National Whatever Day: April 28th

By: Allison Ricke Email
By: Allison Ricke Email

The four National Whatever Days that occupy April 28th are: Great Poetry Reading Day, International Workers' Memorial Day, National Day of Mourning, and World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Great Poetry Reading Day
Most of us know what poetry is from studying it in school, like Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe. I find it comical that the poetry reading day is for "great" poetry which is different for every person. Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle’s Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively-informative, prosaic forms of writing. From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more generally regarded as a fundamental creative act employing language.

Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses. Devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm are sometimes used to achieve musical or incantation effects. The use of ambiguity, symbolism, irony and other stylistic elements of poetic diction often leaves a poem open to multiple interpretations. Similarly, metaphor, simile and metonymy create a resonance between otherwise disparate images—a layering of meanings, forming connections previously not perceived. Kindred forms of resonance may exist, between individual verses, in their patterns of rhyme or rhythm.

Enjoy some of your favorite poetry today!

International Workers' Memorial Day
Workers’ Memorial Day, International Workers’ Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured or Day of Mourning takes place annually around the world on April 28, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. This could include anything from soldiers, to work accidents due to equipment, or freak accidents by being under attack in the workplace by someone who is mentally unstable.

Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is Remember the dead – Fight for the living.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work
This day goes along with the days highlighted above, but focuses on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and the association (OSHA) that handles those affairs. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a UN international day that is celebrated every 28th of April. It is concerned about safe work and awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents and diseases, and to provide support to the national efforts for the improvement of national OSH systems and programs in line with relevant international labor standards.

The 2011 World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the implementation of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents.

Go over safety procedures for dangerous situations at work today, make sure everyone understands correct procedures, because it could save someone's life!


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