very same date, August 22, 1864.
The Cadillac Company was founded in Detroit on August 22, 1901. Henry Leland, a machinist and mechanic, named his luxury automotive company for his ancestor, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French explorer credited with establishing the city of Detroit.
On August 22, 1906, Eldridge Johnson (founder of The Victor Talking Machine Company) unveiled the first Victor Victrola, an internal horn phonograph.
Peppermint Patty, the spunky, freckle-faced redhead of Charles M. Schultz’ Peanuts cartoons, appeared on August 22, 1966, in the syndicated comic strip. In 1967, Peppermint Patty was seen in the television animated special, titled You’re in Love, Charlie Brown. Although August 22nd is noted as Peppermint Patty’s debut day, the peppy prankster’s actual birthday is celebrated by Peanuts fans on October 4th.
American athlete Althea Gibson was the first African-American competitor to play on the world tennis tour, beginning on August 22, 1950. Within six years, Althea Gibson became the first African-American contender to win a Grand Slam title (in 1956). Seven years later (in 1963), Althea Gibson also became the first African-American to play on tour with the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
German automaker Volkswagen manufactured the last Volkswagen Rabbit on August 22, 1984. Produced for ten years, the VW Rabbit became the predecessor of the VW Golf.
Various Other August 22nd Holidays
August 22nd is also America’s Cup Day, Angel Day, Daffodil Day (Australia), Feast Day of St. Hippolytus the Martyr, Feast of Mary’s Queenship, Friendship Week, Goblin Celebration of Rumpleskunkskin’s Wedding Holiday, Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival Day and Kermesse Holiday (Belgium).
Additional August 22nd holidays include National Flag Day (Russia), Old Thresherman’s Reunion Holiday, Pecan Torte Day, St. Andrew the Confessor Celebration Day, St. Philibert of Jumieges Day, St. Symphorian the Martyr’s Day, St. Timothy Feast Day and Tunamint Holiday (Virginia).
Happy August 22nd to one and all!
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