Fun Holidays in May

Written by Carol N., Sprout Contributor

May 11: Eat What You Want Day
What would you like to have to eat today? Okay, great… permitting, go ahead and have any and all of your favorite foods and snacks because today is Eat What You Want Day.

Eat What You Want Day is definitely not a day for diets. It is one single, solitary day in the year to go off your diet and eat something you really enjoy. Today you can set aside your dietary “No-No” list. Today you can splurge. Tomorrow it’s back to the diet. It is important to note that today is not intended to eat as much as you want. Rather, the goal is to eat something you otherwise wouldn’t have. If you are watching carbs or calories, simply keep within your limits by eating just a small amount of that favorite treat.

Caution: People with allergies and/or medical conditions, may not be able to fully participate in this day. Simply said: Do not risk your health to participate in this day.

May 14: Dance Like a Chicken Day
Dance Like a Chicken Day is for those who like to do the “Chicken Dance”. All ya gotta do is dance like a chicken. While any dance song will do, there’s no dance like the Chicken dance.

It’s tradition at every wedding reception to play and to dance the Chicken Dance. It gets people of all ages up dancing and mingling. It puts a smile on everyone’s face. The Chicken Dance is not limited to weddings. It is also played at other social events where there is a band and dancing.

The only problem is that events are way too infrequent for a chicken dance lover. Therefore, today exists to provide you with another opportunity to dance like a chicken. So, don’t pass up this priceless opportunity.

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day
National Chocolate Chip Day celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are a great invention, and certainly deserve a little recognition. After all, where would chocolate chip cookies, cakes and muffins be without the chocolate chip!?

Chocolate chips are popular in cooking and baking, for a wide variety of breads, cakes, and cookies. There is an almost endless number of recipes. They are also used in decorating. Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes? How about chocolate chips in trail mix? If you’ve never had these, then you’re leading a sheltered life.

Rare is the leftover chocolate chip. If you don’t use the whole bag, you and/or your kids will likely eat them as a snack before they make it to the storage container.

There are many recipes for having a successful National Chocolate Chip Day. And, every one of them includes chocolate chips.

May 16: Wear Purple for Peace Day
It’s Wear Purple for Peace Day. You’d think that this day originated in protest of a particular war or conflict. Or, perhaps it should have been conceived of by the UN, or another peacemaking or peace keeping group. Our extensive research found no evidence supporting the origin of this holiday stemming from these sources.

Rather, we found this day to be a stellar event. It seems some of you out there fear that aliens from outer space consider earthlings to be too hostile (you’ve got that right). As a result, they have yet to visit or make contact with us. So, some of you (originators unknown) decided to promote world peace by establishing Wear Purple for Peace Day.

The goal of Wear Purple for Peace Day is to make the world a peaceful place and, of course, encourage alien species to make contact with earth.

Do you want to meet aliens from another planet? Me, too! So, lets all wear purple for peace today.

May 17: Pack Rat Day
Today is Pack Rat Day. ‘Cmon, admit it… you’re a Pack Rat like the rest of us. If you are a Pack Rat, you’re in good company. You might as well come out of hiding from behind those piles of valuable “stuff”, and celebrate this fun day.

Its really easy to let things pile up. After all, each item you acquire along the road of life may have value or serve some meaningful purpose. ‘Ya just never know. Making the decision to discard something of even remotely questionable value is difficult, if not impossible, to do. We understand you perfectly. Why? Because most of us are pack rats.

In keeping with the intent of Pack Rat Day, here are some Do’s and Don’t’s:

  1. Don’t clean your room, basement, garage or any other area today.
  2. Don’t discard anything today… It may be valuable.
  3. Don’t even empty the trash today. You might have accidentally thrown out something useful.
  4. Do keep an eye out for useful stuff being discarded by others.
  5. Do go to garage and rummage sales. They can be pack rat gold mines.
  6. Do look around your belongings and be thankful for what you have.
  7. Do spend time thinking of uses for your things. Justification for saving is satisfying.

