The 254th day of the year, September 11th holds holidays of many kinds.
September 11th is a holiday for hot cross buns, handshakes, wrenches and more. Patriots, emergency responders and others mark September 11th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 11th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Can you identify the classic symptoms of a stroke or a heart attack? Do you know how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?
September 11th is 911 Day, an annual occasion for alerting the public to the need for emergency preparedness and first aid training. Hospitals, fire and police departments and other emergency-response organizations may offer CPR certification, first aid training and other related classes on this date each year.
Emergency Responders Day
“Is there a doctor in the house?”
September 11th also honors those who answer 911 emergency calls. Ambulance drivers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency room staffs, fire safety personnel and law enforcement officers are recognized on Emergency Responders Day each September 11th.
Hot Cross Buns Day
“One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns.”
September 11th is also Hot Cross Buns Day.
Fresh-baked sticky yeast buns, filled with currants or raisins and topped with white crosses of sweet icing, are the order of the day.
Although Hot Cross Buns are traditional fare for the Christian Good Friday (at the beginning of the annual Easter Weekend each spring), these delicious pastries are resurrected each September 11th as well.
Make Your Bed Day
Although many folks habitually make their beds each morning, shortly after rising for the day, others may leave the covers draped haphazardly across their mattresses.
September 11th offers a reminder for tidy bed-making. It’s Make Your Bed Day. What an excellent occasion for practicing those camp-inspector-approved square corners. Tuck in those sheets and blankets for Make Your Bed Day.
You never know who might drop in on September 11th, checking for unmade beds.
No News Is Good News Day
Is it true that no news usually is good news? This proverbial assumption may be tested each year on September 11th – No News Is Good News Day.
Why not change the channel, put down the newspaper and go for a walk on September 11th – while summer still lingers (at least, in the Northern Hemisphere)?
Happy No News Is Good News Day on September 11th.
Patriot Day (United States)
Ask any American about September 11th, and he or she will likely point to Patriot Day, 9/11 Day or Remember Freedom Day.
Who can forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when suicide hijackers flew explosives-laden commercial airplanes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the U.S. Pentagon in Northern Virginia?
In 2008, George W. Bush, 43rd U.S. President, signed an official Presidential Proclamation, setting September 11th aside as a holiday of heroism and remembrance. Nationwide, Americans recall the 9/11 tragedy with memorial gatherings and other ceremonial events.
CTRL-click here to read “9/11: Three Reflections on a National Tragedy,” “Burning in Our Hearts” or “Remembering September 11th” (in new internet windows).
Start Your Own Business Day
Have you always wanted to strike off on your own, to hang up a shingle and ply your own trade? September 11th is Start Your Own Business Day, an entrepreneurial occasion for those with independent spirits, personal motivation and great ideas.
Self-starters, take your marks!
Tricky Handshake Day
September 11th is Tricky Handshake Day. This handy holiday is a prime time for inventing secret handshakes and learning creative gestures. What is the trickiest handshake you have ever tried?
Wrench in the Works Day
Proverbially speaking, the squeaky wheel may get the grease, but a wrench in the works can change everything.
September 11th is Wrench in the Works Day. The initial implementation of this well-equipped holiday is uncertain. However, Wrench in the Works Day offers pranksters extra incentive to act like total tools, jamming up those who may irritate them the most.
A word of warning is in order, however, before cranks bolt off to drill others with disaster, screwing up the process. Wrench in the Works does not protect pranksters from consequences, which should be gauged first, or perpetrators may indeed be nailed in the end.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 11th: Adelphus of Remiremont, Almirus, Ambrose Edward Barlow, Bodo, Caspar Kotenda, Charles Spinola, Daniel, Deiniol of Bangor, Diodorus, Dominic Dillon, Emilian of Vercelli, Felix of Zurich, Francesco Giovanni Bonifacio, Francis Takea and Hyacinth of Rome.
Additional September 11th saints include John Bathe, John Gabriel Perboyre, Paphnutiu, Patiens of Lyon, Peter Ikiemon, Peter of Chavanon, Peter Taaffe, Protus of Rome, Regula of Zurich, Richard Overton, Sperandea, Theodora, Thomas Bathe and Vincent of Leon.
Notable Anniversaries on September 11th:
On September 11, 1789, American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton received an appointment to serve as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, under first American President George Washington.
American composer Stephen Foster composed the popular folk song, “O, Susanna,” on September 11, 1847.
The first all-women’s professional baseball game took place on September 11, 1875, in Springfield, Illinois. The Blondes played the Brunettes, with the towheads emerging triumphantly (42 -38). CTRL-click here to find out what a towhead is – in a new internet window.
Meeting at London’s EMI Studios, the Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) recorded their first two pop singles, “Love Me Do” and “P.S., I Love You,” on September 11, 1962.
Various Other September 11th Holidays
September 11th is also 9/11 Day, Auditor’s Day, Catalan National Day (Spain), Chelsea Antique Fair Holiday (United Kingdom), Chilean Constitution Day (1980), Cleveland Indians Day (1995), Day of Our Lord (Messianic Judaism), Diocletian New Year, Egyptian Constitution Day (1971), Ethiopian New Year, Fairies’ Discontinues Thoughts Exhibition Day, Feast Day of St. Ethelburga, Feast of St. Protus and Hyacinth and Hungarian Harvest Festival Holiday.
Additional September 11th holidays include Jinnah Day (Pakistan), Libraries Remember Day, Micronesian Liberation Day, National Boss/Employee Exchange Day, Neighborhood Day, Quaid-e-Azam (Pakistan), Remember Freedom Day, Scottish Parliament Day (1997), St. Deiniol’s Feast Day, St. Paphnutius’ Festal Celebration Day and World Day of Prayer.
Happy September 11th to one and all!
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