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

international sex workers day

International Sex Workers Day

Today is International Sex Workers Day, known in some countries as International Whores’ Day. On June 2, 1975, approximately one hundred prostitutes in Lyon, France, took over the Saint-Nizier Roman Catholic church to protest dangerous working conditions. While police harshly punished prostitutes, their johns were allowed to go free. They, along with the French government, […]

heimlich maneuver day 1

Heimlich Maneuver Day

June 1st is Heimlich Maneuver Day. In 1974, the journal Emergency Medicine published Dr. Henry Heimlich’s invention of a method to combat choking that has saved countless lives. At the time, a series of blows to the back was the treatment of choice. Thoracic surgeon Heimlich set out to find a better way. He realized that […]

speak in complete sentences day

May 31 is Speak in Complete Sentences Day

Today is Speak in Complete Sentences Day. Celebrating this holiday may prove more difficult than you’d think. The advent of text and email messages has led to an economy of words and a profusion of symbols, acronyms and slang. Sentence structure has been sacrificed on the altar of expediency. Emojis and acronyms are quick, convenient ways to […]

water a flower day

May 30 is Water a Flower Day

Today is Water a Flower Day. We don’t know who started this day of observance, but we’re hoping that you won’t play favorites and show all your plants some love. Dictionary.com defines a flower as: 1. the blossom of a plant 2. Botany. a. the part of a seed plant comprising the reproductive organs and their […]

put a pillow on your fridge day

May 29 is Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day

Today is Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day, a new take on an old tradition. Although we can find no origin for the practice, legend has it that at the turn of the 20th century, people in Europe and the U.S. placed a piece of cloth in their larders, cool spaces where they stored […]

national grape popsicle day

May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day

Today is National Grape Popsicle Day. In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was sitting on his porch, stirring powdered drink mix into water, when he was called inside and forgot to bring the cup with him. His hometown of San Francisco, CA, was hit with record low temperatures that night. When Epperson ventured outside the next morning, […]

sally ride day

May 26 is Sally Ride Day

Today is Sally Ride Day. It celebrates the achievements of the astronaut, astrophysicist, engineer, philanthropist and author best known as the first American woman to travel to space. Today’s date honors her birthday on May 26, 1951. Women weren’t considered for America’s space program until 1978. Ride was selected from the first group to apply after NASA announced […]

towel day

May 25 is Towel Day

Today is Towel Day, created to honor Douglas Adams, author of the beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, after he passed away on May 11, 2001, at the age of 49. It took fans two weeks to organize a worldwide tribute to Adams. May 25th has remained Towel Day ever since. Why is it called […]

international tiara day

May 24 is International Tiara Day

Today is International Tiara Day, created in 2005 by Barbara Bellissimo as a one-time accompaniment to her self-improvement program Seasons of Success. In 2008, Lynanne White of American Rose Bridal asked for and received Barbara’s permission to make International Tiara Day an annual tradition. When she discovered May 24, 1819, had been Queen Victoria’s birthday, […]

world turtle day

May 23 is World Turtle Day

Today is World Turtle Day, a holiday created in 2000 by non-profit organization American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) to celebrate turtles and tortoises and to protect their habitats. Susan Tellem and her husband Marshall have rescued and re-homed more than 3,000 turtles since cofounding ATR in 1990. Ten years later, they started World Turtle Day because, as […]