Forgot yesterday was Upsy Daisy Day? No need to worry - tomorrow is Ball Point Pen Day. You can treat yourself to a new pen so you can jot down the days on next year's calendar.
And while you're at it, be sure to write down Youth Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week (Thursday-Sunday), Bloomsday (June 16) and Leap Second Time Adjustment Day (June 30) - only a few of June's “daily, weekly, monthly official (not made up) bizarre” holidays listed on Sheila Cicchi's Web site, www.brownielocks.com.
Crazy days make almost every day a holiday.
All of the holidays listed on Cicchi's site are validated through copyrighted print material sources shown at the bottom of each page and not from other sites that list holidays. She is also careful to note the difference between an official validated holiday and one declared legally by the government: An observance must have an official sponsor and be registered.
“Otherwise, it's just a funny, goofy holiday created by someone for whatever reason,” she said.
There aren't observances listed for every day of the year, and Cicchi won't list a holiday that she can't prove exists. This is not to say the list runs the gamut in terms of “the strange days of our lives.”
For example, for World Juggling Day (Saturday), jugglers all over the world get together and do performances and demonstrations to get more people interested in their craft. National Columnist Day (June 24) is a day to send a card, e-mail or letter of appreciation to your favorite columnist.
While some holidays are meant to raise awareness, others are more light-hearted in tone.
“(Upsy Daisy Day) is defined as a day to remind people to get up gloriously, gleefully and gratefully every morning,” Cicchi said.
The title of king and queen of the quirky holiday-creating business goes to Tom and Ruth Roy of Lebanon, Penn.
The two have created more than 90 tongue-in-cheek trademarked holidays used by greeting card provider Blue Mountain Arts.
Needing a discussion topic during his radio talk show in 1986, Roy told his Lebanon, Pa., listeners that they should be celebrating Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day (Feb. 20) by running outside at high noon and yelling “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase winter away.
Emboldened by his success, Roy submitted the holiday to Chase's Calendar of Events, an annual almanac of all sorts of holidays and remembrances.
Chase's included Hoodie-Hoo Day in the next edition, and his career took off from there.
“I'm only inspired when I notice that everyone around me is talking about something,” Roy said.
Since 1986, the Roys have been encouraged to send in several other suggestions for off-the-wall holiday observances.
Topping their list for June are Yell Fudge at the Cobras in North America Day (June 2 - also daughter Melissa's birthday), Let It Go Day (June 23) and Celebration of the Senses Day (June 24).
“A few years back, we got a call from a Boston radio station telling us that they had actual cobras from the zoo inside a glass case at a mall so listeners could come by and yell ‘Fudge,'” Tom Roy said.
The Roys' Web site, www.wellcat.com/ holiday.html, offers its approximately half-million unique visitors a year more than 90 reasons to celebrate life and its many quirky moments.
“A radio pal from Missouri says he loves celebrating our wacky days because ‘There's a worldwide hunger for mirth,'” Roy said.
“I think that puts it nicely ... and it's always timely.”
Roy said he currently has no new ideas for holidays, but, then again, one never knows.
“Hey! There's a holiday: One Never Knows Day,” he said. “You could create it.”
Commenting on some of the observances listed on her own site, Cicchi agrees that life doesn't always have to be taken so seriously.
Do-Dah Day for example, is based in Kalamazoo, Mich., and is defined as a “Salute to Silliness.”
“We all need to let go and be silly and enjoy life,” she said.
Her favorite holiday? For June, it's Stupid Guy Thing Day on June 22, she said.