25 Weird, Fun & Trivial Holidays People Celebrate Around the World

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1Black Day

In South Korea, there is a day called Black Day which is celebrated on April 14, where single people eat noodles to lament their loneliness. This is in opposition to Valentine's Day and White Day, the days for couples.


2. Helsinki, Finland has a four-times-a-year event called Restaurant Day. The occasion offers anyone the opportunity to set up a restaurant, café, or bar, for just one day, without having to apply for official permits – as long as alcohol is not on the drinks list.


3. ‘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.


4. 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.


5. 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.


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6Rokjesdag

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.


7. 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.


8. 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.


9. 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.


10. 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.


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11National 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.


12. 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.”


13. On January 6th, Ireland celebrates "Women's Little Christmas," where women take the day off after entertaining over the holidays.


14. “Boss’s Day” is observed on or around October 16th in the United States. It has been pitched as a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year.


15. World Hello Day is a holiday created in the 1970s to remind the world that conflicts should be resolved with communication. It is celebrated annually on November 21 by verbally greeting 10 or more people.


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16International Childfree Day

August 1st is International Childfree Day. It was originally created in 1973 to celebrate people who voluntarily choose not to have children.


17. Singles day is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), was chosen because the number "1" resembles an individual who is alone.


18. Saint Lucy's Day is celebrated on December 13th in some countries by having a woman wear a crown made of lit candles while wearing white and red and distributing treats.


19. There is an annual holiday named El Colacho (Baby Jumping) in Spain where men dress as devils and jump over babies lying on mattresses to absolve them of original sin.


20. On August 15, Liechtenstein gives away free beer to anyone who shows up on their national holiday, Staatsfeiertag.


21Programmer's day

The Programmer's day is an international professional day that is celebrated on the 256th (hexadecimal 100th, or the 28th) day of each year (September 13 during common years and on September 12 in leap years). It is officially recognized in Russia. The number 256 (28) was chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with a byte, a value well known to programmers. 256 is also the highest power of two that is less than 365, the number of days in a common year.


22. On December 25, people celebrate A'phabet Day or No "L" Day. People need to avoid the use of ‘L’ in everything you write, ban the use of any object that begins with the letter 'L' in your house, and in your workplace.


23. May 26 is National Sorry day in Australia, to commemorate the mistreatment of the country’s indigenous people.


24. In Russia, the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" which falls on September 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate it by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers. It's really special for first graders.


25. The LSD equivalent of 420 is called 'Bicycle Day' and is celebrated on April 19th. It commemorates the first time LSD's discoverer, Albert Hofmann, purposely took the drug as an experiment and had to be taken home by his lab assistant on a bicycle.

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