March 25th is...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 0 comments
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March 25th is... Tolkien Reading Day (2003), National Lobster Newburg Day, Pecan Day, International Day of The Unborn Child, International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, First Pancakes (1882), Old New Year's Day, Lady Day, Feast of the Annunciation, Maryland Day (1634), International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic (2007), National Medal of Honor Day, EU Talent Day, International Procrastination Day, Waffle Day (Våffeldagen/Sweden), Freedom Day (Belarus), St. Dismas' Day

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National Lobster Newburg Day
- Invented at New York culinary institution Delmonico's during the height of its heyday in the late 1800s, Lobster Newburg was initially named Lobster Wenburg after Ben Wenburg, a wealthy sea captain who frequented the restaurant quite often. However, when a dispute arose between Wenburg and management, they made the decision to rename the dish lobster Newburg.

Pecan Day
- The history of pecans can be traced back to the 16th century. The only major tree nut which grows naturally in North America, the pecan is considered one of the most valuable North American nut species. The name pecan is a Native American word of Algonquin origin used to describe all nuts requiring a stone to crack.

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy
- The strength of the bond between Greece and the United States is exemplified by the Greek-American community, which enriches our Nation with its cultural heritage and helps maintain the living relationship between our countries. On the anniversary of Greece's independence, we celebrate this friendship and look forward to realizing our common goals and aspirations.

Tolkien Reading Day (2003)
- An annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, taking place on March 25th. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien's works in education and library groups. The date of March 25th was chosen in honor of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The day was originally suggested by columnist Sean Kirst, of the Syracuse, NY Post-Standard newspaper. He has since organized Tolkien Reading Days every year since 2008.

First Pancakes (1882)
- On March 25, 1882, a New York City department store gave a pancake making demonstration which was the first official U.S. pancake making day on record. Whether you call them pancakes, flapjacks or hotcakes, this traditional breakfast favorite can be customized to suit all taste buds. Savor them as simple as they come or combine them with fruit servings, different flavored syrups, jam, honey, powdered sugar, butter, jelly or even peanut butter!

Old New Year's Day/Lady Day/Feast of the Annunciation
- Along with the American colonies, Britain used the Julian calendar and observed New Year's Day on March 25th, Lady Day, also known as the Feast of the Annunciation. It wasn't until 1752 when Britain started using the Gregorian calendar and changed the New Year's Day to January 1st.

Maryland Day (1634)
- Commemorates arrival of Lord Baltimore's first settlers at Maryland on March 25, 1634.

National Waffle Day
- This holiday originated in Sweden and soon spread like batter all over the world. It started as a yearly tradition on March 25th, a day which the people of Sweden celebrate Vårfrudagen (Our Lady's Day), a religious holiday nine months before Christmas, sounding similar to the Swedish word for waffle (Våffeldagen). The holiday also coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation, and the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.

International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic (2007)
- In commemoration of the memory of the victims, the General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of December 17, 2007, declared March 25th the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be observed annually. The resolution called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice.

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