Celebrate National Hobby Month doing the things you love! Maybe you're an artist who enjoys painting landscapes. Perhaps you're an avid hiker who wants to hit every trail across the country. No matter what you like, this is the month to indulge in all of your interests!
Black History Month’s origins date back to 1926. Back then, the second week of February was designed to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of African-American men and women. The week-long celebration evolved into the whole month in February 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford first recognized it as Black History Month.
February is the month most people associate with love and happily ever after. In fact, 10% of engagements in the United States happen during this month. Of course, these lovestruck couples are feeling the magnetic power of Valentine's Day. No wonder February is National Weddings Month!
Embroidery has definitely evolved over the course of time. The technique started by hand during ancient civilizations, but soon became modernized with machines in the Industrial Revolution. Take the time to appreciate this age-old craft of embroidery with National Embroidery Month. Add a design to an old blanket or just spend some quality time with your grandmother and learn a new skill!
Don’t confuse an umbrella and a parasol during this month. Umbrellas are used to shield the rain away while parasols are strictly used to block the sun! Pick up an umbrella on those rainy days in March and appreciate the waterproof material that keeps you nice and dry!
Nearly 68 million people volunteered during the spring of 2017, according to Statista. Be a part of the group and donate your time today to help the local charities in your community. Not only are you helping people, but you'll have a good boost of positivity all month long!
According to the American Psychological Association, the most common causes of stress in the United States are: the future of the country, money, work, politics, and violence/crime. Take some time for yourself and forget about these issues during Stress Awareness Month! Do some yoga, play some video games, do anything you need to unwind.
Since 1999, the month of May is dedicated to recognizing and honoring current and former U.S. Military Members. During the appreciation month, there are six holidays that are observed in the Members’ honor: Loyalty Day, Public Service Recognition Week, Victory in Europe Day (the end of World War II), Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.
Since 1998, we’ve been celebrating the outdoors in June. But it was only for a week! Now, we have Great Outdoors Month. Celebrate by going out and visiting many of the State and National Parks the U.S. has to offer. If you can’t get to one of those parks, just soak up the fresh air in your own backyard.
New Year’s Day was first celebrated in 45 BC after Julius Caesar changed the calendar. This holiday fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, but it was reestablished in 1582 by the Roman church. This was the first time we ever celebrated a leap year, which have since happened every four years.
The average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for papers on a messy desk. Imagine how much work doesn’t get done throughout the day! A functional, well-organized workspace can do wonders for your productivity and sanity. Take a moment and celebrate this holiday by organizing and cleaning off your desk.
National Shop for Travel Day is an excuse for every keen traveler to stuff their suitcase. Of course, you don't want to go too crazy when packing. More than half of travelers won’t even bother weighing their luggage at the baggage claim. Pack only the essentials and enjoy your vacation!
In 2017, a company’s average marketing budget was 11.3% of revenue. Don’t be afraid to set aside some more money to help the whole department celebrate National Marketing Day! Get some pizza or brand new personalized pens to celebrate the occasion. Everyone in your office will think it’s worth it, especially the marketing department.
Going to the local pharmacy to pick up your prescription? Celebrate your clean bill of health on National Pharmacist Day! Make sure you take an extra second to give your heartfelt appreciation to your pharmacists as we celebrate all they do in patient care.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States since 1986 to honor his truly inspirational and pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement. It’s observed on the third Monday in January. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make it an official federal holiday in 1983.
We celebrated National Handwriting Day for the first time in 1977. It was founded by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association to re-discover the power of handwriting. January 23rd is also John Hancock’s birthday, by no coincidence! Instead of writing an email signature today, sign your name with a fountain pen to celebrate.
Mix up the dull work day and smile on National Have Fun at Work Day! Grab lunch with your office mates, draw caricatures of each other, play video games in the break room, or even have an arm wrestling tournament. Just do something fun! Happy employees are 12% more productive than everyone else!
National Get Up Day is a new holiday in America. U.S. Figure Skating founded it in 2017 to help people share stories of inspiration and perseverance in all aspects of life, even if they aren't skilled on the ice. The holiday serves as a reminder to continue to work hard at reaching your goals, despite setbacks.