May 19: Boy’s Club and Girl’s Club Day
Boys and Girls Club Day celebrates the invaluable Boy’s Clubs and Girl’s Clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street.

Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and to the community. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance.

You can celebrate Boys Club and Girl’s Club Day in a variety of ways:

  • Learn about your local Boy’s and Girl’s clubs
  • Encourage your children to join them
  • As parents and adults, volunteer your time
  • Make a donation
  • If there is no club in your area, play a role in starting one.

May 20: Pick Strawberries Day
Pick Strawberries Day is a sweet, tasty way to enjoy a spring day. If your mom or dad ever took you picking fresh strawberries, you have a wonderful childhood memory. That memory is what will draw you to enjoy today with your own kids or grandkids! If you’ve never picked fresh strawberries, you’ve missed out on the fun. Many of those tasty berries never make it out of the field… they go straight to your mouth.

For those who have picked strawberries before, get out today and pick some more. For those who have never picked them in the field, start a new tradition today! What are you waiting for? …go now!

May 21: National Memo Day
Take a memo… Today is National Memo Day. What is it for? Who created it? Why? These are questions awaiting an answer that may never come. Every once in a while, we discover a special day with no known history or description.

Have a pen and paper handy. Go grab a post-it note. Stand ready at your PC. We suggest you enjoy National Memo Day by taking memos wherever and whenever possible.

Note: If we had a say in creation of this day, we would rename it “National No Memo Day”. Think of the extra time you’d have, if you didn’t have to write any memos today!

May 23: Lucky Penny Day
It’s Lucky Penny Day. Perhaps a Lucky Penny will be lucky for you today.

Taken at face value, a penny doesn’t buy you much, if anything. It used to. During your parents and grandparents days, a penny bought a lot of things. Most notably, Penny Candy got its name because a piece of candy cost a penny. Inflation year after year after year eroded the penny’s value. There has even been some discussion as to whether to discontinue the penny… Heaven forbid!

The penny still serves a very useful purpose… at least some of them are lucky pennies. Lucky pennies are found on the ground. Not all of the pennies you find will be lucky, but it will only take one lucky penny to scratch off the mega winner on a scratch-off ticket.

Are you superstitious? Superstition has it that you should only pick up a penny that is lying face up.
Here are some other uses for pennies:

  1. A penny for your thoughts.
  2. To put your “two cents” in.
  3. A necessity for penny pinchers.
  4. A handy screwdriver when nothing else is available.

May 25: National Tap Dance Day
It’s National Tap Dance Day. Today is a great day to dance the night away…. and the daytime, too!

This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson on May 25, 1878.

You can celebrate National Tap Dance Day in a variety of ways:

  • Learn how to tap dance.
  • Watch a movie with tap dancing.
  • Learn more about tap dancing.
  • Learn about Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

May 30: Water a Flower Day
Water a Flower Day is a reminder to water your flowers… all of them.

Sure, we know that this day reads Water “a” Flower (singular) Day. It clearly indicates that a flower should be watered. But, in today’s world of equal rights and non-discrimination regulations, how can you single out one particular flower to water? Even if you can decide upon a certain flower, wouldn’t the rest of your flowers get upset and file a class action lawsuit?

So please, for your own sake, water all of your flowers today. As a gardener, this author suggests you make your flowers very happy with you by adding a liquid fertilizer to the water. They will reward you with faster growth, and bigger blooms!

Have a Happy Water a Flower Day!

May 31: World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day brings awareness to the health issues and dependency issues related to tobacco use. World No Tobacco Day stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco. It also stresses the addictive nature of tobacco use.

According to the World Health Organization’s website, the Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for April 7, 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day every year on May 31st.

World No Tobacco Day is supported by medical organizations around the world. Many groups and organizations use this day to encourage individuals to quit smoking, and to promote education of the issues and dangers of using all forms of tobacco.

The bottom line: If you smoke or chew tobacco….kick the habit today. Your life may depend upon it!