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Celebrate Hammock Day!!

That’s right, July 22nd is National Hammock Day.  Kick up your feet, grab a beverage and give a salute to the most comfortable of all backyard furniture.

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as wasting a perfectly good day swinging away in a hammock.  It is undisputed in its level of comfort and has surely been inspiring laziness for centuries.  We’re not quite sure how or when the “holiday” was created but the Rum Connection team is in full support.  We’ve cleared our busy schedules and plan to celebrate National Hammock Day with rum, good music and friends.

We became curious of the origins of the hammock and discovered that it was most likely developed by the Central American Mayan community over a thousand years ago.  Ecomail.com reports that “The earliest hammocks were woven from the bark of the Hamak tree. The Sisal plant {similar in looks to an Aloe Vera plant} later replaced the bark as the material of choice for the hammock because it was more abundant, and its fibers could be softened by rubbing them against the thigh. The use of cotton in these original hammocks is a relatively new material adopted only in the last 50 – 60 years!”

Wikipedia simplifies the story a bit. “Hammocks were developed by native inhabitants of tropical regions for sleeping. Later, they were used aboard ships by sailors to enable comfort and maximize available space, and by explorers or soldiers traveling in wooded regions. Today they are popular around the world for relaxation; they are also used as a lightweight bed on camping trips. The hammock is often seen as symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple, easy living.”

So, there you go.  May your National Hammock Day be a filled with leisure and relaxation.  Cheers!

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