Strange Days – The World’s Top 75 Silly Holidays and Commemoration Days

As I am wont to do on a Tuesday morning in July, I was daydreaming about International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which I make a point of honoring every year. And, in true Carrie Bradshaw style, I “couldn’t help but wonder” how many other silly holidays and commemoration days there are in the world.

A quick trawl round the ‘Net revealed that there are in fact hundreds of weird and wonderful holidays and commemoration days celebrated around the world. Far too many to list here, so here are my top 75. They’re all real – Google them if you don’t believe me!

16 January – Appreciate a Dragon Day

22 January – Answer your Cat’s Questions Day (‘When’s dinner?’ ‘What’s for dinner?’ ‘Dinner?’)

26 January – Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

31 January – National Gorilla Suit Day

7 February – Wave all your Fingers at your Neighbours Day

8 February – Laugh and Get Rich Day

13 February – Blame Someone Else Day

21 February – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

3 March – What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs Day

14 March – International Fanny Pack Day (possibly only funny in the UK)

20 March – Snowman Burning Day (how does that work?)

31 March – National “She’s Funny That Way” Day

11 April – International “Louie Louie” Day

15 April – Take a Wild Guess Day

23 April – Talk like Shakespeare Day

24 April – National Hairball Awareness Day

26 April – Hug an Australian Day

1 May – No Pants Day

3 May – Lumpy Rug Day

3 May – National Two Different Coloured Shoes Day

4 May – Respect for Chickens Day

9 May- Stay up All Night Day

13 May – Root Canal Appreciation Day

14 May – National Chicken Dance Day

20 May – International Day of Dishwashing Liquids

22 May – National Wig Out Day

28 May – Slugs Return from Capistrano Day

2 June – Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day

6 June – Doo-dah Day

8 June – Upsy Daisy Day

19 June – World Sauntering Day

22 June – Stupid Guy Thing Day

26 June – Ugly Dog Day

29 June – Please Take my Children to Work Day (…because they are driving me bloomin’ mad)

1 July – Second Half of the Year Day

2 July – I Forget Day

3 July – Compliment your Mirror Day (oh baby, you’re soooo good at reflections…)

6 July – Take your Webmaster to Lunch Day

10 July – Don’t Step on a Bee Day

13 July – Embrace your Geekness Day

22 July – Spoonerism Day

25 July – Cow Appreciation Day (oh Daisy, you’re really moo-tiful)

7 August – Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

8 August – Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbour’s Porch Night (could this be any more random?)

12 August – Sewing Machine Day

17 August – Meaning of “is” Day (go on then – what does “is” mean?)

22 August – Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day

28 August – Race your Mouse Around the Icons Day

28 August – Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

5 September – Be Late for Something Day

19 September – International Talk Like a Pirate Day

19 September – Wife Appreciation Day

19 September – Big Whopper Liar Day (I’m sure there’s a way to combine all three of 19 September’s silly holidays…)

26 September – Fish Amnesty Day (don’t worry, Codfather – you’re safe, for one day only)

12 October – International Moment of Frustration Scream Day

12 October – National Kick Butt Day

14 October – Be Bald and Be Free Day

17 October – World Toy Camera Day

22 October – Caps Lock Day (or is that CAPS LOCK DAY?)

27 October – Cranky Co-Workers Day

30 October – Create a Great Funeral Day (like you’re going to be around to enjoy it…)

30 October – Haunted Refrigerator Night

8 November – Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (my husband’s socks ought to do the trick)

18 November – Married to a Scorpio Support Day

19 November – World Toilet Day

19 November – Have a Bad Day Day

20 November – Name your PC Day (I typed this list on Beryl, my trusty laptop)

25 November – Tie One On Day

30 November – Stay at Home because you’re Well Day

1 December – Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day (totally baffled by this one… anyone?)

5 December – Ninja Day

5 December – Bathtub Party Day (those bathtubs really know how to celebrate)

15 December – Cat Herders Day

16 December – Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

And if none of those tickle your fancy, there’s always 26 March – Make up your Own Holiday Day.




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