Happy August 10th!
August 10th is a special holiday. In fact, every day’s a holiday for someone and for some reason.
Although we may not know the origins of many of these holidays, avid celebrants will participate eagerly in marking August 10th as a most special day for so many different reasons.
Here are several of the most popular holidays celebrated on August 10th (arranged alphabetically):
Banana Split Day
Ready, set, split! August 10th is Banana Split Day. Ice cream lovers rejoice on August 10th, assembling their own versions of the classic sundae favorite.
How do you make a banana split? It’s easy. Simply slice a banana (lengthwise), and place it in a dish or bowl. Add a few scoops of your favorite ice cream. Top with hot fudge, chocolate, caramel, strawberry or another delicious ice cream syrup (or any combination of these). Spray or spoon whipped cream on the top, and sprinkle the entire creation with colored sparkles, chocolate bits or nuts.
Forget the calories, and enjoy. It’s Banana Split Day on August 10th – which makes indulgence pretty much a patriotic duty.
CTRL-click here to read “Super Sundae – Ice Cream Delight” for instructions on creating a mammoth ice cream sundae to please a crowd. Begin with sliced bananas to make an enormous banana split.
Chemistry Set Volcano Day
Did you ever construct a volcano for a school science lesson? August 10th is Chemistry Set Volcano Day. Beat summer vacation boredom with a bunch of youngsters by creating your own volcano.
Here are several online articles that offer instructions for making volcanoes at home. (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.)
“Activity for Kids: Bubbling Volcano,” by Darlene Michaud;
“Building a Homemade Erupting Volcano Science Project,” by Rodney Southern;
“Homeschool Science Lessons: Volcanoes,” by Brandy Madison;
“Science Experiment for the Homeschool Family: Erupting Volcano,” by Angie Shiflett
“Smithsonian Science Sets: Giant Volcano,” by B.A. Rogers;
“Volcano Science Project: How to Make Your Own,” by LouLou.
Children (and adults) may be amazed what a bit of baking soda can do. Why not make your own volcano on August 10th?
The lazy days of summer are here, and August 10th has been tagged as Lazy Day.
In 1963, Nat King Cole climbed to the top of the popular music charts with his hit single, “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” Arranged by Ralph Carmichael, the tune extolled summer fun.
Here’s the chorus of “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer,” which seems particularly appropriate on Lazy Day, August 10th.
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer.
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
You’ll wish that summer could always be here.
Perhaps ironically, August 10th is also St. Lawrence Day, lauding the patron saint of brewers and beer makers.
Gesundheit. (God bless you.)
August 10th is also Ragweed Day, a sternutative (sneezing) holiday for allergy sufferers. Check the pollen counts, and pass the decongestant.
Ragweed Day is nothing to sneeze at – unless, of course, you have run out of antihistamine.
Campfires are calling on August 10th. It’s S’Mores Day, and everyone wants some more of these popular campfire treats.
What’s in a s’more? Ask any Girl Scout or Boy Scout. A s’more includes two graham cracker squares, enclosing a square of chocolate and a melted marshmallow.
Celebrating S’mores Day, folks will fire up the grill, or gather around a campfire to roast a few marshmallows and make s’mores on August 10th.
Spoil Your Dog Day
The hottest, most humid summer days are known as the Dog Days of Summer. During this season, the Dog Star (Sirius) is said to be closer to the sun than at any other time of year.
Pampering overheated pooches, August 10th is Spoil Your Dog Day. Pet lovers may cater to their cherished canines in many ways: bathing and grooming their dogs, taking their dogs for shady strolls and perhaps offering tasty treats as well.
How will you pamper your pet on Spoil Your Dog Day?
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 10th: Agilberta, Aredius, Asteria, Bettelin, Blane, Deusdedit, Gerontius, Hugh of Montaigu, Lawrence of Rome and Thiento.
Notable Anniversaries on August 10th:
On August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington, D.C.
German chemist Felix Hoffman synthesized acetylsalicylic acid, the key ingredient in aspirin, on August 10, 1893.
“Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.” Allen Funt’s Candid Camera, a pioneering reality television program, first aired on August 10, 1948, on ABC TV.
Various Other August 10th Holidays
August 10th is also Admission Day (Missouri), Independence Day (Ecuador), Battle Flag Day (Iowa), Duran Duran Appreciation Day, Edinburgh Military Tattoo Day, Elvis Week, Fairies’ Day of Wandering, Feast Day of St. Lawrence the Martyr (Spain), Feast of San Lorenzo (Spain), International Biodiesel Day, Islamic Ramadan (first day – varies) and Perigean Spring Tides Day.
Additional August 10th holidays include Qiangtang Kyaggen Horse Racing Festivals Holiday (Tibet), Quito Independence Day, South Carolina Peanut Party Day, St. Besse’s Day, St. Blaan of Kinngaradha Day (Scotland), St. Deusdedit the Confessor Day, St. Lawrence Day (Spain), St. Lawrence of Rome Day, St. Oswald of Northumbria Day and Tan Hill Fair Holiday (United Kingdom).
Happy August 10th to one and all!
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