A Day to Remember: A Guide to Some of the World's Most Weird, Wacky & Offbeat Holidays
With Easter passing us by in 2014 (already, it feels like New Years Day was just the other day) it's time to look at what other holiday celebrations the year holds.
However this hub looks not at those holidays that are universally known and celebrated around the world, but instead those that are relatively unknown, a little wackier than religious celebrations and commemorate unusual themes and causes.
As most of these holidays are unofficial, it's unlikely you'll find more than a couple on any calender around the world. So make sure to update your diary with these quintessential dates so that you too can enjoy these days of celebration. As well as unofficial holidays this article includes several odd international events.
However please note that the hub only looks at a small percentage of unofficial holidays worldwide, as people have found reasons to party any day of the year to celebrate some significant cause or unorthodox activity. Therefore a complete list goes far beyond what this hub can cover.
Though most of these holidays originated in the United States, they can be celebrated anywhere. Where possible the history of these holidays will also be given.
Date: January 1
Significance: A day where we honor those people and places with names that begin with the letter 'Z'.
Details: Generally if you Google 'Z-Day', you'll probably get more references to the zombie apocalypse than this all-important holiday. Z-Day occurs on the first day of the year and is all about showing appreciation for the last letter in our alphabet and recognizing all of those people and places whose names begin with Z and therefore appear last on an alphabetized list.
No Pants Subway Ride
Date: January 13
Significance: While not really an official or unofficial holiday, The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event with a massive international following, which deserves a mention on this hub due to its strangeness. This "international celebration of silliness" involved the participation of over 4000 people in 60 cities in 2014, causing awkwardness, shocked reactions and laughs on public transport across the globe.
Details: The No Pants Subway Ride involves random passengers boarding public transport while wearing no pants. Otherwise they're fully dressed, with coats, shoes, and underwear as they go about their everyday business. If they cross paths with other pantless participants, they're instructed not to interact or even acknowledge one another.
Origin: This event was first staged in 2002 by seven people from the New York City-based prank collective known as 'Improv Everywhere'. Since then The No Pants Subway Ride continued to grow in participation before finally going global.
Appreciate a Dragon Day
Date: January 16
Significance: The number of electronic entertainment devices flooding the markets these days can prove to be a pretty big distraction for young children and a disincentive to sit down and read a book.
Sometimes to ensnare their attention and lure them into reading requires nothing less then vivid tales of giant, flying, fire-spewing lizards prone to creating awe, fear and destruction wherever they go. Hence the relevance and practicality of Appreciate a Dragon Day.
Details: This literary holiday mainly promotes child literacy by encouraging children to read stories containing dragons; to explore the cultural significance of these reptilian monsters in human society and history; and to share their favorite dragon in art work.
History: The holiday was created by author Donita K. Paul in 2004 to promote her novel Dragonspell.
Ditch Your New Years Resolution Day
Date: January 17
Significance: With a new year comes a new start where many of us want to make dramatic changes that will see us reach our dream, succeed in our endeavors, enhance our relationships and improve our health.
Unfortunately living in a society that promotes self-indulgence is enough to weaken many people's resolve, resulting in most individuals abandoning these goals within a couple of weeks. Apparently the most common day to do so is January 17 - a date that now also holds an unofficial holiday recognizing the many goals for self-improvement that remain forgotten until next year when people make another attempt to set and achieve these resolutions.
Details: If you're staying true to your New Year's Resolution by mid-January you're doing well. However in case your previous desire to reinvent and better yourself is wearing thin, you can now take advantage of this guilt-free holiday by ditching any pledges you made to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise, quite smoking etc. while taking comfort in the fact that thousands of others are probably doing the same thing.
Squirrel Appreciation Day
Date: January 21
Significance: An unofficial American holiday that aims to spread adoration for the rodent members of the Sciuridae family.
Details: Though they're generally considered a pest in the United States, Squirrel Appreciation Day encourages the public to put aside feelings of disdain and annoyance towards squirrels and instead make an effort to understand and admire the characteristics of this agile, nut-burying rodent. This can be achieved by feeding squirrels, watching squirrel-related videos, photographing them, reading about them, learning their history and even tempting squirrels with food to navigate makeshift obstacles courses.