The ancient people of Egypt, Greece, and China were among the first to use simple versions of umbrellas for sun protection 4,000 years ago. However, credit for an umbrella that is actually waterproof goes to China. Sing in the rain, splash in the puddles, and celebrate the rainy season during Umbrella Day!
The Story Behind National Clean Out Your Computer Day
The Institute for Business Technology founded National Clean Out Your Computer Day in 2000. The holiday’s goal is to help people organize the files on their computers and to delete old, unnecessary documents. The celebration of National Clean Out Your Computer Day is scheduled to happen on the second Monday in February every year.
There are various stories about who St. Valentine was and what he did, all depicting him as a martyr. Valentine’s Day itself, according to one story, began in 270 A.D. on the anniversary of St. Valentine’s death. Of course, the holiday is far from gloom and doom and is now a celebration of two people's love for one another.
The inaugural Presidents’ Day occurred in honor of George Washington’s birthday the year after his death. President Rutherford B. Hayes made it an official federal holiday in 1879. It was then moved to the third Monday in February in 1971 to honor all U.S. Presidents.
The majority of households in the United States have a pet. That’s 85 million or 68% of the houses in the country! This means there are a lot of pets out there to appreciate. Spend some extra time with your furry friends today in honor of National Love Your Pet Day.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 5 million retail jobs in the United States in 2016. Take a moment and appreciate each one of those people you come into contact whenever you go shopping. After all, working retail is not for the faint of heart and requires a lot of patience.
Since 1955, people have been celebrating Employee Appreciation Day thanks to Bob Nelson and his publishing company. Nelson and Workman Publishing created the holiday to recognize employees in every industry. No matter the business, the people on the job are a company’s most important assets. Businesses wouldn’t be able to function without them!
Not only is packing your lunch for work or school a healthier option than eating out, but it can save you money! According to the Huffington Post, if you cut eating out once a week, you could save $572. If you cut eating out three times a week, you could save a little over $1,700 a year!
National Napping Day was founded in 1999 by William Anthony, Ph.D., who was a professor at Boston University. It was created due to Daylight Savings Time. After Daylight Savings Time, people are more likely to nap since the clocks spring forward an hour. Go ahead, take a nap. You won’t regret it!
St. Patrick’s Day began in 1631 to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland (St. Patrick) who became a priest in Ireland and converted people into Christians. When he became a priest, the Church assigned him the shamrock symbol. It’s no surprise then that we still associate the shamrock with St. Patrick’s Day today!
Go out and adopt a puppy today! You can also volunteer at an animal shelter or hug your puppy a little tighter on National Puppy Day. Colleen Paige, Pet and Home Lifestyle Expert and author, started the holiday in 2006 to raise awareness and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.
There are 29.6 million small businesses in the United States, which means there are a lot of people to appreciate! Support the hardworking people of your local Mom & Pop shops today. Show them they’re an integral part of your community by shopping at their stores or telling them thanks for all they do for the community.
The first Doctors Day was a local event in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a docto. sent out cards to current doctors and placed flowers on the graves of doctors that had passed away in remembrance of their work. It became a national holiday in 1991, courtesy of President George H.W. Bush.
March 30th wasn’t when the pencil was invented, but it is when it got its eraser! On this day in 1858, Hymen Lipman received the patent for putting an eraser at the end of a pencil. From pre-school to college, the pencil and eraser combo has helped all of us fix our writing mistakes.
This holiday isn't just about chocolate bunnies, colorful eggs, squishy marshmallows, and jelly beans. Easter is actually the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It’s celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon of the vernal equinox (sometime between March 22 and April 25).
In 1987, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports founded National Student-Athlete Day. The holiday recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. If you know someone that’s a student-athlete, whether it’s K-12 or college, tell them to keep up the good work!
National Love Our Children Day was created by Love Our Children USA, a non-profit organization fighting to prevent neglect and violence towards children. The first time this holiday was celebrated was in 2004. It now falls on the first Saturday in April every year. To celebrate, do something fun with your children or volunteer at a local children’s charity.
