Every year on March 26th is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. For real. No joke.
On this day, you can make your own holiday, promote it or not, that’s up to you. Celebrate it however you want to. What else can be more fun than that?
If somebody asks you who authorized it, then tell them the great Thomas and Ruth Roy officially said so. If they won’t believe you, say this holiday is officially listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events.
Your Own Special Day
I actually made my own holiday to be celebrated on the same day, every 26th of March starting on 2014. I call it the Go Ahead, Write and Publish It Online Day. On this day you are all invited to join me celebrate it. I’ll create a blog, perhaps a logo, maybe promote in through social media and who knows it might just catch on.
I decided to officially celebrate it on the same day as the Make Up Your Own Holiday because coincidentally on that day back in March 26, 2011* I published my first article on Yahoo! News. So what better way than to commemorate that on the same glorious day.
Incidentally, that article is still online. You can read it at this link. It was meant to be a commentary or an Op-Ed piece but I believe it still is as relevant today as it was when it first came out in print.
*Note: For some unknown reason the date on the Yahoo! News article is set for March 28, 2011. But I’m pretty sure that it was on a Saturday that the article was first published, I actually found out about it only on the following Monday (March 28th). So if you are as confused as I am then go right ahead and celebrate my holiday on that day if you wish. No worries. Happy “Go Ahead and Write and Publish It Online “Day! And while you’re at it, you should write and publish something yourself.
Real Wacky Holidays
Of course it’s no wackier than any of the oddball holidays that have been created in recent years but it’s my own holiday – I made it. Here are three of the wackiest holidays I’ve come across with and I’d like to show you as an inspiration for you to create your own.
1. La Tomatina: The World’s Biggest Food Fight
On the last Wednesday of August thousands of people flock to the town of Bunol near Valencia in Spain to join in a weeklong celebration culminating with the world’s largest tomato fight.
2. National Underwear Day
Also in August, on the 5th is Underwear Day. For over 10 years, people have been parading in their undies and the biggest participation so far was in 2013. Although I am pretty sure each succeeding year surpasses the previous year.
3. The Naked Festival
On the other side of the world at Inazawa, Japan, on the third Saturday of February is the “Hadaka Matsuri” or the Naked Festival. On this day, participants also dress down to their undies in the bitter cold and they would pretty much be like contestants on a Japanese game show. One thing to note is among all the near-naked bodies is someone who is totally buck naked. And all the other semi-naked festival goers believe touching the naked guy will bring them good luck and happiness. Good luck with that.
Can you top those?