Origins: Squirrel Appreciation Day was created by Christy Hargrove from Asheville, a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina. It was first celebrated in 2001.
Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
Date: January 22
Significance: Ever felt that perhaps the reason your cat keeps meowing insistently is because maybe he/she is asking a question that your failing to answer? Ever wandered why he/she is staring at you with an almost inquisitive, confused or ultra-serious wide-eyed expression?
Well now there's a holiday that's dedicated to bridging this communications gap by bringing humans and cats together in the spirit of mutual understanding. Answer you Cat's Questions Day compels all cat owners to answer the complex existential questions that their fuzzy four-legged companions may be seeking an answer to.
Details: Apparently the proper way to adhere to this holiday is by having a greater awareness of your cat and recognizing when they're asking a question, identifying what they may want and then attempting to give a physical response that shows you understand.
Bubble Wrap Appreciaton Day
Date: The last Monday in January.
Significance: To commemorate the creation of bubble wrap.
Details: Yes, that's right. That packing material that's addictively fun to burst has its own special day of recognition. The holiday is mainly driven by Sealed Air, an American company responsible for first manufacturing bubble wrap in the 1960s. They host a range of activities and competitions on the website Bubble Wrap Fun.
History: Bubble wrap was created in 1960 but the holiday itself did not appear until 2001, when the “Spirit 95” Radio, an FM radio station in Indiana, USA announced the first ever holiday to honor bubble wrap, with events held and prizes offered to mark the occasion.
Inane Answering Message Day
Day: January 30
Details: This unofficial holiday marks that time of year where you reassess your answering machine message and decide whether its time to replace it with something less annoying.
History: This holiday was created by Wellcat.com, which has also created more than 70 unofficial holidays within the United States.
Working Naked Day
Date: February 1 and various other days.
Description: Before you rock up to the office naked next February 1 (U.S) or December 6 (Australia) and astound commuters and co-workers with your trim figure and toned physique, please note that this holiday is really only for those who work from home, so that they can establish their sense freedom to do business all day with out even having to get dressed. For those who are shy, wearing pajamas is acceptable.
Though a few countries celebrate similar holidays the most well known are the U.S and Australian versions. In the US the holiday began in 2010 and is highly promoted by home office expert and author Lisa Kanarek. In Australia the holiday was launched by the micro-business community group known as Flying Solo in 2011.
There are a number of other holidays and events centering on the nudism theme, including World Naked Gardening Day, on the first Saturday in May; and The World Naked Bicycle Ride where people are encouraged to ride naked or with wearing as little clothing as possible through public areas to draw attention to various social and environmental issues.
Date: February 2
Significance: A national tradition in the United States dedicated to the historical practice of using groundhog to predict the weather.
Details: Thanks to Harold Ramis' classic 90s movie by the same name (a personal favorite), Groundhog Day is one of those holidays that most people are aware of, even though they may not realize how real the event is or how accurately the movie depicted it.
On February 2 ever year people across the U.S the gather at designated locations as community officials consult a groundhog about the upcoming weather. This practice is based on the idea that in early February groundhogs will come out of their burrow from hibernating during the winter. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will assume that winter will continue for an additional six weeks and return to its burrow to hibernate. If it's cloudy the groundhog probably wont see its shadow, which supposedly signals the arrival of an early Spring.
The most famous Groundhog Day celebration occurs at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It's here where the tuxedoed Groundhog Club reveal the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, to the multitudes of fans who have gathered to see him. Phil is said to speak 'Groundhogese', a language that's only understood by the President of the Club, which is comprised of local business leaders, groundhog hunters and interested town folk. According to legend, Phil has remained alive since the first Groundhog Day in 1887, thanks to a special elixir fed to him by the Club's Inner Circle.
While the 1980s film made Phil easily the most famous groundhog in the United States, if not the world, he has rivals in other US states, each of which have their own meteorological-in-tune marmots. These include Buckseye Chuck in Ohio; Sir Thomas Hastings in Nebraska; the late Wiarton Willy from Ontario; and General Beauregard Lee who despite the scholastic limitations of being a groundhog currently holds two honorary doctorates from The University of Georgia – "DWP, Doctor of Weather Prognostication" and Georgia State University – "Doctor of Southern Groundology".
