March is not just a time for green beer and shamrocks; it's also a celebration of oatmeal nut waffles, staplers and plumbing. Take a second and really think about this: have you ever actually had an oatmeal nut waffle? Or heard of one? You're not alone.
Nevertheless, according to National Day Calendar, Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day commemorates the "healthier version of the classic waffle." The utility of this day remains to be seen.
The existence of this obscure holiday and others like it only detract from more legitimate holidays...like National Pancake Day.
Every new day is worth celebrating, so why not attach specific items or experiences to each calendar day to show your gratitude? Plus, some of these holidays do have utility. National Fill Our Staplers Day occurs twice a year right after daylight savings–it's that time of year to check the batteries in your smoke detectors AND the staplers on your desk. You're welcome in advance.
Plus, we'd be lost without National Napping Day. Everyone needs to recharge, and what better reason to ask your boss for the rest of the day off than reminding them that you are only observing a nation-wide holiday in doing so? These holidays are a win-win for everyone.
In truth, most of these days aren't there just to make you happy or inspire you to spend a few extra minutes thinking about your sea monkey experiment as a child–they're marketing ploys. According to Chron:
All one has to do to register the special day is send an application to the people at the National Day Calendar website. Right now the site is so bogged down with requests for recognition that its only accepting applications from companies and organizations.
The build-up to a National Day, Week or Month is great. News stories, increase in product sales, fundraising opportunities for non-profits, top of mind awareness and much more can be generated annually.
Whether you're eating your oatmeal nut waffles today or not, some company wants you to. And that makes each of these holidays a little less sweet.
Fear not–not all holidays were inspired by capitalism. National Napping Day was created by a professor and his wife in order to promote healthy sleep habits. Pi Day on March 14 simply celebrates a transcendental number with all manner of round foods. You just can't get more innocent and worthy of celebration than that.