5 Random Holidays to Celebrate This Month

Hey gals! For those of us who have been out of school awhile, not too much marks our months other than work deadlines and fashion seasons. And let’s face it… September isn’t the most lively month. Here are some random holidays to keep your minds sharp, spirits high, and creative juices from drying up as Fall gently hits.

September 9th: National Grandparents Day

If you went to elementary school, chances are this holiday was indeed celebrated with a visit from Grandma and Grandpa accompanied by a song and dance or craft. Founder Marian McQuade decided the elderly needed celebration in a special way. He also wanted to encourage children to “tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide.” The initiative caught on and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter made the first Sunday after Labor Day an official national holiday. Give the grandparents a visit today, or send a sweet card with a picture of you together.

September 15th: National Felt Hat Day

Hats used to play a much bigger role in antiquity’s attire than modern fashion sees. To praise the long acclaimed accessory, don a felt hat today! Think Robin Hood or cowboy. No? Well, if you think you’re too cool to sport the fedora… take a look at this list of famous felt-wearing chums:

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elton John
  • Frank Sinatra
  • John Wayne
  • Zoro
  • Titanic
  • Indiana Jones
  • Sherlock Holmes

Trivia Question: Why did Lewis Carroll name his character, “The MAD Hatter?” Answer: Hatters once used Mercury, a chemical which slowly damages neurological functions, in their felt-curing which causes speech and vision alterations.

September 21st: World Gratitude Day

Whether you’re religious, spiritual, or altogether in denial of faith and reason, today you can at least close your eyes and give a nod to your existence. In 1977, the United Nations Meditation Group established World Gratitude Day to commemorate a single common bond of humanity: life. Here are some other things for which to be grateful:  Your eyesight, babies’ skin, fresh sheets, new socks, bonfires at the beach, gelato, laughter, glassblowing…. Make your own list and add to it every day.

September 24th: National Punctuation Day

“A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”  National Punctuation Day founder Jeff Rubin has written and designed more than 1,800 company newsletters since starting his newsletter publishing firm, The Newsletter Guy, in 1981. On this day, challenge yourself to learn something about punctuation that your sixth-grade self couldn’t quite appreciate.  For example, finally learn how to use a semicolon at

“The Oatmeal” (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon).

September 29th: Museum Day

On this particular day, the famed Smithsonian in Washington D.C. partners with certain museums all over the country to offer free admission on what they’ve called, “Museum Day.” If you can’t make it on this Sunday, give yourself a “rain check” and return to the museum on a “resident free” weekday that most museum’s offer for residents of its town.