Origins: The tradition is believed to have been introduced to the United States via European migration and has its origins with a with a song from a minor English holiday named 'Candlemas', which was celebrated by having church leaders bless candles and distribute them to members of the congregation.
The holiday was adapted by Germany to include a hibernating animals, like a badger or hedgehog, that are known to awake at the beginning of Spring. When German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania, and became what is now known as Pennsylvanian Dutch community, they brought the Groundhog Day tradition with them.
Groundhog Day February 2 2014 (impressive that a Punxsutawney Phil not only sees the future, but writes poems as well)
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
Date: First Saturday in February
Significance: Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...so why don't you demonstrate your free will by completely ignoring their health food suggestions and instead scoff down junk and sugary treats for breakfast on this incredibly popular holiday.
Details: The official website says that this is a holiday without rules, with the only obvious exception being the necessary inclusion of ice cream during breakfast.
Origins: The event was created in the 1960s by Florence Rappaport in New York, USA as an idea to entertain her children on a cold winter day. They continued this tradition until it finally gained media attention which spread the popularity of the holiday on a national and even international scale.
Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo-Day
Day: February 20
Significance: A special event that occurs once a year to welcome the transition from Winter to Spring.
Details: Apparently the day is celebrated by people heading outdoors at high noon and waving their hands above their heads while yelling "Hoodie-Hoo".
For some reason people actually do it, as can be seen in the video below.
Origins: The holiday was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy from Wellcat.com, who are responsible for numerous zany holiday ideas, several of which appear on this list.
A Crowd Celebrating Hoodie Hoo Day, 2011
Single's Awareness Day (S.A.D)
Date: February 14 or 15
Significance: Having a steady romantic partner or a spouse is overrated...don't believe me? Then checkout this single person's answer to Valentine's Day: Single's Awareness Day or S.A.D.
This holiday occurs on February 14 or 15 and can be seen either as either a celebration of freedom or a commiseration of potential loneliness associated with single life. Those who are in the later group use this S.A.D holiday to take steps in changing their relationship status.
With the percentage of singles growing worldwide, this holiday is becoming increasingly relevant. .
Details: There are numerous activities single people can carry out on this day including sending yourself flowers, planning parties for other singles to mingle and participating in single's event. Presents at Singles' Party is also optional.
The Benefits of Being Single - A S.A.D Public Service Announcement
Inconvenience Yourself Day
Date: February 26
Significance: Inconvenience Yourself Day isn't purely about making things worse for yourself with no rhyme-or-reason, as the name may suggest. Instead it actually has a greater focus on increasing awareness on how our actions can inconvenience others and encourages people to be selfless for at least one day, making decisions that inconvenience themselves for the benefit of their fellow human beings.
Details: Activities on this holiday can involve performing random acts of kindness to strangers, making people around you feel appreciated, making someone laugh, beubg patient on the roads and showing initiative by helping some in need even before they ask for assistance, among many other things.
World Plumbing Day
Date: March 11
Significance: A day when we recognize the contribution that plumbers have made to the planet, such as modern sanitation.
Description: In previous years there have been industry-sponsored events in Australia, New Zealand, China, USA, UK and India that aim to draw attention to the role that plumbing plays on the quality of life in the community. These activities include presentations about plumbing and health to school children, international poster competitions, street theater focusing on a plumbing theme and writing letters to the editor of local papers, articles in trade magazines and industry journals.
In the U.S a holiday equivalent 'Hug a Plumber Day' that takes place on April 25.
Origins: This holiday was created by The World Plumbing Council who achieved bipartisan resolution that formally designated March 11 as World Plumbing Day passed by the United States and Canadian Senates.
Duluth Trading Demonstrates How to Hug a Plumber on World Plumbing Day
Snowman Burning Day & Sechseläuten
Date: March 30 (SBD) & the third Monday in April (Sechseläuten).
