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In the Now: 9 Excuses to Celebrate Really Random Things

We all look forward to holidays like Christmas and Easter, or even holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween, but most of us miss out on some of the most humorous, unique holidays throughout the year. The United States Government has officially approved hundreds of obscure holidays that might just be worth putting on your calendar for this coming year. While we might not get a day off school, you can celebrate most of these holidays in simple ways that will brighten your day.

Here are nine obscure holidays to mark on your calendar for the remainder of this school year.

1. November 14 – National Pickle Day

Either you love ‘em or you hate ‘em, but today’s the day to celebrate ‘em. You could try celebrating by making some of your own or buying from a local pickler – some have products as interesting as pickled pineapple.

2. December 17 – National Re-Gifting Day:

Did you know that 60% of Americans believe it is socially acceptable to re-gift? Even if you don’t agree, it’s acceptable today!

3. January 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day:

Whether you think they’re a nuisance or have fallen in line with the squirrel-loving trend that’s been circulating recently, today is the day to simply appreciate our bushy-tailed friends. Some of the best ways to celebrate include naming the squirrels that live in your yard, watching squirrel videos like this one if you don’t have real ones in your yard, and reading squirrel facts.

4. February 6 – Ice Cream for Breakfast Daystrawberries-816698_640

This holiday began in the 1960s when a mother of six decided to give her children ice cream for breakfast one Saturday in the winter when they were bored. The family made a tradition out of it and it is now a national, and even international tradition. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to make it a weekly instead of annual celebration.

5. March 16 – No Selfies Day

Even if you’re not the kind of person to take daily selfies, a day specifically declared selfie-free makes it more tempting to snap a few. Are you strong enough to defy the temptation and truly celebrate “No Selfies Day?”

6. April 8 – Draw A Bird Day

While this holiday isn’t exactly official, it is celebrated all over the world because of the sweet story behind its origin: a young British girl named Dorie Cooper went to visit her uncle who lost his leg in the war. To cheer him up, she asked him to draw a bird for her. They did the same thing the next time she came to visit and it soon became a phenomenon among all the other wounded soldiers throughout the hospital. Today the encouragement this little girl was able to bring to depressed soldiers is celebrated on her birthday, April 8. So join in the celebration by drawing a bird!

7. May 6 – No Homework Day

It’s not likely that we’ll be able to convince our teachers to hold off assigning homework, but who says we have to do it? Just kidding. You might have to plan ahead to celebrate this one.

2458613657_cf8fcb9604_z8. June 23 – National Pink Flamingo Day

This holiday was created specifically to celebrate pink plastic lawn flamingos, the beloved, tacky, and often ironic addition to any American suburb. The Pink Flamingo Day website offers ideas for celebrating like flocking your lawn with at least four plastic flamingos, dressing up as a lawn flamingo, and coloring in pictures of flamingos.

9. July 22 – Casual Pi Day

Most people look forward to and celebrate pi day on March 14 (3.14), but July 22, also known as Pi Approximation Day (22/7) offers an extra excuse to eat pie.

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