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8 Oddball Holidays to Celebrate With Your Kids

Want to get more involved with your kids and teach them about a new holiday at the same time? Check out 8 oddball holidays to celebrate with your kids and the significance behind them.

1. World Photo Day 2018

On 19th August photography lovers across the globe will be celebrating World Photo Day. The main aim of World Photo Day is to inspire positive change across the world. Connecting people and raising awareness through the use of photography.

Founded in 2009 by the Australian photographer Korske Ara, the date of the 19th was chosen to celebrate World Photo Day as it is the date that the patent of the daguerreotype (an early method of photography) was purchased by the French government, it is also the same day as World Humanitarian Day.

2. Frankenstein Day

August 30 is Frankenstein Day. The unofficial holiday celebrates the life and times of English author Mary Shelley who wrote one of the word’s most read monster novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

Fan of the macabre, the strange, and the scary? Here are some ways you can celebrate this literary holiday:

  • Pick up a copy of the book and spend the day reading it.
  • Watch the many TV and film adaptations of the book.
  • Halloween may be 2 months away, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Frankenstein Day by hosting a Frankenstein themed party. Decorate your venue as a lab, serve green colored food, and bake a cake with Frankenstein's face on it. Think of this as a dress rehearsal for your Halloween party!

3. Make a Hat Day

On September 15, don your creative hat, gather your craft supplies, channel the secret milliner in your soul and make yourself a hat because it is Make a Hat Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Make hats using a variety of materials – yarn, felt, paper, and cloth. Go crazy embellishing it.
  • Wear a hat that you made to work.
  • Have a hat themed party, and have your guests come dressed in hats they have made, decorate the venue with hats and serve hat shaped cupcakes.
  • Host a hat making party. Gather around with your friends with craft supplies and spend an evening designing and making hats.
  • Hold a hat contest, where everyone makes their own hat and whoever has the best and the most creative hat wins.

4. National Taco Day 

The word taco is the Mexican equivalent of the English word sandwich. The tortilla, which is made of corn or wheat, is wrapped or folded around a filling that is generally made of spiced proteins - beef, pork or fish.

For National Taco Day this October 4, consider the countless variations you can create using traditional meats or with seafood, chicken, beans, cheese and eggs. Yank out your garnishes – salsa, cilantro, avocado, tomatoes, onions and lettuce and you have a dish of great versatility and variety.

5. World Smile Day

As is well known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet. Celebrated on October 5.

As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace. Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

6. National Dessert Day

People around the country indulge every October 14th on National Dessert Day! Celebrated by way of the local bakery, grandma’s house or chocolate shop, National Dessert Day includes candies, pies, ice cream, fruits, cookies, pastries, cobblers, and donuts, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE
Go out to a dessert shop or restaurant and indulge in a sweet treat or try one of these delicious recipes. Post photos on social media using #NationalDessertDay.

7. Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is held in honor of Noah Webster, the man who is considered to have fathered the American Dictionary. Dictionary Day encourages us to improve ourselves and the way we speak with others by enhancing our language in the study of the Dictionary.

How to celebrate Dictionary Day on October 16
Celebrating Dictionary Day is best done by expanding your vocabulary. If you haven’t a modern dictionary in your house, you may consider getting one.

 

8. World Hello Day

November 21, 2018 is the 46th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. The World Hello Day web site address is http://www.worldhelloday.org.

Which oddball holiday are you going to celebrate with your kids? Drop a comment below!👇


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