People all over the world celebrate holidays every year because certain days have been designated to honor special people, historical events and religious reasons. Most likely you are aware of the typical holidays listed on our calendar, but there are many other holidays not on that calendar that are celebrated by many. Here are a few of those unusual holidays you might want to add to your calendar to celebrate this year.
International Tuba Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in May, this holiday exists to recognize musicians around the world who play the tuba. This is a very heavy and large instrument that takes a special musician to manage it and it is truly important to the complete sound of any band.
Not all tubas are the same and can weigh as little as 12 pounds, and as many as fifty. We can thank Weibrecht and Moritz, who lived in Germany for the tuba which they patented in 1835. As their weight varies, so does the number of valves numbering as few as three and as many as six.
Let’s give a big toot of the horn for the big “Oomph” that they contribute to concert music.
No Socks Day – This holiday gets its foot in the door the 8th of May each year. This day is to provide freedom to those all around the world that have been kept captive in shoes everywhere. Although your toes may be enjoying a breath of fresh air when set free, people everywhere may not be enjoying the same breath of fresh air as their toes are. There is one requirement on no socks day and that is that you wash your feet prior to participating, this may have a positive impact on that breath of fresh air we mentioned earlier. This is an actual copyrighted holiday and we have the folks at Wellcat.com to thank.
Birth Mothers Day – Originally celebrated in 1990 and created by birth mothers in Seattle, Washington and they encourage its celebration to promote compassion and understanding regarding the issue of birth mothers. This is a controversial holiday as there are those mothers that experience guilt and remorse for having given up their child who don’t care to celebrate. Other mothers feel they should celebrate with all of the mothers celebrating on the second Sunday in May. Observing this holiday certainly is a personal choice and should be respected by all.
Tap Dance Day – Created in honor of the legendary tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson this holiday is celebrated on his birthday on May 25th with his birth year being 1878. This holiday was signed into law by none other than President George Bush on November 7, 1989. A few ways that people celebrate this day are:
- Learning how to tap dance
- Learning about the honoree
- Watching a movie that includes tap dancing
- Learning more about this legendary dance