Significance: In the good-old Christmas song Frosty the Snowman expresses concern about melting away in the sun. However there was arguably a much greater threat to Frosty's existence that the song writers omitted and that was being stuffed with explosives, set on fire and then eventually exploded for the joy spectators.
Similar to the pagan 'Wickerman' ceremony and the 'Burning Man' celebration in Nevada, USA, the Snowman Burning Day and Sechseläuten involves setting fire to a large effigy, though in this case its made to resemble a snowman.
Both traditions symbolize the end of winter and the welcoming of spring.
Details: Sechseläuten occurs in Zurich, Switzerland and involves building a giant snowman, named Böögg out of cotton and explosives. The finished sculpture can be over 3 meters high and one set ablaze people wait with anticipation to see how long it takes for the Böögg's head to explode. If the effigy is burning fast it can explode in under 6 minutes, but on occasions when its burning quite slow people have had to wait nearly 27-minutes to see the snowman explode. A traditional belief is that the faster Böögg burns and explodes, the better the following summer will be.
In the U.S the Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Michigan builds the snowman out of wood, straw, wire and paper destined for recycling. The snowman has also occasionally taken different shapes to coincide with public sentiment and current affairs at the time. For example during the women's liberation movement in the 1970s the effigy became the androgynous "snow person"; in the 1980s "snow clones" were torched during the controversy over cloning; and during the Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981) "snow Ayatollah Khomeini" was put to the flame.
History: Snowman Burning Day is a time-old tradition at LSSU, which was created in 1971 by a University PR-group that called themselves 'The Unicorn Hunters'. They took inspiration from the Rose Sunday Festival in Weinheim-an-der-Bergstrasse, Germany where straw snowmen were sometimes burned to mark the beginning of Spring.
Sechseläuten means "the ringing of the 6 o'clock bells" and the festival has been practiced in Switzerland since the medieval ages. The bells signified the end of winter working hours (around dusk) and the beginning of summer work hours (6pm), which allowed people to enjoy non-work daylight hours.
LSSU Annual Snowman Burning
Be Kind to a Lawyer Day
Date: April 8
Significance: An international day where society embraces lawyers and lets them know that they're appreciated.
Description: According to the event's official site, the day involves carrying out law-related activities, from taking a lawyer to breakfast, to saluting the flag outside of a courthouse, slipping "I object" and "You're out of order" into every day conversation or carrying out simple repairs around the house with a judge's gavel. And in case the day sounds unappealing, the site leaves us with an important, yet somewhat debatable, message that "Lawyers are Humans, Too!".
Origins: The holiday was created by non-lawyer Steven Hughes who worked alongside lawyers in his presentation and conference speaking work. When he mentioned to other people that he enjoyed working with lawyers, he was always surprised at their overly cynical, sarcastic and snarky replies.
Hughes was inspired to create National Be Kind to a Lawyer Day to challenge this public perception of lawyers. The day has gone on to be recognized internationally.
Lost Sock Memorial Day
Date: May 9
Significance: Ah, now here's one of the world's greatest mysteries - the occasional disappearance of one sock from every pair, forcing us to wear odd or mismatched socks. This day commemorates all those socks that went missing and the partner that they left behind.
Details: You can spend the day trying to locate any lost socks, but if the search efforts are all in vain then perhaps its time to consider disposing of the mismatched socks. Other activities can include having a sock party; a show-and-tell memorial; and gifting others a pair of socks.
International Panic Day
Day: June 18.
Significance: A key feature of modern society is a focus on keeping every day life organized, routine and where ever possible stress-free.
Panic Day is the complete antithesis of this foundation. This holiday encourages all people to release their inner manic by unleashing a year's worth of built up frustration, fear and anger while attempting to carry out their every day activities in a panicked frenzy.
Details: Suggested activities to honor this holiday, include creating a new religion; hyping yourself up on coffee; communicating through a megaphone or by yelling all day; pressuring the office to install a sound-proof padded panic room; convincing a pool manager to fill their pools with lime yoghurt; running frenzied through the streets exclaiming your stress; and standing on one foot in the middle of a large mall, waving your arms up and down while proclaiming “I’m a bad bad birdie, I’m a bad bad birdie".
