• Jonathan Zhou

Strange Holidays

Mincemeat Day, Love a Tree Day, and Plan Your Epitaph Day are just a few of the 1500 holidays celebrated annually.

Most holidays were created to celebrate the invention of a commonly seen product. For example, National Mincemeat Day, which takes place on October 26, was created to celebrate the 15th-century recipe of mixing meat with fruit and is simply celebrated by making mincemeat. Similarly, National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, observed on January 3, only involves eating a chocolate-covered cherry.

Pet rock, now selling for $20

On the other hand, some holidays were made to be humorous. For example, National Pet Rock Day celebrated on September 4, encourages everyone to adopt a rock. Its website states, “Well, think about it. Rocks don’t need grooming, they don’t require visits to the vet, they don’t eat, never get sick, and, best of all — they never die!” The first pet rock was sold by Gary Dahl in 1975 for four dollars. In fact, Dahl decided to create a business dedicated to selling these pets and made a small profit. Unfortunately, the market became oversaturated, and his business shut down just one year later.

In recent years, more environmental holidays have been created. National Love a Tree Day, celebrated on May 16, is one such example. This holiday was created to raise awareness for trees and forests. It encourages people to plant more trees and share photos of their favorite trees on social media. Similarly, Don’t Step on a Bee Day, observed on July 10, aims to raise awareness about bees. As the name suggests, the holiday is not celebrated by stepping on bees.

Embrace the randomness

Some holidays were created by a mischievous person who simply wanted to make the world a little more chaotic. The most prominent example is Nation Flip a Coin Day, which takes place on June 1. It reminds the world of the important role randomness plays in both everyday life and historical events, but most importantly, it encourages us to leave difficult decisions in the hands of fate. Disobedience Day celebrated on July 3, is another similar holiday. Fortunately, it only encourages non-violent disobedience, and it has yet to cause any casualties.

Holidays are occasionally created to remind us of our own mortality. None stands out more than Plan Your Epitaph Day, observed on April 6, which encourages us to contemplate what we will leave behind after death. Few leave anything meaningful behind, and even fewer are remembered for their contributions.

Lastly, remember to celebrate National Hug a Newsperson Day on April 4!


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