Make the most of your year by celebrating the funniest and silliest days – just to add a little spice to the calendar year. Take stock of our suggestions that maybe you never knew were worthy of honoring!
January 1st- Polar Bear Plunge Day –On this day, people all over the world, go swimming on this cold January day! Some people swim in these frigid waters because they want to feel the invigoration that can only come from being exposed to icy cold water, and other people believe that it improves their physical stamina. Regardless of why a person chooses to observe this holiday, one thing is for certain: it’s going to be one very cold dip for anyone who decides to ice swim on this day.
January 15th- National Bagel Day- National Bagel Day is a holiday which pays homage to the dense and chewy bread product that dates back to the 16th century. Today, bagels are enjoyed in a variety of different ways and topped with a number of different ingredients including cream cheese, goat cheese, avocado, peanut butter and bananas, deli meat, jelly, butter, hummus, salmon, pastrami or marshmallow fluff. So go out there, grab your favorite bagels and top them however you want for this great tasty holiday.
January 20th- Take A Walk Outdoors Day-It’s a day for people to get up from behind their computers and television screens and actually enjoy nature. Once that first step has been done, then go for a nice peaceful walk that not only exercises the body but also relaxes the mind.
February 1st- National Dark Chocolate Day- Dark Chocolate is a form of chocolate that is most definitely an acquired taste for many; it tends to have a stronger flavor that some people might find to be bitter. Nutritional value is the key here as it has a high cocoa percentage and lower sugar content than milk chocolate. However, for those people who are just looking for pure cocoa flavor, it’s the perfect sweet to enjoy. Besides, it’s also a form of chocolate that contains minerals such as iron, zinc, and magnesium. SO go ahead and indulge!
February 4th- National Homemade Soup Day- Who doesn’t like a nice steaming hot bowl of homemade soup? We’re not talking about the stuff that’s canned and found at your local grocery store. No, we’re talking about real homemade soup that’s put together with love, a food that scientists believe is one of the most important inventions of human civilization. And to show just how important this food is, it has its own holiday.
February 22nd- World Yoga Day- This day is designed to help people reach out from themselves and connect with the world in a more meaningful way. Yoga teachers, schools, and studios donate a small portion of their time and space to fighting for human rights causes.
March 1st- Plan a Solo Vacation Day- When most people think of vacations, they think of trips they take with their families or with groups of friends. Most people don’t even think about the possibility of taking a trip on their own. Yet that is exactly what Plan a Solo Vacation Day encourages everyone to do. This day people are supposed to strike out on their own and enjoy the fun of traveling by themselves. Although the prospect of taking a solo vacation might be anxiety-inducing in some people, in other people it’s a call to adventure, so take the time to plan something for yourself!
March 16th- National Quilting Day- Quilting is a practice that goes back thousands of years and at one point in history, was a necessary skill for people to have in order to produce the blankets they needed. Now, quilting is mainly a hobby for most people, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve some recognition. That’s probably why National Quilting Day was invented in the first place.
March 25th- National Waffle Day- People love waffles and that’s a fact. Quite frankly, we can’t blame them. After all, who can avoid that crispy waffled exterior, especially when it’s paired with a pat of butter and some high-quality maple syrup? We know that we can’t. This holiday’s sole purpose is to remind people that waffles exist and that they should have a plate of these delicious morsels in front of them. You can’t go wrong with waffles served with syrup, fruit, preserves, or just about anything else a person wants to top them with. Yum!
April 11th- National Pet Day – National Pet Day is an unofficial holiday that encourages all of us to pay extra attention to our pets. It is also a day to commemorate everything our pets do for us on a daily basis. So, if you have a pet, you can do something special for them on this day by taking them for a long walk, buying them a special treat or maybe, just by spending a little bit of extra time with them. After all, don’t they deserve it?
