Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, celebrated Wednesday, sounds like one of those made-up holidays (so?), but it is on the Internet so it has to be true, at least in some existential if not Hallmark sort of way.
In addition to all the sanctioned and sanctified holidays, the calendar is full of daily/weekly/monthly designations highlighting a cause or memorializing an individual or event. Hope you enjoyed your Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day on Wednesday.
Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo and even Administrative Professionals’ Day will pop up on most office calendars. Then there are the days designated by … well, sometimes that’s a little hazy. And they seem to celebrate … um, apparently anything.
The premise for Make Up Your Own Holiday Day is simple and pretty much captured in the name: Every March 26 you can make up a day to celebrate. What you celebrate is up to you. The hard part it seems, is coming up with a Day that is not already a Day.
“National Star Wars Day,” suggested Elias Greski, 23, of Galway, not giving it a second thought.
That should have been a tipoff someone had thought of it: It falls on May 4. (“May the fourth be with you … get it?)
“Dang,” Greski said. Now he had to ponder the question.
“National Dr. Who Day,” he countered. Google is indecisive on whether this is already a Day, so it’s allowable.
“It’s a day of friendship, loyalty, courage, perseverance and, on a small level, education,” he added, giving the day a patina of officialness.
Sarah Galvin of Saratoga Springs wants a “National Appreciate Your Child Day,” which is different from any other designations for youths.
“They have to stay home from school and [parents] have to do something fun with them — even if they have a test,” said Galvin, the mother of two kids ages 7 and 4.
(Note: Check back in 10 years on whether she still supports the ultimate cool mom idea.)
At least one idea offered deserves serious consideration: “46ers Day,” honoring people who have scaled each of the Adirondack high peaks.
“I’m at seven; I started last year, at the end of summer,” said Anthony Bauer, 38, of Mayfield. “It would get people into the high peaks, walking the trails and seeing [Lake] Placid.”
“Bring Your Parents to Work Day,” is Michael Stanton’s idea.
“You want to make them proud and want to show them what you accomplished,” the 26-year-old from Glenville said.
You may also want to count the 237 ways that could end badly.
But for sheer self-serving practicality, the award goes to Paul F. O’Donnell, owner of Celtic Treasures on Broadway, who advocates a “National Shop Irish Day” the week after St. Patrick’s Day.
“A week later they should come back and buy all the green stuff still littering our shelves,” he said.
It is his holiday. (Then again, so is Saturday’s National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day.) If you don’t like his day, there is always National Joe Day Thursday. Or National Something on a Stick Day Friday. Or April Fool’s Day Tuesday.
Really? April Fool’s Day? That just sounds ridiculous.