Poetry Prompt: Create a Holiday - Poetry Teatime
Poetry Prompt: Create a Holiday

Poetry Prompt: Create a Holiday

From Sibling Appreciation Day to Asparagus Day, calendars around the world are packed full of mostly-unofficial celebrations. Have you ever wondered why there are so many weird and wacky holidays? Get ready to think about holidays and create your own with today's poetry prompt!

To awaken your appetite fro the strange and wonderful world of celebrations, here are just a few of the days you could be celebrating:

  • Fruitcake Toss Day (January 3)
  • International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day (April 20)
  • World Turtle Day (May 23)
  • Talk like a Pirate Day (September 19)
  • Caps Lock Day (October 22)
  • Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day (December 8)

Now how did these holidays start? Some began with celebrations in a small community like a town or even a family, while others began as national days of recognition through motions passed in legal bodies like Congress.

The most common way these holidays originated is that one person passionately advocated for them and word spread from there!

Time to Invent

Now, grab your thinking cap and a pencil and paper, because you're about to invent your own holiday!

You want your holiday to be something that you care about and want not only yourself but everyone around you to celebrate, too!

  1. Start by brainstorming a list of things you love. What makes you excited? What do you love to eat, play with, watch, or do?
  2. Next, choose one item that you think is the most important thing to celebrate out of that whole list.
  3. You'll need to come up with some activities, traditions, or food and drinks to enjoy during your holiday. What's the best way to celebrate your new day?
  4. Then, pick a day for your celebration. Is there a time of year or particular day that's related to your holiday? If not, just choose a day you like!
  5. Last but not least, it's time to celebrate! Share it with your family and friends, and don't forget to mark it on your calendar to remember it next year!

We suggest you come up with some poetry in honor of this day! An acrostic poem (where the first letter on the left of each line spells out a phrase) is great for describing all the best parts of your celebration.

You can even submit your holiday for consideration as a national holiday at National Today (although they do prefer holidays that have been unofficially celebrated for a while).

So enjoy celebrating, and share your stories with us here!

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