APRIL 16, 2017 | NATIONAL ORCHID DAY | EASTER | NATIONAL BEAN COUNTER DAY | NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY | NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY
NATIONAL ORCHID DAY
National Orchid Day is observed annually on April 16th. According to Wikipedia, Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colorful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species.
Orchids are beautiful and extremely special. The creators of National Orchid Day, Mike and Faith Young, volunteered at an orchid reserve in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico in 2010 and the experience changed their lives forever, so much that they decided if they were to ever have a daughter they would name her Orchid- inspired by all the unique expressions and delicate beauty of the flowers. On April 16, 2014, sadly they lost their precious daughter during labor, her name is Orchid Faith. Since then, they have been desperately trying to find ways to honor her life.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Orchard Day.
Easter is observed on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. Considered Christianity’s most important holy day, it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Depending on which calendar a church follows, some will celebrate Easter earlier than others.
Leading up to Easter Sunday is an entire season of Easter observances beginning with Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of fasting and reflection which represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness for 40 days. Many know this as a time when Christians give something up for Lent.
Then during Holy Week, the Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey just five days before He was crucified. Maundy Thursday remembers Jesus’s last supper; Good Friday is the day of the crucifixion, Holy Saturday is the time span between the crucifixion and the resurrection and Easter Sunday.
NATIONAL BEAN COUNTER DAY
National Bean Counter Day on April 16 is every accountant’s favorite day of the year. After the flutter and the flurry of preparing taxes right up until the stroke of midnight, these diligent number crunchers are well past due for a day off.
All the receipts have been tallied. All the various tax forms in duplicate and triplicate have been submitted. The last couple months have been a whirlwind of debits and credits. It is time for all bean counters to take a well-deserved break. April 16th is the accountant’s day to turn off the phone and return to a more normal routine.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Don’t call, text, e-mail or visit your accountant on National Bean Counter Day. If you are a bean counter, take the day off! If you happen to see one, send a “thank you” his or her way and use #NationalBeanCounterDay on social media.
National Bean Counter Day was founded by Kevin Wenig, a CPA from Trumbull, Connecticut, to insure April 16th is an official accountant’s day off.
NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY
National Eggs Benedict Day is observed annually on April 16. It is a day set aside to enjoy poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon or ham on English muffin halves.
There are two different stories as to how Eggs Benedict came to be.
- In 1894 stock broker Lemuel Benedict ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a side of Hollandaise” at the Waldorf Hotel. They were so impressed with the dish that they put it on the menu substituting ham and English muffins in place of the bacon and toast.
- In the early 18th century, Pope Benedict XIII liked an egg dish so much that he requested it time and time again. It is also believed that Pope Benedict XIII had an illness which added to his desire for this particular egg dish, hence the name Eggs Benedict.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict at home or your favorite breakfast restaurant. Use #NationalEggsBenedictDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Eggs Benedict Day.
NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY
Each year on April 16th, the day after taxes are due in the United States; it is time to let go of the stress and wear your pajamas to work. After all, it is National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day.
What some people are calling “the best holiday of the year,” this day was created as a fun holiday. It is a day to celebrate and unwind from the long hours and hard work of those whose job is to prepare taxes and the anxiety of the last minute tax filers. National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day allows you to sleep in a little later than you normally would. Once you get up, you do not have to take the time getting dressed as you are already dressed for your day.
National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day has been catching on across the nation. To see pictures of participants and more information, go to http://nationalwearyourpajamastoworkday.com/
HOW TO OBSERVE
Wear your pajamas to work and use #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY
National Healthcare Decisions Day educates and empowers the public and healthcare providers to take part in important advance care planning.
Emphasizing the spotlight on the importance of advance directives, National Healthcare Decisions Day, is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations. Together these entities work to ensure that the information, opportunity and access needed to document health care decisions is available to all decision-making capable adult citizens of United States.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Plan ahead for important healthcare decisions. Use #HealthcareDecisionsDay to post on social media.
National Healthcare Decisions Day was founded by Nathan Kottkamp, McGuireWoods LLP. For complete information regarding National Healthcare Decisions Day, go to http://www.nhdd.org/.
About National Day Calendar
Founded in 2013 in the historic town of Mandan, North Dakota, National Day Calendar began as a kernel of curiosity that exploded into a growing collection of ways to Celebrate. Every Day, founder Marlo Anderson and his team seek out all the daily, weekly and monthly observations and celebrations to keep you up to date and informed. Through daily updates, social media, mobile applications and much more, National Day Calendar helps you #CelebrateEveryDay!