Day of the Dude is celebrated on March 6 every year to commemorate the North American release of the movie “The Big Lebowski” in 1998. The movie portrays a protagonist with a laid-back attitude to life who chooses simplicity, peace, and happiness. The idea is to enjoy life’s little moments such as bowling or drinking with some friends. The holiday looks to promote ease and simplicity in society. Being able to easily let things go and go with the flow is a big part of the lifestyle. The lifestyle portrayed in the movie inspired the birth of the religion/philosophy known as “Dudeism.”
History of Day of the Dude
The Day of the Dude is the anniversary of the release of the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski.” It was not immediately a box-office success. The movie was met with mixed reactions and reviews. Over time, this comedy has risen in critics’ estimation. It has managed to garner a cult following of people who want to emulate the lifestyle of the protagonist. In the movie, “The Dude” is a single, easy-going man who chooses to enjoy the small pleasures of everyday life. He enjoys bowling and drinking White Russians. The part is excellently played by the actor Jeff Bridges. The love for the movie caused some enthusiasts to embrace the lifestyle as a philosophy called “Dudeism.” These enthusiasts can be referred to as “Dudeists.”
On Day of the Dude, bowling tournaments are held to celebrate. There are also discussions about the Dude philosophy, drinking White Russians, and lots of costume and trivia contests. It is an opportunity for like-minded Dudeists to connect, have fun, and share ideas.
The word ‘Dude’ was initially used as a reference to clothes or well-dressed men. Over time, its meaning has changed to refer to people of all genders. The word gained popularity in surfing culture during the 1960s when it was used to refer simply to another guy. It then started to show up in music and movies a lot more. In modern times, its meaning is usually denoted by context.
Day of the Dude timeline
The Dude debuts as the protagonist in the Coen Brothers' film “The Big Lebowski.”
A journalist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, named Oliver Benjamin, founds Dudeism.
A book containing a compilation of essays that dissects and celebrates The Big Lebowski is published by the ‘Church of Dudeism.’
Oliver Benjamin publishes a collection of illustrations and essays showing that Dudeism is a philosophy that has existed for some time.
Day of the Dude FAQs
Are there many Dudeists?
As of May 2017, about 450,000 Dudeist Priests had been ordained worldwide.
Who wrote Lebowski 101?
The book was edited by Oliver Benjamin and more than 80 illustrators and writers contributed to it.
Can Dudeists officiate weddings?
Marriages can be officiated by a Dudeist clergy in some U.S. states.
Day of the Dude Activities
Watch The Big Lebowski
Take the time to watch the movie that inspired the philosophy behind Dudeism. You will get a good grasp of the lifestyle Dudeism emulates.
The Dude in The Big Lebowski enjoyed bowling. Take the opportunity to play and enjoy the relaxing game.
Share the holiday on social media
Share information about the holiday with people on social media. More people may be inspired to lead more peaceful lives.
5 Important Facts About Dudeism
It is a religion
The religion of Dudeism was created to foster the lifestyle of the “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski.
It promotes peace
Dudeism is a philosophy that teaches simple ways to lead a more peaceful life.
It promotes flexibility
Dudeism suggests people go with the flow when hardships happen.
It releases societal pressure
Dudeism believes that it is better not to dwell on the expectations and opinions of others.
The organization has an official title
“The Church of the Latter-Day Dude” is Dudeism's official organizational name.
Why We Love Day of the Dude
It teaches mindfulness
Dudeism helps people find happiness and peace of mind. People are guided to once again enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life.
It reminds people to be happy
It serves as a reminder for people to let things go and embrace their happiness. It reminds people to shun stress and opt for a blissful way of life.
It helps people relax
Dudeism aims to promote a laidback lifestyle. Not worrying about everything all the time can be beneficial in the long run.
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