May 4th

Before I start on today’s blog I feel it important to talk about Cinco de Mayo.

Did you know that most people think it is Mexico’s Independence day? Well it isn’t.

Did you know that most people think it is a huge celebration day in Mexico? Well it isn’t.

The truth is Mexico doesn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo and they don’t understand why the United States makes it such an important day.

When I taught Adult English as a Second Language my Mexican Students didn’t even know the history of Cinco de Mayo day.

I taught my class for three years and every year it was the same thing they didn’t know the history and I had to teach it in class.

Most Mexican’s due to the lack of education don’t study these types of holidays.

Cinco de May was the Revolution between France and Mexico. Fortunately Mexico won or they would be speaking French and eating French pastries.

However, they don’t celebrate this day. To them it is just another day and one they prefer not to remember just like we prefer to forget many wars that we have been in.

There Independence Day is September 16th and most of them don’t know that.

Mexico doesn’t celebrate holidays in the same manner that the United States does.

They are a poor country and most of their celebrations center around the family.

They celebrate the sixteen birthday as a coming out birthday . The love to have large birthday celebrations.

They celebrate weddings. They love dancing, and their music. But truth be known most are working so hard they don’t have time for celebrations. That is why come November through Christmas plants shut down and they are given time off to be with families and celebrate.

Many of the recipes that are shared on television are recipes from either California, Texas, or Spain they aren’t traditional Mexican recipes.

But if you would like to celebrate Cinco de May go ahead. Just know what you are celebrating.

However, it raises the question of why we don’t celebrate the day the Alamo was taken over by the Mexican’s because it is the same as Cinco de Mayo? Think about it.


National Days

4 Bird Day

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Bird Day

Illustration of three birds
Some Overland Friends (detail),
Louis Agassiz Fuertes, artist,
Illustration in The Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles and Souvenirs, May 1899.
The Evolution of the Conservation Movement

On May 4, 1894, Bird Day was first observed at the initiative of Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Statewide observances of the two holidays inculcated conservation training and awareness in a broad spectrum of the public, especially school children.

In 1901, Babcock published Bird Day: How To Prepare for It.  The book included a history of Bird Day, suggestions for its observance based on contemporary school practices, and informative material stressing the importance of bird protection.  It also offered guidance on how to integrate bird conservation education into the school curriculum.

How much fun would this be whether at school or at home to enjoy the birds that have now migrated back to your yard or neighborhood areas. Babies are singing in the nests and are now learning how to find food and survive under supervision of their parents. Every day I am having fun watching the Baby Robins in my yard. Yesterday there was a baby Magpie solo checking out the territory. It is so fun to watch these young birds.


4 International Tuba Day 

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International Tuba Day was created to recognize tubists in musical organizations around the world who have to go through the hassle of handling a tuba. What hassles do tubists have? Tuba players obviously have hassles due to the size and weight of their instruments, but what is actually more of a hassle for tuba players is the prevalence of stereotyped attitudes among people towards tubists and their role in a musical organization.

When I was in band no one wanted to be a tuba player and march with the heaviest instrument in the band. Then one day one of my good friends (a girl) begged the band director to let her play tuba. The band director was reluctant because the tuba was bigger than she was. She however, was the toughest person in the school and could beat up all the football players. After presenting her case he finally let her do it and for two years she was the best tuba player in the band. Never missed school, never felled to carry her own load. She was the beginning of breaking the stereotype at our school. Her name was Vicky Tillman.


4 National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day!

Why is this a holiday?

Today is a holiday because with the addition of some sugary syrup, someone has found a way to use all those orange peels we’ve been throwing out. It’s a tasty little treat that can be eaten alone or added to baked goods and people seem to love the stuff. In fact, that’s why today is a holiday; people love candied orange peels!

Candied Orange Peel

Giada De Laurentiis

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
20 min
1 hr 15 min
35 min
about 12 candied peels


  • 1 large navel orange
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Using a vegetable peeler, cut the orange part of the peel from the stem end of the orange down to the navel end, forming long 3/4 to 1-inch-wide strips. Bring a heavy small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the peels and cook for 1 minute. Drain and then rinse the peels under cold water. Repeat cooking the peels in the saucepan with fresh boiling water and rinsing under cold water.

Stir the sugar and 1/2 cup of fresh water in a heavy small saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Add the orange peels and simmer over medium-low heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the peels to a sheet of parchment paper to dry slightly, about 1 hour.

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir the chocolate in a small bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Dip 1 1/2-inches of each candied orange peel into the chocolate then place them on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 15 minutes.

It is also National Orange Juice day so enjoy a big glass of Juice.

You may also want to look into Celebrating National Homebrew day. You can find more information online about these days.


4 Space Day

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May 4, 2012
Space Day

National Air and Space Museum’s
Space Day Family Day – May 5

“Welcome Discovery”

Space Day Family Day, an annual event sponsored by Lockheed Martin is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the National Air and Space Museum locations. At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy location in Chantilly, Virginia visitors will marvel at Discovery, the first flown space shuttle to go on display anywhere. Enjoy exciting presentations and activities that focus on the history and achievements of the 30-year space shuttle program. Hear astronauts and other special guests talk about the past, present and future of space exploration, and enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations. At the National Air and Space Museum located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. visitors will learn about Discovery’s most significant payload–the Hubble Space Telescope, and see a full-size Hubble test telescope. The day will also offer an array of hands-on activities, discussions, book signings, and demonstrations.


International Firefighters Day

Today is International Firefighters Day. Firefighters Day became a worldwide celebration in 1999. On January 4th of that year, a tragic wildfire claimed the lives of five firefighters in Australia. Soon after the event, a firefighter named JJ Edmondson sent an email to his colleagues calling for an international holiday that would honor the sacrifices and triumphs of firefighters everywhere. On May 4th people all over the world celebrated the first International Firefighters Day.Did you know that May 4th is also the feast day of Saint Florian? According to legend, Saint Florian saved an entire burning village in Ancient Rome with a single bucket of water. He is the patron saint of chimney sweeps and firefighters, so it is fitting that we celebrate International Firefighters Day on this particular date.The symbol for International Firefighters Day is a red and blue ribbon. The color red symbolizes fire and the blue represents water. These colors also signify emergency services around the world.

To celebrate International Firefighters Day, thank your local firefighters for all that they do to protect your community!


Many things to celebrate today. Remember your firefighters and do something nice for them.

Take a moment to enjoy nature and appreciate the birds.

Decide what special recipe you want to celebrate for this day.

Whatever you decide to do today share it with a friend or loved one.

Have a great day. The sun is bright here and I plan to enjoy the day.

So until next time 🙂



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