Origins: While the origins of International Panic Day are difficult to pinpoint, there is a national version that occurs in the U.S on March 11, which was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com and co-sponsored by The Sky is Falling Committee.
INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY
Date: June 28 and October 22
Significance & History: The use of caps lock while typing emails or documents is usually for emphasis or to represent yelling. The June 28 version of the holiday was launched in 2009 to commemorate the life and death of television salesperson Billy Mays. The October 22nd version was created by Derek Arnold in 2000 who suggested that on this day every year people type only in caps locks.
The inspiration was somewhat cynical as Arnold explained to The Next Web"International Caps Lock Day is in fact a testament to the small mindedness of certain Western individuals: the majority of the world’s population writes in scripts which have no concept of letter casing. Therefore it is advised to laugh at anyone who invokes this day as an excuse to dismiss local typographical conventions: they are simply making an ass out of themselves".
According to the holiday's self-proclaimed homepage "CAPS LOCK DAY IS A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND FOREVER SCREAMING TEXT FOR ALL ETERNITY AND LOVE".
Details: To honor this holiday you simply have to type in uppercase for the entire day.
I Forgot Day
Date: July 2
Significance: Here's something that most of us can relate to: forgetting an important day or event, such as a birthday of a family member; a promise we made to a friend; or an anniversary with our partner.
Well this day is definitely one to remember, as it's an unofficial holiday where we are encouraged to attempt making amends with those who we have let down and angered with our lack of organization or poor memory.
The holiday is particularly versatile as you can also make up in advance for things that you believe you may forget in the future.
Details: The main objective of the day is to make show regret for forgetting something important to another person and attempting to make amends. This can be achieved by sending a card, buying a gift or taking them out to dinner.
Origins: Gaye Anderson, a Student Advisor at Davenport University, created 'I Forgot Day' around 1999. Anderson said that the holiday originated around a particularly forgetful period in her life.
"I had a heavy workload doing student service work, as well as teaching, and things were slipping by -- my daughter's anniversary, my daughter's birthday … my anniversary".
Actor Kurtwood Smith Takes Us Through The True Meaning of 'I Forgot Day'
Compliment Your Mirror Day
Date: July 3, 4 or 5.
Description: In case your self-respect is dwindling, this feel-good unofficial American holiday may help to prop up your outlook on life. This day involves looking into the mirror and paying a compliment to the person looking back at you.
San Fermin's Running of the Bulls
Date: 6 - 14 of July
Significance: While not a holiday by itself, the Running of the Bulls makes this list of strange international observances for being perhaps the only major festival event where the chance of being gored and stampeded by a herd of bulls is quite likely. The Running of the Bulls takes place in Southern Europe and several Latin American countries every year, though the most well known is the San Fermin (or Sanfermines) Festival held in Pamplona, the capital of the autonomous region of Navarre in northern Spain.
Description: The Encierro (bull run) starts at the corral in Calle Santo Domingo when the clock on the church of San Cernin strikes eight o"clock in the morning. Two rockets are then launched into the air and six fighting bulls charge behind the runners for 825 metres, which is the distance between the corral and the bullring. This also meets the need of transporting the bulls from outside of the city to the bullring. The run usually only lasts between three and four minutes, though occasionally it's lasted over ten minutes.
The bulls are accompanied by guides known as "mansos" that ensure that the bulls stay on track, while another group called "pasadores" are placed behind the bulls and make sure nobody approaches the bulls from behind and incites them to turn around and run in the wrong direction.
Bad Poetry Day
Date: August 18
Significance: The unfairness and prejudices of the society we live in ensures that only the good and great poets are publicly accepted.
Bad Poetry Day attempts to rectify this injustice by placing the spotlight on the efforts of aspiring and talent-lacking poets who effectively create mind-numbing, agonizingly painful and appallingly bad verse.
Details: The days encourages people to read, write or recite terrible poetry to somebody, often as an act of revenge. You can take some inspiration from renown bad poets such as William McGonagall, Julia Ann Moore, Amanda McKittrick Ros and James McIntyre (the latter of whom only wrote about cheese), who are among those considered the worst poets in history.
