March 11, 2022 – National Funeral Director And Mortician Recognition Day | National Johnny Appleseed Day

This Folklore Legend Reminds Us To Plant Kindness Wherever We Go.

Welcome to March 11th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the circle of life and the seeds of wisdom planted by one man.

The Ancient Egyptians developed a system of mummification because they believed very strongly in the afterlife. According to their traditions, the spirit left the body after death. But it would come back shortly thereafter. So bodies had to be well preserved in order to give the spirit a place to come back to. Egyptians also placed their dearly departed in peaceful positions to appeal both to loved ones and the returning spirit. Several of these techniques are still used today, though they have evolved quite a bit over the years. On National Funeral Director & Mortician Recognition Day, we celebrate the people who help us complete the circle of life in a way that honors everyone.

There’s a theory that the apple was spread across Europe by bears. But here in the United States we give credit to a hero that is a folklore legend. For anyone who has ever eaten an apple from the orchard in Ashland County, Ohio, the story of Johnny Appleseed is all too real.  In the years following the American Revolution, John Chapman was seen walking for miles from his Massachusetts home, planting apple seeds and tending orchards in states.  He was welcome everywhere for his wisdom and pay it forward attitude. Though it’s not actually known if he traveled with a pot on his head, his legacy of kindness can be sampled from a tree that stands to this day.  On National Johnny Appleseed Day, take a bite of American folklore and spread kindness wherever you go.

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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