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

National Pretzel Day

April 26 is National Pretzel Day

Today is National Pretzel Day. In 2003, Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell dedicated April 26th to the snack food that continues to be a major contributor to the state’s economy. By the 18th century, when German immigrants introduced them to the people of Pennsylvania, pretzels already had a long history. One popular origin story states that […]

new kids on the block day

April 24 is New Kids on the Block Day

Today is New Kids on the Block Day and has been ever since Massachusetts governor and failed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis declared it so in 1989. Boston’s favorite boy band is still going strong. The NKOTB Cruise has been an annual tradition since 2009.  This year, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood […]

pathologists' assistant day

April 14 is Pathologists’ Assistant Day

Today is Pathologists’ Assistant Day, founded in 2014 by the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) to recognize the vital role every PA plays in protecting our health. Their meticulous attention to detail helps pathologists detect the abnormalities in tissue samples which lead to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. At first glance, the site […]

national equal pay day

National Equal Pay Day 2016

Twenty years ago, Equal Pay Day was established to illustrate how far into the new year women have to work to earn the same wages that men make in the previous year. Because Census data is released later in the year, Equal Pay Day has long been scheduled on the Tuesday in April that falls most […]

put a pillow on your fridge day

International Pillow Fight Day

Today is the ninth annual International Pillow Fight Day, a holiday that encourages us to play like children on a grand scale. The event has gained momentum since its inception in 2008 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. It always takes place on the first Saturday of April. International Pillow […]

March 21 is Twitter Day

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet-“just setting up my twttr”- goodbye pound sign, hello hashtag #Happy10thBirthdayTwitter — WWWeird Holidays (@WWWeirdHolidays) March 21, 2016

fill our staplers day

Fill Our Staplers Day

March 14, 2016, is Fill Our Staplers Day, a holiday that occurs twice a year on the day after the shift from Standard Time to Daylight Savings and vice versa, better known as “Spring Forward, Fall Back.” Many people believe Daylight Savings Time was invented by Benjamin Franklin because of his 1784 essay called “An […]

international fanny pack day

International Fanny Pack Day

March 12, 2016, is International Fanny Pack Day. Nick Yates, who founded the holiday in 2007, drew inspiration from an experience he’d had a few years earlier. Yates had received a fanny pack and fruitcake as gag gifts at a Christmas party in Portland, Oregon. Lured by its practicality and convenience, he strapped on the pack […]

world kidney day

March 10 is World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day March 10th is World Kidney Day (WKD), created in 2006 to promote awareness of kidneys, their vital role in our bodies, and their susceptibility to often preventable diseases. The holiday is co-sponsored by the International Society of Nephrology  (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). Nine thousand healthcare professionals in 126 countries […]

international festival of owls

International Festival of Owls

The International Festival of Owls takes place during the first full weekend of March at the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota. It celebrates the approximate “hatch-day” in 1997 of Alice, a Great Horned Owl rescued as a fledgling after falling from her nest. She now helps teach visitors to the Houston Nature Center about […]