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April 2017

Weird Spring Holidays You Might Not Know

Unique springtime events celebrating aliens to puppies

Many cultures around the world celebrate spring. Some of the most important observances are held during this time, and the season is often associated with rebirth. This isn’t surprising, seeing as it follows the frigid months of winter, which often leave the limbs of trees leafless. In springtime, snow melts and the flowers bloom, inspiring festivals and celebrations. While many of us are familiar with Easter and Carnival, there are springtime events that aren’t so well known, especially newer “holidays” that don’t have ties to old rituals of rebirth. We’ll take a look at some lesser known spring celebrations you might not know about.

Extraterrestrial Abduction Day (March 20)

The official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is also Extraterrestrial Abduction Day, otherwise known as National Alien Abductions Day. This otherworldly day of observance came to prominence in 2008 at the Toronto Alien Abductions Festival, an event celebrating science-fiction and aliens, though the hosts of the event don’t claim to have created the holiday. The day plays into the popularity of alien belief around the world. On this day, observers look to the skies for signs of life, while watching films on the subject.

National Puppy Day (March 23)

Here’s a holiday we can all agree should be celebrated every day. National Puppy Day raises awareness for orphaned puppies around the world. The annual observance was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, a celebrity pet and home lifestyle expert and author, who also founded National Dog Day and National Cat Day. What does one do on National Puppy Day? Play with puppies! Head to your local animal shelter and show the homeless animals some love, and perhaps take one home with you too.

Make Your Own Holiday Day (March 26)

From Talk Like a Pirate Day to National Clam on the Half Shell Day, It seems like there’s a holiday for everything. It’s only appropriate that there be a holiday dedicated to creating a holiday. Make Your Own Holiday Day is a wild card day offering participants the opportunity of celebrating causes otherwise overlooked throughout the year.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2)

No doubt a popular observance in the United States is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. The popular combination of foods is a childhood staple for kids. Adults reminiscing about childhood can also find joy in this celebration of simple eating.

Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day (April 3)

This is the one holiday during which the lucky person would actually go to work.

Winston Churchill Day (April 9)

On April 9, 1963, Winston Churchill, the British prime minister during World War II, became the first person to become an honorary citizen of the United States. Sadly, he never realized this honor since he had already passed on. Regardless, this day serves as a reminder of an important statesman of history. Don’t know much about him? Use this day to learn more.

Russian Cosmonaut Day (April 12)

On this day in 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter space. A year later, the USSR declared this day a celebratory day. This achievement started the space race between nations, leading to the first manned mission to land on the moon by Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969.

Ex-Spouse Day (April 14)

If you should so happen to have an ex-spouse and find reason to celebrate this day positively, one cannot judge you. We all learn from those we’ve been connected to, so it’s important to always look on the bright side!

Hug an Australian Day (April 26)

Australians are beloved around the world for their positive dispositions. Celebrate your favorite Australian by hugging him or her.

Star Wars Day (May 4)

Right before Cinco de Mayo is a very different kind of holiday, Star Wars Day. Jedi enthusiasts around the world can celebrate by watching their favorite Star Wars films (most likely Empire), while more devoted fans can put on one of their many costumes…

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