Pick your reason to celebrate September 29th. It’s the 272nd day of the calendar year, with just 93 days until New Year’s.
September 29th is a holiday for coffee, poisoned blackberries and more. Angels, happy geese and others mark September 29th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 29th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
How do you take your coffee? Do you prefer a cappuccino, decaf, espresso or latte? Would you rather have a steaming mug of coffee or a frosty glass filled with iced coffee?
September 29th is Coffee Day. Baristas, get ready to serve any old java or Joe.
Coffee shops, cafes, coffeehouses and other beverage vendors usually offer free cups or discount deals on delicious coffee drinks on September 29th to celebrate this stimulating occasion.
Of course, September 29th is also Mocha Day, making chocolate lovers even more content with their steaming cups of caffeinated delight.
Take a coffee break on September 29th for your favorite cuppa.
Michaelmas Day (United Kingdom)
September 29th is Michaelmas Day in the United Kingdom, marking the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel and all the Holy Angels. This high church festival day also recognizes a quarter-day in British regions, when tenants are expected to pay their housing rents. In many regions, magistrates and other government officials may be elected on this date as well.
Traditionally, on Michaelmas Day, each family will roast a goose for a special feast, which is celebrated after the annual Michaelmas Day church service.
Michaelmas Day is also known as All Angels Day in many regions.
Poisoned Blackberries Day
Berry picking can be fun, but did you know picking can prove perilous as well?
Poisoned Blackberries Day is on September 29th. The origins of this holiday are a bit fuzzy.
One theory has it that people were supposedly dying by the dozen in the 18th century after consuming wild blackberries. Noting this danger, people began taking one day a year (September 29th) to hunt for poison blueberries and prevent others from eating the toxic treats.
Another, more sinister account for Poisonous Blackberries Day exists as well. According to berry picking legend (at least, in Scotland), the devil actually tainted wild blackberries with urine and saliva. Folks who consumed the poisoned berries fell dead – or worse.
Must we worry about poisoned blackberries in modern times? Perhaps prudent pickers will do well to peek before popping any wild berry bounty into their mouths.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 29th: Alericus, Casdoe, Charles of Blois, Dadas, Fraternus, Gabdelas, Gabriel the Archangel, Gabriella, Garcia, Grimoaldus, Gudelia, Heracleas and John de Montmirail.
Additional September 29th saints include Liutwin, Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila, Ludwin, Luigi Monza, Michael the Archangel, Quiriacus, Raphael the Archangel, Rhipsime, Richard Rolle and Theodota.
Notable Anniversaries on September 29th:
Roman Catholic Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) died on September 29, 1978, ending the shortest every papacy in Catholic history. Pope John Paul I, the first Pope born in the 20th century, served just 33 days.
On September 29, 1989, a Beverly Hills, California, court convicted actress Zsa Zsa Gabor of battery, after she allegedly slapped a local police officer during a traffic stop.
Various Other September 29th Holidays
September 29th is also Boqueron Bettle Holiday (Paraguay), Broadway Musicals Day, Brunei Constitution Day, Celtic tree month of Muin ends, Feast Day of St. Michael, Festal Celebration Day of Sts. Gabriel and Raphael and Festival of Tezcatzonctl – Chief God of Intoxication (Mexico).
Additional September 29th holidays include Gwynn ap Nudd – Celtic Lord of Underworld Holiday, Happy Goose Day (Germany), International Whistle Off Day, Inventors Day (varies), Leif Erickson Day, Mocha Day, National Public Lands Day (varies) and National Women’s Health and Fitness Day (varies).
Still more September 29th holidays are Payment of Quit Rent Day (United Kingdom), Quick Draw McGraw’s Birthday, Shemini Ataeret (varies), St. Michael’s Day (Spain), Sesame Street‘s Telly Monster’s Birthday, VFW Day, Voudon Manman Aloumandia (Haiti), Worldwide Day of Play and Xenophobe Understanding Day.
Happy September 29th to one and all!
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