My niece sent me email. Let’s meet for coffee and celebrate Aunts’ Day. What a splendid idea! We ought to launch it, worldwide. Surely there wasn’t a special day for aunts already, an international observance?
I dived into the amazing world of the internet. Did you know that there are over two hundred days a year when something or other is being internationally observed? I did some analysis on them and divided them into different categories.
By far the most observancies are in the area of society and culture (44). Then come human rights and social justice (38); health (and diseases) and well-being (24) and environment (20); various days of remembering (16); business (12); occupations (10); disabilities (10); science (8); food (6); politics, animal rights and language all have four observancies. Approximately. And some of these days could just as well fall into some other category, this classification is just based on the name of the day, I didn’t look in deeper.
Does this reflect something about our society? If things are well in society and culture you’d think that somehow balances grievances in the human rights department, and grievances there are. Or? What does it take for something or someone to get a whole day for themselves, like firefighters (4 May) and midwives
(5 May)? How about sake a(1 Oct) and tripe (24 Oct)? Eggs (Oct)? UFO (2 July)?
How are these days, well, defined? Who decided let’s celebrate International Customs Day (26 January)? Are there cases where someone says listen, we’re sorry we can’t give you money for your worthy cause, but how about international observancy? A special day just for you!
Now don’t get me wrong. All these special days are worth stopping to think why they’re celebrated. They are all good and worthy causes.
The most interesting observancies are in society and culture. Probably the most intriguing is the Towel Day which is celebrated on 25 May as a tribute to Douglas Adams, who wrote The Htichhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Apparently a towel is the most useful thing hitchhikers can have with them. Makes sense, I suppose. It has many uses.
Aunts’ Day would be in the category of various days of remembering and celebrating according to my classification. With women, mothers, parents, children, widows, fathers, friendship, older persons and men. No aunts in there yet. No uncles either, for that matter. Cousins? Sibs?
As there isn’t a specific day of observance for aunts, we can celebrate it any time. And as often as we like. Now, how about another cinnamon roll? And next time we’ll make it a picnic to a nearby island so we can soak our feet in the sea.
I'm Piisa and I will be sharing with you my thoughts on this and that, maybe even on whatever.