So the traditional holiday season isn’t your thing? That’s perfectly alright because, believe it or not, there are just as many bizarre holidays to celebrate in January as there are the rest of the year. Check out some of the strangest, wackiest, and most interesting events coming up this month.
9. National Hot Tea Month
In the United States, you’ll find some individuals celebrating National Hot Tea Month. We’re not sure why they do it but the bitter cold month of January does seem appropriate for the celebration. Take some time to sit back, kick up your feet, and enjoy a hot cup of tea. You might even try a flavor you’ve never tasted before. And if anyone asks what you’re doing you can simply tell them you’re honoring the holiday!
8. National Soup Month
In cahoots with National Hot Tea Month in the United States is National Soup Month. This one makes sense as well since it’s another great cold-weather food. National Soup Month is a great excuse for trying a soup flavor or variety you’ve never encountered in the past. Don’t forget your crackers and your spoon!
7. Humiliation Day
January 3rd is considered to be Humiliation Day. Contrary to what you might believe based on the name of the holiday, you should not run out and try to humiliate your family and friends (that’s just rude). Humiliation Day traces back to July of 1923, when Chinese Canadian immigrants staged the first day in order to showcase Canada’s refusal to allow Chinese immigrants into the country. The day is actually designed to remind us how inappropriate it is to humiliate others.
6. International Skeptics Day
No one is 100% sure of the origin of International Skeptics Day and it’s even harder to determine exactly when the holiday will be celebrated each year. Sometimes it is January 13th, sometimes October 13th, and sometimes the first Friday the 13th of the year. So, if you can figure out which day to celebrate, spend a little bit of time practicing your skepticism skills. Doubt the validity of this holiday? So do we.
5. Winnie the Pooh Day
Winnie the Pooh Day, celebrated on January 18th, is another bizarre holiday of questionable origin but you will find schools and children throughout the country (maybe even the world) honoring A.A. Milne’s creation of Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends. They’ll take some time out to read some of the Winnie the Pooh stories, snack, and have fun. Why not embrace the day with your kids?
4. National Popcorn Day
National Popcorn Day is celebrated on January 19th and is yet another holiday with no clear origin. It is believed, however, that the creation may have had something to do with the Superbowl being in January despite the fact that National Popcorn Month itself is in October. It doesn’t really matter, though. It’s still a great excuse to pop a bowl of hot popcorn, kick back with the family, and enjoy an addicting treat.
3. National Pie Day
We didn’t even know there was an American Pie Council but this group of like-minded individuals declared January 23rd National Pie Day. The day was founded in 1986 in order to help Crisco celebrate its 75th anniversary. In order to participate in the celebration of this holiday you must like pie. Participants cook pies, eat pie, and give pies away to their friends. If you’re in the area, you might even participate in the National Pie Championships to see if you’re amongst the best pie makers in the world.
2. Compliment Day
Created in 1998 by Debby Hoffman and Kathy Chamberlin from New Hampshire, Compliment Day is pretty self explanatory. If you don’t have anything nice to say on compliment day you should simply keep your mouth shut. You should not just hand out random compliments on Compliment Day, though – make sure every word that comes out of your mouth is sincere.
1. Squirrel Appreciation Day
Back in 2001, Christy Hargrove from North Carolina decided that January 21st would be Squirrel Appreciation Day. Now she, and anyone else who deems this an appropriate holiday to celebrate, spend the day honoring their fuzzy little nut-collecting friends. The dead of winter is the perfect time to show you care by providing the little guys with some extra nuts at a time when their food stashes are probably beginning to run low.
By the way, while most of these “holidays” have the world National in their name, none have actually been deemed National holidays by the federal government. That would take an act of Congress!