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Mad Hatter Day
According to legend, a computer programmer in the 1980s noticed the numbers “10/6” on a sign in the Mad Hatter’s hat in the original illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and a holiday was born. While the numbers almost certainly did not indicate a date, the programmers ran with it nonetheless. Oct. 6 is now considered a day to celebrate the inherent silliness in life.
- English Tea Party
- Poets & Authors Party, Heroes & Villains Party
Halloween is celebrated around the world, with most festivities including costume parties, apple-bobbing, watching scary movies and trick-or-treating. The holiday has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Nov. 1 was named All Saints’ Day, a day to honor saints and martyrs. The night before All Saints’ Day became known as All Hallows’ Eve, and was later renamed Halloween.
- Poets & Authors Party, Murder Mystery, Pirate Party, Zombies!, Gangsters & Dolls
Guy Fawkes Day
Guy Fawkes Day, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, commemorates the Gunpowder Plot of Nov. 5, 1605, a secret plan to overthrow the king of England by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. One of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes, was caught before this could happen, and became the face of the conspiracy. The British to this day celebrate the foiling of the plot with bonfires and fireworks, and often the burning of a Fawkes effigy.
- Guy Fawkes Party
Thanksgiving in the U.S. became an annual celebration starting in 1863, but the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated much earlier by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. Today, turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving table, and the holiday is considered the biggest day of the year for food consumption in the U.S.
Square Dance Day
Whether you practice “traditional” square dancing in your region’s particular style, or “modern” square dancing, today is a great day to get out there and do-si-do with your partner. Don’t know how to square dance? Well, what better day to learn? Square-dancing groups are located all over the country and welcome newcomers.
- Barn Dance Party