international you call the holiday day

Indians, Faces Smeared with Color and Glitter, Celebrate HoliBrian Vaszily of has written about how every calendar day has a holiday attached to it–from the biggies like Christmas (Dec 25) and U.S. Independence Day (July 4) to more, ahem, minor celebrations for Cable Cars (Jan 17) and Holding Hands (Aug 9).

Unfortunately, we just missed Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day on February 18, but today? It’s apparently National Pistachio Day so grab a nut and get crackin’! Hah!

Anyway, based on the idea that “We need more celebrating of the universe and every marvelous thing within it” (right on!) Brian came up with International You Call the Holiday Day and asked his readers to create holidays.

His questions to consider are these:

  • If you could designate your own holiday, what would that holiday celebrate?
  • Consider what you cherish that doesn’t get the attention you feel it deserves — that which you feel should be recognized and celebrated more — and perhaps go with that. Or go with whatever your heart tells you to go with.
  • What would you name your holiday?
  • In the way that chocolate and love notes are exchanged on Valentine’s Day and turkey is consumed at Thanksgiving, what actions would you want people to take to honor and reflect your holiday’s theme? Why?
  • In the way that green equals St. Patrick’s Day and orange and black equals Halloween, are there certain colors you’d want to associate with your holiday? Why?
  • Specific food and drink you’d want consumed on the day?
  • Any existing songs, films, poems or the like that would be a good fit for your holiday?
  • Famous personalities that come to mind who best embody the spirit of it?
  • Particular stuff we’d all stick up in our windows and inside and outside of our house to celebrate it?

I’d love to hear what you come up with, so if you don’t mind, please post your ideas here and then again (copy and paste is your friend!) over at Brian’s in the form at the bottom of this page and you just might see your holiday appear in his free newsletter.

What would your holiday be?


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11 Beans of Wisdom to “international you call the holiday day”
  1. 02.26.2008

    Ooh! I want a Singletons Day–a day for all us single folks to go out and raise a glass to our independent lifestyles. 🙂 I also love the idea of a Sleeping In Day and an I Love Olives Day, but Brian’s already got those listed in his post.

    Stefanie’s last blog post..I was probably also the kid who didn’t like slumber parties because it messed with my sleep schedule*

    Yeah! And I’m rather fond of Sleeping In Day too 🙂

  2. 02.26.2008

    Weird, I’ve been snacking on pistachios all day, and had no idea the significance. Now I can do it guilt-free! I’m just celebrating…

    And, according facebook ( very reliable source), March 25th is “International Kiss an Italian Day”

    Twist my arm. In fact, I might start celebrating early. Like now.

    Maggie’s last blog post..Change in plans…

    Hah, that’s funny! I’ll have to write down the 25th…

  3. Jeanine

    Love yourself day. Do whatever you want guilt-free day.

    This is such a fun concept!

    Jeanine’s last blog post..On Letting Go

    I’m all for that one Jeanine!

  4. 02.26.2008

    This is a great idea. I’m going to have to think about this a bit, although I already know what I’d like to celebrate.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..It’s Done!

    Can’t wait to see “your” day 🙂

  5. 02.27.2008

    How about International PJ Day. You have to sleep-in, stay in your jammies and just lounge around all day. Most businesses would have to remain closed, but if any were open the employees would have to be paid double.

    No special colors but everyone has pancakes and hot chocolate for dinner. 🙂

    Susan’s last blog post..Buying Airline Tickets

    LOVE this, especially dinner 🙂

  6. Michelle- Come visit me. I have a little something for you!

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..Celebrating Excellence

    Thanks Susan! I’ll be right over 🙂

  7. 02.27.2008

    I would like a *Spa Day*. Everybody gets free
    treatments…whatever you want. Colors…azure, sea green, turquoise!!! Music….something new agey, relaxing, maybe classical.

    My Melange’s last blog post..Angels and Oscars

    Ooh that sounds *fabulous*! I was just talking about how I’ve yet to do a Spa Day. . . .

  8. hmmm… i think mine would be national “Fuck It” Day, to be interpreted however you’ve like. Don’t want to go to work? Fuck it! Tired of dieting and really want a cookie? Fuck it!

    Not only would it be fun, but it gives you an excuse to curse like a sailor.

    Michelle @ Us vs. Food’s last blog post..We cannot afford a mine shaft gap.

    I *love* this idea!!!!

  9. 02.28.2008

    I have a holiday! It’s my birthday! We celebrate with cards, cake, special meals, great friends, presents… trips and photos and singing… family and friends… big hugs and lots of love. Does it get better than that?

    I can’t imagine better than that… except for Christmas and Easter.

    Does that work?


    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..My Love

    Ooh! I’m up for celebrating!

  10. Hi! Thanks for the fun blog and hmmm…………..
    If I could have a holiday, I would call it “Blogger’s Brunch” day. It would be a day where all food bloggers would have to get together with at least 2 local bloggers and finally meet, have lunch , talk food, talk life and to share it on a post. I’ve always wanted to get together and finally meet all these wonderful people who inspire me with their recipes, stories and life! 🙂

    Oh I love this! And it would be even better if we magically teleport ourselves to other locations so we wouldn’t be limited to just local bloggers. Great idea 🙂

  11. Wunschdenker

    Sognatrice, my idea for an international you call the holiday day would be this:

    For the Love of Frank Day.

    It would celebrate the endless love spread by Frank Sinatra via his phenomenal voice and memorable melodies and films over the decades between pre-world-war-two until his death; because his music provides great joy and entertainment and often makes those listening reflect on simpler times, when dancing cheek-to-cheek was a great way to spend a Saturday night, which could otherwise be “the loneliest night of the week.”

    Radio stations: play uninterrupted, Frank Sinatra’s finest melodies, sound clips from famous movie scenes and trivia questions where listeners call-in to guess the correct movie or answer, and any radio interviews he may have given in the past.

    TV Stations: Feature back-to-back Frank Sinatra films, any interviews or pubilc apprearances with Sinatra, any documentaries, etc.

    TV Talk Shows: Invite guests who survive Frank that: starred in movies with him, had personal or professional relationships with him, danced with him on or off screen, non-actors/regular joes who may have met him or seen him perform in his early, bobbysoxer, days, went to high school with him, lived and grew up in the same town of Hoboken, NJ as he did, etc.

    Dance schools: feature the dances of Sinatra’s heyday and, of course, play only Sinatra dance tunes.

    Movie theaters: Play old Sinatra films, have movie personnel dress up like Frank, or his costars, or former loves.

    Public transportation, shopping centers, etc.: play Sinatra tunes on the Musak systems.

    Bars and nightclubs: Host Frank Sinatra Look Alike/Sound Alike contests.

    The Public: for The Love of Frank Day, everytime people say the word “do” they should try and say “doobie” before it, (i.e., “What should we doobie-do for dinner tonite?”).

    And, since Sinatra was of Italian heritage, green, red, and white would be the colors used in any advertising or promotional schemes.

    Ahhh, for the love of Frank…..

    Ah you know I’m all over this…doo bee doo bee doooooo……..

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