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.