Holidays are a reason to celebrate some of the famous days of our history that have some significant importance to them. Various days are declared as national or international holidays because of some meaningful reasons behind them. Still there are some days that give us bizarre holidays to celebrate. Silly holidays like Dance Like a Chicken Day, Blame Your Neighbor Day, Buttons Day and various other holidays give us silly reasons to celebrate these days.
Peeing Day: Peeing Day also called Pissing Day is a local Holiday celebrated in Princeton, New Jersey. Celebrated on the second Saturday of March, this day celebrates the retreat of Charles Mawhood and his troops from Princeton following the Battle of Princeton. This holiday is derived from a local tradition that the dismissal of Mawhood’s forces from Princeton involved urinating on them. Peeing Day has been celebrated every year except 1918.
Tinku Punch Your Neighbor Festival: In the Bolivian Andes Mountains, thousands gather in small city of Macha to join in the traditional Tinku Festival. Tinku is a Quechua word which means an encounter or a meeting. People gather in this festival for one on one fight to guarantee a good harvest for their village. These fights frequently end in death, however police is there to stop the fights after the first blood sheds.
Bermuda Day: Bermuda Day is celebrated on May 24 on the islands of Bermuda. It is a public holiday there. A parade is organized in Hamilton and a road race from the west end of the island into Hamilton on this day. Bermuda Day is traditionally the first day that local residents will go into the sea after the winter. It is also the first day on which Bermuda shorts are worn.
Kanamara Matsuri: Festival of the Steel Phallus is held every spring on the first Sunday in April at the Kanayama shrine in Kawasaki, Japan. The Kanamara Matsuri is based on a local penis-venerating shrine popular among prostitutes who wish to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. This festival has become a tourist attraction and is used to raise money for HIV research.
Korean Alphabet Day: The Korean Alphabet Day, known as Hangul Day in South Korea and Choson Gul Day in North Korea, is a national Korean memorial day marking the invention and the declaration of the Korean alphabet, by King Sejong the Great. It is celebrated on October 9 in South Korea and on January 15 in North Korea.
La Tomatina: La Tomatina is a food fight festival held in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. This festival is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August each year. Thousands of people make their way from all around the world to fight in the world’s biggest food fight festival. More than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are used every year for this traditional festival. The tomato fight has been a strong tradition in Bunol since 1944 or 1945.
Monkey Buffet Festival: The monkey buffet festival is celebrated in Thailand. It is held on November 25 every year. According to a local belief, monkey´s bring good luck to the visitors. This festival was first celebrated in 1989 and since then it has been celebrated every year. The main public is the tourist from different parts, which offers almost 4000 kilograms of food and drinks every year. It has also representative music and dances and different activities. Throughout the day, young people dress like monkeys, as a show of thanks because of the great value. This festival has also become a very important colorful tradition to the people of Thailand.
Bolas de Fuego: The Fireball Festival is an old tradition celebrated each year, on August 31st, in the town of Nejapa, El Salvador. Las Bolas de Fuego is in fact a reenactment of the fight between San Jeronimo and the devil. In 1922, the people of Nejapa and the surrounding area were forced to evacuate, by the eruption of a nearby volcano. As they were leaving, locals saw great balls of fire vomiting out of the volcano, and believed that their patron saint was fighting the devil with them. Ever since then, the people of Nejapa celebrate the fight between good and evil each year, by organizing their own fireball fight.
Gai Jatra: Gai Jatra festival, the parade of cows, according to the Hindu calendar usually falls in the month of Bhadra, English calendar months of August/September. This festival is celebrated mainly in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The festival commemorates the death of people during the span of a year. According to an old Nepalese tale, during the festival of Gaijatra, the cow parade was brought before a grief-stricken queen. In order to make the Queen laugh, the participants began mocking and be-fooling the significant people of the society. When social injustices and other problems were emphasized and criticized cruelly, the queen could not help but smile. The queen laughed and the king set up a tradition of including jokes, sarcasm, mockery and ridicule into the Gai jatra festival.
Straw Bear Day: The festival of the Straw Bear is an old custom known only from a small area of Fenland on the borders of Cambridge shire, Huntingdonshire and Ramsey Mereside. Whittle sea Straw Bear Festival is a modern stimulation of the ancient fenland custom of making a straw bear for Plough Monday. A man totally covered with a straw costume is run through the town in this festival. This three day festival starts with a concert on the Friday night and the main events are the parade and dancing on the Saturday and the Burning on the Sunday.
Old Stuff Day: Old Stuff Day is celebrated on March 2nd of each year in the United States. There is no particular meaning behind this holiday. However it is celebrated to get out of the normal daily routine and do something different. The history and tradition behind this weird holiday is also not known.
National Potato Chip Day: National Potato Chip Day is celebrated in the United States of America every March 14th every year. This day is to celebrate the thin and crunchy food, the Potato Chip. The origin of this festival is also not known.