How To Create Your Own Holidays And Observances

Every day has a reason to celebrate, but for some people, certain days are more special than others.  While presidents have declared observances, issued proclamations, and determined federal holidays for hundreds of years, there are other ways to create nationally recognized holidays. 
Have you ever wondered who created observances such as Talk Like a Pirate Day or National Fruit Cake Day? How about a holiday that is tailored to a specific store or chain such as Krispy Kreme Day or National Slurpee Day?

For many businesses, simply creating an idea (typically as part of a social marketing strategy) and spreading it through a business chain is enough to spread the word and get a holiday or observance recognized.

But you don’t have to be a national retailer in order to start your own holiday.

If you have an idea for a holiday or observance and can get people on board, consider starting a website and giving your holiday an official landing place on the web.

Promote your holiday and observance on social media, create hashtags and spread the word. If it catches on, submit it to the Chase’s Calendar of Events here: Chase’s Entry Form 2021 Edition (but recognize there is a deadline for the 2021 publication, this year it is April 15, 2020) and if it is approved, you have a bona fid holiday.

What do you think? Is there a holidy or observance you’d like to create?

The Chase’s Calendar of Events is a reference book that lists daily holidays and observances. It could be considered the go-to Bible for all things pertaining to special days.




Charisse Van Horn is an artist, poet, and freelance writer.