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Erase a mistake on April 15 and celebrate National Rubber Eraser Day.

There’s a day for that

Grab a handful of jelly beans on April 22.
Go visit a rhino at the zoo on Sept. 22, World Rhino Day.
Photo illustration by Christy Keller | The Journal
Feb. 14 is Ferris Wheel Day; Feb. 20 is Love Your Pet Day; March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day; and July 22 is Hammock Day.

Wouldn’t it be great if, in addition to the regular holidays, everyone could pick an unusual or silly holiday each year and have the day off to celebrate?

We’re not promising that schools or bosses will go along with this idea, but here’s a list of actual holidays that kids and adults might consider.


31 – Backward Day, or should we say Yad Drawkcab?


5 – National Weatherperson’s Day. John Jeffries, born on this date in 1744, was one of America’s first weather observers.

14 – Ferris Wheel Day. Engineer George Ferris was born Feb. 14, 1859. He thrilled visitors to the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago with his 264-foot “observation wheel.” Head to an amusement park.

20 – Love Your Pet Day. Take Fluffy for an extra-long walk.


3 – National Anthem Day. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written on Sept. 14, 1814, but it didn’t become the national anthem until March 3, 1931. How to celebrate the day? By singing, of course.

14 – Learn About Butterflies Day. Head out into your yard or to a nearby park to observe these beautiful creatures.

26 – Make Up Your Own Holiday Day


10 – National Siblings Day. Brothers and sisters can be annoying, but deep down you know you love them. Go give your sibs a hug!

15 – National Rubber Eraser Day. Chemist Joseph Priestly discovered on this date in 1770 that a type of rubber could erase pencil marks. Anyone who has made a mistake should be grateful.

22 – Jelly Bean Day. You may have gotten a bunch of these in your Easter basket, but if not, here’s an excuse to find your favorite flavor.


10 – Clean Up Your Room Day. (This goes for adults, too.)

14 – Dance Like a Chicken Day. Why wait for the next family wedding to do this fun dance?

18 – International Museum Day. Head to a local museum.


3 – Repeat Day. Now read that again.

24 – Swim a Lap Day. The water’s warm, so dive in and try out your breaststroke!

30 – Meteor Day. Look up into the night sky and search for streaks of light.


1 – International Joke Day. Spread some humor.

22 – Hammock Day. Spend the day relaxing.

24 – Cousins Day. Be thankful today that they show up at family reunions.


6 – Wiggle Your Toes Day. Put the shoes in the closet for the day!

13 – Left-Handers Day. Celebrate southpaws, the 10 percent of people who favors their left hand.

27 – Just Because Day. Whatever you choose to do today, there’s no need to explain why.


8 – Pardon Day. Today’s the day (but not the only day) to ask for forgiveness.

15 – Make a Hat Day

22 – World Rhino Day. Spend the day learning about these endangered animals, which are often hunted for their horns.


8 – Touch Tag Day. This game, which has been played for thousands of years, isn’t just for recess.

14 – National Dessert Day. If you need an excuse for an after-dinner treat.

21 – Babbling Day. Feel free to say what’s on your mind. If it makes no sense, all the better.


16 – Button Day. Wear a smiley-face button or a bunch of buttons. You get the idea.

20 – National Absurdity Day. You have an excuse to do something strange today!

28 – You’re Welcome Day. It comes the day after Americans gather to say “thanks.”


4 – Santa’s List Day. Santa reviews his “naughty” and “nice” lists, so spend the day being especially good.

10 – Human Rights Day. The United Nations created this day in 1950 to remind people that everyone in the world is “free and equal in dignity and rights.”

16 – Chocolate-Covered Anything Day. Could there be a sweeter silly holiday to end the year?