A Day On Not Off for MLK Jr. Day 2012

MLK Jr

This year on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, January 16, numerous organizations nationwide are viewing this commemorative day as a day on, not off.  The purpose is to unify America through social service just as Dr. King envisioned.  Opportunities to serve include, but aren’t limited to: park and school beautification, job fairs for economic opportunity, serving meals, youth mentoring, and support of military families and veterans.  Also be sure to check your local paper or online news source for parades, concerts, educational programs, and artistic displays in support of Dr. King’s life and visions for equality and social justice.  Use this link to find a project near you.

Below are a few biographical facts about Dr. King’s life and legacy:

  • 1957-At age 28 he helps found Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • 1963-At age 34 he made the “I Have a Dream” speech at the historic March on Washington for jobs and freedom, attended by 200,000 protestors
  • 1963-At age 34 Time magazine named Dr. King as “Person of the Year”
  • 1964-At age 35 King won the Nobel Peace Prize and Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation in public accommodations and discrimination in education and employment
  • 1968-At age Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4that a Memphis sanitation men’s strike while standing outside with Jesse Jackson & Ralph Abernathy
    • King was survived by his widow Coretta Scott King, who would go on to start the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social change
  • 1986-The first Federal Martin Luther King holiday was celebrated
  • 2006-Coretta Scott King makes the last speech of her life on January 14th during MLK Jr. celebrations and passes away on January 31st

Happy? Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th

 

If you didn’t already realize, today is Friday the 13th, a day which is commonly known to be “unlucky”.  But why are people so afraid of this day, which can occur up to three times a year?  In fact, businesses report that approximately $800-$900 million in national revenue is lost each Friday the 13th because people will not shop, travel, dine out, or go to work.  Here are some more fun facts about this day of triskaidekaphobic (the fear of the #13) superstition:

  • Many hospitals and hotels don’t have a room or floor #13
  • More than 80% of high rises don’t have a floor #13
  • Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes the 13th aisle
  • Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST and the oxygen tank exploded on April 13, 1970
  • In the Christian Bible, there were 13 people present at the Last Supper, the 13th guest being the one who betrayed Jesus Christ, who died on Friday the 13th
  • The US Navy will not launch a ship on any Friday the 13th

Happy Birthday Louis Braille!

LouisBraille

Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille system, was born on January 4th in 1809.  He lost his eyesight at the age of three in an accident and created this system at age 16 as an alternative to the bulky raised letter alphabet.  Each character in Braille is comprised of six dot positions, in a rectangular shape with two columns of three dots each.   It has been adapted to fit in the digital age with the addition of “eBraille”, to be read on a portable Braille reading device. Louis Braille’s revolutionary method of reading and writing still remains a key reading and writing tool for the blind and visually impaired even today.

Braille Alphabet

Happy (Almost) 2012!

NYE Ball

Whether you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve with glitz and glamour or by lounging on the couch with a few close friends, there’s one thing everyone has in common—the traditions!  For example, have you ever stopped to think about where New Year’s resolutions came from!?  Below are some fun facts about our common New Year’s rituals:

  • Resolutions: They are said to have been started in 153 B.C. with the mythical Roman King Janus, who with two faces could look back to the past and forward to the future.  Romans started making these promises to make amends with their enemies based on King Janus’s ability to reflect on the past while looking forward.
  • The ball: The New York Times ball has been around since 1904, when people used to use this elevated public “time ball” to synchronize their pocketwatches
  • Global “good luck” traditions:
    • United States: Originating at masquerade balls, people kiss at midnight to symbolize the evil spirits from the old year being purified into the New Year.
    • Spain: Twelve grapes are traditionally eaten at the stroke of midnight to bring good fortune for the year ahead.
    • Norway: Rice pudding is prepared with a whole almond hidden inside, the person who gets the “lucky almond” is said to become wealthy in the New Year.

However you celebrate this weekend, we want to wish our customers and their families a happy and safe New Year!  Share your 2012 resolutions (or favorite traditions!) in our “comments” section below:

Happy Kwanzaa!

 

Today is the start of Kwanzaa, which is celebrated every year from December 26th through January 1st.  The holiday is a cultural (non-denominational) celebration of African-American heritage.

Kwanzaa

It is centered around celebrating 7 principles:

  1. Unity
  2. Self determination
  3. Collective work and responsibility
  4. Cooperative economics
  5. Purpose
  6. Creativity
  7. Faith

 

Like Chanukah, each day an additional candle is lit to observe each of the 7 principles.  On the eve of the final day, December 31st, a feast is prepared and family and friends play music and make crafts.  These homemade gifts are then given out the following day, January 1st to recognize the principles of tradition and sharing.

Uniform Advantage wishes all of our customers, employees, and friends who celebrate Kwanzaa a very happy and special holiday!

Merry Christmas from UA!

To all of our customers, employees, and friends celebrating Christmas today…we hope that you are having a safe and happy holiday with your friends and family!  We know most of you spend all year caring for others, so enjoy the well-deserved break with your loved ones this holiday.   Kick back by a warm fire and enjoy the gift-giving, delicious food, drinks, and most of all each other!

For you “day after Christmas” shoppers, treat yourself to a stylish and practical gift that you can use all year round—scrubs!  We have holiday prints on sale, solids that transition effortlessly from season to season, and are always adding new, fun prints so check back!  Like this fun snowflake top, which can be worn all winter long:

HU6SNB Snowflake Art Black Print Scrub Top
HU6SNB UA Snowflake Art Black Print Scrub Top

Uniform Advantage wishes everyone a joyful and healthy celebration!!

Happy Chanukah From UA!

Menorah

For those who aren’t familiar with the origins of the holiday, Chanukah is the celebration of the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. It is celebrated for eight nights because, according to the story, the Jewish soldiers had enough oil to illuminate the menorah for one day, and it miraculously lasted for eight.   For this reason, Chanukah is also known as the “Festival of Lights”.

Here are a few of the most common Chanukah traditions:

  • The Menorah: Each night for the eight nights an additional candle is lit using the “worker candle” which is the center, more elevated candle on the Menorah.
  • The Dreidel: In this game, people spin the dreidel (which has Hebrew letters on each of the four sides) with hopes of winning gelt (chocolate coins).

Dreidel

  • Fried foods: Since Chanukah celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days instead of just one, foods that are cooked in oil are especially popular for this holiday. One such food is potato pancakes, or “latkes”. These are made with potatoes, onion and either matzah (unleavened bread) or breadcrumbs. Many people eat this dish with applesauce or sour cream on top. Another fried Chanukah dish is called “Sufganiyot”, or jelly-filled doughnuts.

Potato LatkesSufganiyot

Happy Chanukah to our Jewish friends, employees and customers!