Be Happy Day

Today is Be Happy Day. Or, to give it its full, nauseating title, I Want You To Be Happy Day.

This is one of the many quirky (or downright crazy, call them what you will), often parodic holidays loosely observed by some, most of which, if you’ll pardon my cynicism, were created by Hallmark as a means of wasting even more paper and encouraging gullible members of the public to part with their cash.

Commercialised, repulsive nonsense, or just a bit of harmless fun? A bit of both, I’d say. And which is your favourite, silly or serious? There are some beauties, some of which we’ll ‘celebrate’ here over the coming months.

There’s still lots to look forward to this month, including National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Act Happy Day, International Goof-Off Day and Bunsen Burner Day.

On a more serious note, there’s also an International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21st) and World Water Day (22nd), both of which were established by the United Nations in order to help focus the world’s attention on important global issues.

Your suggestions for as-yet unrecognised national or international holidays are particularly welcome, and probably more sensible than some of the sillier ones, although I do think the more far-fetched must have been made-up by inebriated students. Let’s hope so.

The chatroom is open tomorrow – Do Something Day – from 14:00 (UK).

Until then, Be Happy.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

71 thoughts on “Be Happy Day”

  1. Well the most obvious would have to be this Friday, March 6th, when we all get a day off for celebrating David’s birthday!!!!

    What about a “No email day”? How hard would that be!!

    Perhaps a card free day when no one goes into greeting card shops? Let’s see Hallmark support that one!

    Looking forward to the comments for this one FEd!


  2. …what about no “promises day”? All those “days” do not really lead to anything meaningful, so why don’t we add another one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The “day” I like most is when the taxpayers association announces that from this day on, the money you earn is yours. Unfortunately they are forced to move the day later and later in the year, each year…

    Best regards,

  3. I know this isn’t a holiday but yesterday was the day that Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd in 1968. I heard it on the radio last night.

    And yesterday was my daughter’s 16th birthday. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Isn’t is also National Peanut Butter month in the U.S.? Which is scary considering the recent public issue with peanut paste.

    Also, is it Be Happy day or is it “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” day, which gives everyone an excuse to sing and whistle that annoying song. Now all of you have that song in your brain for the day. I also don’t recommend that to be a song for David to cover.

    And here is suggestion, how about a Pointy Stick Day??



  5. My personal favourites are Talk Like A Pirate Day (which I do not take part in, however), and That’s What She Said Day – the day after Valentine’s Day, where people are encouraged to make as many ‘that’s what she said’ jokes as possible. I’m sure that those two were both, as you suggested FEd, created by inebriated students.

    I’ve always found Bonfire Night an unusual thing to celebrate, yet of course, very enjoyable.

    1. I observed both of those this year! Something silly to get you through a winter day.

  6. Wow! I like this idea of celebrating a ‘Be Happy Day’!!!

    I have still to look on the net to understand what these National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Act Happy Day, International Goof-Off Day and Bunsen Burner Day are. I think it will be great fun…

    There is a nice one here in schools, 9 May, Europe-Day.

    But what about a ‘Gilmourettes Day’, where all gentlemen here would send us lovely messages and wonderful cyber-cakes?

    FEd? You have just to choose the date… Will you? ๐Ÿ˜›


  7. What a coincidence! I just read this:

    “Square Root Day occurs only nine times in a century. The last one occurred on February 2, 2004, and the next will occur in seven years on April 4, 2016.”

    More about this day and hints for some other funny days (ฯ€-day is my favorite) here.


    1. Correct me if I am wrong, but we actually just passed one…

      3/3/09 is a square root day.

  8. My favourite day is ‘international talk like a pirate’ day. Ahhh, the joys of saying ‘arrr’ and ‘yarrr’ all day long at school. We even almost managed to get some of the teachers to join in!

  9. How about “Go To Work Dressed Silly” day! Lots of Hawaiian shirts and beanie propeller hats.

  10. Ugh… all day I’ve been celebrating “Life Is A Series Of Disappointments Interrupted By Brief Moments Of False Hope Day”.

    1. Yeah, I get days like that too Matt. ๐Ÿ™

      My personal favourite, you can share this too if you want when you feel really down, “It’s all my fault”.

      In fact that could be tacked on at either end of your day.

      See you in the pub, we can drown our sorrows. ๐Ÿ™

      ash X (here is another kiss, X, to cheer you up!)

  11. OK, Friday let’s all have a party to celebrate David’s birthday!

    I like the Gilmourette Day, Michรจle, we need more and more Gilmourettes right?

    How about a Black Strat Day? I was just looking at Storm Thorgerson’s picture on the book cover, where has it been taken? Does anybody know?

