Kiss a Ginger Day: January 12
Hrecheniuk Oleksii/Shutterstock In 2005, South Park, the naughty cartoon for adults, ran an episode of their show called “Ginger Kids,” which imagines what it would be like if people were bigoted against people with red hair and freckles. Because people often take things too literally, people actually began acting like this was a thing and began “celebrating” with random “Kick a Ginger” days on random dates. Seriously, kids were getting beat up. Hearing about this, a standup comic and actor named Derek Forgie—who has flaming red hair – decided to strike back by starting a Facebook page encouraging people to celebrate the opposite of kicking gingers—kissing them instead—and it instantly became so popular, he realized he had tapped into something great—and much-needed. People took to it much more enthusiastically than its more mean-spirited antecedent. Today, it’s a thriving community that uplifts red-haired performers of all ilks. Kind of gives you faith in people, doesn’t it? Speaking of gingers, here are fascinating facts you never knew about redheads.
Hoodie-Hoo Day: February 20
tanja vashchuk/Shutterstock You might think that we already have a holiday celebrating the fact that winter will eventually end, in a painfully long time, and you’d be right. We have Groundhog Day, and we have about a kajillion winter holidays that involve candles and lights and food and cheer. But winter is really long and really dark, and there is always room for more, don’t you think? A kooky couple named Ruth and Thomas Roy, joined by their son, Michael, say they have secured the copyrights to 80 or so unusual holidays, including “Answer Your Cat’s Question Day,” “No Housework Day,” and—of course—the above mentioned Hoodie-Hoo Day. The concept is simple, and extraordinarily non-partisan. All you do is go outside at noon, wave your hands at the sky, and shriek “HOODIE-HOO!” to chase away the winter blues. Exactly one month later, if you do it right, it’ll be the first day of spring. Well, it’ll be the first day of spring either way. And as northern-dwellers know, that’s just a name, and doesn’t promise the weather will improve. But still! Anything for that little ray of cheer, right?