Learn About Oddball Holidays

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Do You Celebrate Weird and Unusual Holidays?

I like to delve into the history, costuming, foods, and customs of places and holidays. World cultures and traditions are fascinating.

Weird and Wacky Holidays

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Celebrating special days and having fun with the decorating, cooking, and customs of holidays give people an excuse to throw a party, or at least wear a button or send a card.

Not every celebration is strange to us, even if we don’t observe them. I like learning about other cultures, and I don’t expect to participate in each one, just as I don’t imagine everyone in the world is interested in my most important ones like “Christmas”, “Thanksgiving”, and “Easter”.

We all like to celebrate special days and observe traditions, with the foods and décor that sets the day aside from others in the year. Whether it is turkey at Thanksgiving or a chocolate dessert for Valentine’s Day, and Easter Egg tree in the spring, or Red,White, and Blue bunting in July, there are holidays all through the year.

Here is a collection of Holiday pages for your enjoyment, including some I have dedicated a page for celebration. Some of these you may have heard of, some are known to very few…

Unusual Holidays By Month


02 National Motivation and Inspiration Day

08 Bubble Bath Day

11  Thank You Day

16 Psychiatric Tech Day

17 Golf Day

20 Penguin Awareness Day

21 Send a Hug Today

22 Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

23 Pie Day

25 Fun at Work Day

25 Healthy Weight Day

25 Robert Burns Day

25 School Nurse Day

28 Full Moon Day


01 Brighid’s Day

04  Sapporo Snow Festival

07 Ballet Day

07 Girls and Women in Sports Day

07 Greet Your Neighbors Day

12 Freedom to Marry Day

12 Pancake Tuesday

14 Ferris Wheel Day

14 Read to Your Kid Day (and you thought it was Valentine’s Day!)

20 Hoodie-Hoo Day (Northern)

20 Love Your Pet Day

22 Girl Scout’s Thinking Day

22 Robert Baden-Powell

23 Tennis Day

25 Auguste Renoir

25 Lantern Festival


01 National Pig Day

01 St. David’s Day

02 Texas Independence Day

03  Girl’s Day & Hina Matsuri

03 If Pets Had Thumbs Day

06 Dentists’ Day

08 Employee Appreciation Day

08 International Women’s Day

08 No Smoking Day

09 Panic Day

10 Girl Scouts’ Week

10 Money Day

12 Birthday of Girl Scouting

14 Pi Day

15 Ides of March

16 St. Urho’s Day

17 Campfire Founder’s Day

17 Quilting Day

20 Great American Meat-Out

21 Flower Day

21 Incredible Kid Day

21 Persian New Year

22 Day of the Seal

22 Match Day

25 Family Day

30 Doctor’s Day

April Holidays

01 Fun at Work Day

02 Children’s Book Day

06 Tartan Day

07 No Housework Day

12 Big Wind Day

17 School Librarian Day

18 Pet Owner’s Day

20 Astronomy Day

20 California Poppy Day

22 Girl Scout Leader Day

23 Shakespeare’s Birthday

25 Bring Your Kid Work Day

26 Hug an Australian Day

27 National Day of Puppetry

28 Kiss your Mate Day

30 Hairstylist Day

May Celebrations

01 Lei Day

01 May Day

01 Mother Goose Day

01 Save the Rhino Day

02 Sibling Appreciation Day

03 Tuba Day

04 Lobster Race and Oyster Parade

04 Scrapbook Day

05 Children’s Day & Kodomono-hi (Japan)

05 Midwives Day

05 Un-Mother’s Day

06 No Diet Day

06 Nurses’ Day

07 Teacher Day

08 No Socks Day

09 Receptionist Day

10 Childcare Providers Day

11 Birth Mothers Day

11 Eat What You Want Day

12 Chronic Fatigue Day

12 Migratory Bird Day

15 Hug Your Cat Day

18 International Museum Day

19 Good Neighbor Day

21 Waitstaff Day

23 Declaration of the Bab

23 Mesmerism Day

23 World Turtle Day

25 Jazz Day

31 No Tobacco Day

June Holidays

08 Best Friends Day