    And how about a Take a Breath Day?

    1. GianLuca,

      You’ll find the answer to the location shot on the cover of ‘The Black Strat’ here.

      (You heard it here 1st day). ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Wasn’t Storm’s picture taken in Arizona or somewhere like that?

      I’m too busy at the moment to check. Keeping a beady eye on Imogen, you see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Slap Someone’s Jaws Till They Ring Like a Dinner Bell Day?

    Can I get an “amen”? ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. I see you’ve met my boss. Although he would ring like a shallow, hollow pie pan.

  13. Happy Be Happy Day everyone! Sounds like Simon’s favorite holiday. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Silly, but good to counter the serious – everything in moderation.

    I look forward to Gilmourette Day on Sept 4th – great idea Michele and Fed!

  14. I am happy today… I think… :v

    I’m a bit scared though, one week from today I turn 21… And bang goes being young. Alas, I’ve loved it so well, I’ll miss it a lot! ๐Ÿ™

    My favourite holiday is September 19th – International “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, something which one of our teachers at school (so long ago…) immediately regretted informing us about!

  15. National Toon Day.

    Or, International Toon Day, depending upon the position of the moon.

    On that day, a nation’s humor and music are exalted, and by having assigned constellations to the nations and as determined by whichever constellation the moon happens to be in on that particular day, a nation gets a pedestal of sorts for purposes of international celebration.

    I’m thinking National Toon Day would best be served on the first full moon of Autumn. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy belated Toon Day, everybody. ๐Ÿ˜€


  16. Talk like a pirate day is probably my favourite. Ah, the endless joy of watching teachers’ faces as everyone answers every question with ‘yarr’ and ‘that it be.’

    Maybe some of the emoticons could be pirate related? How about:

    8| = pirate looking through a telescope
    ๐Ÿ˜• = someone who’s just seen a pirate

    Pity we don’t still have the bank robber/ninja chatroom emoticon, maybe it was actually a pirate in disguise. Can’t be too careful what with CCTV and Crimewatch these days.

  17. So sad that we need a day set aside for the purpose of being happy! But, if we realize that happiness doesn’t cost anything, it could work. Maybe try to stay away from the TV, cell phone (except to call a friend to say “Hello”), computer (except, of course, to check the Gilmour blog), just enjoy the day! Kindly greet everyone you see, perhaps perform random acts of kindness, and if that doesn’t work, there’s always the pointy stick! (I never leave home without my Fender Custom Shop Pointy Stick.)

    Cheers and Happiness;
    Bill C

  18. I am happy today, I just bought the new U2 album (Bono haters BE SILENT!) and it is good. “Get on Your Boots” is a bit poppy though still acceptable (it hugs the border) the rest of the album is atmospheric and soothing. My favorite track, “Magnificent”. “Unknown Caller”, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”, “Stand Up Comedy”, and “Breathe” (no not that one) are REALLY GREAT and they just might remind you of the band in the 80s.

    I might be ignorant about it but is their already an international music celebration day? Music collecting has become my biggest hobby and passion and sooner rather than later I’m going to get me that starter guitar. Music is important because for some reason, in my experience, when you’re in tune with tunes you are THAT much more understanding, tolerate, and thoughtful; well when you’re listening to good music anyway. Just what good music is though, is in the ear of the beholder.

    Have a good day everyone, cheers.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

    1. and they just might remind you of the band in the 80s.

      That’s good to hear, I thought they were great back in the day. I’ll give it a listen.

      It’s also good to hear that they’ve promised to lower their ticket prices.

    2. Anyone know if there’s a ‘Don’t Know How To Break This To You But There’s A Cut-off Age For Wearing Leather Trousers (unless you’re a member of the Rolling Stones) And You’ve Passed It’ Day?

  19. May I suggest “Stage A Revolt and Tip Over A Car” day? An idea that never grows old for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. The one holiday we need, that’s ‘Linksys-day’, a day celebrating all those people nice enough to share their internet connection with us all. They all need a good thank you.

    Or what about towel-day, celebrating one of the world’s finest writers carrying a towel on May 25. This year I’ll participate!

  21. I reckon this day should have one slogan, as appreciated by myself……

    Happy Days!

    Simon J

  22. What an imagination – can only be admired… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Well, other than that, all I can say is that surveys show that we are the happiest of all countries. :))

    (Do you picture a country of imbeciles laughing from dusk til dawn?)

    Want the happy-nation recipe? Nah, we keep it to ourselves… we have to be first at something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Every day is “be happy day” in my house.

    And who is the “I” in “I want you to be happy”? That sounds a bit sinister to me – I won’t be happy on command, you know – so mind your own bloody business, whoever you are.

