Weird Wednesday – Weird holidays

Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes Day, a somewhat obscure (to people outside of England) English holiday that celebrates the prevention of a terrorist plot.

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Guy Fawkes’ likeness has been burned in effigy for centuries, and his face has become the face for the V for Vendetta protagonist as well as the whistle blowing group Anonymous.

It’s kind of a weird holiday, which has me thinking about other weird holidays.

There is, naturally, a website dedicated to listing offbeat holidays. I couldn’t get past January.

Some of the more interesting holidays:

  • January 2 – Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes. For some reason this one makes me think of flagpole sitters of the 1920s.
  • January 3 has several: Festival of Sleep,(woo hoo!) Fruitcake Toss, and Humiliation Day, which means the opposite of what you would think it means. (Way to take the fun out life.)
  • January 8 – Bubble Bath Day
  • January 9 – Play God Day
  • January 10 – Peculiar People Day
  • January 12 – Feast of Fabulous Wild Men
  • January 13 – International Skeptics Day
  • January 16 – Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • January 17 – Ditch your New Year’s Resolutions Day
  • January 18 – Thesaurus Day
  • January 20 – Penguin Awareness Day
  • January 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • January 27 – Chocolate Cake Day
  • Last Monday in January – Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

squirrel
So never fear: the fun doesn’t stop on New Year’s Day. The holidays are never-ending.

  

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