Customers are what keep every business alive. Without them, your company would get nowhere fast, and they deserve to be celebrated! On every third Thursday of each quarter, celebrate Get to Know Your Customers Day by taking the time to learn more about your company’s great and regular visitors.
Amidst the Vietnam War protests and just before the oil crisis of 1973, Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, was inspired to create a movement that focused on cleaning up the environment. This movement evolved into Earth Day in 1970. Ever since, people around the world are focused on keeping Earth clean for generations to come.
According to the ASPCA, 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year. So, let’s make that number continue to grow! If you’re looking to add a pet to your family, adopt from your local shelter. Adopting from shelters will not only change the animal's life, but your life as well.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates General Ignacio Zaragoza and the Mexican army’s victory against General Charles Latrille de Lorencez and the French army in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. This victory is completely unrelated to Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16th). The French had decided to attack Puebla de Los Angeles in Mexico, but ended up retreating after losing 500 soldiers. The Mexican forces only lost 100 troops.
National Nurses Day was originally proposed to be a holiday in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland, who worked at the U.S. Department of Health, but it never gained traction. It officially became recognized as a holiday by President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Congress in 1982. Show appreciation for all nurses who help people be healthy in every community.
National Packaging Design Day was founded in 2015 by Design Packaging, Inc. The holiday celebrates designers and their creativity when it comes to packaging products. The holiday promotes the social media sharing of different kinds of designs, concepts, and anything that has to do with package designs. If you have a favorite packaging design, then share it today!
The Story Behind National Teacher Appreciation Day
The first National Teacher Appreciation Day was in 1953, thanks to the efforts of Eleanor Roosevelt. Congress officially declared it a holiday on March 7, 1980. The date changed for Teacher Appreciation Day after Teacher Appreciation Week was established. The National Education Association (NEA) decided to make every Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week the official Teacher Appreciation Day.
The first organized Mother’s Day in the United States happened in May 1908 as Anna Jarvis created it to honor all the things mothers do for their children and their family. It became an official holiday in the U.S. in 1914 as President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as the day to celebrate.
Need to tell something to a lot of people in your office? You should leave a memo! Celebrate the power of spreading messages by either sending a mass email, sliding notes under doors, or leaving sticky notes in different designs on office doors. Get creative on this MEMO-rable day!
Do you need a reason to drink wine? Here’s one: it’s National Wine Day! Wine has been part of human culture for a long time. The oldest winery was found in Ancient Armenia and dates back to 4100 B.C.! The Ancient Egyptians used it in ceremonies around 3100 B.C., and the Greeks even created their own god of wine, Bacchus.
Memorial Day, previously called Decoration Day, was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 to honor those who had died in the Civil War. In 1971, Congress made Memorial Day a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May. Now, Memorial Day honors all of the men and women in the U.S. military who have died while protecting the country.
Bloke. Bro. Buddy. Dude. Friend. Homie. Pal. There are a lot of ways to call someone who is extremely close to you. That’s why there is National Bubba Day! It’s a day to honor anyone that falls into that has a special place in your heart. You don’t have to be blood-related to be considered family.
On June 10, 1943, the Hungarian inventor/journalist László Bíró filed the patent for his creation of the ballpoint pen. He created it because he wanted a writing utensil that had fast drying ink like newspaper ink. When you pick up a pen to write a note today, think of Bíró and how he changed generations of lives with his invention.
National Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in June each year. The basis of the holiday is to show children that adults are committed to their futures and want them to feel celebrated. People in the United States have been celebrating this holiday since the 1860s, which was before Mother’s Day and Father’s Day became holidays.
Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in 1972, but that wasn’t the first time it was celebrated. Sonora Smart Dodd and her five siblings were raised by a widower. She raised the support and awareness for a Father’s Day in Washington State. The first national celebration happened on June 19, 1910. Now, Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June.
It’s hard to believe the time telling has evolved from sundials to pocket watches to our cell phones. The sundial was used before 3500 B.C. in China and Egypt while the first pocket watch was made in 1505 by a German locksmith. It’s also disputed whether the wristwatch was created in 1810 or 1868.