April 14th- National Gardening Day- National Gardening Day is a holiday in which people can roll up their sleeves and get their hands a little bit dirty in their garden or someone else’s! A hobby enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, is probably one of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to be in nature. That’s why it might be a good idea to try your hand at this activity at least once in your lifetime. There’s no better day to start gardening than on this holiday.
May 4th- National Fitness Day- Anyone who has been looking for the perfect excuse to get back into shape can use National Fitness Day as a catalyst for their plans. This holiday gives people the opportunity to renew their fitness goals and make positive changes in their lives to stay healthy. And it’s easier than most people think it would be—all they have to do is take the first step and make the decision to participate in healthy activities on this day. Keep moving and grooving/- that’s what we say.
May 7th- National Teacher Appreciation Day- This is a day where everyone can take the time to show their favorite teacher some appreciation on a personal level or to appreciate the work of all teachers everywhere. This is a day that helps bring attention to the importance of teachers and their part in educating not only our children ,but everyone who seeks out a better education.
May 11th- National Miniature Golf Day- It recognizes a game that many of us have played and goes by a variety of different names such as crazy golf, putt-putt, mini-putt, or our personal favorite mini-golf. Why not get the family together today and have some friendly-family competition!
June 3rd- World Bicycle Day- It’s a day that celebrates an invention that has been around for over 205+ years and continues to be seen as a very important mode of personal transportation. Bicycles not only allow people to get from one point to another relatively easily, but they do so while protecting the environment and giving the person riding them a chance at a bit of exercise. Bikes also give people a personal sense of freedom that they don’t have with cars. All of these sound like good reasons why the common bicycle should be celebrated.
June 8th- National Rose Day- National Rosé Day encourages us to grab a bottle of Rose’ wine and pour ourselves a glass. (Responsibly of course.) Rosé is a type of wine that’s been around since ancient times, so consumers can not only enjoy the light color of this wine and its subtle flavor, but also its long and rich history.
June 17th- National Eat You Veggies Day– Okay, we can’t honestly say that National Eat Your Vegetables Day is going to be the favorite holiday of most children, but it is a great holiday for people who are looking to implement some healthier eating habits in their lives. it’s a great day for people to either enjoy their favorite veggies or do something more adventurous such as choosing to make a vegetable you wouldn’t ordinarily serve. Regardless of how you celebrate it, it’s a time for people to teach younger generations the importance of including a variety of vegetables into their diet.
July 3rd- Compliment Your Mirror Day- This is a day when people head to their mirror and compliment the person they see gazing back at them. Regardless of its name, however, the purpose of this holiday is straightforward and a positive one. It’s designed to encourage people to practice a little bit of self-acceptance and compliment themselves for both their inner and outer beauty.
July 23rd- Gorgeous Grandma Day- This is a very important day for us at GPL, this day is an occasion to honor those women who are grandmothers and continue to feel as young and vital as they ever did. Even though this holiday has the term grandma in it, it doesn’t mean it only applies to women who have grandchildren. No, it’s also a holiday in which people can honor women over the age of 50—regardless of whether they have children or not.
July 28th- National Waterpark Day- Waterparks are the centerpiece in many people’s summer vacation plans. They allow people to cool off on hot summer days and also provide families with a much-needed distraction. They provide fun, thrills, and laughs that few people can resist, and fortunately, just about every state in the U.S has at least one of these waterparks for people to enjoy. This is a holiday that encourages everyone to either visit a local waterpark or visit one of the large mega-waterparks located around the world.
August 3rd- National Watermelon Day – National Watermelon Day is a non-official American holiday that encourages people to enjoy that juicy summer staple, the watermelon. On this holiday, people can consume this fruit in a variety of different ways; after all, it is one of the most refreshing summer fruits out there.
August 9th- National Book Lovers Day- National Book Lovers Day is a holiday that every bibliophile (a great lover of books) can get behind, and is a holiday that was developed to not only celebrate reading, but also to help encourage people to do more personal reading. On this day, people are expected to put away all of their electronic devices, avoid watching TV, and instead, enjoy a good book.
