The results are in: we love animal holidays! And with 78 different animal holidays in the year, there’s plenty of love to go around. Whether we’re celebrating our cute and fluffy (and sometimes hairless) dogs, cats, reptiles, and hedgehogs that we spoil at home or the raccoons, squirrels, bisons, and insects that we admire from afar, all animals deserve their own special moment. Luckily, we’ve got a few days, weeks, and months set aside specifically to show our furry, scaly, feathery, and spiky friends some extra love.
Arts & Entertainment
Fact: arts & entertainment holidays are extremely fun. Another fact: there are over 67 arts & entertainment holidays to choose from, and even more being added and discovered every day. These holidays amuse, inspire, entertain, and educate the masses. From National Science Fiction Day on January 2 to National Emo Day on December 19, we’ve got the holidays to kickstart your year of fun celebrations.
Have you ever thought to stop and celebrate the doctors that work tirelessly to keep us healthy? What about the weather people who inform you of the daily forecast so you don’t walk out the door without a jacket when it’s freezing? In addition to all of the other holidays we celebrate at National Today, we find it’s important to celebrate those who provide us services, essential or not, every single day. There are over 30 career holidays, so nearly every month allows us a chance to celebrate someone new!
At National Today, we know the importance of cause holidays that take a stand for what we believe in, so we work hard to bring attention to each of the 101 cause holidays that occur throughout the year. From lighthearted days like Red Nose Day on March 15 to extremely serious days like RAINN on April 15, we’re passionate about commemorating the significance of each and every cause holiday.
Cultural holidays can be a great way to express something personal to us or to connect with a whole community. Since we live in a multicultural world, National Today has a long list of over 40 culture holidays! They celebrate cultural gatherings, days of independence, parades, and days honoring different heritages. Culture is such an important mark of who we are because it often dictates how we think, feel, laugh, and talk.
Why do we celebrate education holidays? If it weren’t for education, we wouldn’t know our ABC’s from our 123’s, and we don’t think The Jackson 5 would approve in the slightest. So we take a moment to thank the teachers who changed our lives and the mentors who never gave up on us. They’ve all made lasting impacts on us and our views on the world, which is why we’re so excited to take a moment to celebrate the 9 holidays commemorating education every year.
Our environment looks a lot different than it did a few years, decades, and centuries ago. It’s constantly changing, too, with the introduction of new industries and products. While a constant battle wages on about what the best course of action to take is for the increasingly volatile environment, it is important to recognize that there are well over a dozen holidays up for celebration that allow us to take a moment and appreciate the amazing things the environment offers us.
We love them, we fight with them, we celebrate them — family holidays remind us exactly why blood is thicker than water. From knowing the right time to send a care package filled with our favorite snacks and drinks to intentionally pushing our buttons, there’s no one quite like the people we’re related to, and we remind ourselves of that when each of the 14 family holidays come around on the calendar.
There is so much more to fashion than the clothes we wear. For many, fashion constitutes an art form, like painting or architecture. There’s thought put into the detail, the execution, and the presentation of the pieces that designers create, no matter the price point. Without fashion, we’d be wearing the same drab, functional pieces of clothing day in and day out— so we’re ecstatic to celebrate nearly a dozen fashion holidays each year.
Let’s hear it for federal holidays! Why? Because you most likely have the day off because of them, especially if you work in a federal building such as the post office or the library. Federal holidays come straight from the top — only Congress can designate one. In fact, Congress has been in the holiday making game since 1870, when they created the idea of a federal holiday to standardize existing holiday practices “in every State of the Union.” And now years later, we’re able to celebrate over 36 federal holidays throughout the year.
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.
Food & Beverage
If you’re in need of an excuse to temporarily cheat on your diet, you might want to consider our lavish selection of food & beverage holidays. In fact, there are over 321 different food & beverage holidays to choose from including National Pie Day on January 23 and National Bacon Day on December 30, and every sweet, savory, and saliva-inducing treat in between.
National Today was created in the name of FUN. We believe there’s something worth celebrating every day. If you’re doing just that, you’re having fun in the process! With over 60 opportunities throughout the year to celebrate quirky, fun-filled holidays, we’ll ensure you’re never left without a reason to throw a party. Whether you’re staying home or leaving the house to celebrate, what matters the most is that you’re enjoying yourself.
Health holidays don’t only exist to raise awareness about the hundreds of illnesses and heath issues people live with every day, but also to celebrate the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to find a cure and improve our health. That’s why we celebrate over 137 health based holidays every year, from National Gluten-Free Day on January 13 to National Handwashing Awareness Week during the first week of December.
International holidays not only make us more cultured, but they give us another reason to celebrate throughout the year. Some holidays are only celebrated in certain regions, or even certain towns — others are celebrated across the globe, bringing together different nations under a common cause. From Chinese New Year to International Stout Day, we love learning more about our global neighbors and joining in on their festivities.
We have relationships of all sorts in our life: Professional, platonic, romantic, and familial, to name just a few, but all are worthy of celebration however largely impactful they are in our every day lives. You don’t often think about how much you appreciate the coworker that you engage in small talk with around the coffee machine in the mornings, or that friend you only see once in a blue moon. We also aren’t so quick to say “I love you” or “thank you” to those closest to us. Hopefully, these holidays (and there are well over 50 of them!) will allow us an opportunity to thank the people in our lives, whoever they are, and whatever capacity they may hold in our lives.
Religious holidays are some of the very first holidays that we remember celebrating. They warrant decoration and festive dress and often come with a set of rules that we abide by for the sake of the day and our faith. From Judaism’s Purim on March 9 to Islam’s Eid al-Adha on July 31 and Christianity’s Three King’s Day on January 6, it’s important to take time each year to connect with your spirituality, no matter the religious beliefs you hold. That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate 31 religious holidays.
Seasons come and go, and they bring seasonal holidays in tow. We always make sure that we stay in season by keeping track of all 12 seasonal holidays. These holidays have been celebrated for years and help us mark the opening and closing of each temperament period. No matter what, there’s always a holiday to look forward to in the upcoming season.
With over 140 — yes, you read that right — holidays to celebrate in our Special Interest category, there’s absolutely something for everyone. The name says it all: Special interests allow us to consider things we really enjoy, then use holidays as an excuse to celebrate them. This includes all sorts of hobbies, events, happenings, toys, and trinkets. No matter what you love, there’s bound to be a holiday that champions it. Don’t see one? Create your own! Send it to us, and we may feature it on our page.
Whether you love to get down and dirty or sit back and enjoy the madness on TV, sports have been entertaining us and keeping us in shape since our earliest days of playing kickball in kindergarten. From National student-Athlete Day to National Cheerleading Safety Month, there’s over 10 sports holidays every year promoting fitness, health, and bringing people together.