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Oddest and Most Unusual Holidays: More Excuses to Celebrate!

There is always something to celebrate! For those who need an excuse to party, there are no shortages of unusual holidays. Spend Jan 27th baking in honor of chocolate cake day. Pick up from Jelly Bellys on April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day! Take some time off work on June 17 for Recess at Work Day. Act like a philosopher on August 17 – Meaning of “Is” Day, and practice folding origami cranes on Origami Day – November 11.

All of the holidays mentioned in this article are either government recognized or corporate sponsored. Some are well-known and some are incredibly obscure, but all are unusual. Here is a list of the five weirdest holidays from each month:

January

  • 4 – Trivia Day
  • 7 – I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
  • 9 – Positively Penguins day
  • 16 – Nothing Day
  • 21 – National Hugging Day

February

  • 1 – Working Naked Day
  • 14 – National Condom Day
  • 16 – International Pancake Day
  • 20 – Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day
  • 24 – Inconvenience Yourself Day

March

  • 3 – What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
  • 4 – National Grammar Day
  • 10 – International Day of Awesomeness
  • 20 – Snowman Burning Day
  • 27 – Viagra Day

April

  • 7- International Beaver Day
  • 15 – This Sucks Day (also McDonald’s Day)
  • 16 – National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day
  • 23 – Talk Like Shakespeare Day (or Speakest Akin to the Bard Day)
  • 26 – Hug an Australian Day (although Australia Day is January 25)

May

  • 2 – National Play Your Ukelele Day
  • 4 – Respect for Chickens Day
  • 7 – No Pants Day
  • 14 – National Chicken Dance Day
  • 25 – Cookie Monster’s Birthday (Cookie Monster is the only Sesame Street character with his own birthday – use that knowledge on January 4!)

June

  • 1 – National Go Barefoot Day
  • 2 – Yell “Fudge” At The Cobras in North America Day
  • 22 – Stupid Guy Thing Day
  • 24 – International Fairy Day
  • 25 – Take Your Dog To Work Day

July

  • 2 – I Forgot Day
  • 13 – Embrace Your Geekyness Day
  • 23 – Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • 24 – Barbie-in-a-Blender Day
  • 24 – Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day

August

  • 5 – National Underwear Day
  • 8 – Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
  • 10 – National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
  • 18 – Bad Poetry Day
  • 24 – National Waffle Day

September

  • 3 – National Lazy Mom’s Day
  • 7 – Salami Day
  • 19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day (Argh!)
  • 22 – Elephant Appreciation Day (also Hobbit Day)
  • 28 – Fish Tank Floorshow Night

October

  • 9 – Leif Erickson Day
  • 11 – National Kick Butt Day
  • 23 – Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • 30 – Haunted Refrigerator Night

November

  • 2 – Plan Your Epitaph Day
  • 3 – Cliche Day
  • 11 – Origami Day
  • 19 – Have A Bad Day Day
  • 26 – (Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving) You’re Welcomegiving Day

December

  • 5 – National Ninja Day
  • 15 – Cat Herder’s Day
  • 21 – Humbug Day (also National Haiku Day)
  • 23 – Festivus
  • 26 – National Whiner’s Day
  • 31 – Make Up Your Mind Day

This is definitely not an exhaustive list. A quick Google search will likely turn up many more. There are also websites where someone can dedicate their own holidays (this would make a fun birthday present!) There are also towns, states and countries that observe their own odd holidays.