A Case For Fake Holidays

by Emilia Petrarca
August 19, 2014
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People in the media love to hate on fake holidays, and for good reason. If you’re writing about a certain National [Blank] Day, chances are you’re strapped for content. But there’s also a slight possibility that you’re a fake holiday-loving person like me who will take any excuse to celebrate…anything.

It’s always a pleasant surprise to learn that it’s National Whatever Day not only because it’s an excuse to indulge in something random, but also because HOLIDAYS = DISCOUNTS. National Tequila Day, for example, meant city-wide discounts on margaritas. It also meant that had it not been National Tequila Day, my wallet and my hungover self would have been much happier the following morning. Such is the fake holiday conundrum: to jubilee or not to jubilee?

Jubilee. The answer is always jubilee. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate a fake holiday? You can take off work for National Nap on a Weekday Day (May 11) or, even better, there’s National Recess at Work Day (August 21). With 365 days in a year, there’s no doubt a fake holiday out there for everyone.

Here are some of my favorite fake holidays if you’re still not sold:

1. Static Electricity Day (January 9)
2. Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day (January 22)
3. Laugh and Get Rich Day (February 8)
4. What if Cats Had Opposable Thumbs Day (March 3)
5. No Pants Day (May 2)
6. Plan Your Epitaph Day (July 23)
7. Ask a Stupid Question Day (September 30)
8. Evaluate Your Life Day (October 19)
9. Bird Herders Day (December 15)
10. Fake Holiday Appreciation Day (hereby decreed by yours truly)

Are you celebrating? If so, are we invited?

Image shot by Ben Toms for Dazed & Confused

REPLIES
  • http://lisaldn.com LisaLDN

    Haha, I have never actually given this any thought, but I do love the idea of a fake holiday! Any reason to celebrate, right? :)

  • Kandeel

    Waffle day- March 25th
    Blueberry Pancake day- January 28th
    French Toast day- November 28th
    Any day that requires me to eat breakfast food is a good day :’))

  • http://www.dominiquecandido.com Dominique
  • http://www.flightsandfeasts.com/ Diana @ Flights+Feasts

    “Evaluate Your Life Day” … Is that just like spending Christmas in your home town, comparing yourself to your former schoolmates, but without the presents to look forward to at the end of the holiday?

  • http://adeliberateimagination.wordpress.com/ CJKEYS2

    My half birthday. (Nov 12, guys)

  • ee_by_cc

    National Chicken and Waffles Day would be great so that we could raise awareness about this important food combination.

    http://www.enduringethereal.com

    • Charlotte Fassler

      I feel like that must already exist, no?

      • ee_by_cc

        The jury’s out on that one. I did a google search for good measure, and the evidence is a lil’ suspect on whether or not it’s officially been declared a holiday by people who declare such things…they definitely need better marketing for sure.

  • Mariah

    I am a lover of fake holidays just because they’re silly and fun. They give me a reason to smile that day.

    Theatricality by Mariah

    • Emilia Petrarca

      Exactly!

  • Alexandra Puffer

    I love holidays with decor and crafts and themed food. But October 19th, Evaluate Your Life Day sounds pretty necessary.

    Warm regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  • http://www.theworldbeautytips.com/ Anne Sara

    I am a lover of fake holidays just because they’re silly and fun.hair loss in women They give me a reason to smile that day.

  • http://dolceandgabriella.wordpress.com Gigi Gastevich

    “Evaluate your life day” is two days before my birthday…coincidence? I think not. And hey, any excuse for a little extra celebration is a good thing in my book.

    Love, Gigi
    Dolce and Gabriella

  • http://vanillaelephant.blogspot.de/ Anita Mayer

    love the idea of fake holidays! you can celebrate anythng with your friends
    xx Anita
    http://vanillaelephant.blogspot.de/

  • http://jiaachacruz.blogspot.com Jia Achacruz

    I celebrate No Pants Day everyday when I’m at home.. I also like to celebrate “Dress Up As Whoever you Want Day” at least once a week ;)

    ROUGH & TOUGH☯ | I`m on Bloglovin!

  • Brittany

    I recently bought a dress for Middle Sibling Day… no one noticed.

    Chasing Delicious Style

  • atelierjen

    Everyday seems to be Ask a Stupid Question Day for me….