Happy Autumnal Equinox! I've written enough about the astronomical reason for the season, so I'm celebrating three other holidays that share this day according to National Day Calendar and that have some connection to the themes of this blog. Follow over the jump for them.
The first is the last one mentioned in the subject, Car Free Day.
Car Free Day is observed annually on September 22.Unfortunately, I have two appointments in locations that are not accessible by public transportation. In addition, my medical condition and the heat (it may be the first dall of fall, but the weather thinks it's July) preclude me from riding a bike that I don't own to the sites. Crud. Next year, observing will be easier, as the day will fall on a Saturday. All the rest of you who can take the day off from driving, please do so and forgive me for being a bit of a hypocrite.
Take the bus. Walk. Ride a bike. Stay home. But whatever you do, don’t travel by car on Car Free Day. As a way to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, promote mass transit, cycling, and walking, Car Free Day was developed based on regular car free days that have been a long-standing practice in Europe and Scandinavia.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get through the day without using your car. Use #CarFreeDay to post on social media.
The Environmental Transportation Association set the first European Car Free Day in 2000.
The next one, National Elephant Appreciation Day, also overlaps with the environmental theme of this blog.
National Elephant Appreciation Day is observed every year on September 22.There are no longer any elephants at the Detroit Zoo, which is just as well, as I would have to drive to see them. The closest remaining ones are at the Toledo Zoo; no, I'm not visiting them, either.
People of all ages are fascinated by elephants. They are larger than life and profoundly intelligent animals. The average lifespan of an elephant is 60 to 70 years, and they develop remarkably close family bonds. They are very playful animals who love to frolic in the water. Elephants are herbivorous animals who will eat almost any type of plant from grass to trees. In captivity, they are also very fond of cabbage, lettuce, bananas, apples and many other types of fruits and vegetables.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Show your appreciation today by visiting the elephants at your local zoo. Use #ElephantAppreciationDay to post on social media.
National Elephant Appreciation Day originated in 1996.
Finally, a holiday related to my interest in fantasy and science fiction, Hobbit Day.
Hobbit Day is observed annually on September 22.Much to my surprise, I've mentioned hobbits here quite a bit, all in reference to movies.
In the world of Middle-earth, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share a birthday which is celebrated on September 22nd. According to the books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo and Frodo were born during the Third Age in the years 2890 and 2968 respectively. Translated to Shire-reckoning, Bilbo was born in 1290 and Frodo in 1368.
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. ~Bilbo Baggins ~ Lord of the Rings ~ J.R.R. TolkienHOW TO OBSERVE
Join Hobbit Day celebrations or have a Hobbit Day party of your own. Reading the book or watching the movies are other ways to enjoy the day. Use #HobbitDay to post on social media.
The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978.
That's it for today's holidays. Enjoy observing whichever of these suits your fancy (or fantasy)!