May is a month that gives us many reasons to celebrate. There’s May Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, graduations, my birthday… the list could go on and on. As the month begins to wrap up, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the lesser known holidays, because who doesn’t need more reasons to celebrate?
May 20th: Strawberries and Pizza
Today is a great day. It gives us maaany reasons to celebrate. Two that top the list are Pick Strawberries Day and Pizza Party Day. No, they aren’t combined, but why not find somewhere to pick some local fruit (strawberries preferably) and follow it up with a delicious pizza party among friends? I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday.
May 22nd: Maritime and Mystery
This Sunday gives us more fun reasons to celebrate. Not only is it National Maritime Day, a day that commemorates the day the first American steamship set sail on the first transoceanic voyage using steam power and also a day that recognizes the maritime industry, but it’s also a day to commemorate one of the world’s favorite detectives. That’s right, it’s Sherlock Holmes Day. This provides you with numerous opportunities to look back on one of the best characters of all time. You could host a mystery party dinner, reread the books or rewatch the movies. It’s elementary my dear Watson!
May 23rd: Pennies
Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck… or so they say. But of all days in the year, Lucky Penny Day is your best chance of getting some 1 cent luck! Go on a penny hunt and build that luck up!
May 26th: Cheesecake
Cheesecake in itself is reason to celebrate. Just thinking about cheesecake or anticipating having cheesecake makes many people want to party. But this day is Blueberry Cheesecake Day, a day that celebrates the most common (and arguably most delicious) topping for the much beloved cheesecake.
May 27th: Sun Protection
With the official start of summer rapidly approaching, this day is a very good reminder of all who venture outside under the sun’s rays. This day is both Sunscreen Day and Don’t Fry Day. It’s only fitting that these two days share a day of recognition. Make sure you protect your skin because the sun can be a scary beast. As Baz Luhrmann would say, “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.”
May 29th: Paper Clips and Refrigerated Pillows
Say what? Yes, you read that right. Paper clips have their own holiday. Can you believe it? The paper clip actually has a pretty interesting history. It was invented pre-1867, originally to attach things to paper but its patent also recognized its abilities with paper. While it has a long history, this will only be the second year celebrating it. Refrigerated pillows? You probably thought that was a typo. Nope. This is a legitimate holiday originating from early Europeans and Americans putting cloth in their larder (storage cabinets) for good luck once per year. Want to try and get some pillow luck of your own? Try putting your pillow on or in your fridge this year!
May 30th: Flowers and Remembrance
You probably know that Memorial Day falls on the 30th this year, but also on the 30th is Water a Flower Day. These are each good reminders in their own way. Memorial Day provides us with a day to remember all of the people who died while serving our country in the military. Many visit memorials and leave an American flag in memory. Another option this year could be flowers. Not only is the day about remembering those we’ve lost, but it’s also an important day that reminds of to appreciate the beauty around us. By giving some flowers a little loving this year, you’ll make the world a happier place with the color that those flowers will bring.
What’s your favorite bizarre holiday to celebrate?