Eyes up! It’s October 8th, the 281st day of the year, with plenty to celebrate.
October 8th is a holiday for pierogis, fluffernutters and tag playing. Teddy bears, baseball fans and others mark October 8th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 8th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
October 8th is Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day. Pick up those plush animals, and tote them along with you to your place of employment on this cozy holiday.
Some enthusiastic celebrants and teddy bear lovers choose to dress up their stuffed animal friends for Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day. Others simply bring their bears in the buff. Either way, furry toy friends are in style at the workplace – from the corner office to the factory floor.
What’s for lunch on October 8th? In New England and many other locales, fluffernutters top the menu.
What is a fluffernutter? A fluffernutter is a sandwich, made with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Kids of all ages love fluffernutters, and even adults may partake of the sticky and fun sandwich on October 8th.
Happy Fluffernutter Day.
Of course, October 8th is also Pierogi Day, a culinary celebration honoring a key element in Polish, Latvian, Czechoslovakian, Slovenian and other Eastern European cuisines.
What is a Pierogi? A Pierogi is a dumpling, made from unleavened dough and stuffed with meat, cabbage or other ingredients. Pierogis may be baked, boiled or fried.
Try these pierogi recipes from various AC writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “Christmas Pierogi Recipes that Will Remind You of Home,” by T.K. Moyer; “Homemade Pierogis,” by Amanda Werner, and “A Traditional Polish Meal: Homemade Potato and Cheese Pierogies with Kielbasa & Cabbage,” by Nannette Richford.
“Tag, you’re it!”
Tag, the popular children’s playground game, is the center of attention on October 8th. It’s Tag Day.
How many varieties of Tag can you name? How about Animal Tag, Chain Tag, Clothes Pin Tag, Cops & Robbers Tag, Flag Tag, Flashlight Tag, Freeze Tag, Laser Tag, Octopus Tag, Telephone Tag and Zombie Attack Tag?
No one really knows where Tag Day started. Perhaps someone just tagged a friend and set it off. Regardless of the origins, Tag Day has folks of all ages up and running on October 8th.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 8th: Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena, Amor of Aquitaine, Badilo, Benedicta of Laon, Demetrius of Sermium, Evodius of Rouen and Gratus of Chalons.
Additional October 8th saints include Hugh Canefro, Iwi, John Leonardi, Keyna, Laurentia, Martin Cid, Matthew Carreri, Matthew de Eskandely, Nestor, Palatias and Pelagia the Penitent.
Still more October 8th saints are Peter of Seville, Reparata, Thais and Triduna.
Notable Anniversaries on October 8th:
Mrs. O’Leary of Chicago had a cow on October 8, 1871, and that cow apparently tipped over a lantern in the barn, setting off the Great Chicago Fire. The giant fire destroyed buildings in a four-square-mile area of the Windy City, leaving approximately 250 people dead and nearly 100,000 homeless.
New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitched a no-hitter in the 1956 World Series on October 8, 1956 – the only perfect game ever pitched in Major League Baseball’s World Series. The Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 in the fifth game and won the World Series, four games to three.
Various Other October 8th Holidays
October 8th is also Battle of Angamos Holiday (Peru), Bearing of Green Branches Holiday (Greece), Croatian Independence Day, Day of the Navy (South America), Death of Henri Christophe Day (Haiti), Denim Day (varies), Depression Screening Day (varies) and Dessert Day.
Additional October 8th holidays include European Day of the Entrepreneur (Sofia), Feast of St. Thais the Penitent – Patron of Fallen Women, Fire Prevention Day, Health and Sports Day (Japan), Islamic New Year, National Children’s Day (varies), Peruvian Navy Day, Sergeant Alvin C. York Memorial Day, Simhat Torah (Hebrew), St. Bridget’s Feast Holiday (Sweden), St. Demetrius’ Feast Day (Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia) and St. Pelagia Feast Holiday.
Still more October 8th holidays are St. Triduana’s Feast Day, Thanksgiving Day (Canada), Tube Top Day, Vanderbilt Cup Day, Walk to School Day (varies), World Egg Day (varies) and World Lions Service Day.
Happy October 8th to one and all!
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