Spring is the perfect time to get out and celebrate. The warmer weather, after months of being cooped up as victims of winter’s tyranny, makes us want to shed some clothes, and get outside. It’s the ideal season to eat fresh and locally grown things, to buy handcrafted items at fairs, and to generally let go a little. Festivals abound, some of them great, and some ridiculous, as the following list attests. If your area doesn’t offer enough to do this spring, here are some silly, and in most cases pretty obscure, reasons to celebrate the coming months:
April 11th: Eight Track Tape Day
Who remembers the eight track, with its hard plastic case that was bigger than a smartphone but held only one album, on its thin ribbon of black magnetic tape that broke so very easily? Truthfully, not me, except as an artifact unearthed in a thrift shop or relative’s junk pile. But eight tracks ruled the sixties and seventies, so much so that they have their own day of remembrance. Even though most of us can’t actually play an eight track tape anymore, and wouldn’t want to even if we could, we can still use this day to give a shout out to the old gold of yesteryear. Put on a Steely Dan album, and chill out.
April 27th: National Tell a Story Day
This is a day to celebrate storytelling in all its forms. This is also a favorite day with local libraries, when many have festivals and reading events. Check your local listings for an event near you. Full disclosure: This day is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, but on October 27th. This makes me wonder why these holidays are celebrated six months apart, in two different parts of the world. I bet there’s a story in there somewhere.
May 6th: International Tuba Day
I personally love this holiday, and it caught my eye because we have a tuba player in the house. It’s a hard life, lugging a tuba around. The instrument weighs so much, carrying it is more like an endurance sport than a fine art. The holiday was founded by a disgruntled tuba student from Maryland named Joel Day in 1979. Day felt that tuba players got little respect or recognition, and so he founded the holiday to increase awareness. Unfortunately, since none of us have ever heard of this holiday, it seems as if Day failed in his mission. But let’s not let obscurity get in the way of enjoying an underappreciated, but nonetheless awesome, instrument. Go hug a tuba player today. If you can find one.
May 6th: No Diet Day
Now this is a day I can really rally behind. Who doesn’t want some version of a day where you can basically eat what you want? But this particular celebration is more about body positivity. No Diet Day hinges on the belief that we should accept ourselves and the bodies we have today, rather than potentially harming ourselves with drastic diets, pills, and surgeries. Founded by Mary Evans Young in 1992, the movement grew out of Young’s own struggles with anorexia, and years of harmful dieting. She went on to form the British support group Diet Breakers.
May 22: World Goth Day
Do you know a Goth? Is there someone in your life who loves gloominess, wears lots of black, and listens to mopey music? You should use this day to run up to them and hug them. Besides being sure to piss them off, this will show your solidarity for the Goths of the world. The founding of this holiday can be traced back to late 90s Great Britain, which is credited with having a thriving Goth scene at the time.