It is the weekend of double holidays in North America – July 1st is Canada Day and July 4th is US Independence Day. So, with the double continental birthday celebrations, and long weekends on both sides of the world’s longest undefended border, here is a list of holidays. But with a bit of a twist – none of these holidays are actually real. This list presents the top ten fictional holidays, and guaranteed you have heard of at least of few of them.
Source: Lord of the Rings
This holiday from Lord Of the Rings is the Hobbit equivalent to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. This holiday is also tied to Durin’s Day, the Dwarven equivalent of New Years Day, from The Hobbit.
Although Yule is celebrated in the midwinter in the Shire, it is in some ways different from the more recently historical Yule practices in England. The Shire’s fictional Yule consisted of two days called 1 Yule and 2 Yule. The last day of the year was 1 Yule and the first day of the next year was 2 Yule. The Yuledays fell between the months called Foreyule and Afteryule and were not part of either month. 1 Yule was always on a Friday and 2 Yule fell on Saturday.
Confused? Yes, we are too!
9. Dogbert Day
This holiday is designed to replace all holidays. It includes elements from all normal holidays, including big dinners, a parade and “visits from annoying relatives”, and some that derive from Druid holidays, such as virgin sacrifice.
Source: The O.C.
Basically, this is Christmas for Jewish and Hannukkah for the Christians. Best of both worlds, and gift buying for all. Chrismukkah was popularized by the FOX television program The O.C.. On the show, the character Seth Cohen has a Jewish father and a Protestant mother. As a way to merge the two faiths, Seth claims to have “created Chrismukkah” when he was six years old. So, this is really a term out of pop-culture that might have caught on because it was on a popular TV show.
Chrismukkah – the merging of the major shopping holidays Christmas and Hanukkah – has also been called the newest faux holiday that companies are using to make a buck”. Your call…cool, PC extreme or just profit driven?
7. Talk Like A Pirate Day
Source: John and Mark
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), who proclaimed September 19th each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, matey!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born.
6. Clam Day
Source: Family Guy
Quohog�s annual celebration of clams and clams alike features the famed half-man/half-clam sideshow attraction and other clam-themed fun and games. Of course, the great man-beast was later revealed to simply be actress Kim Cattrall sitting cross-legged.
5. Colonial Day
Source: Battlestar Galactica
In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Colonial Day celebrates the the signing of the Articles of Colonization. During the show�s course, it�s on this day that President Laura Roslin institutes the Quorum of Twelve, a step in the direction of returning the colonies to order. Definitely a holiday that will only be recognized and actually known in any level of detail by the serious Geeks in the audience.
Source: 30 Rock
What to do when you don�t want to participate in the holiday tradition of Secret Santa? Invent your own holiday, one that requires sausage pizzas, bowls of meat, and of course a blonde virgin equipped with a packet of dental floss.
3. Unification Day
The day marking the Alliance�s victory and the unification of the planets. We would never actually celebrate Unification Day, except, of course, by stirring up trouble in Alliance watering holes, Browncoat style.
Futurama also boasts the fantastic Freedom Day, in which, as Amy would say, �If you wanna do something, you do it, and to spleckh with the consequences.� But our favorite holiday from the year 3000 comes by way of our old pal Bender. Robanukah is a time-honored celebration and supposedly the �holiest two weeks on the robot calendar.� Who cares that it was entirely fabricated by Bender as a means of getting out of work.
What do you do when you don’t want to join in to the regular holidays? Why, you join Festivus, a holiday “for the rest of us”. Frank Constanza�s alternative to Christmas features such awesome traditions as the airing of grievances and the feats of strength and Festivus pole to dance around. Really, who doesn’t support a holiday that officially includes pole dancing?