National Whatever Day: March 4th

March 4th hosts two National Whatever Days: Holy Experiment Day and Hug a GI Day.

Holy Experiment Day
Holy Experiment Day is believed to have derived from those who desired to "experiment with miracles and prayer."

A miracle is an unexpected event attributed to divine intervention. Sometimes an event is also attributed (in part) to a miracle worker, saint, or religious leader. A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature. Others suggest that God may work with the laws of nature to perform what people perceive as miracles.

Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to a god or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. Prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation (spell or charm), formal creedal statement (statement of shared beliefs), or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person.

There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, confessing sins or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others.

Hug a GI Day
The letters “G.I.” were used to denote equipment made from galvanized iron, such as metal trash cans, in U.S. Army inventories and supply records. During World War I, U.S. soldiers sardonically referred to incoming German artillery shells as “GI cans.” In that same war, “G.I.” started being interpreted as “Government Issue” and said as an adjective of anything having to do with the Army.

However you express the letters "G.I.," hug and thank a man or woman who has served our country TODAY!


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