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May Days Daze: The Dish List

by Shaonta’ Allen

The 5th month of the year, known for bringing us flowers after April showers, is filled with wacky, yet interesting observances.

No Pants Day: Observed annually on the first Friday of May, “No Pants Day” will be celebrated this year on May 3rd. This is a participatory holiday in which individuals are encouraged to challenge the social norm of wearing pants in public. The purpose of “No Pants Day” is to break the taboo of wearing pants and to revel in peoples reactions to your lack of bottoms. If you are interested in participating, all you have to do is pick out an outfit for the day. But when you get dressed, forget about the pants. To truly get into the spirit of this holiday you might even incorporate flashy or glamorous underpants into your ensemble. 

Lumpy Rug Day:
Unlike its name may suggest, this holiday is not about celebrating lumpy rugs. Conversely, May 3rd of each year is dedicated to the spring cleaning of lumpy rugs. It’s unclear when this holiday was established; however, today it’s observed in a variety of ways. The most common way to participate in this tradition is to replace your old rug with a new one. Others choose to celebrate metaphorically, by reminiscing about all of the things they’ve “shoved under the rug” in their life.

Paranormal Day: Also on May 3rd individuals who believe in the paranormal can get together to share their experiences with phenomena that have no scientific explanation. If you consider the paranormal entertaining, why not grab the film Paranormal Activity and some popcorn and scare the wits out of yourself, or even better, find out how others will be celbrating this holiday in your area. 

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo: May 5th
is most commonly affiliated with chips, salsa and margaritas, and  is one of America’s favorite holidays. Often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Today, this holiday serves as a celebration of Mexican heritage and is observed by wearing the colors of the Mexican flag (red, green and white) or participating in Mexican traditions like eating Mexican food and hitting a piñata.

Lost Sock Memorial DayLost Sock Memorial Day: Have you ever had a favorite pair of socks, but were saddened when you could only locate one of them? If so, join others on May 9th as they mourn the loss of this beloved item, somewhere along the route from the washer to the dryer to the sock drawer. Ideas for how to celebrate include wearing pairs of socks that don’t match, or create sock puppets or sock blankets just for the fun of it!.

Mother’s Day: Originating in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mom, Mothers Day has become a signature American holiday. On May 12th American citizens from coast to coast will be showering the women who brought them into this world with flowers, candy and cards to express their love and appreciation.

Frog Jumping Day: The roots of this holiday stem back to Mark Twain’s 1865 short story “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” later published as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Accounts of frog jumping celebrations in Calaveras County, CA date back to 1893. Frog jumping is currently still celebrated although reason for the choice of May 13th to celebrate, is unknown. In recent years this holiday has drawn over 4,000 contestants competing for cash prizes.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day:
Did you know that 25% of all cookies baked in the United States are chocolate chip? Ruth Graves Wakefield created this cookie accidentally at the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts in the 1930’s. Americans love chocolate chips so much they decided to make a holiday for them. So on May 15th make sure to buy a bag of chocolate chips and start baking.

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! In 2000 a group of girls aged 8-16 years old, affiliated with New Moon Magazine and Mind on the Media, declared May 15th “Turn Beauty Inside Out Day.” This holiday celebrates inner beauty and promotes the use of healthy images of girls and women in the media.

Geek/Nerd Pride Day: This holiday is celebrated each year on the anniversary of the first Star Wars: A New Hope’s release. Originating in Spain on May 25th in 2006 by Germán Martínez, Geek Pride Day promotes geek culture and allows nerds around the world to celebrate their unconventional interests.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day: The purpose of this patriotic holiday is to remember the women and men who have died in military service for the United States. The last Monday in the month of May is dedicated to honoring the brave individuals who sacrificed their lives for our country and our freedom. On May 27th American’s will celebrate by visiting cemeteries and memorial sites as well as by hosting BBQ’s and picnics. For many, this day indicates the unofficial start of the summer season and the cultural acceptance of wearing white again.

Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day:
This American and European holiday is celebrated on the 29th of May. The origins of this day are unknown, however participating in this practice is believed to bring wealth and good luck to your household. Prior to the 1930’s cloth was placed into larders for the same exact reason. / Issue 191 - March 2018
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