Anyone can make up their own weird or random holiday
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International, national and local holidays come in many shapes and forms. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that every single day of the year pays homage to at least one—if not a handful—of bizarre, obscure holidays. Some of these holidays are consumer-oriented, such as International Coffee Day (observed September 29) or World Pizza Day (deliciously celebrated on February 9).
Other holidays, such as World Elephant Day (raising trunks and awareness on August 12) and World Cancer Day (observed on February 4), are meant to highlight attention and spread awareness about a certain issue.
Then there are the holidays that seem truly ridiculous, one that were seemingly invented just for a laugh, such as Frog Jumping Day and I Forgot Day. If you want to celebrate jumping frogs mark your calendars for May 13, and don't forget I Forgot Day, held on July 2.
So where did all of these random days come from? While creating a federally recognized holiday, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, or state and city holiday, such as Mardi Gras and Alaska Day, takes some doing, anyone can invent a random holiday and enter it for submission in Chase's Calendar of Events—perhaps the most extensive index for random holidays and events around the world.
Tom Roy, a radio host from Pennsylvania, for example, has created around 80 holidays, including Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day and Blah Blah Blah Day.
There doesn't have to be a point to creating holidays, Roy explains. As he told Holidash, it's all just for fun: "It doesn't cost anything to celebrate them, that's the cool thing. You don't even need anyone's blessing. I just say Chase's because they publish them, but you don't need Congress' stamp of approval, you don't need your town government...you don't need anyone else's permission."
Keeping that advice from Roy in mind, what holiday would you submit to Chase's Calendar of Events?