April 12: Look Up at the Sky Day

Everybody stop and look up at the sky. For best results, go outside. Looking through a window from inside can be used, but only as a last resort. And, please, if you don’t stop to look at the sky, don’t blame me when you fall. Not everyone can look at the sky and walk at the same time!

“Sing to God, sing praise to his name, 
   extol him who rides on the clouds
his name is the LORD— 
   and rejoice before him. 

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, 
   is God in his holy dwelling.”

Psalm 68:4-5

Look Up At The Sky Day sounds like a wonderful day for cloud watchers, photographers, and meteorologists. (One of my favorite movie moments goes to Up! The beginning sequence tells a great love story without words, and it includes a beautiful scene where they both look for shapes in the clouds, a fun pastime at any age.)

I suspect Look Up At The Sky Day has something to do with another celebration on April
12: the commemoration of the first manned space flight ever. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space on April 12, 1961 when he orbited the earth in Vostok 1. This year, 2012, marks the 51st anniversary for humans in space.

This holiday has several names, including Cosmonautics Day, Russian Cosmonaut Day, and Yuri’s Night. As far as I’m concerned, pick your favorite, look up at the sky, and celebrate!

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One response to “April 12: Look Up at the Sky Day

  1. Pingback: April 12: Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day | A Year of Holidays

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