August 10th- National Smores Day- If you happen to not know what a s’more is, then allow us to introduce you to this tasty treat. S’mores are a traditional treat that consist of a chocolate bar and roasted marshmallows nestled between two graham crackers. It’s a campfire treat that’s been going strong for over 94+ years and it doesn’t look like its popularity is going to wane anytime soon. In 1927, the recipe for a s’more, then known as a “Some More,” arrived in a Girl Scout guidebook. Interesting, right?
September 15th- Wife Appreciation Day- Wife Appreciation Day is a day in which men can take time out of their day to show their wives some extra love and appreciation. Who doesn’t want to feel that admiration and gratitude?
September 20th- National Pepperoni Pizza Day– Pepperoni pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the U.S. Each year, over 3 billion pizzas are bought by Americans. Pepperoni pizza only comes second to cheese pizza, which is popular enough for it to get its own holiday. So, anyone wanting to celebrate this day might want to head to their local pizza parlor and grab a slice or whole pie on this day.
October 4th- National Golf Lovers Day- National Golf Lovers Day is a holiday that gives every fan of golf a good excuse for heading out to the green. This is a day that’s also known as National Golf Day and has been the date for many a charity PGA event every year since the early 1950s.
Go ahead and grab your clubs and head out to the golf course with friends and family members.
October 5th- National Do Something Nice Day– This holiday encourages everyone to do something nice for someone else. People can get caught up in their busy lives and as a result, are not always as nice as they could be to the people around them. Fortunately, people can correct this problem by taking the time on this day to share a little bit of kindness with the people they encounter. And maybe taking the time out of this day to do something nice for someone else will lead to a habit of doing something nice regularly every other day of the year as well.
October 21st – National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day- This holiday honors an American dessert that blends creamy goodness with the fall flavor of pumpkin. Even though cheesecake is a dessert that’s been around since ancient times, the combination of pumpkin and cheesecake is a relatively new one and most likely started with the pumpkin spice craze that began in 2015. Regardless of how it started, it’s still a holiday that you might want to celebrate, especially if you’re trying to get into an autumn kind of mood.
November 4th- National Candy Day- Candy is a treat that’s been enjoyed by people for thousands upon thousands of years and that’s not surprising considering that candy not only tastes good, but also delivers a quick hit of carbohydrates to anyone eating it. It’s no wonder that this tasty treat is celebrated with its own designated day.
November 15th- National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day- When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge-all the way to the back? Be honest. If you’re like most people, then you probably haven’t cleaned out your refrigerator as much as you should’ve over the past few months. Don’t worry, we’re not here to judge. But we are here to talk about a holiday that might give you the motivation you need to get all of that old food out of your fridge and into the trash… just in time to get the refrigerator in order before Thanksgiving celebrations begin.
December 4th- National Cookie Day- Those of you who have an undying love of cookies might want to mark December 4th on your calendar, because this is a totally yummy day. An American tradition dedicated to the wide variations of a tasty dessert and snack food that we all love so much.
December 14th- Gingerbread Decoration Day- When most people think of the term gingerbread, they probably think of delicious baked goods such as gingerbread men or gingerbread houses. However, this category of baked foodstuffs is actually a pretty broad one. It describes foods that are flavored with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and either sweetened with sugar or with molasses or honey. That means that this category not only covers the aforementioned gingerbread men and houses, but also Austrian Christmas cookies, Gingerbread Cake, and other delicious gingerbread incarnations. Decorating and creating these yummy baked treats just screams – holiday season is here!
December 22nd- Cookie Exchange Day- Although some people may not have heard of cookie exchange parties, they are quite common all across the U.S. during the month of December. These events ask all guests to show up with at least a dozen home-baked cookies that can be shared with everyone. This means that dozens upon dozens of unique cookies are being passed around for everyone to enjoy. It’s a perfect time for a holiday party where everyone can enjoy the many holiday traditions.