Tuesday, the 25th of March, 2014 is the 84th day in 2014 and in the 13rd calendar week.
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Tolkien Reading Day
March 25, 2014 in the World
Tolkien Reading Day is celebrated on March 25, 2014. Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works in education and library groups. The date of March 25 was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The day was originally suggested by columnist Sean Kirst, of the Syracuse, NY Post-Standard newspaper. He has organized Tolkien Reading Days every year since 2008.
Where is Tolkien Reading Day?
Worldwide
Freedom Day in Belarus
March 25, 2014 in Belarus
Freedom Day in Belarus is observed on March 25, 2014. Freedom Day is an unofficial holiday in Belarus, which is celebrated on March 25 to commemorate the creation on that date in 1918 of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BPR). People and groups opposed to the current Belarusian government under Alexander Lukashenko celebrate the holiday. The government does not recognize it for the stated reason that the BPR was created by the Germans, who were occupying Belarus in 1918. Celebrations of the holiday are an annual occasion of demonstrations against the rule of Lukashenko.
Where is Freedom Day in Belarus?
Nationwide Belarus
Old New Year’s Day
March 25, 2014 in the World
It’s Old New Year’s Day! Although the Gregorian calendar was created in 1582, many countries chose to ignore it for several hundred years. Instead, they used “Annunciation Style dating,” which recognized the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) as New Year’s Day.
England didn’t adopt our modern-day Gregorian calendar until 1751. Russia held out until 1918! In fact, people in Russia, Switzerland, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, and Serbia still celebrate the Old New Year.
Plan a grand feast with family and friends to celebrate the occasion. Happy Old New Year!
Where is Old New Year’s Day?
Worldwide
Waffle Day 2014
March 25, 2014 in Sweden
Waffle Day is celebrated on March 25, 2014. Waffle Day is a tradition that is celebrated in Sweden, and to a lesser extent elsewhere. Waffles are typically eaten on this day. The name comes from Vårfrudagen (“Our Lady’s Day”), which in vernacular Swedish sounds almost like Våffeldagen (waffle day). Our Lady’s Day is celebrated on March 25 (nine months before Christmas), the Christian holiday of Annunciation, and the Waffle Day is hence celebrated on the same day although it has no religious connections to Our Lady’s Day.
A waffle is a batter-based or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression. There are many variations based on the type of iron and recipe used, with over a dozen regional varieties in Belgium alone. Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and the United States. Waffles can be eaten plain (especially the thinner kinds) or sprinkled with powdered sugar. Depending on the region they may be eaten with various toppings.
Where is Waffle Day?
Nationwide Sweden
Maryland Day 2014
March 25, 2014 in Maryland
Maryland Day takes place on March 25, 2014. Maryland Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is observed on the anniversary of the March 25, 1634, landing of the first European settlers in the Province of Maryland.
Where is Maryland Day?
Nationwide Maryland
Pecan Day 2014
March 25, 2014 in the World
Pecan Day is celebrated on March 25, 2014. It’s a holiday to celebrate and enjoy popular, tasty pecans. “Pecan” is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. A pecan is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Like walnuts (which pecans resemble), pecans are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts.
Where is Pecan Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
31 – 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus
421 – Friday at 12 PM – city of Venice founded
1199 – Richard I, Lion Heart, King o f England, is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6.
1634 – Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland
1669 – Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi, killing 20,000
1807 – British Parliament abolishes slave trade
1821 – Greece gains independence from Turkey (National Day)
1882 – 1st demonstration of pancake making (Dept store in NYC)
1896 – Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
1916 – Women are allowed to attend a boxing match
1918 – The Belarusian People’s Republic is established.
1920 – Greek Independence Day
1944 – RAF Flight Sgt Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber from 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall was broken by pine trees and soft snow, and he suffered only a sprained leg.
1954 – RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½” screen at $1,000)
1990 – 10th Golden Raspberry Awards: Star Trek V wins