What if I told that there were a Glazed Spiral Ham Day and Lima Bean Respect Day? I’m not making this up. A zipper Day, Walk Around Things Day, and Big Wind Day. I’m not so sure what those even mean. Then there’s Tweed Day with a ‘T’, as in the fabric. Of course, I know April 20 (4/20) is Weed Day. Perhaps celebrated daily at 4:20 in Colorado. Yep, all of these days are coming up in April. And, just in case you missed it, March 24 was National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year.
March 8 was International Woman’s Day and the annual Day of Awareness for the word retard is on the first Wednesday of March. Those I learned watching Kathie Lee and Hoda. If you work then you might know that April 23 is Administrative Professionals Day. Not to be confused with Secretary’s Day or Stewardess Day that’s since been renamed Flight Attendant’s Day. I’m not sure if that last one even exists.
Here are a few of my favorites coming up in April. National Ex Spouse’s Day on the 14th as if anyone who’s gone through an acrimonious split wants to celebrate their now inferior “better half.” Maybe that suits people like Gwyneth Paltrow with her “conscious uncoupling.” And, take note parents, April 19 is National Day of Silence. Be sure and tell your kids.
Why have just one day when you can have an entire month? February is for Black History and National Children’s Dental Health. You might know the latter if your child came home from school with a goody bag of toothbrushes and dental floss all so the local dentist could drum up business. Come April it’s Autism Awareness month. I know that because my son, Peter, is on the spectrum. Would anyone with neurotypical children know that? Probably not.
So I wonder who’s behind these holidays. What agendas do they serve: consumerism or just plain awareness? The American Indian Youth calendar recognizes World Water Day (3/25) and International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (8/9). The American Heart Association calendar lists National Walking Day (4/2) and National Eating Healthy Day (11/5). I guess it’s not enough to join with National Nutrition Month in March.
I guess we can pick and choose what we celebrate based on our own agendas. Better yet, just make up your own holidays and celebrate them whenever. Why should there only be one National Proofreading Day on March 8? Maybe every blogger should honor that day before every post or anyone who’s ever typed an e-mail. I’m sure that’s a holiday for the masses.
Here’s a link to learn about more bizarre holidays: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/
*I can't decide if I like bingeing with an 'e' or not. Maybe there's a day for indecisiveness.