Anyone can make up their own weird or random holiday There are all kind of random and bizarre holiday, for example, Frog Jumping Day. (Matthias Ritzmann/Corbis/Holly Butler/Flickr)
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?

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
What's the strangest holiday you've heard of? Why do you think it's strange?
Write your answers in the comments section below


COMMENTS (4)
  • DianezaG-kru1
    3/25/2019 - 10:11 a.m.

    The strangest holiday that I've heard of is national coat day. The reason that I think it is strange, is because I heard it on the radio and it was very hot outside.

  • JamieE-kru1
    3/25/2019 - 10:11 a.m.

    The most obscure holiday I have heard is probably Frog Jumping Day. I think it is strange, because, well it is a whole day just celebrating jumping frogs. Sounds pretty strange, huh?

  • GarrettK-kru
    3/25/2019 - 10:19 a.m.

    The strangest holiday I've heard of is Bathtub Party Day because the thought of having a party in a bathtub is so incredibly funny it's just strange.

  • CourtneyH-kru1
    3/25/2019 - 10:35 a.m.

    I think Frog Jumping Day is pretty koo koo. Because just imagine people everywhere jumping like frogs or just releasing frogs everywhere.

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