Up and at ’em! It’s the 20th of September and the 263rd day of the year.
September 20th is a holiday for the Chicken Dance, rum punch, gibberish and more. International students, saints and others mark September 20th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 20th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Chicken Dance Day
September 20th is Chicken Dance Day, particularly in Cincinnati, Ohio. On September 20, 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria visited Cincinnati and participated in an Oktoberfest Zinzinnati celebration that included the world’s largest chicken dance. With 40,000 people joining in the activity, the event was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Do you know how to do the Chicken Dance? September 20th is a prime time to learn. (CTRL-click here to view a video demonstration of the Chicken Dance on YouTube in a new internet window.)
Farm Safety Day
Farm Safety Day is celebrated on September 20th in many locations. This cautious occasion highlights practices and procedures for agricultural animal safety, chemical safety, farm equipment safety and more.
Some rural regions schedule Farm Safety Day programs on alternate dates, depending upon weekend calendars. Of course, every day can be Farm Safety Day, if folks practice caution out in the country.
How much intelligence does it take to speak unintelligibly?
September 20th is the day to discover that answer. It’s Gibberish Day. On this nonsensical holiday, even the most articulate among us may utter gobbledygook, gabble, babble and drivel. Tomorrow, we may all seek clarity of communication, but not on September 20th.
Who’s feeling a little punchy today?
September 20th is also Punch Day, but that is no reason to practice pugnaciousness. Instead, Punch Day is a foodie holiday, celebrating a festive party beverage.
Why not fill a big punch bowl with one of your favorite party punch recipes, and invite a group of friends for a toast on Punch Day? Be sure to keep your punch frosty and cold for your gathering. (CTRL-click here to read several delicious unleaded party punch recipes in a new internet window.)
Rum Punch Day is also September 20th, for those leaning towards leaded refreshments.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 20th: Agapitus I, Agapitus of Rome. Andrew Kim Taegon. Candida of Carthage. Cecilia Yu Sosa. Eusebia of Marseilles. Eustachius. Francisco Martín Fernández de Posadas. Glycerius of Milan. Jacques Honoré Chastán. John Charles Cornay. John Eustace and John Houghton.
Additional September 20th saints include Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres, Jung Hye, Lawrence Mary Joseph Imbert, Madelgaire, Marie Therese of Saint Joseph, Martyrs of Korea, Paul Chong Hasang, Pierre Philibert Maubant, Theopistes of Rome and Theopistus of Rome.
Notable Anniversaries on September 20th:
Professional tennis star Billie Jean King bested opponent Bobby Riggs in three straight sets in the famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match on September 20, 1973.
American singer and songwriter Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash in Louisiana on September 20, 1973. Best known for his hit singles “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bittle,” Jim Croce was 30 years old when he died.
Various Other September 20th Holidays
September 20th is also Airborne Operations Day (Netherlands), Feast Day of St. Eustacius, Feast of Orlog – Scandinavian Deity of Destiny (Finland, Norway and Sweden), Feast of Zywie – Goddess of Longevity (Poland), Festal Celebration of St. Agapetus the Confessor, Incan Birthday of the Sun Holiday and International Student Day.
Additional September 20th holidays include Italian National Feast Day, Liberation Day (East Timor), Regatta Day, Railroad Station Day and St. Eustace’s Day.
Happy September 20th to one and all!
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