Who doesn’t love holidays? “Real” ones give us the perfect time to not work without playing hooky. But who wants to stick to Hallmark holidays when there are many landmark days that geeks can celebrate in our own special way?
Some geek holidays such as May the 4th are known by everyone, but there are many other (perhaps more obscure) days that need highlighting in my opinion. If you want to be in the know, here is a geek holiday calendar for your reference.
Mark your calendars, boys and girls, and plan your celebrations well ahead of time.
Geek Holiday Calendar
Wikipedia Day – January 15: On January 15, 2001, Wikipedia went public, hence the special day.
Apple Computer Day – January 25: The very first Macintosh was introduced by Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984. The change in the commemoration date can’t be explained, however. Still, if you’re an Apple fanboy/fangirl, this is the day to look forward to.
Winter-een-mas – January 26-31: This week-long holiday is for gamers. The holiday is attributed to the author/illustrator of the webcomic Ctrl+Alt+Del, Tim Buckley. Learn more about how to celebrate here.
Darwin Day – February 12: For admirers of Charles Darwin and his work, this is the day to remember him. You can thank Dr. Robert Stephens, who motivated the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley to initiate an annual Darwin Day Celebration in 1995; Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, who similarly organized annual Darwin Day events at the University of Tennessee beginning in 1997; and Amanda Chesworth, who joined Stephens to officially incorporate the Darwin Day Program in New Mexico in 2000 for this holiday.
Pi Day – March 14: One of the more popular geek holidays, Pi Day is the day when you can show off how many digits of Pi you memorize. Alternatively, bake some pie and eat it, too.
Tolkien Reading Day – March 25: Launched in 2003, Tolkien Reading Day is the holiday to skip work and spend all day reading your favorite works of Tolkien. Better yet, spend time with your Tolkien-loving friends. If you’re up to it, organize your own event for the day.
DNA Day – April 25: This day celebrates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin published their paper on the structure of the DNA.
Morse Code Day – April 27: This is dedicated to Samuel Morse, who was born on this day in 1791. If you don’t know Morse Code, why not make it a challenge to learn it on this day. If you do, why don’t you make up games using Morse Code with your friends?
Star Wars Day – May 4: Another really popular geek holiday…May the 4th be with you. Fun fact: The phrase dates back to at least 1979, on the day Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first woman prime minister. Her party took out a newspaper ad in the London Evening News that said “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.”
Geek Pride Day – May 25: Wear your geek loud and proud on this day. Make sure to visit ThinkGeek for great deals, and more importantly, organize something to celebrate your geek.
Towel Day – May 25: Even if you’re not going interstellar traveler, always know where your towel is. You know where this holiday comes from.
National Paper Airplane Day – May 26: Because paper airplanes are fun! Obviously, this is the day when you have all the excuse you need to make all the paper airplanes you want – and throw them at anyone.
Tau Day – June 28: Pi Day may be more popular, but Tau Day is fast gaining its followers. The premise is that Pi is wrong. Feeling outraged? Read the Tau Manifesto by Michael Hartl. It might destroy all you’ve ever believed in. You’ve been warned. (You can still make pie on this day, I think.)
World UFO Day – July 2: The truth is out there. Celebrate your belief by joining other UFO enthusiasts on this day. Learn more on what to do on this holiday here.
Pi Approximation Day – July 22: Another excuse to eat pie…July 22 = 22/7. That’s 3.142857. An approximation of Pi.
System Administrator Appreciation Day – July 31: Sys ads, this is your day. Users, be nice.
International Beer Day – August 5: Raise your glass, and make sure you have a taste of all the fine beers of the world – well, what you can find.
You’ll need to read these to plan your celebration:
Google Commemoration Day – September 7: Love or hate Google, you can’t deny how many times the search engine has saved your butt. Give it some love on this day.
Programmer’s Day – September 13: Programmers, you are not unloved. This day is for you. Go and do something outside without your computers.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19: Talking like a pirate is fun. Period.
Software Freedom Day – September 19: Celebrate software freedom with like-minded individuals around the world. Learn how to here.
Hobbit Day – September 22: Because it’s not enough to celebrate reading Tolkien’s work, we have Hobbit Day. Dress like a hobbit. Eat like a hobbit. Remember to greet Bilbo and Frodo happy birthday.
Batman Day – September 26: Because Batman.
Ask a Stupid Question Day – September 28: Why?
Marty McFly Day – October 21: We all know this one. October 21, 2015 is the date Marty is supposed to “return” to the future. Lots of arguments surround this date, but the holiday is set.
Ada Lovelace Day – 2nd Tuesday of October: Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Learn more here.
Computer Security Day – November 30: No nerd doesn’t have an excellent security setup to make sure his data is kept safe. This is the day to take things to the next level and actually celebrate computer security. Or change your password. Learn more here.
Day of the Ninja – December 5: Who doesn’t want to be a ninja? This holiday may have been created in response to Talk Like a Pirate day, but they are both cool in my book. So go out there and show off your ninja skills before the Christmas frenzy starts.