Let’s face it. Some days just cry out for creativity. Aside from the more popular holidays, like Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, the merry month of May is brimming with reasons to celebrate.
What April Fool’s Day is to clowns, the month of May is to bibliophiles.
May 3rd: Make a Book Day*
I’ve found several other days cited for making books also, including May 1st, but this one lands on Kite Day as well as Paranormal Day. So, take from that what you will. Perhaps make a book about possessed kites?
May 4th: Free Comic Book Day (first Saturday in May)
This day may possibly be the busiest holiday for my family, since we make a point of hitting as many comic books stores as we can. Participating stores give away copies of special edition comics printed just for the ‘holiday’, often with people dressing up as their favorite characters. And in addition to getting free stuff (who doesn’t love that?), it’s usually a great way to find new stores to haunt.
May 4th: Star Wars Day (In Los Angeles, May 25th in honor of the 1977 release of Star Wars)
May the Fourth be with you. Honestly, I didn’t make up the pun, but many bookstores hold special Star Wars themed events on this day(s). Why not take advantage?
May 5th: Cartoonist’s Day
Need I say more?
May 9th: Peter Pan Day
Celebrate the birthday of author James Barrie, creator of the beloved children’s classic, by indulging your inner child. Peter Pan can be downloaded free of charge courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Do you believe in fairies?
May 12th: Limerick Day (Edward Lear‘s birthday)
Read one or write some of your own!
May 14th: George Lucas Born
Have a cake or design a birthday themed story for the creator of Star Wars!
May 15th: L. Frank Baum
Read one of the Oz books or watch one of the movies; indulge your inner child… or maybe a child you know.
May 18th: O. Henry Pun Day
Hosted every May at the O. Henry Museum in Austin, Texas, the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships feature punsters celebrating world play. Even if you aren’t in Texas, you can engage in a some of “the lowest and most groveling kind of wit (according to John Dryden).” Tweet, blog, or post your most witty and/or obnoxious homonyms and double entendres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a little PUN and games?***
May 22: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Write a story, read one, indulge in some creative analytic thinking, or just call everyone ‘My dear, Watson,’ all day. But be sure to remember that this talented author wrote more than just the beloved Sherlock Holmes stories. The creator of this incredibly logical character was a spiritualist, but he also wrote The Lost World and a wealth of other adventure stories.
May 25th: Towel Day
Towel Day is a fan created holiday to honor the late author, Douglas Adams. In his famous series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a towel is cited as being the most important thing an intersteller hitchhiker should never be without, so fans proudly wear a towel and/or take pictures of themselves with their towels, to show their love of a great series and a wonderful author.
May 25th: Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
I’ve never celebrated this particular holiday, having only recently discovered it, but I love this. Such notable institutions as Think Geek and Wired magazine have honored this day in the past, so be sure to look for cool stuff from them, or maybe just subscribe to a podcast like The Functional Nerds!** Nerdfighters.com is also a cool place for nerds to hang out and play.*****
May 31st: Walt Whitman’s Birthday
The author of Leaves of Grass left behind a poetic legacy. Honor the day of his birth by reading or listening to some of his work or creating some free verse poetry of your very own.****
Obviously, the reason that May is such a merry month for writers is the abundance of days to celebrate both our literary and cultural diversity. Be sure to keep something on you to catch your overflowing creativity. Go forth, grab a towel and a free comic, and celebrate to your heart’s content!
*Many of these holidays have different dates depending on the source, so I can’t attest to how “official” they are. However, do you really need an “official” reason to do something fun?
**In the interest of full disclosure, I do write book reviews for the Functional Nerds website, though I stand behind my recommendation. Their shows are always fun and entertaining.
***I had to do it.
****Both the text and audio of Leaves of Grass can be downloaded free of charge from Project Gutenberg as well as ManyBooks.net. I often turn to both these valuable resources for free ebooks.
*****Editor Estrella Azul couldn’t help but add this website to the nerdy mix.