7 Weird, Exciting Holidays Celebrated Every November
by Jace Amodo, November 13, 2019 1:46pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Good things come in threes because most of us get to enjoy three holidays this November. We're talking about All Saint's Day (1st), All Souls Day (2nd), and Bonifacio Day (30th). Further, the Philippines this month puts a spotlight on Environmental Awareness, Filipino Values, Rice Awareness, Book Development, Filipino Children, and more.
Like how we've welcomed the upcoming month in the past, these observances, though without a presidential proclamation, deserves a mark on our calendars:
Nov 8. Tongue Twister Day
Tongue twisters’ difficulty to articulate had proven to be one of the best parlor games in the world. Not only are these tongue twisters fun, but they also exercise the tongue for better diction and overall speech, regardless of the nonsensical mix of words some phrases possess. Go ahead, say it: Ang relo ni Leroy ay Rolex.
Nov 11. Origami Day
Unfold the origamist in you and honor the ancient Japanese art of folding square pieces of paper to form mundane objects and what-have-you. Treat it as a therapeutic time and observe as your stress from life and work [dramatic pause] wither away.
Nov 12. Young Readers Day
Celebrated every second Tuesdays of November, Young Readers Day is an important holiday for children and their guardians alike. Remember the young homeless boy doing his homework on the streets? May we go beyond encouraging a habit of reading and support the underprivileged children.
Nov 16. Fast Food Day
Consider this day a cheat day and celebrate by eating in fast-food restaurants from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Just keep in mind that a cheat day isn’t a cheat day if you do it on a regular basis.
Nov 18. Push-button Phone Day
Though push-button phones fall under the category of which cassette tapes and film cameras belong to, many stores in Manila still have this antiquated telephone. Take out that old phone collecting dust in your garage and it may just take you back to your childhood when life was simpler.
Nov 21. World Hello Day
Oh! Hello, stranger. I hope you're well because we'd love you to be part of this holiday, which is created to make a difference and promote global peace. With all that's happening in the world right now, would you rather stay neutral or voice your concerns for world peace, starting from a modest greeting?
Nov 28. Red Planet Day
What's the seventh-largest planet, visible to the naked eye, and gets its name from Ares, the God of War? It's planet Mars aka the "Red Planet." Most of us grew up to the findings that in the event of a crisis that permanently dooms the Earth, Mars could be our next home. Raise your anticipation by reading more about the planet, joining an astronomy club, or even rewatching films like Ridley Scott's The Martian (2015).
When the -ber months set in, the Christmas Season often takes all the attention, neverminding its preceding period. With all the abovementioned quirky holidays, the month of November deserves far more than we give it credit for, don't you think?