Strange, Bizarre And Weird August Holidays
Strange August Holidays & Celebrations That You May Not Know About In 2014
If you're looking for strange, weird, wacky, unknown or unusual holidays that take place this August, then you're in the right place.
Although, you will find some of the more common holidays that take place in August, the bulk of the lens will concentrate on those you may not know exist. Most will be authentic, some may be a little questionable, but all will be interesting (and a great excuse to celebrate).
One more thing you should know before continuing on is that this is not the end all and be all list of bizarre holidays in August. I've chosen days that I find interesting and will continue to add to the list as I find another one, whether celebrated nationally or internationally. Enjoy the lens and have fun celebrating all the odd holidays that speak to you.
Above photo by Sarah Boerger-SMith / flickr.
National Catfish Month - This is the month to eat catfish every single day.
Take a moment to thank catfish farmers all over the world, as the majority of the catfish we buy in stores comes from them. Other than visiting an actual farm, there is only one way to celebrate this wonderful day - eat catfish!
National Lighthouse Day
Our Federal Government took over the responsibilities of building, operating and maintenance of U.S. lighthouses on August 7, 1789. They realized the vital role they played in helping ships find safe harbor during storms and other bad weather. Over the years lighthouses have saved countless lives due to their powerful, focused lights. Even though they are rarely used today, they still remain a symbol of safety to a lot of folks. There's always a sense of majestic beauty whenever you see one, perhaps reflecting the feeling of hope sailors and captains must have felt when seeing one during bad weather.
The perfect way to celebrate this unknown holiday is to visit a lighthouse near you. They are beautiful to behold.
Vinyl Record Day - August 12th
Despite our advances in storing and recording music, the CD still can't come close to the rich sounds you get from a vinyl record. People are slowly discovering this and are actually going back to the turntable to experience better sound from their favorite bands and musicians. Many record companies are also starting to realize that there is still a market for records, as well.
To people who grew up with the record player, this is no surprise, but those who didn't are always amazed at the difference between a vinyl record and an mp3 file or CD. Celebrate this day by giving it a try.
This is one of the best turntables you can buy for under $300 and a great starting place for those who are not sure if they want to delve into vinyl records. Very good sound and easy to use.
International Left-Handers Day - August 13th
Left-handed people unite! This rarely known and strange August holiday is the day to be proud of your dominant hand. Celebrated worldwide.
Relaxation Day - August 15th
Finding a way to celebrate this wacky holiday shouldn't be too hard, as all you have to do is do something that makes you feel good. As for myself, I like to spread activities out over the whole day and keep it going as long as possible. It doesn't matter if you like playing golf, watching movies or spending the day on the beach; this is a day for everyone.
National Hug Your Boss Day
Every 3rd Friday in August (17th)
Do you have the best boss in the world? Well, if you do, then you should definitely treat them well on this day. Now, I know that everyone won't want to give them a hug, but there are other ways to show your appreciation.
Maybe you could buy them a cool gift, take them out to dinner or just thank them for being such a wonderful person to work for. The decision to actually hug them will be up to you.
International Geocaching Day - Every 3rd Saturday (18th)
National Aviation Day - August 19th
This day's origins dates back to1939 when U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt made it a holiday. It was made a holiday to honor the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur), who jump started the entire world with their first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17, 1903.
While the power of flight has made our planet a lot smaller, there is no question that it has given to us far more than it has take from us. Why not celebrate the day by putting together a model or flying an RC plane?
To get good results, you'll need good modeling cement and good paint.
National Waffle Day - August 24th
This day celebrates the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron, but the way to celebrate this bizarre holiday is by eating waffles. If you don't have a waffle iron, don't worry. Most restaurants do make waffles; you'll just have to look a little bit ahead of time. One warning though, those restaurants are unlikely to be the chain restaurants like McDonalds, since waffles take a little time to cook (they are worth the wait).
Frankenstein Day - August 30th
There are more than one day that celebrates this wonderful character. The one that occurs in August is in honor of its creator - Mary Shelley (1797-1851).
Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus), published back in 1818 gave us one of the most memorable characters in horror. What better way to celebrate this day than by watching or reading about the classic monster?
Even More Weird and Bizarre August Holidays
More strange holidays that I haven't had a chance to research yet.
1-U.S. Air Force Day, World Wide Web Day
2-Ice Cream Sandwich Day
4-National Chocolate Chip Day, U.S. Coast Guard Day
5-International Beer Day, Work Like A Dog Day
7-Purple Heart Day, Celebrate The Sun Day
8-Happiness Happens Day
11-Son and Daughter Day
12-International Youth Day
13-Feel Guilty Day
14-National Creamsicle Day, National Navajo Code Talkers Day
15-Best Friends Day
16-Tell A Joke Day
17-National Thrift Shop Day
18-Bad Poetry Day, Mail Order Catalog Day
19-World Humanitarian Day
21-Senior Citizen's Day
22-Be An Angel Day
25-Kiss and Make Up Day
26-Women's Equality Day
27-Global Forgiveness Day, Just Because Day
28-Race Your Mouse Day
29-More Herbs Less Salt Day
30-National Toasted Marshmallow Day
31-National Trail Mix Day