How Do Faux Celebrations Become A 'Holiday'?
We’ve just made it through the end-of-year holidays, but there are no shortage of them to come.
And many are dubious, like “National Puppy Day, National Pancake Day, Potato Chip Day and Ice Cream Day.”
If you’ve ever wondered how faux celebrations like those listed at Holiday Insights make headlines, former NPR “Planet Money” co-host and current NPR “Morning Edition” co-host Noel King said on a 2017 episode of the podcast, “There is a very real business machine fueled by these made up holidays. PR people use them to get companies television time.”
For federally-observed holidays, there’s only one that is recognized on the third Monday of January every year.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’” said the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Aug. 28, 1963, as he delivered a speech to civil rights marchers at the Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C.
The reminder of his birthday — and the words he grew to speak — begins a new year, undoubtedly shaped by the last.