August 31st brings happy holidays of many kinds on the 243rd day of the calendar year.
August 31st is a holiday for trail mix, taking a seat, dining al fresco, white roses and more. Bloggers, cow chip tossers and others mark August 31st as a special day. Take a peek at several popular August 31st holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Cow Chip Tossing Day
It may have started in Wisconsin, but cow chip tossing seems to have caught on – at least, on August 31st. In some parts, cow chip tossing is even more popular than watermelon seed spitting, potato sack races or pie eating contests combined.
How far can you toss a cow chip, meadow muffin, prairie patty or dried bovine dung by any other name? (Yep, the dried piles are much easier to toss … and a lot less messy.)
Happy Cow Chip Tossing Day on August 31st. (And watch your step out there in the barnyard.)
Eat Outside Day
Life’s a picnic on August 31st. It’s Eat Outside Day.
Why not dine al fresco in the great out of doors on August 31st. Set a table on the deck or patio. Spread a picnic blanket out in a park, on the beach or even in your own yard. On a warm summer afternoon or evening, doesn’t just about any food taste better outdoors?
International Blog Day
August 31st is also International Blog Day. Although this is an unofficial holiday, this noteworthy occasion encourages web writers and bloggers to reach out and visit new journals and weblogs (blogs) from other cultures, countries, regions and areas of interest.
Be sure to leave a comment while you are stopping by to visit each blog, so bloggers like this one will know you were there.
Take a Seat Day
Grab a comfortable cushion on August 31st for Take a Seat Day. This day of ease offers a universal invitation to cool one’s heels, pop a squat or take a load off.
Take a Seat Day probably originated in the August 31st festal celebration of a Spanish Catholic Saint, St. Raymond Nonnatus. This canonized Catalonian is the patron saint of midwives, expectant mothers, and hemorrhoids.
So, if you decide to park it on August 31st for Take a Seat Day, be sure to sit down gently.
Trail Mix Day
It’s Trail Mix Day on August 31st. Hikers,bikers, horseback riders and other outdoor sports enthusiasts pack their favorite dry snacks before hitting the trails.
What are the key ingredients in trail mix? Trail mix contents really depend upon personal tastes, but popular toss-ins include cereal, dried fruit, nuts, popcorn, pretzels and more.
CTRL-click here to read “A Handful of Healthy and Happy Trail Mix Recipes” in a new window.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 31st: Aidan of Lindisfarne, Albertinus of Fonte Avellana, Ammia, Aristides, Caesidius, Cyprian of Carthage and Dominic del Val.
Additional August 31st saints include Optatus of Auxerre, Paulinus of Trier, Raymond Nonnatus, Richard Bere, Rufina and Theodotus.
Notable Anniversaries on August 31st:
The American Congress authorized the establishment of the United States Naval Observatory on August 31, 1842, near Washington, DC. The act of Congress included a $25,000 appropriation for the national observatory.
Jimmy Hoffa, former president of the Teamsters labor union, was reported missing on August 31, 1975.
On August 31, 1988, the lights went out in Seattle, Washington. The city-wide power outage lasted for five days.
Various Other August 31st Holidays
August 31st is also Big Birthday Bash Day, Feast Day of St. Isabel the Virgin, Feast of St. Cuthburge of Nortumbria, Feast of St. Raymund Nonnatus the Confessor, Festal Day of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grape Blessing Day (Armenia), Hero’s Day (Philippines) and Kyrgyzstan Independence Day.
Additional August 31st holidays include Malaysia National Day, Merdeka Day (Malaysia), National Language Day (Moldova), Princess Diana Memorial Day (United Kingdom), Sesame Street‘s Herry Monster’s Birthday, Solidarity Day (Poland), Sri Lanka Constitution Day (1978), St. Alden of Lindisfarne Feast Day, St. Paulinus of Trier’s Day, Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day, White Rose Day and Wisconsin State Cow-Chip Throw Day.
Happy August 31st to one and all!
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