22 Unusual Holidays People Celebrate Around the Globe

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1Buy Nothing Day

‘Buy Nothing Day’ is an international day of protest against consumerism and 'Black Friday.' Participants wander around shopping malls or other consumer havens with a blank stare. In North America, the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden, Buy Nothing Day is held the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, concurrent to Black Friday; elsewhere, it is held the following day, which is the last Saturday in November.


2Day of Silence

The “Day of Silence” (Nyepi) in Bali is a public holiday that mandates all tourists to be imprisoned in their hotels for 24 hours. No one is allowed on the streets, and could be arrested by Traditional Police. All businesses including the airport, ATMs, and TV broadcasts are shut down.


3Newman's Day

Newman’s Day is celebrated on April 24th by a lot of colleges in USA. It involves the drinking of at least 24 beers in 24 hours without throwing up or falling asleep. Any scheduled activity (e.g. work, classes, baptisms) must still be attended.


4Rokjesdag

On the first sunny day of the year, women and girls in the Netherlands celebrate “rokjesdag”, which translates to skirts day. That’s the day all girls are suddenly wearing skirts. It is a great and beautiful day according to Dutch writer Martin Bril, who made the word “rokjesdag” popular in the Netherlands.


5Tomb Sweeping Day

China has an annual holiday known as Tomb Sweeping Day when citizens visit the graves of their ancestors to leave tributes and burn incense. There are many rules about how to do this respectfully including not driving your car to the grave, and not attempting to summon ghosts.


6Day of Conception

Russia has a holiday called Day of Conception. The day itself takes place on September 12th, when people get a day off work to conceive a child and women who give birth to their child on June 12th, exactly 9 months later can win a refrigerator, TVs or even an SUV as a prize.


7Dog Carrying Day

Dog Carrying Day is a holiday where villagers in China dress up a dog and carry it around on a throne to honor a legend where a dog saved the village by leading the people to water.


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8Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. It originated in the United Kingdom in the 1830s; Observed as a holiday on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas-box.


9National Night

The national birthrate in Singapore is so low that the government actually created a national holiday on August 9 called 'National Night' to encourage citizens to procreate.


10Dyngus Day

Dyngus Day is a Polish holiday that takes place the Monday after Easter. Boys and girls attempt to soak each other with water and spank each other with branches. It is also known as “Wet Monday.”

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