Niche observances have taken over the calendar, encouraging people to buy pancakes on National Pancake Day, stop texting while driving during National Cell Phone Safety Month, or eat a prune breakfast during Eat A Prune Breakfast Month. These observances range from the bizarre (it’s National Underwear Day today) to the legitimate — Earth Day, Mothers Day, and National Secretary’s Day all got their start somewhere.
When time and celebrations are doled out democratically, how do we determine what’s worth celebrating? What are the best and worst of niche “holidays”? What’s legit and what’s just plain silly?
Megan Garber, staff writer at The Atlantic
Jono Alderson, founder of daysoftheyear.com
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