Crazy, sweet national holidays this month



Over the years, National Puppy Day has caught the attention of many celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Lin-Manual Miranda, The Backstreet Boys, and many more.

ZaReah Barren, Editor-in-Chief

March is a very busy month for fun, serious, and crazy national holidays. There are 158 national holidays in March. Most of them are fun holidays, that a lot of people are unaware of.  

One of the bigger holidays this month is National Puppy Day, which was March 23. The day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2006, and according to the National Puppy Day website, the day is dedicated to helping save orphaned puppies around the world and educate people about puppy mills. The holiday was big enough to have its own filter on Snapchat.

“I knew there was a National Puppy Day because it was my birthday [on March 23] and I was sliding through Snapchat filters,” junior Maliya Kim said.

There are many holidays that don’t gain much momentum. Some of them include National Turkey Neck Day, National Near Miss Day, National West Virginia Day, and National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day.

Different holidays have different founders and origins. Some founders are unknown and no one knows the origins of the day or why it was started. People only have to fill out a form with their name, the holiday name, and the reason behind the holiday, to have it founded and published as a national holiday.

There lots of different categories of holidays. There are food holidays, action holidays, such as National Awkward Moments Day, and arguably one of the biggest categories, pet holidays, or holidays that are designed to protect animals in March. On March 28, the U.S. celebrates National Respect Your Cat Day, where humans reflect on their connection with their furry companions. According to Petnet, the origins of the holiday are unknown, but can trace back to the year 1384 when Richard II of England put out an edict forbidding the consumption of cats.

There are many ways to celebrate national holidays for animals, and a couple popular ways are to donate money or time, by volunteering at a local animal shelter.

“I volunteer at the local humane society and walk-a-thons [to support local animals in shelters],” senior Makenna Price said.

There are thousands of fun, crazy holidays in the U.S., and most of them go unnoticed or under the radar. There is a holiday for almost every single calendar day, and lots of them crave attention from the masses.