How do you celebrate Lame Duck Day? Do you buy a duck a set of crutches? How would you like to fly your kite in the middle of the winter? Would you still fly it if a blizzard hit on this day? Or would you sit it out? Learn more about Lame Duck Day, Kite Flying Day, and more unusual holidays to add something unique to your stories in this article.
Lame Duck Day - For this day, a 'lame duck' is someone who will soon no longer hold his or her current position. An incumbent politician who has been voted out of of his current position is an example, as is any manager or teacher whose time is up or who is retiring. The term 'lame duck' first popped up in the 1700s and was used to describe a stockbroker who did not meet his debts. The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the "Lame Duck Amendment". It calls for Congress and the new President to assume office in January.
Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day - This is a day to greet your neighbor with a big wave, but not a wimpy wave. On this day, you need to wave with all five fingers. If your neighbor annoys you, drives you crazy, or makes you want to scream, you may not wave at him or her any other day of the year. This is the one day you need to wave at your neighbor, though. No matter how unbearable your neighbor is the rest of the year, make a special effort to wave at him or her today.
Ballet Day - Ballet was brought to the United States on February 7, 1827, with a performance of “The Deserter” in New York at Bowery Theater. This is the day to appreciate the beauty of ballet, a day to appreciate this beautiful form of art and dance combined. Ballet is also a wonderful form of exercise. Attend a ballet performance on this day or contribute to your local school of ballet to show your appreciation. Even better, make your local ballet school the center of one of your books or short stories and bring it national attention!
Kite Flying Day - I know, it is really strange for Kite Flying Day to be held in the middle of winter, but with the nice warm temperatures we've been experiencing this year, it might not make any difference. Any day in February should be nice for flying a kite. Just don't make the same mistake that Ben Franklin did and fly one during a thunderstorm!
Laugh and Get Rich Day - Wow! Is it really that easy? Can you just laugh and get rich? Well, laughing may not bring you immediate wealth, but it will improve your health, and depending on just how hard you laugh, it could even tighten your abdominal muscles. Laughter is good for you and very beneficial to your well-being. So why not laugh? And, who knows, it could lead to you becoming rich.
Why was this day started and by whom? I have no clue, so have some fun and write a story about this day's beginnings.
Opera Day - Why is there a day celebrating opera? Well, I know it is a holiday because I found it listed on several different sites, but I had no luck finding out exactly why it is a holiday. Maybe it is a day to honor those who sing opera. Maybe it is day thanking those who have written operas. Maybe it is a day when everyone is supposed to try and sing really, really high. Put your writer's imagination to work and write about the beginnings of this musical holiday.
Are you celebrating any of these unusual holidays? Or perhaps you know even more about one of these little known days. If so, please visit the forum and let us know.