If you're feeling really creative you can also use the Vogon Poem Generator - the Vogon's being overly bureaucratic aliens featured in Douglas Adam's brilliant 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. This bureaucratic race are described as being some of the worst poets in the Universe.
Origins: The holiday was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy, who have copyrighted this event and several other oddball holidays.
Hug Your Boss Day
Date: August 22 or 23.
Significance: For some people there may be nothing more painful then talking to their boss, so the idea of giving their employer a hug is about as appealing as attempting to shake hands with an open barrel of sulfuric acid.
However if you have a great, friendly and supportive boss then here's an opportunity to express your appreciation for their leadership, with the warmth of a hug.
According to a poll taken on the British website National Hug Your Boss Day only 7% of participants hugged their boss when they greeted them, while 46% believed it was OK to never hug their boss.
Be Late For Something Day
Date: September 5
Significance: Be Late for Something Day offers the public the ultimate excuse to hit that snooze button and intentionally go late to work.
Detail: This unofficial holiday encourages procrastination, bad time management, tardiness, taking a step back from busy schedules and putting off anything that can be done on another day. The only real problem with the holiday is that its not nationally recognized in any country and few people know about it, so using it as an excuse for lateness may earn you some strange looks but probably won't get you off the hook.
There also exists an unofficial Procrastination Week that takes place every second week of March.
Origin: Be Late for Something Day and Procrastination Week was created by the Procrastinators’ Club of America Inc (created in 1956), which since 1957 has been led by Les Waas.
The Club's operates under it 'Procrastinator's Creed', which lists common values shared by all members, including the belief that "if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already"; that all deadlines should "be met in the proportion to the amount of bodily injury" that each member could expect from missing them; I could expect to receive from missing them"; and that all club members vow to become members of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (if it's ever created).
They're also known for endorsing the return to office of James Buchanan, a former President who died in 1868.
World Fingerpainting Day
Day: September 18
Significance & Details: Think back to when you were a child, when a work of art didn't require expensive canvas or fancy paint brushes. All that was needed was a hand, cheap paint and a lot of imagination.
This holiday returns us to such simplicity and celebrates the basic art of finger painting.
Origins: The holiday was created in 2011 by Reposocial, a collective of artists from a range of different fields, including painters, sculptors, film makers, musicians and poets. Movement founder, Andrew Morgan, who said that they created the international event after they heard from many people were deprived of opportunities to become artistic or demonstrate creativity due to the nature of their vocation or their lifestyle.
Morgan told ABC News that World Fingerpainting Day is about spreading the message that creativity is for everybody and not just an "exclusive domain of the artist, the child and the marketer. The initial event took place within cities in Australia, United States, The United Kingdom and Norway.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Date: September 19
Significance: An internationally celebrated day where people can embrace the classical, rugged language and swashbuckling profile of a pirate.
The day has become particularly important for The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical church group (though they do insist that they're a genuine religion and are not aiming for satire) who otherwise view every Friday as a religious holiday. The group claims that the creator of the universe is a Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) with the power of invisibility; that Heaven is a place filled with beer volcanoes and a stripper factory; that pirates are divine beings; and that there's a relationship between the diminishing number of pirates in recent centuries and global warming.
However the holiday is also celebrated by individuals outside of this group as well.
Details: The holiday only requires adherents to talk like a stereotypical pirate. This includes classical Pirate-Lingo 101 such as "Avast", "Aye", "Bilge Rat" and "Lubber"; to more advanced and recommended sayings such as "Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?" and "That’s the finest pirate booty I’ve ever laid eyes on".
Some people celebrate the day by dressing like a pirate as well.
History: International Talk Like a Pirate Day was created by John Baur and Mark Summers, with the idea originating during a game of racquetball on June 6 1995. While playing the two men began firing cliché pirate quotes back-and-forth across the court, which they found enhanced the enjoyment of the game to such a degree that by the end of their match they agreed that the world needed an official day where people could speak like pirates.
