16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May
From May Day to Memorial Day and everything in between, the month of May is full of delightful, offbeat holidays.
1. MAY 1: MOTHER GOOSE DAY
A day to appreciate old nursery rhymes and ponder how that worked out for the dish and the spoon.
2. MAY 3: NATIONAL TWO DIFFERENT COLORED SHOES DAY
For people who want to practice a safe level of nonconformity.
3. MAY 4: INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR CHICKENS DAY
You might appreciate them for the sustenance they provide, or you might appreciate them so much that you don’t use them for sustenance. Either way, celebrate the chicken today.
4. MAY 6: HUG YOUR CAT DAY
Even if he or she doesn't want it.
5. MAY 7: MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY
Every year in Ocean City, New Jersey, Martin Z. Mollusk (a hermit crab) forecasts the coming summer. Sound familiar? The routine is the same too: if he sees his shadow, summer comes a week early.
6. MAY 7: NATIONAL COSMOPOLITAN DAY
We love a holiday with a built-in way to celebrate.
7. MAY 8: NO SOCKS DAY
An antidote to the mismatched shoes holiday.
8. MAY 12: LIMERICK DAY
A good day for penning classics like this:
There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
His holidays were offbeat,
They were such a treat,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.
9. MAY 13: NATIONAL HUMMUS DAY
Give us all the food holidays.
10. MAY 15: NATIONAL SLIDER DAY
Yep, keep 'em comin'.
11. MAY 20: ELIZA DOOLITTLE DAY
A good day to channel your inner Eliza (either before or after the etiquette lessons).
12. MAY 20: NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY
Party is a relative term, by the way. You and a pizza is definitely a party.
13. MAY 22: NEIGHBOR DAY
This Rhode Island holiday just so happens to fall on the anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1967.
14. MAY 22: WORLD GOTH DAY
They'll act like they don't want/need/care about having a day in the calendar, but come on, everyone wants to be celebrated.
15. MAY 24: INTERNATIONAL TIARA DAY
Who's a pretty princess? This pup definitely is.
16. MAY 25: TOWEL DAY
To honor author Douglas Adams, fans carry around a towel all day. The tradition is a nod to a passage in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy about the importance of towels: "A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." Good enough for us.
Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2016. All photos courtesy of iStock unless otherwise noted.