08 World Oceans Day

19 World Sauntering Day

24 St. Jean – Baptiste Day

26 Beautician’s Day

More Months With Weird Holidays

July Oddball Observances

01 International Joke Day

02 I Forgot Day

13 Cow Appreciation Day

15 Respect Canada Day

17 Wrong Way Corrigan Day

20 Ugly Truck Contest Day

21 Ice Cream Cone Day

26 Aunt and Uncle Day

27 Take Plants for a Walk

28 National Parent’s Day

28 Sys. Admins. Day

30 Father-In-Law Day

August Celebrations

02 Friendship Day

04 Sisters’ Day

04 U.S. Coast Guard Day

06 Intl. Forgiveness Day

07 National Lighthouse Day

08 Senior Citizens Day

08 Sneak Zucchini Night

11 Son’s & Daughter’s Day

13 Left-hander’s Day

15 Relaxation Day

18 Bad Poetry Day

19 Aviation Day

21 Hawaii Day

22 Be An Angel Day

22 Tooth Fairy Day

23 Hug Day

23 Ride the Wind Day

24 Chinese Valentine

24 Sam Spade Day

25 Kiss and Make up Day

26 Women’s Equality Day

27 Just Because Day

September Holidays

04 Teacher’s Day

05 Be Late for Something Day

08 Grandparents Day

11 Remembrance Day

12 Video Game Day

13 Blame Someone Else Day

15 Women’s Friendship Day

16 Stay Away from Seattle Day

17 Citizenship Day

17 Constitution Day

17 Day of Peace

18 Thank You Day

21 Biosphere Day

22 Business Women’s Day

22 Elephant Appreciation Day

22 Hoodie Hoo Day (Southern)

23 Good Neighbor Day

23 Innergize Day

25 One Hit Wonder Day

29 Rabbit Day

October Holidays

01 World Vegetarian Day

03 Techies’ Day

06 Intergeneration Day

07 World Habitat Day

08 Children’s Day

08 Global Learn Day

08 Sports Day & Taiku-no-hi

10 Tuxedo Day

11 Emergency Nurses Day

11 Pulaski Memorial Day

12 Oktoberfest

13 Train Your Brain Day

14 Be Bald and Be Free Day

16 Boss Day

18 Boost Your Brain Day

19 Sweetest Day

23 National Mole Day

24 Black Thursday

24 Forgiveness Day

24 United Nations Day

25 Frankenstein Friday

26 Make Difference day

27 Mother-in-Law Day

November Observances

03 Sandwich Day

04 King Tut Day

06 Saxophone Day

06 Young Readers Day

08 Cook Bold and Pungent Day

08 Punster Day (Canada)

13 World Kindness Day

15 America Recycles Day

15 Fast for World Harvest Day

17 World Peace Day

20 Children’s Day

21 Great American Smokeout

21 World Hello Day

22 Stop the Violence Day

28 Red Planet Day

29 Electronic Greetings Day

29 Sinkie Day

29 You’re Welcome Day

30 Call in Well Day

December is not Just Christmas

04 Santa’s List Day

05 Bathtub Party Day

06 St. Nick’s Day

07 Letter Writing Day

07 Teacher Appreciation Day

08 Night of the Lizard King

09 Weary Willie Day

10 Children’s Memorial Day

10 Human Rights Day

10 Sister Friend Day

12 Poinsettia Day

20 Underdog Day

21 Humbug Day

28 Holiday Breather Day

29 Japanese New Year

29 Texas Day

31 Make Up Your Mind Day

Let’s Look at Cow Appreciation Day

Off The Wall (Calendar) Holidays

  • A Day for Cherry Pie
    Bet you didn’t know there was a special day just for cherry pie! I love all fruit pies, but the one celebrated on February 20 is the best. Make 2 delicious recipes with plenty of how-to tips.
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
    Don’t you just love Teddy bears? find out about them and their special day… and get some gift ideas, a cute craft ornament, and some darling illustrations while you are at it.
  • A Festival Of Japanese Dolls
    Celebrate the beauty of Japanese dolls, and find out more about the celebration of Hina Matsuri, the Girls Day Festival.
  • National Seed Swap Day
    Want to participate in a seed swap? There is a special day set aside to help you out with that!
  • National Motivation and Inspiration Day -January 2
    There is a day just to get us inspired and motivated, and yes, it falls on January 2nd.

