Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
May 4th is the unofficial Star Wars Day. (May the Fourth be with you.) What other days should be recognized as holidays but aren’t?
Well, this topic’s a bit left field. Not at all what I was expecting to be writing about this week. At least it isn’t more of my thoughts on lockdown. I’m fed up with regurgitating them. Perhaps we should have a holiday from lockdown. We could all go somewhere nice.
I guess that I may as well throw some random thoughts out, see what connects.
This post may well be even more confusing than my normal ramblings.
In some ways I’m very young, in others very old. I can still get excited because it’s Friday, or my birthday (now there’s a day worth celebrating) and also feel joy when I wake up to a new day, any day.
Because it means that I’m still here.
Ok, what’s a holiday? Wikipedia says,
A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work including school, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance.
But I don’t really think that’s what the question means, May 4th is a play on words, a cause for celebration among the faithful. It wasn’t even the day the first film came out (May 25th 1977, since you asked). George missed a trick there.
So, should the question really be what events should we celebrate with a special day?
I found a few interesting days when I was researching, mainly at this website
Days like Old Rock Day (the geology not the music), on Jan 7th. Did you know that 11th February was Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day? Apparently, 10th June will be Ball Point Pen Day.
Neither did I. But on a personal level, we could have We had an Amazon delivery day, or my neighbours spent six hours arguing day. I guess everyone has them or ones like them.
In world history, there are a few special days, the ones when something so incredible, so shocking or marvellous or terrible happened that everyone knows where they were. That’s what makes them special, worth remembering every year. They may be anniversaries, but they are not generally holidays.
I see anniversaries in two ways. On a personal level, they mark the achievements and sadness of our lives, hatch, match and dispatch if you like. Whereas on a larger level, say in a town tor a country, even the world, they create a sense of shared belonging, of the passage towards a better (or worse) civilisation.
If every day was a holiday, would we ever get anything done? Wouldn’t it reduce the impact of a day that you had to wait for, feel that you had earned and deserved?
If every day was a holiday, wouldn’t it defeat the object. If we added too many, wouldn’t we just get to the point where every day was a cause to celebrate?
Then we are surely back to where we started, every day you wake up is a reason to be happy. And if its 7th August (which is my wedding anniversary), then we should also celebrate Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day with gusto!!
Well done if you managed to make it this far through my disjointed thoughts. Now let me know what you think.
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