Photos: 8 offbeat days with unusual themes observed worldwide

Updated: 30 June, 2016 14:47 IST
  • World Sauntering Day
    Created in 1979 by W.T. Rabe in response to the growing popularity of jogging at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch at 660 feet (200 m). Sauntering is a verb, which means to walk slowly, preferably with a joyful disposition. It is observed on June 19 annually and even on on August 28 in some places.
  • Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
    The day was the brainchild of an American woman named Florence Rappaport from Rochester, New York. A mother of six children, she came up with the idea to entertain her children, who were complaining that it was too cold to anything. Her children introduced it to friends while in college, and the tradition began to spread across the world thanks to Florence's grandchildren, who have traveled extensively. Celebrations have been recorded in Nepal, Namibia, Germany, New Zealand and Honduras. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is officially celebrated on the first Saturday of February.
  • World Laughter Day
    Observed on the first Sunday of May each year, the first celebration was on January 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. It is most often celebrated by gatherings of people in public places with the sole purpose of laughing and has now spread to 105 countries.
  • International No Diet Day
    International No Diet Day (INDD) also known as No Diet Day is observed annually on May 6 to promote a healthy life style with a focus on health at any size and in raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success. Originally intended to be a UK-based National No Diet Day, founder Mary Evans Young was inspired to make it into an international observance after International Clear Your Desk Day was declared. It's the same day as her birthday.
  • International Masturbation Day
    Observed annually on May 28 every year, it was first declared by a firm specialising in sex toys on May 14, 1995 in honor of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders (pictured), who was fired by President Bill Clinton for suggesting masturbation be part of the sex education curriculum for students; she was terminated on December 9, 1994. International Masturbation Day has since been expanded to include the entire month of May as International Masturbation Month. Pic/YouTube
    Created in 2000 as a parody holiday by Derek Arnold, a user on the US-based general-interest community weblog Metafilter, it is observed biannually on October 22, March 30 and June 28. The third observation on June 28 was added by Arnold in memory of late American TV sales pitchman Billy Mays.
  • International Bacon Day
    First conceived in Bedford, Massachusetts in 2000 it's an unofficial American holiday, observed since 2009 on the Saturday before Labor Day. Bacon day celebrations typically include social gatherings during which participants create and consume dishes containing bacon, including bacon-themed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and drinks.
  • International Chocolate Day
    According to the U.S. National Confectioners Association, it is celebrated every year on September 13 to mark the birthday of Milton S. Hershey, an American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and the "company town" of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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Today is World Sauntering Day, observed with an objective of reminding people to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. On this occasion, we look at days with unusual and offbeat themes and objectives celebrated around the world...

First Published: 19 June, 2016 08:36 IST