Happy National Cream Tea Day! Yes, 26th June is officially the national day for celebrating our traditional cream tea. While I am (very much!) in favour of tucking into a cream tea… do we actually need a day to celebrate it?
The introduction of ‘awareness days’ and ‘national’, or even ‘international’ days or weeks, seems to be a growing trend, which I am guessing is fuelled by Facebook, Twitter and the like. If you search online, there is virtually an event on every day of the year – amazing! I have had to chuckle at some of the ones I have come across lately.
One of my absolute favourites and, to be fair, it has been around a while now, is ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’, always held on 19th September and a great example of the British sense of humour!
Other gems I have stumbled across include:
- National Skipping Day – March
- British Pie Week – March
- International Carrot Day – April
- World Gin Day – June
- British Mud Week – June
- Left Handers Day – August
- British Sausage Week – November
Obviously, some of these appeal much more to me than others!
Generally, there is a difference between national days and awareness days. Usually awareness days are health related, and help raise awareness of particular conditions and usually involve raising money for associated charities. International days often aim to raise awareness of important humanitarian, cultural, social and political issues around the world.
National days generally have a fun or quirky side to them and are, in some cases, run by commercial organisations to help promote their products and services. These national days are often fundraisers for associated charities and can be a very successful way or raising both money and awareness in a fun way.
Have you taken part in any of these special days or weeks? If you have, we’d love to hear more!