Decorate Your Home In Style – With an eye for celebration

Celebrating Home: Decorating for the Holidays and Seasons (Seasons of Cannon Falls)Celebrating Home: Decorating for the Holidays and Seasons (Seasons of Cannon Falls)

An elegant idea book for holiday decor.

Celebrating the Best Known Holidays

Ours Might Be Strange To Someone Else

  • Christmas Inspiration
    Warm memories, traditional scenes, and giving the season more of the real meaning of Christmas to fill our hearts. This page of quotations, songs, and poems will light up your holiday.
  • A Joyful Cup of Christmas Tea
    Take a few moments to savor a cup of tea and some christmas thoughts
  • 5 Kernels Of Corn, Thanksgiving Day
    Thanksgiving story to encourage thoughts of gratefulness and start a holiday custom of gratefulness in your own family.

Where are all those weird holiday posts?

For a closer look at the holidays and observances of each month, the index page for all the months will give you a jumping off spot. Each month has it’s holidays and special days listed along with the moon month names, and other fun facts.

Holidays and Celebrations

It’s a great way to find themes for parties or learn about other cultures, as well finding an excuse to simply celebrate!

If you would like to read about International Children’s Book Day, look here.

Start a home library for your children with all the truly great books which are classics for good reason. Stories they will love, and that you will love reading to them.

More of those wild and wacky celebrations, you’ve not yet heard about. And some that you have, but may not know much about.

  • Funniest Books For Children For ‘National Read A Book Day’
    Want to have some laughs with your children or grandchildren? Get some funny read aloud books, sit down in a comfy chair, and let the hilarity begin
  • What Is Sweetest Day? October Holiday For Sweets and Sweeties
    Wacky holidays abound, but this October Saturday is a chance to show someone your appreciation. Something between a Thanksgiving day for individual and Valentine’s day for special people.


Years ago we started an unusual way of marking Advent, the Advent log. It burns with a candle for each day of the season, and has added spiritual depth to our Christmas traditions.

Live Well

make every day a holiday and celebrate just living

Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special OccasionsVegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions

For those of you with vegan kitchens comes this holiday recipe book for great tasting additions to your cooking repertoire.

Why Should We Celebrate?

A few quotable reminders

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“Celebrate the little things in life, appreciate tomorrow, love your neighbor or don’t, but never condemn yourself to a life without cause to celebrate and be thankful for what you have. Never forget the people you love and love them when you have an occasion to do so. Celebrate their life and celebrate yours. ”

“Can I celebrate the things like a 4th of July parade, fireworks in the sky, and a hometown celebration on Independence Day? You bet I can, as long as there is freedom in America, there is freedom to celebrate.”

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them” -Henri Matisse

Tell me what you celebrate – Do you have a favorite holiday?

Do you have a favorite holiday or way to celebrate?

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Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round CelebrationsMartha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations

Nobody has as many great and truly elegant holiday and entertaining ideas as Martha Stewart. This book has some of the best craft projects. Take your pick of a cornucopia of terrific tips and all the components of a wonderful holiday celebration within her books.

It’s the little moments that make life BIG


Making It Memorable

Let Your Parade Shine On

Creating good memories is an important part of life and one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. Holidays are a crucial way to do that, and a way to pass on your family values, and history.

Every people group has its holidays, every nation and religion has theirs. They mark our seasons, and underline our heritage. Celebrations spice up our lives.

And I like lots of spice.

How to make a special day memorable? Just as many of the pages illustrate: with crafts, special foods, decorations, and rituals.


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Posted on

August 14, 2018