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One of my favorite holidays rolls around every September 19th…aaargh, matey!
In 1965, friends John Baur and Mark Summers decided there was a need to create this holiday and succeeded in having a day named for talking like a pirate.
Aaargh, matey, be ye pirate or be ye landlubber, this be our day to raise the skull and bones and celebrate by speaking pirate-ese, even if we incur the wrath of those less interested in this noble pursuit…aaargh.
Being a co-founder of the Pirates of the Pearl River, founded in 2009 with my buddy Greg Woodhall while imbibing grog one evening on the banks of the Pearl River in China, I enjoy this holiday!
I wondered what other unique holidays might be out there, and an online search turned up many unique holidays. Some holidays claim an entire month, some a week, and some last only a day.
September is Fall Hat Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, Self Improvement Month, National Courtesy Month, and Better Breakfast Month, just to mention a few. I’m in favor of more courtesy, better breakfasts, and the wearing of a fine chapeau, but how did blueberry popsicles merit a month-long celebration?
Some special days in September are well known, such as Labor Day and Oktoberfest, which begins in September and ends in October, but some holidays are not well known. There’s Make Your Bed Day (9/11), Fortune Cookie Day (9/13), and Elephant Appreciation Day (9/22). How do you show appreciation to an elephant? Maybe by going to the zoo?
On National Comic Book Day (9/25), do we celebrate by calling in sick and spend the day in bed reading old comic books? Does anyone even have old comic books nowadays?
On Confucius Day (9/29), we can comment wisely on the meaning of life and make sage predictions. I have a beverage coaster that quotes Confucius as saying “I never said all that stuff.”
We could combine National Cheeseburger Day (9/18) and National Chocolate Milkshake Day (9/12) for a real treat. If we gain a few pounds, blame it on someone else…Blame Someone Else Day (9/13).
Hobbit Day (9/22) is the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. It could be celebrated by reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, going barefoot and having seven meals in one day.
The Lantern Festival (9/21), also called the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake Festival, is one of the biggest annual holidays in China and many Asian countries. It is one of the oldest holidays in the world, dating back thousands of years.
October is well known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but few know it is also National Cookie Month, National Pizza Month, and…duh…Sarcastic Month.
We all know Halloween and Columbus Day are in October, but how about Name Your Car Day (10/2)! Does your car have a name? Most do! Google “names for your car” and you will see some thoughtful recommendations. I name my cars “Greased Lightning” after the car in the movie Grease. My brother had a black Suburban he named “Black Mamba”. Some car names are tongue-in-cheek. Is there a Tongue in Cheek Day? Didn’t find one, but there is Stick Out Your Tongue Day in July.
Mad Hatter Day (10/6) is followed by Bald and Free Day (10/7). Maybe all this can be better understood on Curious Events Day (10/9).
Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day (10/13) might have been combined with Plush Animal Lover’s Day (10/28). What about those of us who don’t have a teddy bear? I might be able to find an old Beanie Baby in the back of a closet somewhere around here.
There’s Count Your Buttons Day (10/21). Is it important to keep an inventory on buttons?
Monthly, weekly and daily unique and bizarre holidays go on for every month, week and day of the year. I hope you enjoy your favorite unusual holidays.
Talk Like a Pirate Day is one of my favorites in September, so I’ll have to close with…keep your powder dry, fire one over their bow, shiver me timbers, and aaargh, matey!