How to Celebrate Pi Day on March 14
March 14 is Pi Day. This date was chosen because it is a celebration of π, a transcendental number, a constant which is approximately 3.14, since the date is generally written as 3/14 in the United States.
The holiday was created by Larry Shaw in 1988, and the United States Congress recognized it as an official holiday on March 14, 2009. We don't get to take the day off, but we can celebrate the day by bringing out our inner mathematician.
More importantly, we can all do our part to make it the next over-commercialized holiday that it is meant to be.
This article presents many ways in which to celebrate Pi Day, and has included ways that you too can commercialize this important holiday.
Memorize and Recite the Digits
The digital representation of the irrational number π never ends and never repeats. One fun way to spend Pi Day is to memorize and recite the digits of Pi. See how far you and your friends can get, and award a prize to the one who can go out the farthest.
According to Wikipedia, in 2004, Daniel Tammett was able to recite 22,514 digits of Pi. You could try to beat that world's record.
Have a Pi Day Party
Any day is a great day to have a party, and Pi Day provides a great reason to have one. Whether you take turns rapping out the digits of Pi, or have a pie bake-off, or sit around eating movies and watching movies, or performing mathematical calculations using π, you and your guests are sure to have a great time with ice that is in the shape of π.
Traditionally pi day is celebrated with baking a pie. Purchasing a pie is also acceptable. Adding the Pi symbol to the pie is preferable. Without the symbol, it is like celebrating a birthday cake without candles. Using a Pi pie plate adds a special touch to the festivities.
Besides eating pie, you can also eat other circular things like cookies and tortillas. You can also eat things that begin with the letters "pi" like pineapple, pistachios, pinto beans, pizza, and pine nuts.
Perform Circle Calculations
A great way to celebrate Pi day is to remember and realize the importance of Pi. In Euclidean plane geometry, pi is the ratio of the circle's circumference to its diameter. The result is a constant number.
You may remember from school that π is used to calculate parts of a circle. One exciting way to spend Pi Day is to calculate the circumference, diameter, or area of all of the circles you see.
The area of a circle is calculated by taking π times the square of the radius.
The circumference of the circle is calculated as pi times the diameter.
The diameter of the circle is calculated as 2 times the radius.
To commercialize this endeavor, you could charge people for these calculations, although I am not sure how a large a market there is for circle calculations. Alternatively, you could buy or sell lots of things that are circular.
Walk Around in Circles
The way Larry Shaw celebrated Pi Day is to walk around the circular spaces of the San Francisco Exploratorium where he worked as a physicist. You too can celebrate the day by walking around a circle with a group of friends or coworkers. To make this a commercial enterprise, you can find an especially intriguing circular path, and charge money for people to walk on it.
Since Larry Shaw also ate fruit pies to celebrate the day, selling pieces of pie would add to the commercial value.
Kicking back and watching movies is a perfectly acceptable way to spend Pi day. Watching movies π is traditional, but you can also watch movies about Pi. The movie Life of Pi is another option.
Watching a movie about mathematics is a great way to bring out your inner scholar and maybe learn a thing or two about math in the process. If you prefer, watching movies about pie will do in a pinch. If you are really desperate, you can even watch movies that start with the letters "Pi", like The Piano or Pink Panther, or Pirates of the Caribbean.
Albert Einstein Look Alike Contest
Since it is also Albert Einstein's birthday, March 14 is a great way to celebrate his birthday as well. What better way to do that than to have a lookalike contest. You can charge an entrance fee for participation, or charge people to vote on the one who looks most like him.
No day can be complete without the proper clothing and accessories. There is a wide array of π t-shirts and jewelry so you can spend the day in a stylish fashion. You will instantly look smarter, and people may even begin to think that you are smart enough to take apart and fix their computer.
If you cannot get your friends and family to celebrate Pi day with you, or prefer to celebrate it alone, these books are great to sharpen your math skills and celebrate the festive occasion.
You might even want to read these books throughout the year to continue on the celebration, and have time to gather all sorts of knowledge to spend the next Pi Day being knowledgeable.
There are even books you can buy for your children, so they can become smart, and you can take credit for the genes. This will make you look smarter without the studious effort on your part.
You can spend Pi Day creating the symbol π by using its numerical digits. See how big a symbol you can make.
There are bonus points for writing a computer program which can do this for you.
Carry the Celebration On Throughout the Year
If you didn't get a chance to celebrate Pi Day, or simply want to continue the celebration, the approximate fraction of π is 22/7, so you can also celebrate Pi Approximation Day on July 22.
We can also look forward to 2015, when on Pi Day at 9:26:53, the date will be 3/14/15 at 9:26:53, corresponding to 3.141592653.
Celebrate Pi Day
As you can see, there are many fun and exciting ways you can celebrate this important holiday that commemorates the mathematical symbol, π. By using circular shapes and things that start with the letters "pi" you are well on your way of celebrating this important occasion.
Purchasing t-shirts, ice cube trays, and pencils that include the symbol π are an important step of commercializing this holiday, and in looking like a mathematical genius.