Parents’ Day 2013
July 28, 2013 in the USA

Parents’ Day is a holiday similar to a combination of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. In the United States, Parents’ Day is held on the fourth Sunday of every July (in 2013 it falls on July 28). This was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”

The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. It was supported by members of the Unification Church which also celebrates a holiday called Parents’ Day, although on a different date. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said: “Replacing Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with a Parents’ Day should be considered, as an observance more consistent with a policy of minimizing traditional sex-based differences in parental roles.”

Where is Parents’ Day?
Nationwide USA

Reek Sunday 2013
July 28, 2013 in Ireland

Reek Sunday is celebrated on July 28, 2013. Reek Sunday (or Garland Sunday) is an annually pilgrimage in Ireland. On the last Sunday in July, pilgrims climb Ireland’s “holiest mountain”, Croagh Patrick (Cruach Phádraig) in County Mayo, traditionally in their bare feet. The pilgrimage has been held yearly for about 1,500 years. It is held in honour of Saint Patrick who, according to tradition, spent 40 days fasting on the mountain in the year 441, following Jesus and Moses. In reality, the modern pilgrimage is a long-Christianised variation of a ritual that dates back to pre-Christian, pagan Celtic Ireland, celebrating the festival of Lughnasadh. Pilgrims come from as far as Australia, Europe the United Kingdom and United States to complete the climb. Approximately 20,000–30,000 pilgrims participate on the day, compared to an annual climbing total of more than 100,000

Where is Reek Sunday?
Nationwide Ireland

World Hepatitis Day
July 28, 2013 in the World

The World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28, 2013. It is a day to raise global awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and to encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The day is celebrated annually. Approximately 1 in 12 people worldwide is living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C. If left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure.

World Hepatitis Day provides an opportunity to focus on specific actions such as: Strengthening prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis and its related diseases, increasing hepatitis B vaccine coverage and integration into national immunization programs and coordinating a global response to hepatitis to increase access to treatment.

Hepatitis B is an infectious inflammatory illness of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus that affects hominoidea, including humans. Originally known as “serum hepatitis”, the disease has caused epidemics in parts of Asia and Africa, and it is endemic in China. About a third of the world population has been infected at one point in their lives, including 350 million who are chronic carriers.

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus. The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. In some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure, liver cancer or life-threatening esophageal and gastric varices.

http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/en/home.html

Where is World Hepatitis Day?
Worldwide

Milk Chocolate Day
July 28, 2013 in the USA

National Milk Chocolate Day takes place on July 28, 2013. Milk chocolate” is a sweet solid chocolate made with milk in the form of milk powder, liquid milk, or condensed milk added. The U.S. Government requires a 10% concentration of chocolate liquor. EU regulations specify a minimum of 25% cocoa solids. However, an agreement was reached in 2000 that allowed what by exception from these regulations is called “milk chocolate” in the UK, Ireland, and Malta, containing only 20% cocoa solids, to be traded as “family milk chocolate” elsewhere in the European Union.

In the 1870s, Swiss confectioner Daniel Peter had developed solid milk chocolate using condensed milk, but German company Jordan & Timaeus in Dresden, Saxony invented milk chocolate already in 1839; hitherto it had only been available as a drink.Rodolphe Lindt invented the process called conching, which involves heating and grinding the chocolate solids very finely to ensure that the liquid is evenly blended. This enabled Milton Hershey to make chocolate even more popular by mass-producing affordable chocolate bars.

“Hershey process” milk chocolate is popular in North America. It was invented by Milton S. Hershey, founder of The Hershey Company, and can be produced more cheaply than other processes since it is less sensitive to the freshness of the milk. The process is a trade secret, but experts speculate that the milk is partially lipolyzed, producing butyric acid, which stabilizes the milk from further fermentation. This compound gives the product a particular sour, “tangy” taste, to which the American public has become accustomed, to the point that other manufacturers now simply add butyric acid to their milk chocolates.

Where is National Milk Chocolate Day?
Nationwide USA

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