Happy September 1st – the 244th day of the year.
September 1st is a holiday for hummingbirds, draft horses, pink Cadillacs and more. Chess players, aunts, nursing mothers and other celebrants mark September 1st as a special day.
Consider these popular September 1st holidays (arranged alphabetically).
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September 1st is Chess Day, a strategic occasion for playing one of the world’s most popular board games. On this highbrow holiday, chess players may meet in parlors and parks to challenge one another to chess matches. Others may simply download online chess games or log into internet gaming sites to try their chess skills at various levels.
Draft Horse Day
Draft Horse Day is also celebrated on September 1st. Why not hitch up a pair of Belgians, Clydesdales, Shires or Percherons for a horse-drawn cart of wagon ride to mark this occasion?
Harness your energies, and head for a hayride on September 1st. It’s Draft Horse Day, and no naysaying (except for the horses).
Emma M. Nutt / Telephone Operator Day
Telephone operators are the toast of the town on September 1st. It’s Emma M. Nutt Day, in memory of America’s first woman telephone operator. Emma M. Nutt reported to a Boston switchboard for her first day on the job on September 1, 1878.
Although most live telephone operators have been replaced by automated answering systems, occasionally a dialer will reach an actual person over the phone lines. Callers who successfully connect to real, live operators may issue greetings and verbal salutes on September 1st – Telephone Operator Day.
Hummingbird Day is September 1st, a fleeting occasion for celebrating the frightful flitting birds than may grace our gardens.
On this avian holiday, bird lovers may create, fill and hang up hummingbird feeders in windows and yards to attract the colorful creatures to visit.
How can you make your own hummingbird feeder? Check out these instructions from a variety of AC writers (CTRL-click each title to open that article in a new window.): “DIY Craft; Hummingbird Feeder,” by Sage Adderley; “DIY Hummingbird Feeders from Recycled Bottles,” by Nannette Richford; “How to Build a DIY Hummingbird Feeder,” by Pearl Edwards, and “How to Make a Jelly Jar Hummingbird Feeder,” by Lisa Riggs.
Happy Hummingbird Day on September 1st.
Nursing Mothers Day
The first day of September is known to many as Nursing Mothers Day. This holiday honors nurturing moms who breastfeed their babies, as well as moms who feed their infants by bottle.
Although no one seems to be able to get abreast of documented details on the origins of Nursing Mothers Day, this holiday may be derived from ancient Christian tradition. September 1st is also St. Giles Day, honoring the patron saint of nursing mothers.
Nursing Mothers Day comes just one month before Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which occurs every October. As such, this homey holiday may jog the mammaries (er, memories) of women who may need to schedule their annual mammograms.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 1st: Abigail the Matriarch, Adjutor, Aegidius, Agia, Ammon, Anna the Prophetess, Arcanus, Augustus, Castrensis, Constantius the Bishop, Gideon the Judge, Giles, Giles of Castaneda, Jane Soderini and Josep Samsó y Elias.
Additional September 1st saints include Joshua the Patriarch, Juliana of Collalto, Laetus of Dax, Lupus of Sens, Lythan, Michael Ghebre, Nivard of Rheims, Priscus, Regulus, Sixtus of Rheims, Terentian, Verena, Victorious and Vincent of Xaintes.
Notable Anniversaries on September 1st:
Elvis Presley, known to many as the King of Rock ‘n Roll, purchased a pink Cadillac for his mother, Gladys Love Presley, on September 1, 1956.
Various Other September 1st Holidays
September 1st is also Aunts Day, Celtic Tree Month of Coll (final day), Cherry Popover Day, Chicken Boy’s Day (California), Creation Day, Evacuation Day (Libya), Fairies’ Sneeze Wobbling Festival Season Day, Feast Day of St. Verana, Feast of Macuilxochitl – 5-Flower God (Mexico), Feast of the Hermit (New Mexico), Informe Presidencial (Mexico), International Balloon Tournament Holiday (Belgium), Iroquois Indian Festival Holiday, Libyan Independence Day, Love Litigating Lawyers Day, Luxembourge City Kermesse, Nutt Day, Oyster Season (first day) and Partridge Hunting Season Day.
September 1st holidays also include Presidential Message Day (Mexico), Qatar Independence Day (1971), Reincorporation of Tarata (Peru), Revolution Day (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Revolution Day (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Royal Highland Gathering Holiday (Scotland), Sikhism Nanakshahi – First Parkash, Slovakia National Holiday, St. Fiacre Festal Celebration Day, St. Giles Feast Day, St. Simeon Stylites’ Day (Eastern Orthodox), Start of the Armed Struggle Day (Eritrea), United Arab Republics Day, Uzbekistan Independence Day, Wattle Day (Australia), Wine Season Holiday and Workers’ Day (Marshall Islands).
Celebrate September 1st, one and all!
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