In the fourth season of The Simpsons, we’re introduced to Whacking Day, an annual Springfield holiday falling on May 10th. Basically, citizens drag snakes into the town square and beat them to death. Whacking Day even has a song to the tune of “O Tannenbaum” (or “O Christmas Tree,” whichever floats your holiday boat). We don’t advocate actually trying to celebrate this one, kids.
Festival of the Bells, Fraggle Rock
Since the world is all about The Muppets these days, let’s spice things up with a holiday from Jim Henson’s good ol’ Fraggle Rock, shall we? According to Fraggle legend, the Fraggles’ beloved Rock slows down with the Winter Solstice. The Great Bell at the heart of the Rock must be rung so that the Rock can continue moving for another year. By exchanging gifts and ringing tiny bells at their annual festival, Fraggles can wake the Great Bell, thus saving the Rock. And don’t forget the dance of the Weebabeast! So, on December 22nd (or June 21st, depending on your hemisphere), think of the Fraggles.
Merlinpeen, 30 Rock
Trying to get out of a friend’s rule-filled Secret Santa? Why not claim that you’re a Verdukian who celebrates Merlinpeen, the Holiday of Mouth Pleasures? This fake annual 30 Rock holiday has some unique traditions — particularly, meat-lovers pizza and gentle flossing performed by a blonde virgin. Good Merlinpeen to you!