International Fairy Day

International Fairy Day, reputedly started by artist Jessica Galbreth, celebrates fairies, the mythological creatures of folklore. The term “fairy” goes back to Europe in the Middle Ages, but similar creatures were mentioned prior, including the gandharvas in ancient Sanskrit texts, nymphs of Greek mythology, jinni of Arabic mythology, and others. Fairies were closely tied to Celtic culture and were seen as being intelligent, magical, and mischievous. Early on they were depicted as being serious in nature, and possibly dangerous and cruel. Over time they became more innocuous and now usually appear in children’s stories, using their magic powers for good.

Fairies appear as miniature humans and have dragon wings on their back that allow them to fly. However, in different books or movies you will see different types of wings for fairies. But, what all of them have in common is that fairy wings are usually large compared to the size of the body. Fairies are six inches tall and wear clothes like humans. They love celebrations and parties, they have powers to defy nature and can live under water. They love cheese and fruits. Curiously, fairies are allergic to silver.

J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play, Peter Pan, said that fairies came from the first babies’ laugh, which broke into a thousand pieces. They are generally portrayed as female, though there are male fairies too as in Thumbelina and the Tinker Bell cartoons. According to tradition, they live in Fairyland or Tír na nÓg—the land of eternal youth. This means they are rarely seen, although there are times they come into closer contact with humans. They can sometimes be seen at twilight, or during Beltane, Midsummer’s Eve and All Hallows Eve. It is said that they then try to carry off children and adults who are sleeping outside. (from Checkiday.com and Wikipedia)

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Public Service Day

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The United Nations (UN) introduced Public Service Day in 2003. It is a date to be thankful for all the men and women who work in a public service simplifying the life of the individual and organize cohabitation in big communities. Public Service Day also aims to inform young people about jobs in the public sector and encourage them to start their career there. The work the servants of the public service do every day is a valuable asset to society, and Public Service Day offers an opportunity to recognize that. (from www.cute-calendar.com

 

Summer Solstice

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The summer solstice occurs today in North America, the day that has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions. Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like midsummer.  Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most have recognition of a sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals and rituals.

Take Your Dog to Work Day

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Tomorrow, June 21st, marks the 20th annual event. It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. It also encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community.

PSI feels that through the events, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their coworkers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own. (part from cute-calendar.com)

We should also use this day to remind us to support Pets for Patriot’s efforts to help veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets.

 

Going fishing …

Unsurprisingly,  people are supposed to go fishing on Go Fishing Day. Fishing is considered to be a peaceful activity: getting up early and going to a lake, river or beach for fishing; some people even like to spend a whole day outside, even if they don’t catch anything. Going fishing is a great opportunity to leave behind city noises, stress and the hectic pace of life and to spend a peaceful day outside and get in touch with nature. (from cute-calendar.com)

Magna Carta

Magna Carta (Great Charter) is a charter agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor this date tomorrow in 1215. First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the  Crown,to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.

Neither side stood behind their commitments. After John’s death, the regency government of his young son, Henry III reissued the document in 1216, stripped of some of its more radical content in an unsuccessful bid to build political support for their cause. At the end of the war in 1217, it formed part of the peace treaty at Lambeth, where the document acquired the name Magna Carta, to distinguish it from the smaller document issued at the same time. Short of funds, Henry reissued the charter again in 1225 in exchange for a grant of new taxes; his son, Edward I repeated the exercise in 1297, this time confirming it as part of England’s statute law.

The charter became part of English political life and was typically renewed by each monarch in turn, although as time went by and the fledgling English Parliament passed new laws, it lost some of its practical significance. At the end of the 16th Century, there was an upsurge in interest in Magna Carta. Lawyers and historians at the time believed that there was an ancient English constitution, going back to the days of the Anglo-Saxons, that protected individual English freedoms. They argued that the Norman invasion of 1066 had overthrown these rights, and that Magna Carta had been a popular attempt to restore them, making the charter an essential foundation for the contemporary powers of Parliament and legal principles such as habeas corpus. Although this historical account was badly flawed, jurists used Magna Carta extensively in the early 17th century, arguing against the divine right of kings.

The political myth of Magna Carta and its protection of ancient personal liberties influenced the early American colonists and the formation of the American Constitution in 1787, which became the supreme law of the land in the new republic.

Research by Victorian historians showed that the original 1215 charter had concerned the medieval relationship between the monarch and the barons, rather than the rights of ordinary people, but the charter remained a powerful, iconic document, even after almost all of its content was repealed from the statute books in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Magna Carta still forms an important symbol of liberty today, often cited by politicians and campaigners, and is held in great respect by the British and American legal communities. It has been described as “the greatest constitutional document of all times–the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot”.  (from Wikipedia)

Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Father’s Day is always celebrated the third Sunday in June.

This is a time to appreciate Dad and all he does for you. A father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us, who helps set standards, family values and sets an example. Stepfathers and other men willingly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, give your father figure recognition today. And call him “Dad.” (from Wikipedia)

And we should remember that there are many children who will not be able to celebrate Father’s Day because their fathers are serving their country elsewhere, and some will no longer have a father with which to celebrate the day.

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