Between National Popcorn Day and National Hugging Day, there are plenty of unusual holidays celebrated in North America and promoted by several companies that can relate to the special day and even offer free giveaways. Although the holiday may not be worthy of a day off at work, it is still recognized by plenty of people who appreciate the day for just as many reasons.
Plum Pudding Day, Feb. 12
Only a portion of the population enjoys the occasional serving of pudding, and even fewer regularly partake in the consumption of plum pudding. Not only does the dish not contain any plums, but it is also more similar to cake in its texture. England is known for enjoying this treat more than North American nations, and plums are known to be more popular in Asian cultures. Maybe someone in North America enjoys this holiday, but its origination on this continent is a mystery.
Get a Different Name Day, Feb. 13
Although some may have fun with this holiday, it could make things quite difficult at the office when everyone changes their names for a day. Although it’s fun to be a Brenda if you’ve been a Stacey your whole life, it will undoubtedly make for an entertaining, yet confusing day.
Hoodie Hoo Day, Feb. 20
Hoodie Hoo Day makes for the quirkiest days of the year as people celebrate it by shouting, “Hoodie hoo!” while waving their hands above their heads at noon. Participants are supposed to shout the expression in the supermarket, library or wherever they happen to be when noon strikes. This holiday began as a way to chase away winter with spring, even if makes you look a bit goofy.
If there’s ever a day to wake up with anxiety, it’s on Panic Day. If you enjoy thinking of your biggest fears all day long and stressing out, then you’ll appreciate this holiday even more.
Pop Goes The Weasel Day, June 14
The children’s nursery rhyme that dates back to the 17th century is seemingly popular enough to earn its own day out of the year for those who enjoy reciting it. This holiday is most likely a favorite for literature buffs who enjoy the nostalgia it offers.
Knife Day, Aug. 24
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This American holiday has its own Facebook fan page, which celebrates knives in every form. Even though it’s an unusual holiday, maybe one of the oldest tools known to man deserves its own day to be recognized and appreciated by knife collectors and enthusiasts. Let’s hope no one decides to carry one in public as a way to celebrate.
There might not be any way to honor this holiday, and there’s no known records as to how it began. Some assume that it may be based on the novel Waiting for the Barbarians, based on the story of a magistrate who falls in love with a barbarian. Unless you want to dress as a barbarian and look foolish on this North American holiday, it’s probably best to forget it exists.
What can be scarier or more peculiar than a day celebrating the occult? It’s probably a better day to stay inside and lock the doors if you don’t want to be dragged into a secret society.
Have A Bad Day Day, Nov. 19
It’s easy to assume that the Grinch or Scrooge invented this holiday, prompting bad luck on an otherwise normal day. It’s a copyrighted holiday that is supposed to cause store clerks and those those in customer service to say “Have a bad day,” instead of the typical, “Have a good day.” If you want to participate in this negative day, don’t be surprised if you gain a few enemies and get a dirty look or two.
What is the strangest holiday you celebrate?