Finding Something to Celebrate and Discover
If you are like a lot of people, you're not feeling much like celebrating these days. That's ok. We are all going through a collective trauma, and worry can sometimes be the prevailing emotion. But for our mental health (that manifests into physical health!), it's essential to take a breath and find something joyful every day.
As it turns out, there's a fun way to celebrate on most days, thanks to "National" days for, well, everything. The folks at National Day Calendar® have compiled nearly 1,500 special days, weeks and months to honor your favorite food, hobby, profession or interest.
Some of the craziest?
- National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day
- Gumdrop Day
- Static Electricity Day
- Wine Day (Actually, that one sounds pretty good!)
But you get the idea.
And for parents who are homeschooling and teachers who are looking for new ways to work something interactive into their days, this could be the spark to turn humdrum into ah-ha! What's more, you can pair these days with a StickTogether mosaic sticker puzzle.
So now you have got a stick-by-number project (think paint-by-numbers but with stickers), a fun theme, and lots of days to look forward to. And isn't that one of the things we miss the most? Put these on your calendar now for the coming months!
Sept. 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, matey! We may not be able to get out on the high seas, but we can have a little fun now. Instead of feeling marooned, wear your mask proudly and get to work on a swashbuckling pirate puzzle!
Do not worry if you don't have the lingo right away. This should help. Before you know it, you'll be the captain of your crew. Aaarrrrgh!
Oct. 4-10: World Space Week
It was a big year for space exploration and discovery. And this year, the U.N. General Assembly will be celebrating satellites during World Space Week. (The 2021 event's theme is "Women in Space.")
Schools, space agencies, museums, astronomers and planetariums usually get into the fun. This year's in-person events may be changed, but the recognition of achievements will still be there.
Science, technology, engineering and math programs can rejoice in all of the topics and the Lift Off shuttle puzzle is a great way to remember the early days of NASA.
Oct. 25: International Artist Day
Don't forget to celebrate your artistic side – along with the rest of the world, on International Artist Day. It's Pablo Picasso's birthday, but our Masterpiece Collection will offer you lots of other artists to draw additional inspiration.
This day celebrates artists in every medium – painters, writers, actors, sculptors and now, stickerers!
Jan. 9: National Balloon Ascension Day
Early in the morning, usually through the mist, colorful images silently begin to appear up in the heavens. Before long, the air is filled with bright, beautiful balloons, and there's no way not to smile.
That's the spirit behind National Balloon Ascension Day, marking the first balloon flight in the United States back in 1793. It's notable for us here at StickTogether, too, as our Hot Air Balloon mosaic puzzle was one of our very first – and it's still our top seller.
March 21: International Day of Forests
Watching millions of acres of forest land burn in the northwestern United States this summer has been heartbreaking. Trees aren't just beautiful – they provide medicine, fuel, food, shelter and an ecosystem for more than 75 percent of all land animals, insects and plants.
But each year, the International Day of Forests, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, celebrates these oxygen-producing gifts from nature. Teachers can plan lessons around ecology, science, geography for this day and can cap it off with a StickTogether tree puzzle with nearly 4,000 stickers that will have everyone turning over a new leaf for learning.
July 29: International Tiger Day
Early in 2020, the Tiger King was all the rage, but the bigger story is that tigers in the wild are getting more endangered every day. International Tiger Day shines the light on ways to protect their habitat, raising awareness about these dwindling majestic big cats' plight. It is estimated that fewer than 4,000 of these beautiful animals are roaming in 13 Asian countries.
Share your favorites
What are your favorite animals, hobbies or destinations? We bet there's a holiday (and a StickTogether puzzle to celebrate and discover.) We hope they both help get you feeling more like yourself and bring you a little joy. Hang in there!