Happy (Insert Holiday Here)!

Brandon Bybee, Columnist

Everyone and their dog has heard of Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Thanksgiving, but not everyone knows the smaller, much weirder holidays that happen all the time. Almost every day of the year is a unique celebration for things that few people would consider to celebrate. It is strange how they even became holidays, and how they get known publicity.

One of the more popular strange holidays is National Doughnut Day. National Doughnut Day is celebrated in the United States, and is on the first Friday of June of each year. It celebrates the doughnut event created by The Salvation Army in Chicago, 1938, to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, says The Salvation Army. Most people now think of it as a way to get cheap doughnuts, but it’s more than that.

Another odd holiday is National Columnist Day. Columnist Day is observed each year on April 18. On this day, we celebrate all newspaper columnists and their contributions to the truth in black and white. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977, helps promote National Columnist Day annually. On this same day in 1994, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, died while fighting in World War II. We celebrate this day in his honor.

Some of the less known holidays are more strange than imaginable. A few are Macintosh Computer Day, Create A Vacuum Day, Lame Duck Day, Zipper Day, and Donald Duck Day. There are a lot more weird holidays, but there are too many to list. Many of the holiday’s origins are simple. If the idea gets enough publicity through social media, it becomes a holiday.

These holidays are strange, and many are meaningless. There are a few that mean things that are important such as World Cancer Day. It is interesting to find out why we celebrate the things we do, especially when it is something as strange as Daylight Appreciation Day. These holidays’ existence is almost as strange as the fact that some people actually celebrate them. So, grab a calendar, open Google, and find the strange days you want to participate in.