Bizarre Holidays This Week…

A very angry leprechaun. (Credit: Ashlyn Pearce/The Quill)

After a weekend of little sleep due to the time change, there are thankfully many reasons in the coming days to keep up your spirits.

Tuesday, March 14th, is Pi Day. This day was so chosen in homage to the first three digits of the number (3.14), and is believed to have originally been founded by Physicist Larry Shaw. Theoretically there are three other dates in the year which also represent the numeric value of Pi. Those dates are March 4th (when 14% of the 3rd month has passed), April 5th (when 3.14 months of the year have passed), and November 10th (the 314th day of the year). How can you celebrate? The yummiest way is to grab yourself a slice of your favourite pie.

Wednesday, March 15th, is Everything You Think is Wrong Day. This unofficial holiday is supposed to remind everyone that we all have flaws, and that no one is perfect. Something you can do to celebrate this day is to confront notions that you may believe are correct to ensure that they are, or to learn something new.

Thursday, March 16th, is home to two holidays this year: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, and Everything You Do is Right Day. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is a day where you are encouraged to recognise and celebrate all of the great kids in your life. Whether or not you have kids of your own, there is still likely one kid in your life that could use a little bit of extra recognition and encouragement.

Everything You Do is Right Day is symbolic of the notion that bad days are always followed by good days. So to balance out the negativity of Everything You Think is Wrong Day, the following day is its opposite: Everything You Do is Right Day. Take this day to remind yourself and others that everything will turn out alright in the end, and that there is always an end to the good times. Everything you do is the right thing too. Just remember that as long as what you are doing makes you happy and doesn’t harm others, it is right.

Friday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day. But did you know that it is also Submarine Day? St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish Culture. One of the typical Irish creatures is a leprechaun. You may be tempted to find one, but I wouldn’t recommend it as an activity for celebrating Irish culture. People typically celebrate this day by wearing green. Something that I remember doing as a kid was pinching people who didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Submarine Day celebrate the many technological advancements made over the years in the field of watercrafts. Another fantastic kind of submarine is a submarine sandwich. A fabulous idea would be to consume as many “submarines” as you see fit to celebrate Submarine Day.

Saturday, March 18th, is Awkward Moments Day. I personally never forget any awkward moments that I accidentally cause or am part of. However the point of this holiday is to either remember (or forget, if possible) all of the wonderful moments in your life that made you want to hide away and become a sheep herder in Iceland, far away from any and all humans. Maybe instead of reliving all of that dread, you can swap stories with a friend about awkward times, and laugh at each other’s and your own experiences.

Sunday, March 19th, is Let’s Laugh Day. Laughing has many health benefits such as helping people relax and reducing stress. Take the day to laugh as much as you can, and to make others laugh to. You can do this by telling jokes, however some may not find your pun-tastic jokes funny. I will though, so feel free to send them my way. Don’t have any good jokes? That’s alright, maybe you can watch a funny movie or comedy act instead.

And to cap off our week with Monday, March 20th, we have World Storytelling Day and Proposal Day. World Storytelling Day is celebrated globally, but it first started in Sweden. You can celebrate this day by attending a local story telling event, or by having someone tell you a story about their life. For a possibly more fantastical story, try having a kid tell you a story about their dreams

Proposal Day is an unofficial holiday dedicated to encouraging long-time partners to take the next step in their relationship. There’s no need to feel any stress though, you can take your time with your decisions, and there is no reason why one specific day has to dictate your romantic relationships.

Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 25, March 14th, 2017.