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Who doesn’t love a celebration? Every year there are holidays promising us holiday pay at work, an excuse for bad behavior, free booze, food and family time, of course. We know the staples. Each store gives us at least two months’ notice of Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and Christmas.
You know what you never see holiday displays in Target for? Worldwide Knit and Crotchet in Public Day. Oh, you didn’t know June 13 was set aside to make scarfs for the whole world to see? Thanks to an internet black hole, which cruelly tossed me from Tweet, to video, to Reddit comments, I learned I have missed out on some seriously amazing holidays my whole life.
There are at least three unofficial holidays a day. They are sometimes sweet, mostly strange and often defy logic. Don’t lose out on experiencing these special days. Here are my picks for the best holidays in this wacky and wonderful week.
June 7-13: National Body Piercing Week
This is by far one of the more normal sounding things being celebrated this week. From June 7 to 13, give your body piercings some love, because it is all about the jewelry we like to put in our faces and belly buttons. This celebration of studs and hoops comes from a really legitimate source, the Internet. Who named this week? Why is this week significant in the world of piercings? Who started this thing? Apparently no one knows. So, there are no National Body Piercing Week sales or parades I can think of but hey, somebody is getting pierced somewhere right? Go ahead and treat yourselves.
End Mountain Top Removal Week
Bed Bug Awareness Week
June 8: Upsy Daisy Day
What a shame we didn’t know about Upsy Daisy Day just a little bit sooner. This holiday is dedicated to waking up with a smile on your face. Creator Stephanie West Allen declared this an unofficial holiday in 2003 with the hope to remind us all to laugh, smile, be happy and be positive. It’s all pretty sweet and as far as missing out on this one, I’m really just more focused on declaring my own holiday right now. If Allen can make a happy day, I’m sure I can make a Free Pen Day.
National Name Your Poison Day
National Best Friends Day
June 9: National Donald Duck Day
“Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy,” is what Donald would surely say if he knew that his special day was still being celebrated by some fiercely loyal fans. The plucky cartoon duck made his debut June 9, 1934 in a black and white cartoon called, “The Wise Little Hen.” So I guess this is kind of his birthday. Donald duck is one of the most infamous cartoon characters ever created, so this would be a cool one to observe. I guess watch some YouTube videos and grab a Disney coloring book, or something. The best thing about this holiday is that it has sparked debate. In his biography, “The Life of Donald Duck,” his official birthday is listed as March 13. Those who celebrate this day are divided on which day is truly National Donald Duck Day.
National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day
World Pet Memorial Day
June 10: National Ballpoint Pen Day
What do ya know? There is a Pen Day. Ballpoint, to be exact. This beautiful day commemorates that important little invention we use almost every day. The ballpoint pen was created in 1943 to replace the outdated method of writing at the time, quills. While there isn’t some kind of rule that enforces every business to give you a free pen this day like I would like, you can celebrate this one easily at home. Put down your computer for one day and just write with one of these bad boys. Or go buy an awesome new pen?
National Iced Tea Day
National Black Cow (root beer float) Day
June 11: National Corn on the Cob Day
Here’s another one that seems to have no origin story or Wikipedia page. Moving on—We don’t really need this to be legitimate or backed by anything other than "corn on the cob is delicious." So, tell all your friends to come to your place with their corncob pipes and corny jokes. Grill up some corn with butter and salt and have a merry, merry Corn on the Cob Day.
National German Chocolate Cake Day
National Making Life Beautiful Day
June 12: National Loving Day
Before you cue the Marvin Gaye tunes, just pay attention. No, this is not a day dedicated to “making love" like I thought. I can’t actually poke fun at this one, and while it is an unofficial holiday there is a petition going around to change that. National Loving Day celebrates the freedom to be in an interracial marriage and relationship. June 12 marks the anniversary of a 1967 court ruling that removed interracial marriage bans from the 16 states that still had them. Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested for their marriage in Virginia in 1958 before they moved out of the state and began to seek reform. Their fight and what they did for equality is worth celebrating.
National Jerky Day
June 13: National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
Are you a complete disaster in the kitchen? Forgot to add water to your ramen? Burned yourself on the microwave? June 13 is all about you my kindred cooking klutzes. For some reason, someone, who I can only assume really sucks at cooking, thought this day was perfect to celebrate our culinary mistakes. To celebrate Tucson should really host a cooking contest, with paramedics on stand-by. Since this isn’t happening, maybe you can cook something for a patient loved one and wear bandages with silly patterns.
Worldwide Knit and Crotchet in Public Day
World Bike Naked Day
June 14: National Bourbon Day
Here’s one that really doesn’t need a whole lot of explaining. You like bourbon? Drink up on June 14 because it’s National Bourbon Day. Don’t know how it happened. Don’t know who made this happen. Don’t care. Go ahead and order a double at one of Tucson’s many bars, who kind of celebrate this every night. Otherwise you can make yourself a classic cocktail like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
National Pop Goes the Weasel Day
National Strawberry Shortcake Day