Today, many countries like Poland celebrate "International Teddy Bear Day" - a day of appreciation for their favorite bear stuffed toy. There is also an occasional reference to National Teddy Bear Day on February 22, September 9, November 10 and November 13, which may have been declared for various reasons. But whatever the date maybe, I believe that teddy bears are very important and deserves a day of recognition.
So, I declared my own "Teddy Bear Day" today!
Since I enjoy traveling and have picked up teddy bears of the airlines I got on and the countries I visited, my first official "Teddy Bear Day" will feature some of these collections.
Lined up above are stuffed animals from British Airways, China Airlines, Korean Airlines, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific Airlines, Continental Airlines,and Cathay Pacific Airlines. I have used other airlines for my trips abroad and an elite flyer of Philippine Airlines and Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines) but sad these airline companies do not have stuffed toy available. (I satisfied myself with their airplane key chains ).
I am fascinated with stuffed toy with the countries name in it or of the national animal of the country, so I have to buy one in countries I visited and accept gifts from friends from other countries. I hope to complete my collections from the seven continents of the world - Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica though I know it would be a long shot (even a lifetime dream!).
North America and South America
I have been to at least 25 states of the USA (but only have New York and Boston teddy bears) and also been in Canada but wasn't able to get a toy with Canada in it.
Asia and Africa
So far I only have stuffed toy from Bahrain, Qatar (courtesy of my CS guest Nabil), Hongkong and Vietnam, although I have been to ten (10)other countries of Asia - Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore,South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
I have been to five (5) countries of Europe namely Paris (France), Sweden,Norway,Finland and Amsterdam and I am lucky to have a stuffed toy in each countries! My nephew from London brought me an England stuffed toy!
I have been to Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania and got a stuffed toy from each place.