Rejoice! It’s the 24th of September – the 267th day of the year. What can we celebrate today?
September 24th is a holiday for browsing, cherries jubilee, punctuation and more. Big black spiders and others mark September 24th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 24th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Buy Nothing Day
Do you love to shop?
Buy Nothing Day is celebrated each year on September 24th. Browsers and window-shoppers are in their prime on this un-shopping holiday, which tests consumers’ will power (instead of their wallets).
As holiday sales catalogs begin filling mailboxes, individuals may enjoy this respite from the hard sell. September 24th is a sort of “Just say no” day for shoppers.
Of course, truly gutsy consumers also celebrate Buy Nothing Day on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but many folks find those bold Black Friday discounts difficult to pass up.
Cherries Jubilee Day
Have you ever heard someone say that life is like a bowl of cherries?
Whether this proverbial phrase is true, even figuratively, its veracity is truly tested on September 24th. It’s Cherries Jubilee Day.
How do you make Cherries Jubilee?
Fill a bowl with cherry pie filling. (Open a can, or make your own.) Add a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour a bit of brandy or cognac on top, and light it.
Voila! It’s Cherries Jubilee Day.
National Punctuation Day (United States)
September 24th is National Punctuation Day in the United States (and perhaps elsewhere).
This unofficial, but entirely punctual, grammatical holiday celebrates the colon, the comma, the parenthesis, the period and much more.
Founded by Jeff Rubin, a California-based newsletter editor, National Punctuation day offers a pause for pondering the points of fine grammar and mechanics. Do you know the difference between a dash and an ellipsis? Can you correctly employ both the comma and the semi-colon?
Enjoy National Punctuation Day on September 24th.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 24th: Anathalon, Andochius, Anton Martin Slomsek, Bercthun, Chuniald, Colomba Gabriel, Erinhard, Gerard Sagredo, Geremarus, Gislar and Isarnus of Toulouse.
Additional September 24th saints include Martyrs of Chalcedon, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Walsingham, Pacificus of Severino, Paphnutius, Rupert, Rusticus, Terenzio of Luni and Ysarn.
Notable Anniversaries on September 24th:
On September 24, 1789, the United States Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, legislatively paving the way the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Attorney General. The first American Attorney, serving under first U.S. President George Washington, was Edmund Randolph.
The famous Fisk/Gould financial scandal occurred on September 24, 1869, when two speculators (James Fisk and Jay Gould) tried to corner the American gold market on the New York Gold Exchange. Thousands of investors suffered were ruined financially, as this move sent the market into a tailspin known as the first Black Friday.
The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (2-0) on September 24, 1957, in their final game at New York’s Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles.
On September 24, 1968, CBS TV first aired 60 Minutes. Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace hosted the first installments of the television news show, which actually ran for 42 minutes (plus commercials) each time.
Various Other September 24th Holidays
September 24th is also 18th Century Military Encampment Day, Angel Week, Anniversary of the Failed Attack on Lome (Togo), Bolton Fair Holiday (United Kingdom), Constitutional Declaration Day (Cambodia), Dog Week, Feast Day of Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes (Dominican Republic), Feast of Maiso – Pre-Existent Mother Goddess (Brazil), Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Feast of St. Geremar the Abbot, Feast of St. Rusticus of Auvergne and Feast of the Ingathering – Harvest Festival (United Kingdom).
Additional September 24th holidays include Feast of St. Gerard of Chonad, Festal Celebration of St. Conald the Missionary, Festival of Nafulectu Dilxiln – the Big Black Spider (Arizona), Festival of the Latest Novelties, Gall Bladder Good Health Day, Good Neighbor Day (varies), Guinea Bissau Nationality Day, Independence Day (Guinea-Bissau), Mani Day (Marshall Islands), Marriage Fidelity Day (varies), Mulligan Mini-Polka Day (Nebraska), National Bluebird of Happiness Day and Native American Day (varies).
Still more September 24th holidays are New Caledonia Day, Our Lady of Hope Holiday (Peru), Our Lady of Mercy Day (Dominican Republic and Spain), Pando Local Festival Holiday (Bolivia), Santa Cruz Local Festival Day (Bolivia), Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving (Pennsylvania Dutch), South African Heritage Day, St. Gerard’s Day (Hungary), Third Republic Day (Ghana), Trinidad Republic Day and Virgin of Las Mercedes Day (Peru).
Happy September 24th to one and all!
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