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It's National Opposite Day! A day to stir things up by doing and saying the opposite. Say "bye" instead of "hello", use your non-dominant hand, and go left instead of right.
--A Room of One's Own Day: today honors British author Virginia Woolf, born this day 1882, who wrote in 1929 an essay "A Room of One's Own" to encourage us to have a room, a place, forms of security, to give the freedom to write and create.
--Burns Supper Day: also known as Burns Night; today is primarily celebrated in Scotland and Northern Ireland; honors the poet Robert Burns born in 1759; Burns suppers may be formal or informal; could include haggis and Scotch whisky and the recitation of Burns's poetry.
--Chinese New Year: wiki: Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and and February 20. It’s a major holiday in Greater China and has strongly influenced lunar new year celebrations of China’s neighboring cultures, including the Korean New Year, the Tết of Vietnam, and the Losar of Tibet. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Chinese populations, like Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, North America, and Europe. from chinesefortunecalendar: "The 2020 Chinese New Year Day is on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 5:43 on 2020-01-25 in China's time zone. Chinese New Year 2020 animal sign is the White Rat. Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So the Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2020 is the Male Metal Rat. White is connected to Metal. Therefore, 2020 is also called White Metal Rat Year. The first day of the White Rat year is not the Chinese New Year Day in Chinese Astrology. The first day of the Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called the Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2020 Chinese White Rat starts on February 4, 2020, in China's time zone. That means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of the White Rat Year. If a baby is born before February 4, 2020, then the baby's zodiac sign is the Pig, not Rat.
fromwiki: A popular modern story has it that the order of the animals in the twelve-year cycle was due to a competition between animal candidates, held by the ruler of Heaven, Earth, and Hell -- the Jade Emperor. According to one version of this tale, the emperor's advisors selected twelve candidates from among the animal types, including the rat and the cat. The winner was to be selected based upon merit, as to personal appearance, lifestyle, and contributions to the world. Before the competition, the cat asked the rat for a wake up call in order to get to the show on time; however, the rat apprehensive of the competition, especially as to the cat's apparent beauty, did not wake the cat, who then overslept (and, ever afterwards, the embittered cat became a ratter and a mouser). The Jade Emperor mystified as to why there were only eleven candidate animals to show up inquired of his servants. These servants hastily acquired the first possible replacement animal which they encountered, (a pig). After the start of the competition, the rat achieved first place by performing on the flute while upon the back of the ox. Impressed, the Jade Emperor placed the rat at the beginning of the twelve year cycle (and the ox second, for being so generous as to allow the rat to play the flute upon the ox's back). Then the other animals were placed in order according to the Jade Emperor's judgment
--Dydd Santes Dwynwen: today is the Welsh equivalent to St. Valentines; Dwynwen is the Welsh saint of love.
--Fluoride Day: today commemorates when in 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to add fluoride to the water after studies showed the benefits to oral health; after 11 years, studies showed the caries rate of the Grand Rapids schoolchildren had dropped by more than 60%.
--Local Quilt Shop Day: observed on the 4th Saturday of January; a day to honor the local independent quilt shops that provide so much to quilters and crafters; they often serve as a social connection to other quilters and have classes.
--Macintosh Computer Day: today commemorates when the Macintosh computer was introduced and went on sale in 1984, featuring a graphical user interface.
--National Irish Coffee Day: a salute to a fun drink of Irish whiskey, hot coffee, heavy cream and brown sugar; created in Ireland during WW II by Joe Sheridan, chef of a restaurant at Foynes Airport in Foynes, Ireland.
--National Seed Swap Day: today is a day for gardeners to swap seeds from last year's crop with other gardener's seeds; a great way to introduce different plants to your yard.
-- In 1890, newspaper woman Nellie Bly finished her 72-day global trip, arriving in New Jersey after completing a journey inspired by the novel 'Around The World In 80 Days.' .
--In 1924, the first Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France with almost 300 athletes in 14 events for six sports.
--In 1949, the first Emmy Awards was held, recognizing technical and artistic achievement in television.