For a lot of us it’s a struggle to remember what day of the week it is, but when you start throwing in random national days of the year we haven’t a hope in hell.
Did you know that last Friday (October 11) was “Egg Day”? Did you know that it is was also “Coming Out Day”? As unrelated as the two may seem, they both took centre stage, in an effort to acknowledge the importance of being brave and strong enough to tell the world who you are and… eggs.
I don’t know who came up with these days or why, but extraordinarily, these days legitimately exist. Daysoftheyear.com is a website that was set up in 2009 to create a guide that people can follow and figure out which celebration they’re marking from day to day.
I’m not convinced that there is a genuine need for this website, but it certainly helps with procrastinating after you’ve gone through your newsfeed on Facebook.
There is a team that researches the various national, international and world days that exist. The criterion is simple; if enough people follow and support the day, then the website see it as “official”. So today (October 14), when you see a bald person walking down the street, hug them and wish them a happy “Bald and Free Day”.
As the website explains there are more bizarre days than there are actual days of the year, most days have more than one celebration attached to them. You can find a lot of humour in the days that are paired together on a certain date. If you’re a cynic, October 3 might have made you giggle, as it was “Boyfriend Day” and “Virus Appreciation Day”.
The bunch of whacky researchers behind the website believe that every day featured on their website should be recognised “universally”, so they remove the prefixes “World”, “National” and “International” from the titles. By that logic, no matter where you’re from or what your beliefs, everyone in the world should raise a glass to their computers on October 22, as it will be “Caps Lock Day”.
If you’re looking to start your own day be warned, they have to see an “established following” for your cause or your day just won’t make the cut. On a few occasions, they’ll decide that your day has the potential to catch on and become a sensation. This must have happened in the cases of “Balloons Around the World Day” and “Howl at the Moon Day”.
Sometimes, days that sound ridiculous by name actually have a good cause rooted behind them. For example, October 10 was “Porridge Day”, a day that was created to raise money for charities that provide meals for the homeless or those who can’t cook for themselves.
In most cases though, the days do nothing but cause bewilderment and perhaps a humorous discussion about their existence. Next month you can look forward to such epic days as “Men Make Dinner Day”, “Tongue Twister Day”, “Clean Your Fridge Day” and my personal favourite “Pizza with the works except Anchovies Day”.