Mad Hatter Day and Other Unusual Holidays

How silly will you act at the tea party you throw on Mad Hatter Day? Do you need to go outside and scream on International Moment of Frustration Scream Day? How many fears do you need to face on National Face Your Fears Day? Are you going to overindulge in chocolate on National Chocolates Day?

Mad Hatter, pixabay

Mad Hatter, pixabay

October is full of interesting holidays. I’m sure that many people would call this information useless, but knowledge of any kind is valuable for a writer. Maybe one of the following days would fit in what you are writing perfectly. Or maybe researching one of these days will inspire a great story, and you will have a lot of fun learning about any of the holidays.

Store what you learn wherever you keep your interesting facts for future reference. Some of holidays, I give a bit of information on, others, I don’t. Please research them for more story ideas.

Animal Holidays
October 14 is Hagfish Day, a day when we celebrate the beauty of ugliness.. That sounds kind of silly, but it does make sense. Hagfish are ugly, deep-sea scavengers that ooze slime. These less than beautiful creatures show us that even the ugly are needed, as they play an important role in our ecosystem.

October 21 – Reptile Awareness Day

October 29 – National Cat Day – How many cats do you share your life with? Do something special for them today.

Food/Clothing Holidays
October 15 – National Cake Decorating Day

October 18 – National Chocolate Cupcake Day

whiskey chocolate cake, wikimedia commons

whiskey chocolate cake, wikimedia commons

October 28, National Chocolate Day, is the day for chocolate lovers everywhere to celebrate all things chocolate. Besides, dark chocolate, because of the high amounts of cocoa it contains, is actually good for you. It has been proven to help ower blood pressure and improve your LDL. It is also good for your heart. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate this day the best way possible – eat some chocolate!

October 25 – International Bandanna Day

October 30 – National Breadsticks Day

Internet/Computer Holidays
October 19 – National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day – I don’t know about yours, but my virtual desktop needs to be cleaned at least once a week.

Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Flickr

Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Flickr

Just Plain Goofy Holidays
October 6, Mad Hatter Day, is Autumn’s friendlier version of April Fool’s Day. It is day to celebrate silliness. This day was, of course, inspired by the Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

October 20, National Face Your Fears Day, is the special day for all of with phobias to get a grip and overcome your fear, whatever it might be.

October 12, International Moment of Frustration Scream Day, is the day for all of us with frustrations that we have kept bottled up inside us to release them with a 30-second long scream. Go outside at 12:00 Greenwich time and scream like crazy for 30 seconds. I wonder, if every person did this, how loud would it be?

October 14, Be Bald and Be Free Day, is the day to celebrate having no hair. If you normally wear a wig or toupee to hide your baldness, go without it today and show how you have been blessed. Blessed, how are you blessed? You don’t have to worry about your hair turning gray or falling out. You don’t have to pay for shampoo, combs, brushes, or styling products. Best of all, you will never have to endure a “bad hair day.”

October15 is National Grouch Day. You are grouchy when you are irritable, easily upset, angry, or have a tendency to complain. If you hold back on these feelings every other day of the year, then this is the day for you to be as grouchy as you wish. Just remember, tomorrow you need to go back to being a nice person.

October 25, Sourest Day, is for those people who would rather just suck on the lemon than make lemonade with it. It is a day for individuals who have been jaded by their life experiences.

Reading/Words/Writing Holidays
October 16 is Dictionary Day. Today we honor Noah Webster, the Father of the American Dictionary, a very important tool for everyone, especially writers. Where would we be without a dictionary to help us understand the meanings and pronunciations of words?

October 17, Black Poetry Day, is also the birthday of Jupiter Hammon, the first published African-American poet. Jupiter, probably born on Long Island, came into this world as a slave.

Do you know of any other interesting holidays, besides Halloween, that I haven’t mentioned? I didn’t forget about Halloween. That holiday and other Halloween-related holidays are in another article that will be published later this month.

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