Jan. 15: Hat Day, Humanitarian Day, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

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Hat Day

The wearing of hats has progressed from serving as protection to a symbol of status to a statement of fashion. If we look in our closets, we are likely to prove out that history. We have wool stocking hats to protect us from the cold, uniform hats to identify our position in life or career, and maybe even sports caps to coordinate with our outfits or boast our favorite teams.

Today is "Hat Day" and encourages us to take our favorite fedora from the shelf and show it off throughout the day. But wearing a hat brings with it some social responsibility. Here are some rules of etiquette for hat wearing:

* Men should tip their hats when meeting a lady, or to say thank you, excuse me, hello, goodbye, you're welcome or how do you do.

* Hats should be removed when inside, except for places like lobbies, corridors and non-residential elevators.

* Hats should be removed for the National Anthem, the passing of the flag and funeral processions.

* Women may leave their hats on unless they are considered unisex, like a baseball cap. In these cases, they are to follow the same rules as men.

Humanitarian Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., three annual "Emancipation Days of Respect" were created to promote unity, respect, and remembrance. The first of those is "Humanitarian Day," which is celebrated each year on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Humanitarian Day was founded to remember and honor all those who helped end racial segregation in America. Everyone is encouraged to wear white to show our support.

To celebrate, you can gather the family to remember Martin Luther King Jr. by watching "King," the 1978 film commemorating his life, starring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson. Check it out on Yahoo! Movies.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Today is "National Strawberry Ice Cream Day," and there's only one proper way to celebrate -- by eating strawberry ice cream!

If your favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry, Glamour Magazine says "you're young at heart and very thoughtful. You don't jump into unknown situations and you love tradition. You're committed in your relationships, although it takes you a long time to get to that point because you are kind of shy."

If you're tired of the same old store-bought strawberry, why not mix up a new recipe of your own? Here are some great options from Yahoo! Shine:

No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake

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