35 Uncommon Holidays Quiz! Can you identify them all?!

By: Carolyn Brooks Fleming
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About This Quiz

The calendar is filled with little-known holidays, celebrating everything from wordplay to lifestyle, from fashion to humor, from folklore to new traditions. Take this quiz to learn about DOGust, Quirkyalone Day, and other special days.

How should you celebrate National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day on September 1?

On National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, hunt for words that can't be rhymed or write a poem that doesn't rhyme. Alternatively, you could dress in orange and purple, since those color names can't be rhymed. Don't confuse this holiday with Bad Poetry Day, observed on August 18.

What is Winter-een-mas?

Winter-een-mas, which runs from January 25-31 every year, is a celebration of video games and gamers. It was introduced to the world in the "Ctrl+Alt+Del" webcomic.

How was the date chosen to celebrate Mario Day, which honors Nintendo's iconic plumber and hero?

Nintendo fans celebrate Mario Day on March 10, because "Mar 10" resembles "Mario." Mario games are the best-selling video game franchise of all time. The famous plumber in red overalls was originally going to be named "Mr. Video."

What are the rules of International Frugal Fun Day?

On International Frugal Fun Day, always the first Saturday in October, do something fun that costs $5 or less, or that costs nothing at all!

What is Hoodie Hoo Day?

On Hoodie Hoo Day, at noon sharp, step outside, wave your arms in the air, and shout, "Hoodie-hoo!" Your efforts, combined with fellow celebrants, will help to usher in spring. If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, celebrate on February 20. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, celebrate on August 22.

When and what is First Foot Day?

First Foot Day takes place on New Year's Day, particularly in the early hours. For good luck, the first visitor to a home in the new year should be male, have dark hair, and not have flat feet. This tradition originated in Scotland.

On what October holiday other than Halloween could you wear sequins, hot pink, bright plaids, crushed velvet, or any combination of these?

On Wear Something Gaudy Day, don your brightest colors, your craziest combos, your most embarrassing clothes from decades gone by. This holiday originated on the 1970s sitcom "Three's Company" and it is observed on October 17.

January 16 is set aside to celebrate what, as inspired by Harold Pullman Coffin?

Harold Pullman Coffin created National Nothing Day as a day to relax, without celebrating anything in particular. Sorry, Mr. Coffin, but this date is also National Fig Newton Day and International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Some people just can't relax.

Where is John Frum Day observed?

John Frum Day - a holiday with a most intriguing origin - is observed on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. "John Frum" is probably a corruption of "John from America." During World War II, American troops arrived on the island with food and supplies. Since then, some islanders have considered John Frum to be a deity. They build symbolic landing strips and pray for his return every February 15.

In addition to being the deadline for paying income tax in the US, why is April 15th known as That Sucks Day?

President Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865. Although the Titanic hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, it did not fully submerge until the following day.

Why is Mad Hatter Day observed on October 6?

In the original John Tenniel illustrations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the Mad Hatter has a piece of paper stuck in his hat that says, "In this style, 10/6." Of course, the 10/6 in the illustration could just as easily refer to June 10 or perhaps a price, but October 6 is the chosen date to celebrate.

What should you do on National Centenarian's Day?

On National Centenarian's Day, observed on September 22, visit or otherwise do something nice for someone who has been alive for a century or more. Ask them to share their stories!

What holiday inspires people to make up phrases such as, "Pickin' Up Men in My Pickup Truck"?

March 27 brings not only Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, but also National "Joe" Day, when everyone is supposed to answer to the name "Joe" or "Jo." Combine these two holidays if you are so inclined: "My Hound Dog Bobbie Jo Ran Off with My Best Friend Joe."

What is Marmot Day?

Marmot Day is an official holiday in Alaska, as signed into law by Governor Sarah Palin. It is celebrated on February 2 each year. Non-Alaskans in North America observe Groundhog Day by watching Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania or other local groundhogs.

What holiday helps us to let off steam while we're struggling with hard plastic, staples, wires, and glue, when all we want to do is enjoy our gifts or purchases?

We can vent our frustration with hard-to-open packages on Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, observed on August 7. Maybe we should form a consumers' union and go on strike.

When is Palindrome Day?

Palindrome Day is any day when the numerical date is the same, read forward or backward. For example, 7/1/17 and 7/10/2017 are Palindrome Days. Palendrome Days vary, depending on whether you write numerical dates with the month first or the date first, and also whether you write the year as two or four digits.

What is DOGust?

DOGust, celebrated on August 1, is the universal birthday for shelter dogs, because their truth birth dates are rarely known. Consider rescuing a dog or pamper a special dog in your life on this holiday.

