Our favourite weird upcoming holidays
Mark your calendars, there are a lot of weird holidays that you might not have known about. Although many of these holidays pre-date social media as we know it, the internet is helping us get a glimpse into the obscure and often silly holidays that are growing in popularity every year.
Take a look below to see some unusual holidays that might just get you thinking:
May 6th: International No Diet Day
If you’re tired of all the people asking how your New Year’s diet resolution is going, then this is the day for you. Behind this silly day is a good message. This holiday originated in 1992 to promote body positivity. Today could be a day to have serious discussions about pressures of keeping in shape or shine light on unhealthy eating habits. Or, you can also take it light-heartedly and remember some days are to be just enjoyed – skip the smoothie today and have that piece of cake.
May 25th: Towel Day
This may be one of the strangest on our list. Towel Day pays homage to the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. In his book, towels are described as one of the most practical items and from that insight, this day was born.
Participation is easy: you carry around a towel with you. A good way to find like-minded people is to take a picture of yourself with your towel and post it on social media with the hashag #towelday. It’s a fun day for sci-fi fans to celebrate the popular books by Douglas Adams and remember his legacy. If you haven’t read his books, maybe today you can get one from the library and see what all the fuss is about.
June 7th: National Doughnut Day
Sadly, this day does not fall on the same day as International No Diet Day. On the surface, it is a great day to just enjoy some sweets. However, the origins trace back to World War I where doughnuts were reportedly given out to people serving in the war.
Today, doughnuts (or donuts in the USA) are enjoyed throughout the world. The modern American doughnut is thought to have originated from the Dutch ‘olykoek’. This humble sugary ring of fried dough has become a cultural icon – known well from the tv series the Simpsons and stereotypically a police officer’s favourite treat. The flavours are endless from chocolate and frosted, to cream- or jam-filled. Some people even like to eat a little round-shaped version (one that looks like it fits in the middle of a classic doughnut) called a doughnut hole.
July 17th: World Emoji Day
World Emoji Day was created in 2014 to celebrate emojis in all of their forms. The day is a chance to use more emojis in your communication or to even hold a party. Although it would seem that there is no limit for emojis, they are actually somewhat regulated by The Unicode Consortium that manages them across languages and platforms. According to Emojipedia, there were 157 newly approved emojis in 2018, bringing the total to 2,823. Over time, these emojis make their way to smartphones and other communication platforms around the world.
August 26th: National Dog Day
National Dog Day draws attention to one of mankind’s most loyal companions. They come in all shapes and sizes, adding joy to our lives. Many dogs also play an important role in our safety and well-being by working with firefighters, police and providing aid to people that need assistance in their daily lives.
Animal rescue organisations and activists take this day to help publicise the needs of needy or mistreated dogs. Today, we can all take a moment to be amazed at all the ways that dogs impact our lives and think of what we can do to thank them for their loyal service.
Did you find a new holiday to celebrate?