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There’s always a reason to celebrate: A look at the world of unusual holidays

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Anything can be a reason to celebrate.

Today is Curling is Cool Day, Digital Learning Day, Single-Tasking Day, National Chili Day, and Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day. And these are just a few of hundreds of examples of unusual holidays observed throughout the year. This hour we learn all about these unusual holidays and how they’re created. We discover why some people find joy in celebrating these days, and we talk with the creators of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, National Grammar Day, and Find Your Inner Nerd Day.


  • Marlo Anderson: Founder of the National Day Calendar
  • John Baur: Co-founder of International Talk Like a Pirate Day 
  • Martha Brockenbrough: Author, teacher, and creator of National Grammar Day
  • Holly McGuire: Editor-in-chief of Chase’s Calendar of Events
  • Beth Ziesenis: Author, speaker, and founder of Find Your Inner Nerd Day

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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