Break out the shorts and tank tops, summer is here! Yes, it may have been warm already before June 21st, but the sun reaches its northernmost point from the Equator, so its rays hit Earth at a more direct angle which heats up our planet’s surface. It’s also the day of the year with the most hours of sunlight!
The average adult should drink six to eight glasses of water per day. National Hydration Day is a perfect reminder to do just that! Fuel up with water because it is literally the liquid that helps your body function efficiently and properly. You wouldn’t be here on Earth without water!
National Sunglasses Day isn’t just about celebrating your cool-looking shades. It’s about celebrating the protection sunglasses provide your eyes! The Vision Council wants to promote the importance of wearing UV-protective sunglasses as well as raise awareness for how sunglasses can protect long-term eye health. The future seems bright for this holiday!
Fire up the ol’ Twitter Machine, it’s Social Media Day! Mashable founded the celebration in 2010 to recognize social media’s huge impact on how we communicate around the world. All forms of social media have radically changed how we communicate with friends, family, and peers in all aspects and how we gather information in a relatively short amount of time.
The Fourth of July became an official federal holiday in 1941. Festivities would include the firing of cannons and the public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, the American Revolution continues to be celebrated with bright fireworks, great food, and patriotic parades.
The average American spends about 44 hours per week at their job. Are you one of those people? If you are, Workaholics Day is for you! You work hard all day, every day so take the day off work and relax because you’ve earned it.
Tape measures are nothing new society's toolbox. In fact, the ancient Romans used something similar as they marked strips of leather to measure various objects. The modern day tape measure was patented on July 14, 1868 by Alvin J. Fellows in Connecticut!
National Give Something Away Day promotes the donating of goods you no longer use, but are still in good condition. It can also be interpreted as paying for someone else’s meal or coffee. There are many ways to celebrate the day, but as long as you’re giving back, you’re participating!
Celebrate a good frozen treat in honor of National Ice Cream Day! Ice cream has been a popular sweet since Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. This summertime favorite came to America in the mid-1700s and was a favorite among influential figures like Thomas Jefferson.
The word emoji has its roots in Japan with “e” meaning picture and “moji” meaning character. The very first emoji was created in 1999 and was inspired by the symbols used in Japan’s written language. From updating your status to sending a text, communication wouldn't be the same without the winky face or eggplant emoji!
Enjoy a sugar rush and indulge in a tasty treat for National Lollipop Day! Introduced in 1908, this classic candy remains one of the top-selling hard candies in the United States. Today, you'll find sweet, colorful lollipops in candy stores and bank lobbies across the country!
Take the time to say a quick thanks to the nerds in the office. It’s System Administrator Appreciation Day! This national holiday honors the hardworking men and women who tell us to turn it off and on again
Startup Day Across America began in 2013 when entrepreneurship hit a record high. The goal was to introduce a day for networking, gaining business skills, and forming professional connections. This holiday celebrates hardworking small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country!
Pick up the bright crayons and a good old-fashioned coloring book for National Coloring Book Day! Coloring has been proven to relieve stress, foster self-awareness, and improve self-esteem. Feel free to embrace your inner kid at heart and get lost in the pages of a therapeutic coloring book.
Take the time to pick up a good book in honor of National Book Lovers Day! Good, old-fashioned paperback books are still flying off the shelves, even in a world of fancy e-readers. After all, there's nothing quite like an interesting page-turner when you're trying to relax.
In the U.S. alone, there are 85.8 million cats of all different breeds and personalities! Celebrate your furry friends on International Cat Day. Give them an extra treat or pet them a lot more than usual, whatever you need to do to show your appreciation for your beloved feline friend!
National Relaxation Day was created by a forward-thinking 9-year-old boy in 1985. This wise young man believed "people don’t think enough about relaxing.” Truer words have never been spoken! Listen to his quality advice and kick up your feet in honor of this tranquil holiday.
Support the over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the country on National Nonprofit Day. This holiday began by Sherita J. Herring of the K Foundation and has brought awareness to many worthy causes. Whether you make a donation or volunteer your time, there are plenty of nonprofits that need time and attention!
