Christmas, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving; we’re all familiar with these holidays. Some may even be considered our favorite holiday! But what about every other day of the year; here are 10 holidays no one celebrates.
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10 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (January 25th)
Ah, bubble wrap. Not only is it great for wrapping fragile objects, but many people spend their free time popping the bubbles to relieve tension and stress. You may also use bubble wrap in untraditional ways, such as:
- Cushioning your knees
- Protecting plants from frost
- Insulating windows to keep the room warm
Now that you recall how humanity turns to bubble wrap in times of need, show some appreciation to the bubble wrap creators by buying a bunch of the bubbly plastics and spending the day popping them!
9 Get a Different Name Day (February 13th)
Are you sick of being called David, Susan, or Josh? Get a Different Name Day is most likely what you require. The creators of Get a Different Name Day believe that individuals have the right to change their names to anything they like and expect everyone to address them accordingly.
You may change your legal name if it’s been on your mind, though you may need a strong cause to alter your name legally. Afterward, you must update all of your papers, and don’t forget to reach out to everyone you know to inform them of your new name. (That is, if you want them all to know.)
You can also change your name for fun on all of your social media accounts. Feel free to inform your friends and family that you won’t respond to anything besides your chosen name.
No one’s stopping you from utilizing a totally normal name like “Dragon Slayer 69”!
8 Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th)
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a celebration of showing love to whomever you meet. You can demonstrate compassion for others without expecting anything in return. You can show kindness in any of these easy ways:
- Give a stranger a kind smile
- Pay someone a compliment
- Thank your bus driver for securely transporting you
- Assist your neighbor with mowing their grass
- Purchase your coworker’s favorite food
- Thank the local fire service, police agency, or military forces
According to studies, compassion makes people happier and healthier. Kind people are more likely to have a decreased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Doing random acts of kindness on this holiday, no matter how trivial they may be, can be a good start to spreading positive vibes.
7Panic Day (March 9th)
Have you ever felt like letting go and giving in to the sensation of panic? March 9th is an excellent day to do so.
Panic Day was established to realize how stressful life may be at times and to examine what might be done to alleviate it. We all know that stress is bad for our health, and Panic Day is a great day to take a step forward and call out to a mental health expert if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your concerns and stress.
Once the day begins, take the opportunity to let it all out—whether it’s screaming into a cushion, dancing around the room, or hiking a mountain by yourself to have a big yell!
Alternatively, you can opt for a more peaceful and quiet celebration by practicing deep breathing exercises, listening to cheerful music, picking up a hobby again, or watching a movie.
6 Ex-Spouse Day (April 14th)
Valentine’s day is a day when lovers express their love for one another. How about singles? Well, Ex-Spouse Day has got you covered!
National Ex-Spouse Day, which “coincidentally” falls two months after Valentine’s Day, is a time to reminisce about the good times you had with your ex. Yes, you read that correctly. There must be good memories of you and your ex. That doesn’t mean that you get hung up on those memories. Think of them warmly before letting go of your memories and rejoicing in their absence.
Ex-Spouse Day urges people who have ended a relationship to forgive their former partner and move on from any lingering hatred or animosity. So, how do you celebrate it? Here are a few options:
- Donate objects that remind you of your ex to a donation center. Or you can burn and turn these items into a bonfire to warm yourself.
- Hug your kids from a previous relationship and express gratitude for the beauty that has resulted from your relationship
- Give your ex flowers or something else they might love. Things may not have gone well for both of you in the past, but let’s not take the happy memories for granted
5 Leave the Office Early Day (June 2th)
We’ve arrived at the peak of every employee’s wish and every boss’s nightmare: Leaving the Office Early Day. This holiday was created to emphasize how many hours Americans spend at work and the need to take time off.
Many people are working to live rather than living to work. Laura Stack, an employee productivity specialist, created Leave the Office Early Day in 2004 to promote awareness of greater office productivity advantages. So, how do you celebrate this holiday when it’s unlikely that your employer will grant you an early leave?
Use the Leave the Office Early Day as an incentive to finish assignments ahead of time. Make an effort to improve your efficiency and production to get home earlier.
Early leave as a reward has been proven to benefit both employees and companies, making it a win-win situation. Nothing is more beneficial and enjoyable than rewarding employees with an early leave to boost productivity in the long run.
4 I Forgot Day (July 2nd)
Every person has forgotten something in their life, big or small. You may have forgotten where you put your car keys, items on your grocery list, an assignment deadline, or your wedding anniversary. (Yikes!)
Gaye Anderson of DeMotte, IN, established this special day to recognize an inescapable component of our human lives: forgetfulness. Instead of being stressed, she created this day to unwind and just forget. Unironically, Gaye has no idea when she established this day, although it was probably around 2010-ish.
How will you celebrate it? Since the holiday aims to make up for the things you’ve forgotten, you might want to write a particular apology message expressing your mortification at having forgotten a birthday or other important events.
Alternatively, you can get creative and have fun making a calendar. I Forgot Day might also be a wonderful opportunity to jot down reminders for routine tasks, such as trash collection on Wednesday. You can celebrate the holiday and do all of the above on… umm… oh, yeah, July 2nd.
3 Stay Away from Seattle Day (September 16th)
You might be wondering why someone came up with the idea for Stay Away from Seattle Day. Do they hate Seattle that much? Well, quite the opposite. Thomas Roy established the holiday because he loves Seattle so much that he wants people to stay away.
Seattle, Washington, is regarded as one of America’s greatest cities. Thanks to large corporations like Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks, many career prospects are in the neighborhood. Many individuals come to Seattle or attempt to move there each year, which makes current residents concerned. What if it gets overcrowded?
“Those guys deserve at least one day annually when everybody keeps the heck away,” Thomas Roy remarked in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “No planes in. No buses in. No nothing in,” he added.
There are several ways to commemorate Stay Away from Seattle Day:
- Staying away from Seattle is the best way to celebrate
- If you’re already a local, go out and experience your city without the crowds
- Donate to local charities or support local businesses to give back to the Seattle community
2 Have a Bad Day (November 19th)
No, we don’t wish you to have a stroke of bad luck when you’re trying your best. There’s literally a holiday called Have a Bad Day.
This holiday serves to remind us that life doesn’t always have to go as planned. It’s okay to run into a door, stub your toe, step onto a Lego piece, slip on a banana peel, and ultimately fall down head first… all at the same time.
If you truly want to, you may even appreciate a terrible day. If you’re going to have unpleasant days, you might as well enjoy them. This holiday might remind you that how you react to the inevitable bad day is totally up to you. You don’t have to hide your true sentiments; instead, embrace them.
1 Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day (December 8th)
Picture this: A person jumps out of nowhere, acting confused, and asks a nearby bystander, “What year is it?” After the bystander answers, the person smiles and murmurs, “It worked!” Except… it’s a prank. December 8th, Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, is a great day for you to do the same.
The Koala Wallop online community founded this holiday in 2007. It exists to reminisce many scientists’, sci-fi fans’, and even historians’ dreams of one day being able to travel across time.
Since ancient times, time travel has been a popular topic, with various myths or legends from ancient mythology surrounding the idea. A Christmas Carol and Back to the Future are examples of modern literature and films that explore the concept.
This yearly event blends aspects of performance art, humor, and plain old fun to create a unique experience. Consider gathering a bunch of pals, dressing up in futuristic or ancient attire, and hitting the town. To appear more genuine, ask strangers what year it is and react in terror, or look at everything with fascination and a hint of apprehension.