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Day of the Dude – March 6, 2023

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

1998
The Dude Philosophy is Born

The Dude debuts as the protagonist in the Coen Brothers' film “The Big Lebowski.”

2005
The Phrase Dudeism is Coined

A journalist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, named Oliver Benjamin, founds Dudeism.

2013
Lebowski 101 is Published

A book containing a compilation of essays that dissects and celebrates The Big Lebowski is published by the ‘Church of Dudeism.’

2015
The Tao of the Dude is Published

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

  1. 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.

  2. Go bowling

    The Dude in The Big Lebowski enjoyed bowling. Take the opportunity to play and enjoy the relaxing game.

  3. 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

  1. It is a religion

    The religion of Dudeism was created to foster the lifestyle of the “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski.

  2. It promotes peace

    Dudeism is a philosophy that teaches simple ways to lead a more peaceful life.

  3. It promotes flexibility

    Dudeism suggests people go with the flow when hardships happen.

  4. It releases societal pressure

    Dudeism believes that it is better not to dwell on the expectations and opinions of others.

  5. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Day of the Dude dates

YearDateDay
2023March 6Monday
2024March 6Wednesday
2025March 6Thursday
2026March 6Friday
2027March 6Saturday

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