When it comes to celebrating holidays, sure — we understand there are some sexier topics out there. Finance is so important to everything in our lives though. Quite frankly, we couldn’t celebrate other holidays without it! From buying a house to investing in stock, finance rules everything around us. It’s important to create holidays that garner awareness and help people better understand their personal and societal financial situations.
Where did financial holidays come from?
The best known financial holiday — Tax Day (April 15th) — was decided for us by the IRS. Others, like National Insurance Awareness Day (June 28th), have more mysterious origins, although online commentators suspect financial institutions had a hand in their creation. Whether these rumors are justified or not, it is difficult to
imagine the type of crusader who'd take it on themselves to remind the world to update their insurance!
Maybe financial holidays are important precisely for that reason — activities like shopping for insurance or creating a sensible 5-year financial strategy need regular triggers far more than drinking booze or eating cookies. So while our few financial holidays may not be cause for celebration, they are opportunities to consider your relationship to the substance that keeps the world turning.
Some holidays of this nature, however, are a little more lighthearted than others. National Savings Day? Sure! Let's celebrate the willpower it takes to move a part of our hard-earned money into a separate bank account that you shouldn't touch while it collects interest. And if you don't have a savings account, maybe this October 12 holiday will encourage you to set one up.
Submit your favorite financial holidays
We always love to celebrate more holidays here at National Today. If we're missing your favorite financial holiday — if favorite is the right word — let us know at our holiday submission page! Before you submit the holiday, please compile a bit of information that tells us more about the day. Has it been spread on social media? How many people celebrate it every year? We look forward to hearing from you!