National Whatever Day: April 24th

By: Allison Ricke Email
By: Allison Ricke Email

Today's National Whatever Days are Pig in a Blanket Day and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day!

Pig in a Blanket Day
I love some good pigs-in-a-blanket and kolaches, and they mean different things for different reasons.

Pigs in blankets (also known as worstenbroodjes or saucijzenbroodjes (Dutch), kilted sausages (Scotland), or in Danish pølse i svøb) refers to a variety of different sausage-based foods in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Canada, and Japan. They are typically small in size and can be eaten in one or two bites. For this reason, they are usually served as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre or are accompanied by other dishes in the ‘main course’ section of a meal. In the West, especially in the United States and Canada, the bite sized variety of pigs in a blanket is a common hors d’oeuvre served at cocktail parties and is often accompanied by a mustard or aioli dipping sauce.

At breakfast or brunch, the term “pigs in a blanket” refers to sausage links with a pancake wrapped around it.

In regions heavily influenced by Slovak immigrants, such as northern Pennsylvania, the southern tier of New York, and northeastern Ohio, the term usually refers instead to stuffed cabbage rolls, such as the Polish or Ukrainian gołąbki.

In much of central and southeast Texas (including Austin & Houston) the term “kolache” has been widely misappropriated to describe a variety of dough-wrapped breakfast goods, including sausages of several types wrapped in both biscuit and croissant dough. It would seem that the term “klobasnek” is more technically correct for this variety; perhaps “kolache” was deemed easier to pronounce and was therefore seized upon by local merchants. They can be found in virtually every doughnut shop, and at least one “kolache-themed” chain is currently in operation.

The American Farm Bureau Foundation’s Dates to Celebrate Agriculture calendar includes a “National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day” to be observed every April 24th.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is an educational program in the USA and Canada that revolves around parents taking their children to work for one day. It is the successor to Take Our Daughters To Work Day, which was expanded to include boys in 2003. It occurs on the fourth Thursday of April every year.

The Take Our Daughters To Work program was founded by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event.

In 2000, when asked by the Minneapolis Star Tribune which activities he would propose for a national day for boys equivalent to Take Our Daughters to Work day, author Robert Bly suggested that fathers take their sons to the library and show them the books they love. Noting that women have often been excluded from the work world, Bly said, “I think it’s just as likely now that men will be shut out of the inward world, the literature world.”

According to Christina Hoff-Sommers in her book The War Against Boys, one early proposal by the Ms Foundation to include boys was Son’s Day. Son’s Day would take place on a Sunday so the boys would avoid missing a day of school. Son’s Day would require boys to stay at home, do cleaning and cooking and be educated about topics such as rape, sexism and violence against women.

The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed both boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it “Take Our Children to Work Day” or an equivalent. The program’s official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.

Prior to the inclusion of boys, the Ms. Foundation contended that the program was designed to specifically address self-esteem issues unique to girls and initially resisted pressure to include boys. Much of this pressure came from educators who did not wish to include the event in their curriculum given that their male students were not encouraged to participate.

Employees typically invite their own children or relatives to join them at work, but the program particularly encourages employees to invite children from residential programs or shelters who may not be exposed to many adults in skilled professions today.

I thought this was a cool combination because most kids love pigs-in-a-blanket and since parents are taking their kids to work with them today, they should enjoy some little piggies together!


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