Friday, February 03, 2006

National Wear Red Day

Okay so I'm wearing my red sweater to work today to show my support for women's heart disease awareness.

February 3, 2006 is National Wear Red Day.

Granted I had no clue that such a day existed until yesterday. Also granted that I detest the countless made-up "days" that people come up with (you know "sweetest day" and the likes). But when I read about wearing red to promote awareness of risk factors for heart disease and taking action to lower it I decided to lend my support to the cause. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women, far more than the number that die from breast cancer?

We CAN make a difference. I read that Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82 percent by leading a healthy lifestyle, by controlling risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and physical inactivity.

And in other news......today is Saraswati Pujo. Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge. Still remember the early morning Pujo at home, putting all my school text books at the feet of the Goddess and praying Joyo Joyo Debi, the garlands of marigold, the proshad, eating kul, and most of all, not having to study the whole day.

That was then. This is now.

Ma.... bidye dao.....budhi dao....

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21 Comments:

Blogger Jinguchakka said...

OhO, That's why I am seeing many in red in my office today!Saraswati Puja! Today? I thought that would be in October.

10:36 AM  
Blogger satchisgod said...

That's Lokkhi Pujo, you moron!

12:26 PM  
Blogger True Blue Guy said...

Red day huh - perhaps I will wear something red today to show my support - but I'm at home today does that count ???? :-D

Nice of you to do that. The total of all such small actions becomes one big action which can help

you rock !

cheers

1:36 PM  
Blogger Seashells said...

"Ma.... bidye dao.....budhi dao...."

Amen.

PS: We have a "sea of red" day here in Tucson but i dont know what it is about.... my bad, but atleast i blindly support the cause... BTW, did NIH start the national wear red day ???

2:11 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ jinguchakka now you know :))
@ satchisgod thanks!
@ true blue guy thank you! And yes support from the heart always counts.
@ seashells I guess so. I think it was the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute who got it started.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Bonatellis said...

saraswati puja came and went ... didn't even realise :(

10:13 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl said...

my young and impressionable cousin went to the states last month and came back with one exclamation


OH MY GAWD!! THEYRE ALL ELEPHANTS THERE!!!

* lol we had to ask her if she blurted that out in public anywhere.. she would have been lynched!!*

10:11 AM  
Blogger Kele Panchu said...

I've read this after the (red) day was over but I don't have any red clothes! My wife says if I wear red on my blacketie black skin, people will say 'tiki te agun lege gechhe'.

There will be Saraswati puja here tomorrow, and I'll definately try not to read any subject related books. :)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Thivai Abhor said...

Hi M,

Thanks for your comment at my blog... I lagged on replying so just wanted to let you know I replied

Peace

7:07 PM  
Blogger Casablanca said...

I missed on Saraswati Puja... nobody reminded me :(

3:51 AM  
Blogger Roshomon said...

miss the pujo days in school...no such joy here.
ur post brought back so many memories...

4:24 PM  
Blogger Sanity Starved said...

I missed Saraswati Pujo! Thanks for reminding!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Chick Pea said...

thanks for dropping by my blog.. like yours too :)

5:24 PM  
Blogger A fool on the hill said...

That was the only day I was excused from studying...Great memories.

7:02 PM  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

Maybe it's god's way of getting back at me because i didn't pray enough as a child. Or, even as an adult. :-) Thanks for all the words of encouragement. Much appreciated.

12:35 AM  
Blogger the Monk said...

the Bongs organize a massive celebration for this festival....the whole college is invited, and they cook for the entire college...brilliant of them...seriously, heart disease?I didn't know that...good for you...

1:25 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Ebaba...I didnt even know it was Saraswati Pujo. I missed it :(

But I didnt know about the Wear Red Day and its connection to heart disease. Thanks for letting us know.

1:41 AM  
Blogger aparna said...

Oh shit! i also missed Saraswati Pujo! Strange, my parents also didn't remind me this time!

7:32 AM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ bonatellis still playing tag with time, eh?
@ grafxgurl I think americans are really in trouble with obesity.
@ kele panchu this reminded me of what my Mom used to say when she used to see the West Indies cricket team in their red uniform :)) Tiker agun!
@ thivai abhor thanks for coming to my blog!
@ casablanca that's okay....you can say a quick prayer now :)
@ roshoman I miss the good old days too....esp saraswati Pujo for the fact that their was no studying on that day!
@ pidus ghosh you're most welcome.
@ chick pea thanks for visiting!
@ fool on the hill same here....and also Durga Pujo days.
@ ghostoftomjoad you're welcome and keep coming back.
@ the monk Saraswati pujo is kind of big for the Bongs esp in all the schools and colleges because of the Goddess of learning bit.
@ ron I didn't know about the wear red thing either so no worries :)
@ aparna looks like a lot of people missed out this year.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Ashmi said...

hey! i missed saraswati pujo too...the first time in my life and slogged in office instead of hanging out with my friends with no studies to do.....yeh! those were the carefree days
:(.....whatever i too find all these days (the made up ones) very stupid....but good to hear that you supported a noble cause.....though i don't know why one has to wear the colour red, i hate that colour so much.....whatever,thanks for the info :-)...

1:31 AM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ ashmi may be because red is like blood. I don't mind red so much but B hates it. But I'm glad it wasn't pink because then I'd have to go to the store to get something pink. I don't have anything pink!

9:16 AM  

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