First of all, a happy Father’s Day to all the dads, with a special callout to my father in law, Noel, the sire of four daughters.
To paraphrase an anonymous poem about one future day (hopefully many years away):
An old man stood at the Pearly Gate,
His face was lined and old.
He stood before the man of fate
For admission to the fold.
“What have you done,” St Peter asked.
“To gain admission here?”
“I’ve been a father to four daughters, sir,
“For many and many a year.”
The Pearly Gate swung open wide
As Peter touched the bell.
“Inside,” he said “and choose your harp,
“You’ve had your share of Hell.”
Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide. Countries such as the USA, UK, Canada and France mark the occasion on the third Sunday in June but here in Oz, along with New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, we go for the first Sunday in September, which this year is the first day in September. Why the different day? Beats me.
It’s also the first day of Spring in the southern hemisphere and the first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere. Hey, what is it if you live right on the equator?
The name September comes from the Latin septem, meaning seven, since it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar, which began with March.
Brett B, who sends the list of the coming month’s holi9days, special days and bizarre celebrations, went above and beyond the call this week for the reasons set out in his email below. Thanks, Brett.
Here is Brett’s list for September. Click on the specific days to enlarge.
Sorry I'm so late with this; my Hotmail account disappeared, and took all of my contact info and saved mail. I've been wracking my brains to remember everyone with whom I had corresponded (which is NOT the same as co-responded).
- Baby Safety Month
- Chicken Month
- Better Breakfast Month
- Classical Music Month
- Fall Hat Month
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Honey Month
- International Square Dancing Month
- Little League Month
- National Blueberry Popsicle Month
- National Courtesy Month
- National Piano Month
- Self Improvement Month
- National Sewing Month
- National Indoor Plant Week - third week of month
September, 2019 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator
2 Labor Day First Monday of month
8 Grandparent's Day - first Sunday after Labor Day
8 National Date Nut Bread Day - or December 22!?
8 National Pet Memorial Day -second Sunday in September
12 National Video Games Day - also see Video Games Day in July
13 Blame Someone Else Day - first Friday the 13th of the year.
13 Chinese Moon Festival - date varies
13 Uncle Sam Day - his image was first used in 1813
15 Felt Hat Day - On this day, men traditionally put away their felt hats.
15 National Women's Friendship Day - third Sunday in September
15 Wife Appreciation Day - third Sunday in September
21 International Red Panda Bear Day - Third Saturday in September
21 Oktoberfest begins in Germany - date varies
22 Hobbit Day
23 Autumn Equinox - Fall begins! - date varies
23 Checkers Day
27 Native American Day - fourth Friday of the month
28 Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days)
28 International Rabbit Day - Fourth Saturday in September
28 National Good Neighbor Day - Always September 28, previously the 4th Sunday in month
28 Natinal Hunting and Fishing Day - Fourth Saturday in September
29 Rosh Hashanah - begins at sundown, date varies