As any young child grows up, she becomes more and clearer that not only the seven days of the week have names like Monday, Tuesday but there are many more. To begin with, her own birthday is most special and then there are many family festival days. By the time she starts attending school, she learns that Sundays are more special; Saturdays equally welcome, although only in half measure.
Soon she learns, as a victim of some prankster that there is All Fool’s Day on 1st April. And her learning continues as she comes across Children’s Day, Independence Day, Republic Day, Teachers’ Day, Martyrs Day, Army Flag Day. Yet the list would hardly stretch beyond this point at this point of her innocent life.
One wishes the sweet little girl’s life were kept this simple and not complicated beyond! But if she created this lovely “My Special Days Calendar” , taking innovative & creative tips from Trina’s highly creative blog , the book would have enough space for her entries and would not be overflowing! ( Visit http://trinamagnolialove.blogspot.com/2009/07/special-days-calendar.html)
As she grows up as teen, Valentine’s Day & Friendship Day bring a new charm in her life alongwith saying hello on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day , which in the eyes of the elders in the are ‘external influences’ in their traditional values.
Then, with the torturing & insane recurrence every day, the Sun rises with the GoK (God-only-knows)type of some new, never-heard-before types of special days. Some, of course, are solemn ( and hence bearable ) days like Global Hand washing Day (to save children dying from waterborne diseases, because as many as 5,000 die daily).
But these are outstripped by not-so-solemn newer, funnier, funkier, quirkier and often dumber names for the ‘special’ days in her life which she has to encounter.
For a while, the list of these special days brings a chuckle on her face and then, but she is soon dazzled and it more often brings a feeling of awe and amazement rather than of admiration !
She would hardly have energy to explain her plight of reeling under the bombardment of No Smoking Day, World Laughter Day, Hugging Day, Left Handers’ Day, World Mosquito Day, World Hello Day, Boss’s Day, Secretary’s Day, National Ice Cream Day , Pop Corn Day, World Thrift Day, Buy Nothing Day, International Goat Day, Mule Day, Cranky Co-workers’ Day, National Knock Knock Day, etc , etc,
As though this is not enough, people are creating new ones. Take , for example, Tom Roy, a
actor, who has created and trademarked as many as 72 new days for the sheer
fun of it and many of them have been taken by people ‘seriously’. US
started inventing them in 1980s and "Wellcat
Holidays" is a trademark of Thomas and Ruth Roy, which owns the rights
to these special days ( more about it on at www.wellcat.com
He is not alone ! Roy's holidays compete with more than 12,000 other holidays for recognition, Most are generated by special-interest groups, trade associations, lobbyists, self-promotional authors or celebrities. All these appear in Chase's Calendar of Events which is regarded as the USA’s annual bible of extraordinary occasions and special days and events ( and is a part of renowned McGraw-Hill Companies). But Roy's are funnier than most, They are regarded as America’s biggest holiday makers.
To our sweet teenager’s amazement and bewilderment, Roy’s list includes Panic Day, No Socks Day, No Underwear Day, No Housework Day, Have Bad Bad Day, Repot Your Plant Day, Donut Day, Loosen Up & Lighten Up day, Laugh & Grow Rich Day, Eat What You Want Day, Talk Like a Pirate day, Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day, Make Up Your Mind Day, Blah Blah Day, Be Late Day, Stay Home Because You Are Well Day & to top this all, there is Make Up Your Own Holiday ( March, 26),
Change Your Stars Month, Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month, Wealth Mentality Month, Bird Feeding Months, Boost Self-Esteem Month, Library Lovers' Month, Mend a Broken Heart Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, Ethics Awareness Month, Expect Success Month, Ideas Month, Listening Awareness Month, Poison Prevention Awareness Month, Umbrella Month, Card and Letter Writing Month, Emotional Overeating Awareness Month, Fresh Florida Tomato Month, Month of the Military Child, Gifts From the Garden Month, Meditation Month, Military Appreciation Month, Personal History Month, Smile Month, Teen Self-Esteem Month, Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month, Dairy Alternatives Month, Potty Training Awareness Month, Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, Cell Phone Courtesy Month, Share a Sunset with Your Lover Month, Wheelchair Beautification Month, Women's Motorcycle Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Happiness Happens Month, Win with Civility Month, Children's Good Manners Month, College Savings Month, Shameless Promotion Month, Church Safety and Security Month, Eat Better, Eat Together Month, Squirrel Awareness Month, Workplace Politics Awareness Month, Family Stories Month, Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month, Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, Rising Star Month, etc , etc,
Creating a new, special day or month would be totally absurd if there is no detailed activity list for celebrating it. One wonders how would people participate in the celebrations, remember the event and carry home the message or spirit or fun!
Fed up by the sometimes sensible and often senseless list of days and months which clutters her calendar, she takes a hint from Roy’s Make Your Own Holiday, which falls on March 26. Unable to wait so long, she takes a serious, concerned look around her life in her own country and starts jotting down her wish list of new special days.
Her moving finger writes, as though with a fervent hope for a better future ( and also with a little but sweet sense of innocent reciprocation ):
No corruption day celebration by all corrupt as well as corrupting people; No walk out Day in Parliament and state assemblies, etc., No work delaying tactic Day, No food adulteration Day, No spitting on the walls Day, No urinating on the road Day, No ticketless travel Day, No black money transaction Day, No child spanking Day, No needless operations and pathological investigation Day, No cheating the consumer Day, No flirting-in-office Day, No simple people exploitation Day, No electricity outage Day, No public transport delay Day, No soiled currency note Day, No jumping the queue Day, No quack medicine Day, No tall claims advertisement Day, No traffic discourtesy Day, No senseless-email / SMS forwarding Day, No poor jokes Day, No “missed” cell phone calls Day, No sandalwood cremation day for VIPs, No noisy siren-fitted VIP cars day, and No intolerance Day etc, etc,