Every dog has its day thanks to Colleen Paige, creator of National Dog Day. Founded in 2004, this important holiday was designed to encourage adoption and bring attention to homeless canines. From the beginning, National Dog Day's had a pawsitive impact on doggie rights across the country!
Tailgating has always been a popular part of popular sporting events. Founded in 2016, National Tailgating Day is for the 35% of people who keep partying in the parking lot and never even enter the stadium. After all, game day isn't the same without a cold drink and barbeque!
Labor Day became an official holiday in 1894 after Grover Cleveland failed to break up a railroad strike. The timing was good since many new jobs emerged during the Industrial Revolution. The “working person’s holiday” has been observed in this country for over 100 years and is usually honored with an extra paid day off for the weekend.
Turn of the TV and take the time to pick up your favorite book in honor of National Read a Book Day! This bookworm's holiday is a chance for everyone to take a break from their phones and devices, sit back, relax, and get lost in the pages of a good story.
Give Memaw and Pops the love they deserve on Grandparent’s Day! There are 1.7 million new grandparents added to the population every year, all deserving to be celebrated. Whether you stop by to play cards or listen to their endless wisdom, there are plenty of great reasons to spend quality time with your grandparents.
Roll up your sleeves and pick up litter on the ground in honor of National Cleanup Day. By cleaning up trash, you could save marine life, wildlife, and keep Mother Earth beautiful. All it takes is every person to do their part and the world can be a much cleaner place!
Show the nerds and geeks some love on National IT Professionals Day! This holiday has been celebrated for less than five years, becoming a recognized celebration in March 2015. From hooking up your monitor to fixing viruses, there's no limit to what these heroes can do for a company!
American women own close to 10 million economy-boosting businesses in the country. These hardworking entrepreneurs deserve their moment in the spotlight every day, but especially on American Business Women's Day! This holiday has been celebrated since 1982 and was started by a professional network of hardworking women from diverse industries.
Oktoberfest has royal origins where it began in Munich to commemorate King Ludwig I’s marriage to Princess Therese. The festive celebration included an extravagant feast, dancing, and horse races. Since then, it has become the largest festival in the world and a good excuse to pick up a pint!
Coffee drinkers rejoice – there’s a day to celebrate your favorite warm beverage! National Coffee Day was first celebrated in 1983 in Japan and has since become an international event. People all over the world can celebrate by enjoying a good cup of joe or two (even three) in honor of this buzzworthy holiday!
National Techies Day originially began to get kids interested in technology and encourage their future careers. Celebrated since 1998, this holiday's for all ages and is more important now than ever in this digital world! It has evolved to become a day of celebrating the groundbreaking tech gadgets we use almost every day.
Play a full 18 holes in honor of National Golf Lover’s Day! The putting green has been popular since the 17th century, but has roots tracing all the way back to the Song Dynasty. Today, a good game of golf is popular for business meetings, catching up with friends, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Dedicated teachers all over the world deserve more than just an apple to know how much they're appreciated. World Teacher’s Day became a recognized celebration in 1994. This holiday is a great way to pay tribute to the finest in education and give them credit for all their hard work.
The Industrial Revolution may have been in the 19th century, but it took over 100 years for mass-production to be celebrated. Former president Barack Obama declared Manufacturing Day as a national holiday in 2014. The hope is that more and more young people will turn to a career in manufacturing and engineering.
National LED Light Day is a chance to add a bit of brightness to your calendar! The first LED lights were developed for General Electric in 1962 and were added to indicator lights and calculators. Today, they're popular for trendy home decor, flashlights, brake lights, and many other products.
Give your savings account some love andattention in honor of National Savings Day. The timing couldn’t be better seeing as how 26% of adults have no money set aside for emergencies! It's worth taking the time to budget to ensure you have the funds you need no matter what occurs.
A State Farm employee registered National Boss’s Day in 1958. This is a special day to give the head honchos the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. Whether you buy them movie tickets or make them their morning coffee, there are plenty of ways to show your boss how much they're appreciated.
Even if we don't want to admit it, most of us are all still kids at heart and have favorite toys from childhood. In fact, 4 in 10 adults still sleep with a lovable and huggable stuffed animal. Embrace your soft side in honor of Plush Animal Lover’s Day!
