Pop Culture Holidays

Discover fun and interesting holidays that are related to your favorite pop culture icons and moments!

Galentine’s Day – February 13

Galentine’s Day is a holiday about joy, laughter, fun, and women. To quote the great Leslie Knope on the TV show “Parks and Recreation” from which the day gets its origins, “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year...Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus Frittatas”. Considered by some to be the anti-Valentines Day, Galentine’s Day is held every year on February 13. So this year, gather your best girlfriends together and celebrate the awesomeness of the ladies in your life. Whether you get together for a low-key movie night or do it up big with dinner and dancing, don't let this holiday pass you by without your gals at your side.

Star Wars Day – May 4

Lock up your Ewoks and get your light sabers in the air, because May 4 is Star Wars Day! That’s right, the most pun-tastic day of the year is set aside to celebrate George Lucas’ most famous space opera series, and we’re here to tell you the very best ways to celebrate. The reference to May 4 was used as a pun long before Star Wars Day was established. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party placed an ad in The London Evening News, which read “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” The first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Canada, at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and a showing of fan-made tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise along with it, and has officially observed the holiday at Disneyland and Walt Disney World ever since. Every year, nerds and their friends invent new ways to celebrate the Star Wars films. In 2015, astronauts on the International Space Station commemorated the holiday by watching Star Wars among the stars themselves. With two-thirds of the new trilogy to be released in the coming years, it’s a sure bet that there is lots more Star Wars fun waiting in the future.

National Donald Duck Day – June 9

Back in June 9, 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in The Wise Little Hen. But he wouldn't meet Mickey Mouse until his second appearance in Orphan's Benefit later that year. From there, it wasn't long before Daisy Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie were introduced. In spite of their superior diction, they weren't able to steal the spotlight from Donald. You can't replace his grumpy, nearly incomprehensible charm, and it's why the Donald has been in more movies than any Disney character. Over the years, he's appeared in a staggering 225 movies! And his accomplishments don't stop there. He co-hosted the Oscars in 1958 with little names like Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Jimmy Stewart (a wonderful life indeed!). Oh, and they named an asteroid after him in 1995. If that doesn't convince you he's a force of nature, know that he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We're not sure how he left webbed foot prints in front of Mann's Chinese Theater, but we'll gladly roll with it. Well, what do you give to a duck that has it all? His own holiday! June 9 is National Donald Duck Day, so let's celebrate the birthday of everyone's favorite, ill-tempered bird.

World Beatles Day – June 25

Each June 25, the international community comes together to celebrate World Beatles Day. This holiday pays tribute to the Beatles and the impact they had on both music history and popular culture in general. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison exploded into popularity in 1962, and went on to release a series of groundbreaking songs and albums throughout the next decade. Their first performance in the United States, at the Washington Coliseum in 1964, is still one of the most well-known concerts in U.S. history. World Beatles Day was founded in 2009 as a way to honor the Beatles’ contribution to several genres of music, and their platform of peace, positivity, and enthusiasm. The Beatles’ beloved hit, “All You Need Is Love,” was first performed on British television on June 25, 1967, which is the reason for the holiday’s date. Rather than shopping for Beatles products or promoting competition over who is the band's biggest fan, the holiday is intended to spark inspiration and reflection over the Beatles’ positive messages. It’s a great day to hug your loved ones, consider which social causes mean the most to you, and choose peace and love over anger and fear.

World Social Media Day – June 30

First there was the telephone, then the fax machine, then social media — a revolutionary way of communicating. Since its creation, people have been able to connect with each other like never before. Marketers have been able to reach consumers in an entirely new fashion. Just look around and you will see people using social media at all times of the day. World Social Media Day on June 30 was born as a way to recognize the important role it plays in our society and to celebrate the way it has connected us!

World Emoji Day – July 17

Communication in the Internet Age now goes far beyond pressing send on a simple text message. Check your social media feeds or text messages... how many smiley faces, flying hearts, avocados, and unicorns do you see?These iconic little Japanese images, known as emoji, are more popular on the internet today than ever before—so naturally, they have their own special day. Recognized on Jul. 17, World Emoji Day is a holiday to validate our obsession over these ubiquitous graphic icons. While sometimes they may seem silly, according to various psychologists and researchers, they may play a vital role in the way we communicate today. In fact, Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2015 was an emoji, "😂". Light up your friends' phones with all the emojis you want today—it's a healthy obsession. 😉

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