Happy July 19th!
July 19th 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 July 19th as a most special day for so many different reasons.
Here are several of the most popular holidays celebrated on July 19th (arranged alphabetically):
July 19th is Flitch Day, an annual occasion for honoring successful marriages, particularly for newlyweds.
Originating in 15th Century England, Flitch Day traditions recognized couples who had lived in marital bliss for the past 12 months. Each pair who was deemed worthy received a flitch, or a large slab of bacon.
Flitch Day is a popular perennial occasion for bringing home the bacon, frying it up and enjoying it in domestic tranquility. If the flitch fits . . . .
New Friends Day
Old friends may be invaluable, but new friends are a welcome bonus as well. July 19th celebrates novel acquaintances. It’s New Friends Day.
Why not reach out to a new neighbor or friend on July 19th? Introduce yourself. Who knows? You might even make a new friend on New Friends Day.
Raspberry Cake Day
Raspberry cake is a delicious and refreshing treat, particularly during midsummer’s fresh raspberry season. Bake your favorite raspberry cake, or pick one up at the local bakery, for a yummy treat on July 19th, Raspberry Cake Day.
Stick Out Your Tongue Day
How many parents and teachers have reminded youngsters not to stick out their tongues? Maybe sticking out one’s tongue is rude for 364 days of the year, but this facial expression is much more commonplace on July 19th.
Just say, “Ah-ah!” July 19th is Stick Out Your Tongue Day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for July 19th: Ambrose Autpertus, Arsenius, Aurea, Epagaphras, Felix of Verona, Hroznata, Jerome of Pavia, John Plessington, Justa of Seville, Macrina the Younger, Martin of Trier and Rufina of Seville.
Notable Anniversaries on July 19th:
On July 19, 1909, Cleveland Naps shortstop Neal Ball executed the first Major League Baseball triple play in a game against the Boston Red Sox. Neal Ball caught a line drive, right off the bat, touching second base before tagging the runner out.
The New York City subway offered its first air-conditioned car on July 19, 1967.
Various Other July 19th Holidays
July 19th is also Adonia – Celebration of Apollo (Greek), Ancient Egyptian New Year, Fairies’ Back-to-Front Yad Day, Feast of Cranks Day, Feast of St. Marcrina, Festival of Sirius, Festival of the Puzzlebox, Flight Attendant Safety Professionals Day, Luis Munoz Rivera Day (Puerto Rico), Martyr’s Day (Burma and Myanmar), National Daiquiri Day, Nigerian Liberation Day, Old Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul, Prince Lot Hula Festival Day (Hawaii), Sandinista Day (Nicaragua), St. Justina and Rufina Day (France), St. Symmachus’ Feast Day, Tisha B’Av Day (Hebrew), Woman’s Day and Yand di-Pertuan Besar of Ng Sembilan Day (Malaysia).
Happy July 19thto one and all!
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