So, how are you going to celebrate National Pie Day today? By eating some pie, presumably. Or perhaps you’re still reeling from Tuesday’s National Granola Bar Day festivities and are giving National Pie Day a miss this year. On the other hand, it could be that you’re so busy gearing up for National Macadamia Nut month in February that you don’t have time for such pie or granola-based frivolities.
You might think that I’m making up these celebration days, plucking random foodstuffs from the larder of my imagination and assigning them dates. I’m not. It really is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day on 30 December.
In fact I’ve recently discovered that there’s an alternative calendar packed full of oddball celebration and appreciation days. There are specific dates dedicated to everything from popular and not-so-popular American foodstuffs to odd activities (Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day –11 Jan), specific designs (National Polka Dot Day – 21 Jan), animals (Squirrel Appreciation Day – also 21 Jan, which surely presents the opportunity for an intriguing joint celebration) and myriad other things. You name it, there’s a day for it.
Or is there?
I decided to do a little digging to find out if there were any celebration days relevant to my own life. Using some highly scientific methodology, I came up with the names for a bunch of days I’d be willing to celebrate and then googled them to see if they already existed. Here goes:
Baldness Appreciation Day
A bad start as Google throws up a number of pages linking to Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in the Mississippi region. I’ve nothing against Bald Eagles and I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have their own days, but it seems a bit rich that there’s a 29 year history of Bald Eagle Appreciation days, but nothing for the folically-challenged among us.
However, a glance further down the page reveals that there’s a Bald and Free Day 14 October, which gives the Huffington Post and its ilk an excuse to post photos of Bruce Willis. I’d argue Bald and Bloody Cold Because I Forgot My Hat And It’s Snowing Outside Day might be a more appropriate.
National Celebrate People Who Wear Glasses Day
The first Google hits reveal there’s a National Sunglasses Day. This makes me feel a bit sick and I refuse to click the link (it would have been a different matter if it was National Prescription Sunglasses Day).
There was a National Glasses Day in 2008. It was fronted by Gok Wan and sponsored/organised by Kidscape and Specsavers. This appears to have morphed into the Spectacle Wearer Of The Year competition, which at first I found vulgar (all spectacle wearers are created equal, some shouldn’t be more equal than others) but then discovered Kidscape is an anti-bullying charity and the event raises a shedload of cash.
Moving on, I try variations on the theme and discover that it’s National Eye Health week in September. I can’t complain at that, but it’s still nowhere near a Celebrate People Who Wear Glasses Day.
I give up when a search that includes ‘spectacles’ yields the below result about the Gun Appreciation Society, and also a Guardian article about Google’s Project Glass.
National Rail Commuters Day
A complete non-starter. Predictably, the top results for this search term are stories about angry commuters. There’s also an accusatory link to Bike to Work Day. I’d love to bike to work but it’s 21 miles and there’s no cycle path for the first 12, so you can smug right off, Bike To Work Day.
There is a National Train day, but that’s in the States. I give up before I get embroiled in pages about local railway societies and steam engine enthusiasts.
National Sit Around In Your Jogging Bottoms And Play Pro Evolution Soccer All Day Day
I think I’m probably overreaching here, but then there is a Felt Hat Day so you never know.
No, it’s too niche. There is, however, a National Videogames Day on 12 September, and what I can only assume to be its bitter rival, Video Games Day on 8 July, which is swiftly followed by Celebrate Your Geekness day on 13 July. I think I’m well catered for there.
I exclude the Pro Evolution Soccer part of the search and focus just on the sitting around bit and encounter The Daily Mail, although bizarrely a Facebook page that has a pop at people on benefits ranks above the site, which is surely an SEO failing they need to address.
National Read Your Daughter Superworm by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 10 Times Before Breakfast On A Sunday Morning Day
Hang on, this is every Sunday unless Superworm mysteriously vanishes under the sofa.
Anyway, a silly one to finish on but it yields some noble causes that genuinely are worth noting in your calendar.
I have to say I’m disappointed there’s no Gruffalo Appreciation Day. Perhaps that’s one for me to start up myself. In the meantime, here’s looking forward to November and National Fun With Fondue Month…
You can keep track of these not-so-high-days and holidays at the Holidays That Might Get Overlooked Facebook page.