Halloween has roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain over 2,000 years ago! From there, people all over the world adopted the customs and traditions as their own. This fun holiday evolved over time into the spooktacular day of candy and costumes we know and love today.
Take a moment to breathe in honor of National Stress Awareness Day! The timing has never been better as 44% of Americans feel more stressed now than they did five years ago. You'll feel more productive if you take the time to kick up your feet on this relaxing holiday.
Veterans’ Day was originally called “Armistice Day” and was celebrated right after World War I. Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of this holiday in 1954 to recognize the soldiers who brought peace to our nation. Today, we salute all the hardworking men and women who proudly serve our country.
Caregivers account for over a quarter of the population in the United States. These hardworking, dedicated people go above and beyond to help those who need it most. This holiday is a chance to recognize their selfless devotion to caring for the ill, disabled, and elderly.
Show your customers how much they’re valued by doing something extra special for Customer Appreciation Day. It goes without saying you wouldn't be a successful business without your devoted customers. Whether you send handwritten notes or start a loyalty program, all your clients deserve to feel appreciated.
The very first official Thanksgiving meal was shared between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag tribe in 1621. However, it took over 200 years for Thanksgiving to become an official holiday in the United States. Today, this day of gratitude brings together family and friends over a delicious home-cooked meal.
The phrase “Black Friday” was first used in 1869 during the Industrial Revolution. Ironically, it applied to the crash of the U.S. gold market instead of a day dedicated to shopping. Today, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days in the country, with people lining up outside of stores to get their hands on the latest and greatest!
Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010. The goal was to encourage people to show their support for hardworking entrepreneurs. There are plenty of ways to celebrate small businesses, whether it's providing affordable marketing channels or visiting your local mom & pop shop.
Introduced in 2005, Cyber Monday is a day of staying in your pajamas to find money-saving doorbusters. After all, online shoppers deserve to go just as crazy as the mall dwellers for the holiday season! From free shipping to exclusive savings, there's no shortage of holiday gifts you can find on the internet.
Let's be honest, one day in November just isn't enough to celebrate the spirit of giving! There are plenty of ways to go above and beyond for Giving Tuesday. Organize a community cleanup, volunteer at a nonprofit, or buy someone coffee. Even the smallest act can make a major difference in the world!
Hanukkah, meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, is an eight day celebration of Jewish traditions and culture. The holiday was inspired by the miraculous lighting of the menorah that took place during a time of warfare and revolt. It remains a popular celebration of the Jewish heritage and triumph over religious persecution.
Luke and Maisie Knowles first started Free Shipping Day in 2008. The goal was to help online shoppers stay on budget and encourage them to turn to the internet for last-minute holiday presents. Ecommerce companies all over the world can go above and beyond by offering free shipping in honor of this national observance!
For good reason, National Flashlight Day is celebrated on the shortest day of the year! Since it gets darker earlier, people from all over the world turn to the always-reliable flashlight to get through the Winter Solstice. This bright holiday pays homage to this little celebrated, but often used household essential.
Even though Christmas Day typically gets the credit for the festive spirit of the season, many traditions and customs are practiced on the night before. People all over the world celebrate this holiday in different ways. For instance, Germany, Sweden, and Portugal all exchange their presents on Christmas Eve!
In all its merry spirit, Christmas Day has been a federal holiday since 1870. In the 19th century, people began to embrace the holiday as the seasonal festivity we know and love today. From mistletoes to classic carols, Christmas is widely recognized as the most wonderful time of the year!
Surprisingly, Kwanzaa is a fairly recent celebration that's less than 100 years old. Dr. Maulana Karenga created this food-centered holiday in 1966 with the goal of bringing African-Americans together as a community to welcome the harvest. This exciting holiday often includes rhythmic African drums, oral storytelling, and a traditional meal.
The celebration of the New Year dates all the way back to ancient Babylonia 4,000 years ago. Rather than watching a ball drop, the event was celebrated over 11 days and served as an observation of sovereign rule. Today, we celebrate with popping champagne and making well-intentioned resolutions!