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Day Today- May 9, National Train Day and more

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY

Every year, National Train Day is observed annually on the Saturday closest to 10th May. No doubt, trains revolutionized the world. Running through cities and forests, mountains, and plains crossing thousands of miles across the land to bring everything to those who need it; whether it’s cargo or people. Yes, we are talking about trains, those powerful machines who have made enormous contributions to economies and industries all over the world.

The history of this day relates to the history of trains, going back over 2000 years. The first example of what we might call a “train track” emerged near Corinth in Ancient Greece in around 600 BC. Men and animals would pull boats along grooves in limestone across a five-mile course to their destination in the sea. The Romans did something similar in Roman Egypt. The reason why wagonways and railways came into existence was clear enough: humans could transport larger loads over a greater distance with prepared paths. Earlier, there were no metal paths, wooden ones were used and so, there was a need to replace them from time to time due to damage. It became a common practice to cover them with a thin metal plate to help the wood last longer. The Industrial Revolution brought about the change and metal rails became more prominent.

Because trains played a big part in our collective history, it was only a matter of time before someone, somewhere developed the idea of hosting a “train day.” Such an event would be a chance for everyone in the world who has benefited from locomotives to celebrate their valuable role. This started in 2008 when Amtrak established Train day to celebrate the history of the locomotive, homage to the efforts of our ancestors in building out the rail network. However, Amtrak closed its official Train Day in 2015 due to financial trouble, enthusiasts kept celebrating the day in the years that followed.

What do you think is the best way to celebrate Train Day? Just go out and take a ride on a train. Dive into the relaxation provided by these powerful vehicles, serving the world for centuries. You can also visit the train museum.

NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY                                

Moscato is a drink made with a kind of grape. This Italian wine made from Moscato grapes has a uniqueness that can be identified by people everywhere. This special day aims to celebrate the history and taste of this delicate wine. The viticulture of wine has been known to be around as long as the grapevine. Wine-making is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia as early as 3000BC. Moscato is made from Moscato Blanco grape one of the oldest grape in Italy. It is popular for its variety of flavors, such as light and dry, sweet and sparkling, or the rich dessert wine. Being the third most popular drink in the United States, Moscato has become a popular party drink with variations to compliment all kinds of delicious foods.

One of the best ways to celebrate this day is to throw a wine-tasting party with some complimentary food. Share your love for Moscato with friends and family and celebrate the delicious wine.

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY

This day is celebrated every year on the second Saturday of May and is endorsed by the World Fair Trade Organization, the global authority of fair trade which comprises over 450 member organizations from 75 countries around the world. On this day, we celebrate solutions for people, celebrating innovations that empower women, innovations that create economic opportunities, innovations that save the planet, and innovations in product development, allowing consumers to live an ethical lifestyle.

The Fair Trade Day movement campaigns to improve the lives of workers and small producers by asserting their rights and raising their visibility within international trade. The movement invites consumers to participate in its campaign by choosing Fair Trade alternatives to existing products.  This day was created in 2004. It is celebrated as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change, and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. The citizens must believe that the global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally. Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers.

Fair Trade Day is observed in many countries around the world with various events gathering local producers and artisans. You could make the simple but effective promise to only buy certified Fair Trade products, thereby giving your hard-earned money to only those companies that truly care about the well-being of those less fortunate.

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY

This day is observed biannually, on the second Saturday of May and the second Saturday of October. The main aim behind recognizing this day is to raise awareness of issues affecting migratory birds and to inspire action around the world to take measures for their conversation. Throughout North America, events, programs, and activities are happening at protected areas, parks, museums, schools, zoos, and more, including many national wildlife refuges. As many as 700 events and programs are hosted annually to introduce the public to migratory birds and ways to conserve them. Since 1993, the Environment for the Americas coordinates the bi-yearly observances of World Migratory Bird Day. Dozens of organizations sponsor events including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY

The second Saturday of May recognizes one of the oldest sports still in existence, which has been around since before 2800 BC when bows were being used for hunting and battle. The modern Olympic Games introduced Archery as an official event in 1900. National Archery Day was submitted by the National Archery in the Schools Program in March 2015. The second Saturday in May is generally the time the NASP tournament is held. This is the largest archery tournament in the world.  Each year kids from all over the U.S. look forward to traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for this culminating event to end their school archery year.  The event draws over 11,500 students participating in NASP.

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