The day for the holiday was made September 19, as June 6 marked the anniversary of D-Day. The duo decided that columnist Dave Barry should be the spokesperson for the holiday and from there the holiday received an increasing amount of exposure and fans.
Be Bald And Free Day
Date: October 14
Significance: Men and women who experience hair loss admit to often being very self-conscious with feelings of embarrassment and a lack of confidence when they're in public. Some resort to covering up their scalp with concealers, hats and toupees, often to limited effect.
Details: Here's a day to cast aside any head-covering and proudly display your "chrome dome" for all to see as you go about your daily routine. You can further celebrate the liberation of your scalp from those pesky hair follicles by reflecting on all the advantages of finally losing that easily-tangled, labor-intensive mop that once clung to your scalp.
Why not go out and buy yourself a special present with all that money that would have otherwise gone towards shampoo, conditioners, haircuts, gels and other hair products.
Think about all the time that you've gained by no longer having to style your hair, while your vain colleagues sink hours of their precious life every day to fuss over theirs.
Wear your baldness like a badge of honor as you enjoy a stroll during a windy day and remain relatively unscathed compared to fellow pedestrians, whose fancy hair styles are ruined in moments thanks to a merciless roaring wind.
Create a Great Funeral Day
Date: October 30
Significance: It's an inevitable fact of life that we''ll all die one day. It sucks, but thankfully you can now avoid thinking of your own mortality and this inescapable fate year-round by dedicating just one day a year to planning that customary epilogue to every life: your funeral.
Description: The day involves sitting down with loved ones and discussing what you would want at your funeral so that that when the time comes they wont struggle quite as much in juggling funeral preparations and their grief.
History: Create a Great Funeral Day was created Stephanie West Allen in 2000 after she saw her husband struggle to put together a meaningful funeral for his mother, who had not left any instructions or suggestions. Allen also went on to author Creating Your Own Funeral or Memorial Service: A Workbook.
Haunted Refrigerator Night
Day: October 30
Significance: This ultra-scary event involves exploring the lowest unlit reaches of your refrigerator and uncovering the horrors that dwell within the midst of consumables that have long since passed their expiration date.
Description: Gather a group of friends, turn of the lights and under the candlelight's glow venture the mostly ignored realms of the refrigerator's lower shelf rear where even the contents of a long forgotten container can prove truly horrifying.
Origins: This holiday was created by Ruth and Thomas Roy, who have created a number of off-beat holidays. This pre-Halloween event also occurs on the same day as 'Devil Night' or 'Mischief Night' where people carry out mostly harmless pranks in the community.
Chaos Never Ends Day
Date: November 9
Significance: For most of us life is a hectic, unorganized, non-stop sequence of unforeseen events that drain our physical energy, increase our stress levels and makes us wish more-and-more for a day of relaxation.
But as we get older our lives become more chaotic and that hope for personal down time or a day of carefree luxury becomes a progressively distant and fading pipe dream. Though we may get an occasional quiet moment to ourselves it never seems to last long enough, as situations continuously arise that drag us back into a life of stress, disorganization and chaos.
Details: On this unofficial holiday we come to terms and accept our lifestyle choices, work commitments and personal relationships that have ensnared us in self-created, inescapable, never-ending and occasionally maddening web of chaos. Thankfully this demoralizing holiday lasts only a single day.
Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day
Date: November 12
Significance: We all love pizza but not everybody enjoys anchovies, which appear as a common ingredient on many pizza types. For some people these salty, bony and crunchy fish can ruin a pizza after they've placed their order but noticed too late that it includes anchovies.
For some reason, a group of people have seen the need to dedicate this day to the pursuit of consuming a pizza with all toppings, without any risk of contamination from anchovies.
Have a Bad Day Day
Date: November 19
Significance: If you work in customer service you're probably pretty sick of wishing customers a good day, particularly abusive ones who have just spent the last ten minutes angrily harassing you. Well here's a day specifically for telling customers that you don't wish them a good day at all, but instead wish them misfortune and bad luck.
Details: The day simply requires customer service agents to end a conversation with customers by telling them to have a 'bad day', rather than the customary 'good day'.
Origin: Another unofficial holiday created by Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com.
