Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony… you know the rest. How sticking a feather in a cap can be called macaroni is beyond me. Regardless, April 26 is International Macaroni Day. Appropriate ways to celebrate this day should be obvious – it’ll all boil (heh, heh) down to the type of macaroni you fix.
Boxed macaroni and cheese would be simplest – and cheapest. It’s usually a kid favorite as well. At our house, we boil the macaroni noodles, drain, cut up about 1/2-3/4 cup Velveeta cheese, stir, bake and enjoy. It’s definitely a comfort food that’s difficult to beat.
You could also celebrate with a cold macaroni salad or a warm goulash. String macaroni on a piece of yarn for a quick and tacky necklace. I recommend that you don’t use cooked macaroni for this little project, though.
April 29 hosts two holidays: Sense of Smell Day and National Dance Day. Combine the two by creating your own Sense of Smell dance. Go ahead, give it a whirl! You could create the newest dance craze since disco.
April wraps up with Walpurgis Night and National Honesty Day on the 30th. In all honesty, I’d never heard of Walpurgis Night. And before all you vampire book and movie lovers fill my inbox with questions like, “How could you not know about this night?” I must say in my own defense that I don’t know jack diddly about vampires. Don’t read the books, don’t watch the movies. Yep – that’s right. Not even the Twilight series. (Kate is your go-to girl on this one.)
Yes, I’ve heard how good that series is. Sure I may read them at some point. But right now, I’ve got a backlog of reading that takes priority. If I sound defensive, I guess I am. I don’t want anyone casting an evil spell on me.
Actually, this day, which is also celebrated on May 1, is pretty interesting. Witches celebrate the coming of Spring, bonfires ward off spirits of the dead and alcoholic beverages like sparkling wines add a little, uh, spirit of their own.
Also known as Vappu in Finland, this day, along with Midsummer, are the biggies, holiday-wise, rivaling Christmas and New Year’s. Interesting…
Perhaps No Pants Day follows on May 1 for all those who indulged in a little too much of the sparkly stuff the day before. I’m just saying…
Geez this is a busy week for holidays. Moving right along, May 2 is Join Hands Day and National Homebrew Day. The trick to pulling these two off is to figure out whether you’re gonna homebrew beer or wine, and how you’ll pull the feat off while joining hands with others. Photos depicting your own celebrations are invited.
Until next week, party on!