Vesuvius Day commemorates the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius On August 24, 79 A.D, which destroyed the city of Pompeii and surrounding areas in one of history’s largest recorded volcanic explosions.
As it turns out, waffles are such a popular world-wide phenomenon, that they merit two days in the calendar to celebrate them.
Waffle Day began in Sweden as VÃ¥ffeldagen, actually due to confusion between the Swedish “vÃ¥rfrudagen” meaning âOur Ladyâs Dayâ which falls on the same date. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.
The alternativeÂ Waffle Day began in the USA and honours the anniversary of the patenting of the first US waffle iron invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York and is celebrated on 24th August.
Whichever day is picked to honour it however, the waffle is certainly deserving of celebration. The remarkable dough-based gridded cakes can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert. And then there is that whole other business of the potato waffle, different but still delectable.
Take this day to explore the variety that the world of the waffle has to offer you: tuck into American waffles topped with fried chicken or alternatively stacked and drenched in sugary maple syrup for breakfast; enjoy a Brussels or LiÃ¨ge Belgian waffle dusted with confectionerâs sugar or coated in chocolate or cream, or travel east and sample a soft and sweet Hong Kong waffle laced with the flavours of peanut butter or honey melon. We could waffle on forever…
International Strange Music Day was created by Patrick Grant, a New York City musician. The premise is simple: to get people to play and listen to types of music they have never experienced before. The ‘strange’ part can mean either unfamiliar or bizarre – the choice is entirely yours. Patrick believes broadening people’s musical spectrums can also change the way we look at other aspects of life – his mantra is ‘listening without prejudice’. This growing movement has concerts, a record label and strong support from summer schools, where it is appreciated as a great way to stimulate young minds. Have you ever wanted to combine a tight Wonder Woman costume, a frozen turkey drumstick and an inflatable wildebeest into a percussion concert? International Strange Music Day gives you the perfect excuse. What you do with these items once the music stops, of course, is your business…