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‘Insert name here’ holidays

Submitted by Melissa Ibbotson on August 16, 2011 – 5:18 pmNo Comment

National Popcorn Day. Internet Day. Tape Measure Day. Calendars are full of off-the-wall “holidays” such as these, and most of them can thank the business industry for the recognition, though some are just for fun.

Although just about anyone can create an official holiday, doing so requires the approval of a governmental body. Because of the work involved, these days are usually the result of a company that wants to promote itself or a product.

Greeting card companies create many unofficial holidays, in an attempt to ensure they will have cards to sell. They can range from nice and sweet, such as National Friendship Day (Aug. 7), to just plain funny, like Peculiar People Day (Jan. 10).

Some days, however, were created without an agenda, other than to be funny. Examples include International Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sept. 19), or National No-Pants Day (first Friday of May).

Once you decide on your holiday, pick a day and contact your local government. Hopefully your idea piques someone’s interest, and they will push to make it happen. As long as it’s not sexist, racist or otherwise hateful, there’s a good chance it’ll get approved.

Should you decide it’s too much work to go through the official process, just remember to celebrate Make Your Own Holiday Day on March 26.

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