After a long, slow, quiet season, we dug deep to find a healthy helping of celebrations to
help you emerge from the low season blues.
September 8th – Grandparents Day Founder Marian McQuade wanted to set aside a special day not only for the lonely elderly, but also to encourage grandchildren to “tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide.” US President Jimmy Carter was so on board with this initiative, he made an official national holiday to honour grandmas and grandpas across the country.
September 9th – Teddy Bear Day We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood. Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend! September 18th – Peanut Day Peanuts, which grow underground, are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, foliate, fibre, vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut). Crack open some peanuts and enjoy.
September 18th – Cheeseburger Day There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s. One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”. During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger. To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, gather some friends together, start up your barbecue grills, grill some hamburger patties, add your favorite cheese, then enjoy!
September 20th +! – Oktoberfest Don’t let the “Oktober” part of the name fool you — the 16 day festival of beer, oompa music, and wurst always starts in late September. Although historically a Bavarian celebration held annually in Munich, Oktoberfests have popped up in cities all over the world. Though the holiday started as a royal wedding celebration, it has since been eclipsed by the German beer.
September 26th – Pancake Day The table is set, the batter is mixed, the griddle is hot, the butter and syrup are ready and so is everyone, ready to celebrate Pancake Day. You may not have time to make a pancake breakfast but that is okay, pancakes make a great dinner as well. Pancakes can actually be served at any time and with a variety of toppings or fillings some of which are jam, fruit, syrup, chocolate chips or meat.