Nov. 2nd is Plan Your Epitaph Day. Yep. You plan out what you want your headstone to say. Some claim that “a forgettable gravestone is a fate worse than death.”
While we may be familiar with the most recognized holiday in November, there are a few others that may have you scratching your head. When you get tired of turkey and mashed potatoes, feel free to celebrate National Saxophone Day or International Tongue Twister Day. Some of the holidays we’ve discovered may be a little odd or downright silly but there are a few that are beautiful ideas that should be recognized every day of the year. For instance, National Day of Listening. Every year a theme is picked, say veterans, and you commemorate the day by recording interviews with them. You could visit veteran’s hospitals, senior centers, community centers or even homeless shelters and record their stories. It is a day to listen to their history, their thoughts, fears, aspirations and show them you are grateful that they exist, for sharing what they have learned and for all the good they have done.
No matter if you stick with just observing Thanksgiving or decide to give World Toilet Day a whirl, November is full of interesting and colorful commemorations.
Conversation Factoid Icebreaker: At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, National Start Your Own Country Day was started. It salutes those creative, and possibly treasonous, individuals who have such strong beliefs that they may one day form their very own nation-state.