Don your tuxedo, step out onto a sheet of ice and walk like a penguin. Today, January 20, is Penguin Awareness Day, a day to celebrate the formally clad, waddling bird that swims.
Penguins are fascinating creatures. While typically associated with the polar region of Antarctica, some actually hail from South Africa, South America, the Galapagos Islands, Australia and New Zealand.
Today presents the perfect opportunity to visit penguin exhibits and treat the kids to a plushy, stuffed penguin from the gift shop. Or if you prefer, explore in a book or online. Many are endangered because the melting of polar ice caps has diminished their food sources. Explore what you can do in the way of conservation efforts.
Host a celebration of Penguin Awareness Day and have guests wear black and white apparel. As a nod to its diet, serve a variety of seafood including shrimp cocktail, fried calamari and king crab legs. Serve frosty beverages to sip while mingling and ice cream creations for dessert.
For entertainment, watch the films “Happy Feet” or “March of the Penguins”. Having a contest to see how many famed references your guests can name should be fun. There’s Opus, from the Bloom County comic strip, and Tux, the logo for Linux, and don’t forget Topper from the holiday classic, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”
Imitation is the highest form of flattery so Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day by wearing their colors, savoring their preferred foods and waddling when you walk your guests to their cars across the icy lawn. Remember, even penguins occasionally slip on the ice. You won’t need an extra cocktail to do a fine impression.