Unusual Holidays to Celebrate
Chances are you already have the big holidays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas to name a few, on your calendar, you might want to add a few more. There are hundreds of unofficial days for animals, food, hobbies, important causes, and more. Here are some you might want to take note of and celebrate when they roll around.
Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17)
If you’ve given a homeless person money or paid for the person’s meal behind in the line at the drive-through, that’s a random act of kindness. This day celebrates doing random acts of kindness for people when they don’t expect it and you not expecting anything in return.
DOGust First (August 1)
If your family has adopted a dog from the animal shelter in the past, chances are that you might not know when their real birthday is. The North Shore Animal League, an animal shelter located in Port Washington, New York, decided back in 2008 that August 1st would be the birthday of all shelter dogs.
World Rivers Day (September 26)
Rivers around the world, like the Potomac and Anacostia rivers in Washington, D.C., are what make our environment beautiful. However, many of the rivers around the world are polluted with trash and chemicals. This is one of those holidays where you can help clean rivers and raise awareness about the cause.
Take a Hike Day (November 17)
Fall is the ideal time to take a hike, whether it’s on the trails of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia or the mountains of Colorado. The American Hiking Society even shares advice on what kind of gear you should bring, what to wear, and how to plan out your trip.
National Cocoa Day (December 13)
Harvesting cocoa beans from cocoa trees was started by South Americans thousands of years ago. However, the drink that was later created and is now continuously enjoyed was not sweet. Much later, Spanish explorers decided to add sugar to the recipe and bring it with them to Europe where it is now enjoyed worldwide. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa with some marshmallows and maybe even some whipped cream on this holiday.