With the kids heading back to school and summer vacation ending, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. September is full of obligations and things that have to get done. It’s important to step back and remember that everyday offers a chance for us to celebrate something.
September has plenty of traditional holidays that we all know about. The unofficial end of summer comes on the first Monday in September which is Labor Day. The day has become an excuse for one last trip to the beach, backyard barbecue, or picnic in the park. It was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City and declared a national holiday by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland wanted it after the end of the Pullman Strike. It celebrates our labor organizations and the working men and women of the country.
September 11th is known now is Patriot’s Day and is a day to remember those who were injured or who died during the terrorist plane attacks in 2001 on the World Trade Center , pentagon, other targets. It is also a day to honor those who choose to serve our communities in ways that make us safer and more free – firefighters, police officers, medical personnel, educators, and every person who makes their contribution to building community. We, of course, honor those who preserve our freedom by serving in the military and sacrificing time with family and sometimes their lives in order to keep us free.
September is also a month of great religious significance for many this year. The Jewish new year (Rosh Hashanah) and Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) both fall in September this year. For Muslims, Eid al Fitr will mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
September is also filled with light-hearted celebrations and remembrances. The whole month is designated as National Organic Harvest Month, National Skin Care Awareness Month, National Osteopathic Medicine Month, National Prime Beef Month, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Self Improvement Month, Shameless Promotion Month, Subliminal Communications Month, Women’s Friendship Month, Great American Low-Cholesterol/Low-Fat Pizza Bake Month, Fall Hat Month, Apple Month, Atrial Fibrillation Month, and Baby Safety Month among others.
There are several multiple day celebrations in September. International Enthusiasm Week is the 1st-8th of the Month. The 5th to the 11th is both National Waffle Week and Suicide Prevention Week. The 12th to the 18th is Balance Awareness Week, National Assisted Living Week, National Constitution Center Constitution Week and National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. The 19th to the 25th of the month mark National Clean Hands Week, National Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week, Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, National Turn Off Your TV Week, and National Singles Week. The 23rd to the 26th are American Massage Therapy Week. The 26th through October 2nd is National Adult Immunization Awareness Week ….when was your last tetanus shot?
National Fight Procrastination Day is the first Wednesday in September. In 2010, that Wednesday is September 1. September 1st has several holidays that always occur on it. These include Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day, Calendar Adjustment Day, Chicken Boy’s Day, Emma M Nutt Day and National No Rhyme nor Reason Day. As I listen to the news, I am particularly aware of the value of our building and code staff workers. Where earthquakes in other places leave whole regions decimated, we in America experience considerably less damage when nature turns on us. It is in large part because our building codes are enforced that lives are saved.
National Lazy Mom’s Day is September 3rd. I have never known a mom with the freedom to be lazy. Parents – both mom’s and dad’s – are among the hardest working people in the world.
Ford introduced the Edsel on September 4, 1957. There is no holiday for that, and yet it feels like a day worth remembering. Instead, the 4th is International Drive Your Studebaker Day.
September 9th is Wonderful Weirdos Day. If you are or have been a geek, a dweeb, a nerd, a ditz, a dork, or a weirdo of any sort, this day is for you. This is the day to celebrate the part of yourself that makes you unique. Remember that those who love you treasure that uniqueness.
Stephen Foster’s song, Oh! Susanna, was first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania on September 11, 1847. The 11th is also Libraries Remember Day, National Lace-making Day, Patriot Day, and Remembrance Day. In the US, this is the day we remember the tragedy of the attack on our country, but it is also the day we celebrate the freedoms we have and the resilience of our nation in the face of adversity.
Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin September 15, 1928. September 15th should also be celebrated as Felt Hat Day and the International Day of Democracy. If you haven’t already registered to vote, the International Day of Democracy would be a good time to do that.
September 18th is another of those days full of holidays. It is Chiropractic Founders Day, National Respect Day, World Water Monitoring Day, Big Whopper Liar Day, International Eat an Apple Day, and International Coastal Clean Up Day. If you don’t live near a coast, feel free to head to a park or other place where families gather to do a little clean up.
JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit was published, Sept 21 1937. The 21st is also the International Day of Peace and World Alzheimer’s Day.
The 22nd was the birthday of Alan “Rocky” Lane who was the voice of the talking horse, Mr. Ed. He passed away in 1973. The 22nd is also the Autumnal Equinox, Dear Diary Day, Elephant Appreciation Day, and National White Chocolate Day.
September 23rd is the full moon. The full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox is also known as the Harvest Moon. On this night, those with crops to bring in can work late into the night as the full moon produces illumination to continue working.
The 24th is probably my favorite combination of holidays all year long. It is Love Note Day, Punctuation Day, Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving, and Hug a Vegetarian Day. I like the idea of a day for writing love notes also being a day to pay attention to grammar. If you’re going to send someone a love note, it should be perfect down to the last period. Being a vegetarian, I also like Hug a Vegetarian Day. I also love the Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving. Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving or Gedächtnestag is held each year on the Sunday closest to September 24 as the Schwenkfelders gather to honor their past. It is the oldest Thanksgiving celebration in the US. The celebrants share a simple meal of bread and butter, apple butter and water. The Schwenkfelders came to the US in search of religious freedom. They use this day to remember what those who went before them endured for their faith.
September 26th is Gold Star Mother’s Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, Hunting and Fishing Day and Shamu the Whale Day.
September 27th is Ancestor Appreciation Day, World Heart Day, and Family Day. Family Day is meant to be a day when families sit down and eat dinner together. What a shame that we need a special holiday for this activity which should be a regular tradition in families.
If we pay attention, there are reasons to celebrate and things to remember everyday of the year. If there is not a holiday to your liking, make one up. The ones above are all real celebrations, but there is no reason not to create your own holiday. Whether you think it’s worth celebrating Salami Day (Sept 7) or Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19) or Fish Amnesty Day (Sept 25), know that these occasions exist. When someone asks you why you’re smiling, tell them it’s because it’s a holiday.