It’s National WHAT Day?


Emily Walker, Cen10 News Reporter

If you are like most people you probably have noticed that every day has a national day attached to it, if not multiple. These days did not come out of nowhere, however, and as much as we can hope, national chocolate day (October 28) has not always been part of our history.

For years, the U.S. Congress was the only holiday factory but now anyone can make up a holiday. One individual stands out for the number of days she created and the stories that inspired them.

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith started marking up these holidays 30 years ago, but it wasn’t simply on a whim. Koopersmith started writing to cope with the trauma of being robbed and having her face smashed with brass knuckles.

After this event her life forever changed and she began creating cartoons. Thus was born her love of holidays. At first, she was baffled by the lack of imagination in the existing holidays so she began to write her own.

“Why not do events that are fun and whimsical?” Koopersmith told CNN.

She took inspiration from everywhere and anywhere and for that, she has made over 1,900 holidays. So there is always a reason to smile no matter the day.

So next time you ask “It’s national WHAT day?” Remember where it may have come from: companies, the government, maybe… but the real holiday factory is a 60-year-old woman living in Chicago with a list of 1,900 holidays.