April 1st Poisson d’Avril (April Fish Day) April Fools Day in France

Of course we all know today is a day to play harmless tricks on others and get a laugh for ourselves, and for them. It doesn’t always work that way, but that’s what it’s supposed to mean anyway. The day’s origins may have several sources but the most likely origin dates back to 1564 France, where it was believed to be New Years Day. The rest of the world could not follow the French logic and called them fools for believing it was New Year’s Day and those outside of France may have thought the French were trying to play a harmless trick on them.

How to celebrate – Play some harmless tricks on others (just make sure no one is getting hurt). Throw a party for our boss here at Unboxing the Bizarre, it’s her birthday! Visit France.

March 15th Ides of March

Today is the first day of the New Year, at least back during the Roman Empires in the days Julius Caesar rules. It also happens to be the day that the Roman Senate decided to rid itself of the dictator that was actually doing may of the right things for Rome but had made the Senate nearly useless. They stabbed Caesar until he died and threw Roman into it’s eventual downfall. That was 44 BC.

How to celebrate – Celebrate the New Year. Read about Julius Cesar. Visit Rome.

March 15th Ides Of March

Today marks the first day of the New Year, in old Roman! It also is a reminder of why one should “Beware of the Ides of March” particularly if that one is Julius Caesar! March 15th marked the beginning of the new year in Roman in 44BC. It also marked the first day of spring for the Roman Empire. And, if that was not enough, it was when Caesar’s friends, Romans and countrymen did not lend their ears, but murdered Caesar on the steps of the Senate. So you have a lot to celebrate, or a lot to mourn, depending on your version of what history has provided.

How to celebrate – Visit Rome. Celebrate the New Year! Throw a wake for Julius Caesar.

January 1st New Year’s Day

Wow, have we been waiting for today for a while or not! Finally, the end of 2020 and the hope of 2021. Well let’s all hope things are going to be better for everyone this year. Don’t think it couldn’t be worse because it could be, though not by much. Just approach it as though you are glad 2020 is over. You should always look forward to the future anyway because you can still change the outcome, there is nothing you can do about the past. So welcome the New Year, look for the best in what is coming and forget the past, it’s time to move on.

How to celebrate – Welcome in 2021. Make a list of the positive things in your life. Make a list of the bad things that happened in 2020 and then burn the list.

March 15th Ides of March

Today is the Ides of March, the Roman New Years Day! For some, I guess this was a pretty good day, for others not so much so. In 44 BC Julius Caesar was probably having a decent day until he met up with his buddy, Marcus Brutus. Julius went to greet Marcus by shaking hands, Marcus greets Julius with a dagger… along with the rest of the Roman Senate. Julius got the point but a little too late change his ways. This led to the quote, “Beware of the Ides of March”. But since most of us do not live in Rome and since the Roman Empire no longer exists, just enjoy your day. (Unless you have a friend named Marcus)

How to celebrate – Throw a Roman New Years party. Pretend to be Julius Caesar. Visit Rome.

January 17th Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

Are you still honoring those New Year’s Resolutions you made last year? Well, it’s time to lose them! Most people haven’t made it this far so why be the exception, join the crowd. I mean, they were well intended and all but did you really mean them? Sure they sounded great when you made them, it no doubt impressed everyone around you and your family members but come on, we all know you weren’t going to keep them so get over them!

Last year, I had forgotten the New Year’s resolution by the 17th anyway! I think it may have been to take memory lessons. Things like making a resolution to lose weight and such just backfire anyway, in fact any resolution normally means to think about it all the time so you only bring the action to mind constantly.

That’s why diets normally don’t work because people tend to think about all the foods they can’t have instead of the foods they can. When that becomes a constant thought, and craving, then you are bound to break your diet. So when you make a New Year’s resolution you are actually doing the same thing, bringing the issue to the front of your thoughts rather than burying them where you don’t even think about it at all.

So just give up that resolution and move on with your life. It really doesn’t matter anyway, unless of course it’s to become a brain surgeon or something. 

How to celebrate – Try to remember the resolution you made on New Years. Forget the resolution you made on New Years. Make a resolution not to make a resolution next year.

July 14th National Pandemonium Day

It’s nice to know that there is a day we can anticipate where anything can happen and it probably will, Pandemonium Day. It’s a good thing today is in July because if it was in December we would expect it and then it wouldn’t be pandemonium!

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Of course, whether we expect it or not, pandemonium can still exist! It can happen in a moment when a dozen kids get together, a high school class is suddenly reunited or a baseball team parent doesn’t like the call an umpire made. I guess the good thing about pandemonium is that it can be a happy event or a sad one. I guess that is what separates pandemonium from a riot!

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I guess when it gets dangerous, it’s a riot. However, a dozen kids can get dangerous, at least to the adults that are supposed to be watching them! (I’ve been there) There are some good things that can come out of pandemonium. How well you handle it, whether you get drawn into it or if you can take control when all control seems lost.

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I’m not sure how to enjoy or celebrate a day like Pandemonium Day (Gee, how many times can I use the word pandemonium in a single blog). Do you start it? Stop it? Watch it? I think sometimes just identifying it for what it is… chaos, lack of control, actions beyond reason… makes you a winner.

How to celebrate – Get up, eat breakfast and go back to bed. Make sure where ever you go take aspirin with you. If you see a crowd gathering… run away from it!