How to Create a Holiday (What Do You Think Is Worth Celebrating?)
As we wind down from the holiday season, it's sometimes hard not to wish that we had another big holiday coming up. From commercial blockbusters like Christmas and Thanksgiving to lesser-known novelties like National Chicken Lady Day (Nov. 4th) and Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day (Dec. 8th), sometimes we just want a reason to gather with loved ones or have an excuse to spend a little money.
There is a myriad of various holidays to be celebrated throughout the year, but sometimes they just don't feel like enough, so I started wondering how I might go about creating a new one.
New Holiday Ideas
First, I started brainstorming the types of things I'd like to commemorate or celebrate.
- National Carnivore Day. So much attention is given to vegans and vegetarians, so I thought it might be nice to celebrate those who still like to consume their protein in the old-fashioned way.
- Shin-Kicking Day. It may not be the best way to spread goodwill, but it sure would be entertaining. And shin-guard companies would make a killing.
- National Winking Day. Because winking makes everyone want to smile. Or giggle. Or be mischievous . . .
- Respect a Nun Day. I feel this one needs no further explanation.
But ultimately I settled on: Break Out Into Song Day (March 19)! I'm a huge fan of musicals, and I would personally be thrilled if an individual or a group of people randomly launched into a song-and-dance routine in the middle of the grocery store. This holiday would also give a wonderful outlet to everyone longing to do a flashmob. I just think it's a great idea.
Which of These Would You Most Like to Celebrate?
How to Make Your New Holiday Official
Next, I researched how to go about getting this holiday recognized. Brownielocks offers information on how to create and register a holiday, as well as a list of pretty much every holiday ever created. It details the many ways in which a holiday can be started and the protocol to follow. Here are some things that you'll need to have and do.
- An idea and a passion. The first part is pretty self-explanatory, but if you're passionate about or committed to your idea, it's unlikely that it will gain much traction.
- A website or an organization. In order to submit your holiday to Chase's Calendar or the Brownielocks site, your holiday or event should be validated with a website committed to the holiday or a formal event.
- An official submission. Submit to Chase's Calendar of Events and/or Brownielocks. Once your holiday is validated and backed by an organization or a website, you can submit to one or both of these sites to help make it official.
Reasons for Starting a Holiday
Not quite sure you want to start a holiday? Here are some reasons why you might want to consider it.
- Fun. You can flex your imaginative muscles and create something entertaining or amusing to celebrate.
- To commemorate something or someone. Perhaps there's a certain person, pet, or occasion that you'd like to honor.
- To help sell something or build interest in your business. If you own a business or sell your own products, creating a holiday about or around them is a great way to market and increase interest.
- To raise awareness. If you are particularly committed to a cause, starting a holiday for it will help and inspire others to pay more attention to it.
Great Holidays We All Should Observe
Lastly, to promote such grassroots efforts as mine, I compiled a list of what I felt were the most interesting holidays to observe in each month:
- Jan. 11: No Pants Subway Ride Day. All those dreams you had about forgetting your pants... this is your chance to make that dream come true.
- Feb. 17: Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day. A feat worthy of remembrance.
- Mar. 31: International Hug A Medievalist Day. Because wearing all that armor can make you really grumpy.
- Apr. 24: National Hairball Awareness Day. Spread the message: hair kills.
- May 3: Lumpy Rug Day. Because even your sub-par floor coverings need some love sometimes.
- June 17: Eat Your Vegetables Day. A tribute to tenacious moms everywhere.
- July 3: Compliment Your Mirror Day. Or just wink at it repeatedly.
- Aug 8: Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day. Oh, the audacity!
- Sept 12: International Drive Your Studebaker Day. For the tens and hundreds of Studebaker owners.
- Oct 13: International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. Because sometimes you just have to let it out.
- Nov 8: Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. If everybody did it, they could smell us from space.
- Dec 5: Bathtub Party Day. Splish splash, I was taking a bath . . .
© 2018 Lauren Flauding