The school holidays will be over before we know it. But rest assured. Holidays, albeit obscure ones, are to be found on virtually everyday of the year. While Congress may not have officially approved them all, here is a hint of the multitude of random holidays there are to celebrate between now and Thanksgiving.
International Forgiveness Day
When: the first Sunday of August
Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. International Forgiveness Day was founded by Robert W. Plath, a well-known San Francisco Bay Area defense attorney and created by the World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation.
International Forgiveness Day is dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide.
Left Hander’s Day
When: August 13th
International Left-Hander’s Day is for left-handers everywhere to celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. Right-handers are encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment.
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
When: August 30
Time to light the campfire, sit around, tell stories, and toast marshmallows. You just need a good stick or a campfire fork – and some marshmallows. Any open flame will work. Make it a point to have a toasted marshmallow today.
Fortune Cookie Day
When: September 13th
What a great cookie. A little slip of paper inside that brings with it good luck, a whimsical saying, or a philosophical thought. A perfect excuse to order in.
National Play-Doh Day
When: September 16th
A schoolteacher, who wanted safe modeling clay for her pre-schoolers, invented play-Doh in the mid 1950s. The result was simple — flour, water and food coloring. It’s fun and easy to celebrate National Play-Doh Day — pull out the Play-Doh and play.
National Stepfamily Day
When: September 16th
One in three Americans lives in a stepfamily, and more than 50% of Americans will live in a stepfamily at some point in their lives. Thirty percent of children are growing up in stepfamilies. It takes time and lots of patience. Celebrate your blended family today.
National Comic Book Day
When: September 25th
Share a comic book with a friend today. Comic books are great reading. Some stores are rumored to offer free comic books on this day.
Ask a Stupid Question Day
When: September 28th, sometimes celebrated on the last school day of September
It’s your opportunity to speak up, and ask all those questions you have been afraid to ask. Today is the day to unload them. C’mon give it a try. Nobody will make fun of you …
World Vegetarian Day
When: October 1st
World Vegetarian Day is used to promote awareness of vegetarian issues, and encourages others to consider it. Today is a good day to try a meat free diet. You might just be surprised at how good it tastes.
Mad Hatter Day
When: October 6th
Mad Hatter Day is a great day to be silly and celebrate silliness. Inspired by the fictional character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the selection of the date is actually quite logical. The Mad Hatter wears a top hat. On the front of the hat is a slip of paper with “10/6″ written on it. Grab yourself a top hat, and have a very silly Mad Hatter’s Day!
National Chess Day
When: October 9th
The game of Chess has long been recognized as a powerful cognitive learning too. National Chess Day encourages participation with appropriate programs and activities. Many studies have linked chess programs to the improvement of student scores in reading and math, as well as improved self-esteem.
Young Readers Day
When: Second Tuesday of November
Reading opens up a lifetime of knowledge, information, success, and happiness.
Grade schools around the country take advantage of this day to promote the importance of reading. Visit your local library, and if you are not already a member, become one.
America Recycles Day
When: November 15
Communities across the country come together to celebrate America Recycles Day. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. Get crafty today and make something new out of something old.