NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY
A delightfully delicious dessert is celebrated each year on February 28th as it is National Chocolate Souffle Day.
The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb souffler, which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”, which describes a souffle perfectly. A souffle is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and the beaten eggs whites that are combined with various other ingredients. Souffle can be found served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert.
There are two basic components that make up every souffle.
- 1. a French creme patisserie base/flavored cream sauce or puree
- 2. egg whites beaten to a soft peak meringue
The flavor is provided by the base and the “lift” is provided by the beaten egg whites. There are certain foods that are commonly used for the base in a souffle which include cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, banana and lemon. Many souffle bakers like to puncture the top of the souffle, after it is removed from the oven, and pour various types of liquid sauces onto it, such as chocolate or vanilla.
To celebrate, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:
Have a great National Chocolate Souffle Day!
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Souffle Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY
Are you tired? If you are (and it’s February 28), go ahead a take a nap. February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day. It is a day for anyone and everyone to take a nap on a blanket at the beach, at the park, in the movie theater, on a bus, train, or subway or any other public place that may work for you you. However, it may not be a good idea to take that nap at your desk during work!
To celebrate National Public Sleeping Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, we hope that you get a nice, long, restful and peaceful nap. You could also celebrate the day by snapping a picture of someone else taking a nap in a public place! If someone catches you taking a nap, tell them that it is okay as you are celebrating National Public Sleeping Day!
INTERESTING INFORMATION ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA: Randy Gardner holds the scientifically documented record for the longest period a human being has intentionally gone without sleep not using stimulants of any kind. In 1964—as a 17-year-old high school student in San Diego, California—Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours (eleven days), According to news reports, Gardner’s record has been broken a number of times. Some of these cases are described below for comparison. Gardner’s case still stands out, however, because it is so extensively documented. It is difficult to determine the accuracy of a sleep deprivation period unless the participant is carefully observed to detect short micro-sleeps, which the participant might not even notice. Also, records for voluntary sleep deprivation are no longer kept by Guinness World Records for fear that participants will suffer ill effects.
Some sources report that Gardner’s record was broken two weeks later by another student, Jim Thomas of California State University Fresno, who stayed awake for 266.5 hours; and state that the Guinness World Records record is449 hours (18 days, 17 hours) by Maureen Weston, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in April, 1977, in a rocking-chair marathon. Presumably because of their policy against maintaining this record, recent editions of Guinness do not provide confirmation of this.
We are guessing that they all needed a good sleep after they were done!!
NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY HISTORY
Our research has failed to find the origin or the creator of this “unofficial” National holiday. Research did show that it appears this holiday has been celebrated since 2011.
NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY
Our research has found that National Tooth Fairy Day, an “unofficial” National holiday is celebrated annually by some on this day, February 28th, while it is celebrated annually by others on August 22nd. For hundreds of years, a visit from the Tooth Fairy has been promised to young children as their baby teeth become loose. When the tooth comes out, it is placed under their pillow (after it is washed) and the Tooth Fairy visits as they sleep. The child awakes to a small gift (usually money) in place of the tooth. If the tooth has been lost, they need not worry, the Tooth Fairy will still visit!!
The origin and creator of this day was not found during our research. National Tooth Fairy Day- Feb. 28th or Aug 22nd
NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY
National Floral Design Day is celebrated annually on February 28th. For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form. This is the day we celebrate that art form. It may be in a bouquet, a painting, in fabric, in a garden or a floral arrangement.
Floral design is a multibillion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis. Not only on a daily basis but on special occasions and holidays some of which are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Secretaries Day as well as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers are also used as ways of expression for gratitude, apology, sympathy, appreciation, friendship, love, congratulations and others.
NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY HISTORY
A pioneer in floral art education, Carl Rittner, whom over 60 years ago, founded the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston. Floral Design Day was created as a unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Mr. Rittner. The people at Rittners felt that the idea of a holiday that celebrates floral design as an art form, is a wonderful one whose time had come. So they, along with Mr. Rittner, wanted to see Floral Design Day continue to be observed as an event in its own right.
RARE DISEASE DAY USA
Rare Disease Day is recognized each year on the last day in February.
First observed in Europe in 2008, Rare Disease Day was established by Eurordis, (the European Rare Disease Organization). In 2009, NORD was asked by EURORDIS to sponsor Rare Disease Day in the United States. NORD accepted and 2015 celebrates the 7th annual RARE DISEASE DAY USA.
The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision makers about rare diseases and the impact that they have on patients’ lives.
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