Thursday, May 5, 2011

Off-beat Holidays - the Month of May

Yesterday, a lot of hub-bub was made about the 4th of May being Intergalactic Star Wars Day. And, today is Cinco de Mayo. So that got me thinking; what other obscure holidays are there? Well, come to find out, there is a holiday for just about every day of the year.

To keep this on the shorter side, I figured I would start with the month of May and perhaps post the special, obscure and down right silly holidays monthly. I know I am looking forward to National Underwear Day, which is August 7th and International Talk Like a Pirate Day in September.

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day May 3; A day to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of humanity. The simple and lighthearted act of purposely wearing two different colored shoes demonstrates the courage to take a risk and step outside of one’s daily routine. Yeah, boring! Besides, I do a personal two different colored sock day at least monthly.
Intergalactic Star Wars Day, May 4; a day for celebrating all things Star Wars. May the fourth be with you!
Cinco de Mayo, May 5; It is celebrated nationwide in the US and regionally in Mexico. A celebration of Mexican pride and heritage – and not Mexican Independence Day. That occurs on September 16th. It will be celebrated by the consumption of a lot of Corona by me!
No Pants Day, May 6; No Pants Day is occasionally observed in several Western and other countries on the first Friday in May. It is a prank day and those who participate and encouraged to behave as if there is nothing strange or unusual about going around in public with out pants. So, leave your pants at home on May 6th this year!
Kentucky Derby Day, May 7; Always the first Saturday in May. Will there be a Triple Crown winner this year?
Limerick Day, May 12; In celebration of the little five line poem that originated in Limerick, Ireland. I prefer mine to be on the dirty side:
There once was a fellow McSweeny
Who spilled some gin on his weenie
Just to be couth
He added vermouth
Then slipped his girlfriend a martini
National Chicken Dance Day, May 14; Not unless I’m really drunk… and at a wedding. Did I mention that I’d have to be really, really drunk??
National Pizza Party Day, May 15: Make mine a pepperoni! And, since it’s also National Chocolate Chip Day, I’d like some chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
National Bike to Work Day, May 20; Well, with the price of gas and all, that may be the only option for some of us pretty soon.
Armed Forces Day, May 21; celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. Honor those that have served and thank a member of the armed forces for their service.
Preakness Stakes, May 21; The second leg of the Triple Crown. At the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
Towel Day, May 25; (a tribute to the late Douglas Adams) Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001) He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honor. Read the book, you’ll be a fan too, and, unserstand why you shouldn’t leave hone without a towel.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Cellophane Tape Day, May 27; On this day in 1930, Richard Gurley Drew received his patent for adhesive tape, which 3M later marketed as Scotch tape. I dunno, sounds like that could be a sticky situation.

Memorial Day, May 30; First enacted to honor Union and soldiers following the America Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. Honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

May is also: Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month. A disease that touches home for my wife. Not to mention National Barbeque Month, mmmmm… barbeque! And National Photo Month, to name just a few.

The month of June is here

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