  24. Put laxative in an annoying colleague’s tea day.

    Make sure Histon get promoted day.

    Hug a hoodie day. :))

  25. How about a ‘Hide In Bath With A Large Glass Of Wine With Your iPod Set To Stun To Drown Out The Noise Of The Children At The Other Side Of The Door Moaning That They Want In’ Day?

  26. My favorite is May 25th, which is THREE separate holidays, all invented by geeky students such as I:

    Towel Day, a day in which you must always know where your towel is if you wish to be a hoopy frood – created to mark the life and work of Douglas Adams.

    Nerd Pride Day – a celebration of everyone’s right to be a nerd and/or geek, chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the first screening of Star Wars.

    The Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May, in which one wears the lilac in memory of the Glorious People’s Republic Of Treacle Mine Road (or in other words, celebrate the work of Sir Terry Pratchett).

  27. How about “World Peace Day”… is there such a thing already?

    We have the music and movies for it, we’re good to go, don’t you think?

  28. Fed, I’d like to particularly suggest this celebratory day for David today, or tomorrow and for me and you and everyone else too!

    ash 8|

  29. It would be nice if everyone could enjoy at least one yearly Hey-Day — A time of maximum power, prosperity, or popularity. 8)

    I suppose birthdays are always good for a Hey-Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Oh, and we need a Revolution Day, a Strike Day, a March in the Streets Day… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Viva Fidel!


    1. I thought you already had those days in France Michele. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Love & Kisses

  31. How about ‘Sign-up for a degree’ day.

    You can now ‘Master’ the works of The Beatles. See here.

    How long before Cambridge University launches a Pink Floyd degree? They’d get a lot more applications… ๐Ÿ˜›

  32. How about an international “Replace Your Stupid Boss With A Rational Human Being” day.

  33. Why is my country always excluded from these beautiful things? ๐Ÿ˜›

    We don’t celebrate any of these strange holidays here. I searched the web to know something about them and I have to say that Goof-Off Day seems interesting.

    Some days ago I was talking with a friend and we were saying that it would be very relaxing to fix a day in which everyone in the world could say exactly what he wanted to the other people, no matter who they are.

    So, what do you think of a Say What You’re Thinking Day?

    I’m sure it would be the first step for a global revolution. ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. Crikey, I can honestly say that I have never ever heard of any of those days you mentioned Fed. I must have led a very shallow life.

    Therefore I propose a shallow person’s day.

  35. Hi everybody,

    How’s it going with you, dear Fed? Many congratulations for the new release of the site, now so attractive and fresh, I like the new look and features very much.

    I was very busy recently but I have always thought about you, and, although I have not ever dropped by, Iโ€™ve been very pleased to read it.


    โ€œI hope to see you tomorrow, in another place, another timeโ€ฆโ€

    Tomorrow is a day too important, I could not miss it.

    Hugs and take care


  36. How about “Stuff It, It’s Way Too Nice To Go To Work, I’m Going To The Beach” Day?

  37. ๐Ÿ˜€ David Gilmour,

    I would like to ask, please come to play in Brazil.

    Please play the music: Grantchester Meadows, Fearless, Pillow of Winds, Childhood’s End, Green Is The Colour, Cymbaline, Cirrus Minor, Crying Song.

    Alessandro Alves Rodrigues

  38. March:

    9 – Employee Appreciation Day, Panic Day
    10 – Middle Name Pride Day
    11 – Johnny Appleseed Day, Worship of Tools Day
    12 – Girl Scouts Day, Plant a Flower Day
    13 – Ear Muff Day, Jewel Day
    14 – Learn about Butterflies Day, National Potato Chip Day, National Pi Day, National Quilting Day
    15 – Everything You Think is Wrong Day, Ides of March, Incredible Kid Day, Dumbstruck Day
    16 – Everything You Do is Right Day, Freedom of Information Day
    17 – Submarine Day
    18 – Goddess of Fertility Day, Supreme Sacrifice Day
    19 – Poultry Day
    20 – Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, Proposal Day
    21 – Fragrance Day
    23 – National Chip and Dip Day, Near Miss Day
    24 – National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
    25 – Pecan Day, Waffle Day
    26 – Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
    27 – National “Joe” Day
    28 – Something on a Stick Day
    29 – National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, Smoke and Mirrors Day
    30 – National Doctor’s Day, I am in Control Day

    These are some March’s days at

    I’ve heard just about a couple of them, in the past year. Anyway, I’d like to celebrate the 29th, as me and my husband are wholesale business owners and usually we can enjoy less holidays and free time than our few employees.

    Good night everyone, ciao Fed
    Elisabetta ๐Ÿ˜€

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