This week we celebrate cuddles, food, and much more

UNDATED – This week we will celebrate cuddles, delicious food, family, and much more.

Today is National Library Workers Day. National Library Workers Day is observed on the Tuesday of National Library Week, which is celebrated each year in April.

The day recognizes the importance and contributions of the library staff who keep our libraries running while we get lost in the wonderful books. Libraries are more than a place for borrowing books, they reflect the needs and expectations of our community. And library workers are the ones fulfilling those needs and expectations by making information, books, and resources more accessible.

Today is also National Student-Athlete Day. Started by the National Consortium for Athletics and Sports, this day celebrates the student athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom.

Get yourself an athlete that can do both and give them a high five or huge hug. Go show a student-athlete in your life some love. 

It is also National Sorry Charlie Day.

Today, allows us to pause and reflect on the rejections we’ve faced throughout our lives. Charlie the Tuna served as a spokes-tuna for StarKist for almost 20 years and was notorious for never measuring up as a tuna that tasted good – even though he had good taste.

Constantly being told “Sorry Charlie” endeared him to the American public and made him relatable to our everyday rejections. But Charlie never gave up and, today, we can celebrate our own perseverance or learn from the experiences of others in bouncing back from rejection.

On Wednesday, we say cheers to National Beer Day, a time where we can raise a toast to the oldest and most venerable of all beverages. People have been making beer for more than 5,000 years; in fact, the oldest recorded recipe we know of is for beer.

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic drink, and it’s easy to see why. It comes in hundreds of types, flavors, and proofs. People have been drinking it for thousands of years; scientists have found evidence of beer production dating to 7,000 BC. Ancient Mesopotamians wrote poems about it, and considered it proof of divine existence. The Ancient Egyptians used it in a number of religious ceremonies. In Medieval Europe, monks made beer their monasteries, elevating the craft of brewing to an art form. Today, only water and tea are more widely consumed than beer, and over 35 billion gallons of beer are produced worldwide per year. 

Wednesday, is also National No Housework Day.

April 7 is a chance to revel, put down the laundry, and toss out the to-do list. For this one day, we can give ourselves a break and do what we want around the house. Maintaining a clean home can sometimes feel like a never-ending chore. As soon as you have finished the washing and the cleaning, it all needs doing again, and again, and again. National No Housework Day is here, to allow yourself a break, meaning that for one day at least, you don’t need to worry about the housework.

Thursday is National Empanadas Day.

Even if you’ve never tried empanadas, there’s a good chance you’ve had one of their distant and delicious cousins. Originally from Galicia, Spain, empanadas now exist in over 30 countries in some shape or form.

The name comes from “empanar”, which means “to bread” in Spanish and Portuguese. Empanadas are basically little pockets of dough that are made of: A simple, homemade dough on the outside. Some kind of protein (usually pork, chicken, or beef, but sometimes fish or cheese) tucked into the inside. Usually, empanadas also have at least one or two simple vegetables—think corn, diced potatoes, or carrots.

Friday is National Unicorn Day – a day to celebrate the most popular mythical creature ever. The unicorn is a symbol of happiness, fantasy, and wonder. It’s an icon of color, of childlike splendor and magic. They often make appearances on birthday cakes and children’s clothing, and let’s be honest quite a lot of us adults still dig them too. National Unicorn Day is your chance to express some unicorn love, so show some color and delve into the magnificence of unicorns.

 It was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could be captured only by a virgin. In the encyclopedias, its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.

Our dogs deserve all the love and affection we can give them, which is why there’s a special day dedicated just to hugging them. It’s April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day.

Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both pup and person called “oxytocin,” informally referred to as “the cuddle hormone.” Not only does a good tight squeeze strengthen your bond, but it also shows your pet that you care. Today is a day to celebrate your dog for all they do. So grab your dog and give them an extra cuddle today.

Our siblings are a huge part of our lives,- our best friends and sometimes our worse enemy – that’s why we celebrate them on National Siblings Day every April 10.

Our siblings encourage us to be our best, embarrass us, and be our biggest motivators and competitors. It’s now growing into a nationwide day of both remembrance and celebration.

Three United States presidents have recognized the event — most recently, President Obama in 2016. The “Siblings Day Foundation”, sponsors of this day, gained non-profit status in 1999. They are working on establishing a United Nations resolution for International Siblings Day.