I don’t know how it is in other countries, but the United States has a holiday in every month. January has two, New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Day. Rather ironic that we close the schools to honor a man who was all about education, but there you go. February, the shortest month has several holidays. There’s Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s birthday, which isn’t celebrated so much anymore. There’s Valentine’s Day; George Washington’s Birthday, which is also not celebrated much anymore; and of course, President’s Day.
March has St. Patrick’s Day and sometimes Easter. April has Easter most of the time, but this year, has no holiday. I do not count Tax Day as a holiday. May has Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. June just has Father’s Day. July has the Fourth of July, a noisy holiday. Poor August never has a holiday. September has Labor Day, which most people have off. October has Halloween. November has thanksgiving and Black Friday, if you want to call it a holiday. December has Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Personally, I think we need a dedicated holiday in both April and August. Those are the two that don’t have a holiday, well this year anyway. As I said, April sometimes has Easter, but this year that’s in March. Next year, Easter will be in April. That’s why I specified a dedicated holiday for April and August. We could have Rain Day in April where we celebrate the rain that waters our crops – except that doesn’t fall everywhere. Perhaps Spring Day would be a better choice where we celebrate the renewal of life. That would work for me, how about you?
August is tougher. Perhaps we could have Lazy Day in August. That would be a day to kick back, relax and, well, be lazy. I could go for that. Just one day where you don’t have to do anything but whatever you want to do. I don’t think I would be alone in wanting something like that.
Holidays are breaks in the routine and that’s important. They give you time to recharge your energy and face the daily grind. An unrelieved daily grind will grind you down to nothing. That is a Thing To Be Avoided. Play with your kids. They grow up and move out too fast. Sometimes we get so caught up in making a living, we forget to actually live.
So make a holiday in April this year. Call it whatever you want, just take a day and go play. Go to the movies. Have a picnic – even if you have to do it indoors. Do the same in August. Take a Lazy Day and relax. Break the grind before it breaks you.