Welcome to Worldwide Weird Holidays, where you’ll find a new reason to celebrate every day of the year.

international safety pin day

April 10 is International Safety Pin Day

Today is International Safety Pin Day. On April 10, 1849, Walter Hunt received a patent for his invention of the safety pin. Walter Hunt (July 29, 1796 – June 8, 1859) was born in Martinsburg, NY, and earned a degree in masonry. He worked as a farmer in Lowville, NY, and designed more efficient machinery […]

jenkins' ear day

April 9 is Jenkins’ Ear Day

Today is Jenkins’ Ear Day, also known as Jenkins’s Ear Day. It commemorates an event that took place on April 9, 1731, and remains one of the strangest rationalizations for war in human history. It’s difficult to find any time in the early 18th century when England and Spain weren’t at odds or war. At various […]

dog farting awareness day

April 8 is Dog Farting Awareness Day

Have you ever let slip a silent-but-deadly gas bomb and blamed it on the dog just as your guests see him through the window, playing in the yard? Worse yet, have you ever done it only to have your friends remind you that you don’t own a dog? Hey, we’ve all been there. It’s safe to […]

national beer day

April 7 is National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day but it doesn’t celebrate the end of federal Prohibition, which took place on December 5, 1933. (If you just read our post about New Beer’s Eve, stick around; we’ve got new stuff!) National Beer Day commemorates a step in that direction. Under the Volstead Act, so-called “near beer” was allowed […]

new beer's eve

April 6 is New Beer’s Eve

April 6th, 1933, is known in the U.S. as New Beer’s Eve because it was the last night that Prohibition kept citizens from freely enjoying a glass of beer. On January 16, 1919, the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It stated: After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, […]

national caramel day

April 5 is National Caramel Day

Today is National Caramel Day, one of the most delicious holidays of the year. The name has a long history. The English word is cadged from the French caramel, which has roots in 18th-century Spain’s caramelo, which in turn dates back to the Late Latin calamellus. The granddaddy of them all comes from the Greek κάλαμος.  But who […]

world rat day

April 4 is World Rat Day

Today is World Rat Day. Back in 2002, members of the ratlist—the longest-standing mailing list about rats on the Internet—proposed the creation of a holiday to raise awareness of rats’ intelligence, affectionate natures and other qualities that make them excellent pets.The ratlist, which boasts over 2,300 members, has served as a meeting place and clearinghouse […]

tweed day

April 3 is Tweed Day

Today is Tweed Day, but it doesn’t celebrate the woolen fabric favored by the British upper class for sporting outfits and by college professors for suede-elbowed lecture hall jackets. Instead, Tweed Day is named for one of the most corrupt politicians in New York history. William Magear “Boss” Tweed was born on April 3, 1823. He began […]

april fools' day

April 1 is April Fools’ Day

Today is April Fools’ Day, also known as April Fool’s Day. When we set out to determine its origins, we found a lot more theories than answers. The ancient Romans celebrated the aptly-named Hilaria festival in late March to honor the resurrection of Attis, son of the Great Mother Cybele. It was essentially a big […]

national she's funny that way day

March 31 is National “She’s Funny That Way” Day

Today is National “She’s Funny That Way” Day. Its purpose is to pay tribute to the women who make us laugh all year long. Author Brenda Meridith created today’s holiday to coincide with the March 2003 publication of her coming-of-age novel entitled She’s Funny That Way. There are many ways to celebrate: watch comedic movies […]