Our Six Favorite Fictional Holidays
This week was already packed with made-up holidays. The geek quadrant of the Internet (and yes, this includes us) celebrated international Star Wars Day—May the Fourth (be with you). And the minor Mexican holiday celebrating a victorious battle over the French has become National Eat a Burrito and Drink Corona Day in the U.S., thanks to clever marketing from our beverage and food service industries. Taking this a step further, today we celebrate our favorite holidays from the worlds of fiction.
6. Clam Day
Source: Family Guy
Why it’s great: Quohog’s annual celebration of clams and clams alike features the famed half-man/half-clam sideshow attraction and other clam-themed fun and games. Of course, the great man-beast was later revealed to simply be actress Kim Cattrall sitting cross-legged.
5. Colonial Day
Source: Battlestar Galactica
Why it’s great: In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Colonial Day celebrates the the signing of the Articles of Colonization. During the show’s course, it’s on this day that President Laura Roslin institutes the Quorum of Twelve, a step in the direction of returning the colonies to order.
4. Verdukian Holiday of Mouth Pleasures
Source: 30 Rock
Why it’s great:What to do when you don’t want to participate in the holiday tradition of Secret Santa? Invent your own holiday, one that requires sausage pizzas, bowls of meat, and of course a blonde virgin equipped with a packet of dental floss.
3. Unification Day
Why it’s great: The day marking the Alliance’s victory and the unification of the planets. We would never actually celebrate Unification Day, except, of course, by stirring up trouble in Alliance watering holes, Browncoat style.
Why it’s great: Futurama also boasts the fantastic Freedom Day, in which, as Amy would say, “If you wanna do something, you do it, and to spleckh with the consequences.” But our favorite holiday from the year 3000 comes by way of our old pal Bender. Robanukah is a time-honored celebration and supposedly the “holiest two weeks on the robot calendar.” Who cares that it was entirely fabricated by Bender as a means of getting out of work.
Why it’s great: It’s a Festivus for the rest of us. Frank Constanza’s alternative to Christmas features such awesome traditions as the airing of grievances and the feats of strength. That’s a holiday we can get behind. Besides, What else are we going to do with our Festivus pole?