Make Your Own Head Day!
Date: November 28
Details: This day allows people to reflect on their own personal identity by creating a replica of their own head in some creative or artistic medium. This can be done within a self-portrait, a sculpture or even something edible like a cake.
Annual Day of the Ninja
Date: December 5
Significance & Origin: For years people worldwide have pondered over the critical questions of our existence: "What is the Meaning of Life"; "Are we alone in the Universe?"; and of coarse "Which is cooler - Pirates or Ninjas?"
Unfortunately there's no consensus to any of these questions. However, with pirates already having their own official day, it's only fair that ninjas too enjoy the limelight and have a day dedicated to them as well.
In fact the two holidays don't seem to get along with the Annual Day of the Ninja being created in 2003 by Ninja Burger as a direct response to Talk Like a Pirate Day. And so the timeless battle between the two groups rages on.
Details: The day involves people appearing in public areas dressed as ninjas. Participants of coarse attempt to play the role as well by demonstrating ninja-like agility, stealth and acrobatics.
Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Dates: December 16
Description: Author Geraldine Solon once wrote that "too much chocolate is like having too much love—you can't get enough". This sentiment is shared by those who celebrate an obscure and unofficial holiday known as 'Chocolate Covered Anything Day'.
As the name suggests it involves covering any type of food or object with chocolate. The holiday encourages over-indulgence and experimentation, testing new and unusual chocolate-covered recipes such as beef tenderloin smothered in a rosemary, chocolate, and wine sauce. Or for a real stroke of inspiration check out the Pescalate commercial below (actually the advertisement is really for Ayudin dish washing liquid, but its pretty epic none-the-less)
The Ultimate Indulgence: Pescalate, Fish Chocolate
Date: December 18
Significance: Let's face it - we've all experienced someone giving us a present that seems to miss all of our interests and serves no practical purpose in our life. Yes, we might act surprised and feign happiness and gratitude, but the truth is that once we get home that gift will most likely be relocated to a bin or buried indefinitely within a cupboard.
Details: National Re-Gifting Day promotes recycling, saving money and environmental conservation by blowing the dust off those old unwanted presents and re-gifting them to your co-workers at your next office party rather then letting them go to waste. According to a poll on the event's official site, around 41% of people of people re-gift presents to their co-workers with 62% of respondents stating that they re-gift because they think its something that that the recipient will really like.
Origins: The holiday was created by Money Management International, which also encourages re-gifting parties or giving presents away to charity.
Though this is generally an unofficial holiday in the U.S, Governor Bill Ritter Jr of the State of Colorado has officially recognized this event.
Date: December 23
Significance: A secular non-commercial alternative to Christmas. It's often promoted as "a Festivus for the Rest of Us".
Details: Festivus involves several customs such as erecting an aluminium pole instead of a Christmas tree; 'The Airing of Grievances' where adherents voice complaints against each other and about general mishaps that have occurred to them throughout the year; and 'The Feats of Strength' where the head of the household wrestles another member or a guest.
Origins: The holiday was created in 1966 by the father of Dan O'Keefe, a writer for the popular Sitcom 'Seinfeld'. The tradition was revealed as a side-plot in a Seinfeld episode known as 'The Strike', in which George Constanza's family upholds this holiday tradition instead of Christmas. Those who celebrate Festivus tend to follow the practices from the show, which promoted the event as a 'Festivus for the rest of us'.
However the real Festivus in the O'Keefe household had many differences to what was portrayed in the sitcom. The real Festivus did not officially involve members of the household wrestling and instead of a pole the central symbol of Festivus was a clock and a bag or sometimes a clock inside of a bag that was then nailed to a wall. The symbolism or significance of this act was never explained to O'Keefe.
Traditionally Festivus never had any set date either and could happen any time between September and May.
Day: December 31
Significance: Closing off this list is probably the most perplexing of all unofficial holidays. Unlucky Day really has no rhyme or reason to have ever existed and as there's no way to plan for bad luck, there's also no real process to adhere or organize yourself for this obscure offbeat holiday.
This day is meant to bring people unprecedented misfortune, increasing our anticipation for a new year and a new start.