On Aug. 1, many observed National Girlfriend Day by posting photos of the special woman in their life on social media platforms.
Despite the word “national” in the title, the day is not a legitimate holiday because neither Congress nor a sitting president has officially made it a holiday.
Although it is not a national holiday, it should be viewed with the same respect and excitement. If people can celebrate Groundhog Day where a rodent gets scared of a shadow, then other more casual holidays should be celebrated— even if they are not legally acknowledged.
The purpose of National Girlfriend Day is to have fun and display your affection for the lucky lady you have.
It costs nothing to be happy and show off the girl who makes you happy. There are no reasons not to do so.
National Girlfriend Day is not the only example. There are a wide range of national days recognized by the public.
Popular others include National Boyfriend Day on Oct. 3, National Hotdog Day on July 19 and many more.
If a large enough audience acknowledges a date as having meaning and importance, then a holiday can be born. Not every important date on a calendar must be a federally mandated event with a long history or overly complicated backstory.
People might want a break from the usual holidays filling up typical calendars. Whether you believe there are too many of these national holidays or you are unfazed by their celebration, the existence of these made up holidays do not hurt anyone. Their celebration should not be stopped or prevented.
People will continue to gain joy from these fabricated holidays, and more holidays like them will continue to be added to calendars. Instead of ignoring these added national holidays and only recognizing federal holidays, try to join in on the festivities by finding one of these absurd holidays and celebrating it with friends or family.