Which July holiday is the centerpiece of Take a Nakation Month?

Celebrate National Nude Day, the centerpiece of Take a Nakation Month, at your own risk! July is Take a Nakation Month; July 14 is National Nude Day. Brrrr - is there a draft in here?

What is Chimborazo Day?

Chimborazo Day, June 3, honors the inactive volcano that is the highest point on Earth, when measured from the Earth's core. Mount Everest is taller than Chimborazo when each is measured from base to summit. Chimborazo is located in the Andes, in Ecuador.

What is Perfect Pac-Man Day?

On Perfect Pac-Man Day, July 3, we celebrate the anniversary of Billy Mitchell's 1999 achievement. He cleared all 256 levels of the Pac-Man arcade game. Afterward, he vowed to never play the game again, since there was nothing left to achieve.

What holiday is celebrated on the birth date of William Archibald Spooner?

July 22nd is Spoonerism Day, commemorating the birth date of William Archibald Spooner, accidental inventor of the spoonerism. A spoonerism is the swapping of consonants or syllables in two words, creating runny fesults, er, funny results. "Lack of pies" is a spoonerism for "pack of lies."

What is Towel Day?

Towel Day honors Douglas Adams, who wrote "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." In this comical sci-fi story, people hitchhiking their way across the galaxy consider a towel to be an indispensable tool. Adams died unexpectedly on May 11, 2001, and the first Towel Day was held two weeks later, on May 25, in his memory.

What cuddly holiday is observed on the second Wednesday in October?

No one knows why Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day is observed on the second Wednesday in October - it just is. At least there's a good chance that people will be at work or school, since it's a weekday. No matter. Just bring your favorite cuddly bear and enjoy a stress-free day.

Why is Roller Coaster Day observed on August 16?

Roller Coaster Day is observed on August 16, the anniversary of the first roller coaster patent in 1898. Since then, roller coaster designers strive to make their coasters higher, faster, and loopier.

On what holiday should you consider donating some unloved clothing to a second-hand store or buying some cool vintage gear?

Donate or buy some awesome used clothing on August 25, Secondhand Wardrobe Day. Sing along with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" or Prince's "Raspberry Beret" while showing off your vintage style.

What September 5 holiday should be celebrated by procrastinators everywhere?

Be Late for Something Day is meant to remind people to relax a little. The world probably won't end if you're five minutes late. As the White Rabbit sings, "I'm late, I'm late for / A very important date. / No time to say hello, goodbye, / I'm late, I'm late, I'm late."

When is Bow Tie Day?

Bow Tie Day is always observed on August 28. No one knows how or where this holiday originated, but the bow tie itself comes from Croatia.

What is International Quirkyalone Day?

International Quirkyalone Day is an alternative to Valentine's Day, for those who are content to be single or who are simply tired of the commercialism of Valentine's Day. Yes, it's observed on February 14.

Which obscure quirky holiday was given a boost into pop culture by columnist Dave Barry?

Arrr, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys, celebrated on September 19. A couple of regular guys - John Baur and Mark Summers - invented Talk Like a Pirate Day back in 1995 while grunting on the racquetball court. They celebrated casually until the year they decided to email Dave Barry, and the rest is history, me heartys!

When is Blame Someone Else Day observed?

Some people seem to celebrate Blame Someone Else Day all the time, but the official date is the first Friday the 13th of each year. Maybe on this holiday paraskevidekatriaphobics can relax and blame someone else for the fact that they fear Friday the 13th.

What is another name for A'phabet Day?

Both A'phabet Day and No "L" Day are puns on "Noel." Get it? "No L" sounds like "Noel." Therefore, both of these holidays are fun ways to think about Christmas, which is December 25.

Who is George Spelvin, who is honored every November 15?

George Spelvin is credited with many roles onstage, but he does not exist. The name is used when an actor doesn't want to draw attention to the fact that he is playing more than one role in a production. Spelvin's dramatic relatives are Georgette Spelvin for women and, in British programs, Walter Plinge.

What is Zero-Tasking Day?

Zero-Tasking Day happens whenever there's a 25-hour day, due to Daylight Saving Time. The extra hour is a time to relax, not to work. Zero-Tasking Day occurs on different dates in different countries that adjust the clock with the season.

What are celebrants expected to do to their neighors on February 7 each year?

February 7 is Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day. It's a time to be friendly and make some actual connections with the people you may usually ignore or merely nod at.

What is SCUD Day?

SCUD Day is short for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day. Unless you're watching a TV show or a play, wouldn't you enjoy life with a bit less drama? On July 8, more than any other day, spare the insults and share some laughs.

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