3 March – What If Cats & Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

What if cats and dogs had opposable thumbs day - Elizabeth Place
  Imagine a world where our favourite furry companions had thumbs. Opposable ones. Thumbs that allowed them to open their own tins of food, easily steal your possessions and generally make them more trouble than they already are. What kind of world would that be? What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs Day aims to give us all pause for thought to think about how different our lives would be if Mittens or Fido joined the ranks of the – supposedly superior – species with opposable thumbs. This wacky and weird observance day was the brainchild ...

2 March – Dr Seuss’s Birthday

Dr Seuss's Birthday - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Dr Seuss’s Birthday! He was born in 1904, and went on to become the famous writer and cartoonist we all love today. Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books containing fun rhymes, wacky plots, and outrageous characters. Some of our favourites are The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh the Places You’ll Go, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Lorax. Dr Seuss’s books were so popular that he also had multiple TV specials and series, films, and a Broadway musical made after them. Although he was an American writer and ...

1 March – Dress In Blue Day

Dress In Blue Day - Elizabeth Place
  In an effort to knock out one of the top cancers causing death, Dress in Blue Day on the first Friday in March encourages everyone to learn about the causes of colon cancer and raise awareness by wearing blue. Much like the pink ribbon represents those lost to breast cancer, a blue star honours the memory of those lost to colon cancer. Continuing the blue theme on Dress in Blue Day, awareness efforts provide support through fundraising for screening, research and awareness education. Screenings are vital. Colon cancer often has no symptoms ...

28 February – Tooth Fairy Day

Tooth Fairy Day - Elizabeth Place
  For hundreds of years people have shared mystical legends, stories, and traditions about the loss of baby teeth. The early Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t use them for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children's teeth had magical powers that could help them fight in battle. They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth and string them onto necklaces and other jewelry. Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who scampers around town and steals children's teeth in the middle of ...

27 February – Strawberry Day

Strawberry Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Strawberry Day! Today we pay homage to one of the most popular fruits in the world. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every year, so they are often called the “taste of spring.” The bright red juicy berries are both delicious and incredibly good for you. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fibre. People have been enjoying strawberries and their health benefits for centuries. In fact, the Ancient Romans believed that strawberries could cure fevers, fainting, inflammation, and several other ailments. They also used ...

26 February – Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Tell A Fairy Tale Day - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day! From classic Grimm tales to modern-day stories, this day is all about letting your imagination roam free. Read fairy tales to your kids, or just read them for fun! What’s your favourite fairy tale? There are countless stories to choose from. Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and the Princess and the Pea are all whimsical fairy tales that have entertained children and adults alike for many years. A fairy tale is traditionally a short story with mythical and fantastic characters such as ...

25 February – Chocolate Covered Nuts Day

Chocolate Covered Nuts Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Chocolate Covered Nuts Day! Nuts have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans were fond of the walnut, Native Americans enjoyed the pecan, and the Chinese believed the hazelnut was one of the five sacred nourishments. People also believed that chocolate had divine properties. The Aztecs and Mayans prepared drinking chocolate for all their sacred rituals. In the 17th century chocolate became a very fashionable drink throughout Europe and people soon learned that everything tastes better when ...

24 February – Academy Awards Day

Academy Awards Day - Elizabeth Place
  Tonight is the biggest night of the year for the film industry—the Academy Awards! The first Academy Awards ceremony took place on May 16, 1929. It was a private dinner party with less than 250 guests in attendance and tickets cost $5. The ceremony only lasted fifteen minutes! Today, an average of 40 million people watch the ceremony on television. The trophy for the Academy Awards is a knight gripping a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film. The reel has five spokes representing the original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, ...

23 February – Banana Bread Day

Banana Bread Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Banana Bread Day! Banana bread is a delicious baked good, which is classified as a “quick bread” or “tea cake.” To celebrate National Banana Bread Day, bake yourself a delicious loaf with yummy add-ins like chocolate chips, berries, or nuts! And, if it turns out well, please share your recipe. (Source: punchbowl.com)

22 February – Margarita Day

Margarita Day - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail has been a beloved cocktail since the 1940s. You can mix up a classic margarita for yourself using tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice. Many bartenders have put their own unique spin on the margarita, though no one knows who created the original recipe. Many people claim that they invented the margarita, one being a bartender from Mexico City, named Willie. He claims to have created the famed drink in 1934, and named it for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another well-known legend is ...