We celebrate Pandemonium Day on July 14 — a celebration of bedlam and chaos. Often, our normal lives take a 180° turn for the worse with unpredictable disruption and chaos. But, today, we revel in the craziness of life and adopt a different perspective on the upheavals of life.
When is Pandemonium Day 2021?
Get ready to dive into all things unpredictable on Pandemonium Day on July 14.
History of Pandemonium Day
“People themselves are full of tunnels: winding, dark spaces and caverns; impossible to know all the places inside of them. Impossible even to imagine.” – Lauren Oliver
The word ‘pandemonium’ first appeared in the 17th century, in author John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost,” which retells the biblical story of Adam and Eve and their temptation by Satan. It’s a hybrid of the Greek word ‘pan,’ which means ‘all,’ and the Latin word ‘daemonium,’ which means ‘demon.’ In Paradise Lost, Pandemonium is the capital of Hell, where all the demons live.
These days, however, it doesn’t have such scary connotations — pandemonium stands for all things chaotic, disorganized, and unpredictable. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and your life is too orderly, scheduled, boring, and predictable, this is a great day for you to throw the rule book out the window! Let’s be honest; we’ve all had the thought, “There’s something I’d really like to do, but it just seems too crazy for me.” The great thing about Pandemonium Day is it tells us to go ahead and do it anyway. So nix the itinerary, cancel your appointments, rid yourself of expectations and read on for the best ways to get wild and celebrate Pandemonium Day.
Keep in mind that even though it is alright to go crazy and wild on Pandemonium Day, it shouldn’t cross boundaries. You can bend laws, as long as it doesn’t mess up someone else’s life. The point is to not allow others to dictate how you are going to celebrate YOUR uniqueness.
Pandemonium Day timeline
The word ‘pandemonium’ first appears.
The word ‘pandemonium’ is used in the poem “Paradise Lost” by John Milton.
A history book by Humphrey Jennings called “Pandaemonium, 1660–1886: The Coming of the Machine as Seen by Contemporary Observers” on the Industrial Revolution is published.
The Pet Shop Boys release their album, “Pandemonium.”
While order has its place, it’s good to let Mr. Jekyll out once in a while. To have a life fully lived, color outside the lines, run through a flock of pigeons, step over the grass, and live life on Pandemonium Day as if it were your last! Have heaps of fun, throw spontaneous parties, and let the guests bring whatever they want. It’s all about letting loose.
Another way to celebrate the holiday is to do the opposite. If your life has been too chaotic and stressful lately, it’s common to take a step back and figure out the root cause of the pandemonium. Take effective steps then to remove the disorder, and pave the way for positive changes in your life. Pandemonium isn’t entirely about going on a bender, it’s to do more of what makes you happy, to be free and as alive as you can be.
Pandemonium Day FAQs
When is Pandemonium Day?
The bedlam and chaos of life are celebrated on Pandemonium Day on July 14.
What does pandemonium mean?
Pandæmonium is the capital of Hell in John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost.” With time, the word’s meaning evolved to ‘utter and unpredictable chaos of uncertain magnitude.’
What is pandemonium day about?
Pandemonium Day highlights the opposite of sunshine and rainbows — the chaos and disorder of life. Whichever end of the spectrum you are on, you may want some chaos in your life today or eliminate it to strike a balance and have a fulfilling life.
Pandemonium Day Activities
Throw a Pandemonium Day party
Invite your friends over for a party, and when they ask what to bring, say, “Whatever you want.” Serve food from totally different cuisines, make a playlist from every genre you can think of, don’t plan any activities and just see what happens. After all, nobody ever said “I wish that party had more rules.”
Read Up on Chaos Theory
If you want to get academic with your pandemonium, today’s a great day to brush up on the fascinating study of Chaos Theory. While most of science and mathematics deals with predictable outcomes, Chaos Theory exclusively applies to elements of nature that are impossible to predict or control (like the weather).
Is there some part of your life that desperately needs reorganizing? Your kitchen drawers? Your desk? Your closet? Create some pandemonium by laying everything out in no discernible order, and then come up with a new system to put everything in its proper place.
5 Times ‘Pandemonium’ Appeared In Entertainment
The song ‘Airplanes’ by B.o.B. and Hayley Williams featured the word ‘pandemonium’ in the lyrics.
The Pet Shop Boys album name
The Pet Shop Boys’ album, released in 2010, was titled “Pandemonium.”
A teen slasher film spoof
A horror movie spoof titled “Pandemonium” was released in 1982.
Scare of a lifetime
“Pandemonium” is the name of four spinning roller coasters currently operating at Six Flags amusement park in the U.S.
John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” mentioned the word pandemonium for the first time.
Why We Love Pandemonium Day
We get to embrace the chaos in life
Chaos often seems like a bad word, but it doesn’t have to be. Pandemonium Day is a day to throw up your hands and accept the chaos that is always trying to creep into the order of your day-to-day life. Turn off your alarm, don’t schedule any meetings or appointments, don’t plan anything—not even what you’re going to have for lunch. Just see what happens!
It celebrates spontaneity
Another great reason to embrace chaos is by being spontaneous and giving in to all of your impulses. Within reason, of course! We’re not telling you to break the law, but is there something you’ve always wanted to try that you thought was too “out there”? A cooking class, even though you can barely make scrambled eggs? Auditioning for a band, even though you only sing in the shower? Skydiving, even though you’re afraid of heights? Today’s the day to let those impulses carry you.
We get to master chaos
If you frequently feel overwhelmed by the pandemonium in your life, this is a great day to come up with methods to overcome it. For some people, yoga or meditation is a great way to look inward and create peace of mind that’s required to cope with any number of chaotic scenarios. For others, creating to-do lists and organization systems is much more effective when preparing for the unpredictable. Either way, take Pandemonium Day to say to yourself “chaos is inevitable, but I can handle it.”
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