November 25th is...
- a harvest festival celebrated today in the United States and in Canada in October. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. While it may have been religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.
National Parfait Day
- A parfait consists of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits. Celebrate this day by eating Parfaits. While chocolate is by far the favorite, use your imagination to create a wide range of single and mixed flavors.
International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
- Observed by the United Nations since 1993 on the anniversary of the 1960 murders of the Mirabel sisters in the Dominican Republic. In 2004 UN Secretary-General KofiAnnan said, “Let us be encouraged that there is a growing understanding of the problem. But let us also pledge to do our utmost to protect women, banish such violence and build a world in which women enjoy their rights and freedoms on an equal basis with men.”
Shopping Reminder Day
- One month before Christmas, a reminder to shoppers that after today there are only 28 more shopping days (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) until Christmas.
- This is a time for you to take turkey off your table, forgoing flesh foods “cold turkey” and having a harvest of health. Why not carve a compassionate celebration centerpiece—a tasty mock turkey made from tofu, tempeh or seitan? The turkeys will thank you for having a humane holiday.
Department of Homeland Security Birthday
- a Cabinet department of the United States federal government with the primary responsibilities of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.
Don't Utter a Word Day
- You see the world is made up of talkers and listeners and the listeners need a break. This may not be practical for most people but it is definitely a day to practice listening more than usual.
- a 1992 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin was the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and was part of the Disney film era known as the Disney Renaissance. The film is based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights.
America's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- One of Michigan’s largest events, the parade has been a beloved Thanksgiving tradition since 1924. The streets of downtown Detroit come alive with bands, floats and more for all ages. Est attendance: 1,000,000.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- A part of everyone’s Thanksgiving, the parade grows bigger and better each year. Featuring floats, giant balloons, marching bands and famous stars, the parade is televised for the whole country.
Saint Catherine's Day
- Catherine is a great name! Patron saint of maidens, mechanics and philosophers, as well as of all who work with wheels.
Stock Exchange Holiday
- Normally the hours for the New York Stock Exchange are from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. However the stock market does close for certain holidays and occasionally for other extraordinary events
November 26th is...
- The traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Called “Black Friday” because traditionally retailers were in the “black” by this day of the year.
Buy Nothing Day
- A 48-hour moratorium on consumer spending. A celebration of simplicity, about getting our runaway consumer culture back onto a sustainable path. Annually, beginning on the first shopping day after Thanksgiving.
National Cake Day
- celebrate by baking a cake at home. Baking a cake is fun, particularly if you have family members or kids to assist in this task. Starting from buying the ingredients to finally setting the oven – all the steps are full of adventure.
- Americans are encouraged to consider the role flossing has played in their lives and make plans to help spread “Peace of Mouth” in their own lives and the lives of others around them, in ways with and without floss. On this day our children should also be made aware of the richness and health that flossing can bring to life.
- Celebrating the First Nations of the Americas and the central role of corn in these cultures and cuisines. Almost every day, people throughout the Western Hemisphere enjoy foods cultivated by the indigenous people of North, Central and South America. On this day Americans celebrate living indigenous cultures, as well as cultures of the past. Families and friends gather to remember and talk about the cultures and to feast on the foods Native Americans have contributed to our amalgamated cultures.
"The Price is Right" TV Premiere
- This popular show is also TV’s longest-running daily game show, surviving changes in format, networks, time slots and hosts. It began in 1956 with Bill Cullen as host and with Don Pardo as announcer; four contestants had to bid on an item, and the one who bid closest to the manufacturer’s suggested price without going over won the item.
- “Sinkies”—people who occasionally dine over the kitchen sink and elsewhere—are encouraged to celebrate this time-honored, casual-yet-tasteful cuisine culture. This is a particularly appropriate day to become acquainted with the sinkie style of dining. Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers provide the perfect reasons to enjoy a quick meal.
You're Welcomegiving Day
- The day after Thanksgiving, to create a four-day weekend. On Thanksgiving Day we say "Thanks" for what we have. So, it only seems natural, that "You're Welcome" immediately follows a thank you.
Charles Schulz's Birthday
- Cartoonist, born in 1922 in Minneapolis, MN. Created the “Peanuts” comic strip, which debuted on Oct 2, 1950. The strip included Charlie Brown; his sister, Sally; his dog, Snoopy; friends Linus and Lucy; and a variety of other characters. Schulz’s last daily strip was published Jan 3, 2000, and his last Sunday strip was published Feb 13, 2000.
November 27th is...
Jimi Hendrix's Birthday
- American musician and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born at Seattle, WA in 1942. One of the greatest rock guitarists in history, he revolutionized the guitar sound with heavy use of feedback and incredible fretwork.
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
- For those of you in need of a refresher, Bavarian cream is any chilled dessert consisting of custard, whipped cream, gelatin and a variety of flavorings, from chocolate, to fruit or liqueurs. Will you have some pie today?
Pins and Needles Day
- This a holiday founded in 1937 to commemorate the opening of a play named Pins and Needles by a man named Harold Rome. It was a pro-labor play with the cast and crew from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. (That's where the pins and needles most likely came into play) The play played on weekends only so the women could keep their day jobs.
Pie in the Face Day
- Splat! You've just been hit with a virtual whipped cream pie! It's that kind of a day!
National Native American Heritage Day
- celebrate the ancestry and time-honored traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in North America. They have guided our land stewardship policies, added immeasurably to our cultural heritage, and demonstrated courage in the face of adversity. Our debt to our First Americans is immense, as is our responsibility to ensure their fair, equal treatment and honor the commitments we made to their forbears.
International Aura Awareness Day
- While every one of us has one, few people give much thought to their energy body. Also known as the aura, these shining bodies of light have been recognized for millenia to exist in all living things. Since dark or damaged auras are early warning indicators of every kind of physical, emotional, and psychological problem, it is clear that you can improve your health by taking one day each year to examine your aura.
Turtle Adoption Day
- Show your dedication and love for turtles today. Are you one to stop and help a turtle cross the road?
Shakespeare's Wedding Day
- The hamlet of Shottery was only a mile from the town of Stratford where William Shakespeare lived with his family. Anne Hathaway would have often visited the town and would have therefore had the opportunity to meet William Shakespeare. At this time (1582) Anne would have been 26 and William 18. A considerable age difference, with William Shakespeare still under the age of consent (21). It is apparent that Anne Hathaway became pregnant prior to marriage which would have no doubt caused a scandal for both of the families.
First Face Transplant
- In a five-hour operation in 2005, French surgeons transplanted the skin, muscles, veins, arteries, nerves and tissues of a brain-dead patient onto the face of a woman who had lost her nose and the bottom part of her face after a dog attack. Doctors said the partial transplant, the first of its kind, created a “hybrid” face—resembling neither the dead donor nor the original face of the recipient.
Bruce Lee's Birthday
- The actor and martial artist was born at San Francisco, CA in 1940, but raised in Hong Kong. In 1959 he returned to the US to teach martial arts, opening schools in Seattle, WA, and Oakland, CA.
National Day of Listening
Sponsored by the Story Corps, the National Day of Listening is a day to set aside some time to listen to and document the life stories of those close to you. nationaldayoflistening.org