Celebrating lesser known holidays


Pirates, though adorned in torn clothes with a knife in the pocket, did not come to steal a treasure this time, but to ask for a free original glaze doughnut at Krispy Kreme.

America has a national holiday almost every day, but they’re not all like Christmas or Valentine’s Day, but rather lesser-known holidays celebrated by small groups. 

Porter Charles, a sophomore public health major from Scottsdale, Ariz., loves playing with his little siblings and dressing up for them like a pirate. When he saw a Facebook Krispy Kreme ad a day before National Talk Like A Pirate Day, he decided to dress up, too.

“I practiced my pirate accent before and it became an Irish accent at the end,” he said.

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Spencer Hatfield loves to wear his ugly sweater on Ugly Sweater Day, which falls on Nov. 23.
Charles said he dressed up wearing white T-shirt and multiple belts across his waist and chest, while wearing a pirate make-up similar to Jack Sparrow. When he went to Krispy Kreme in the afternoon, there was a long wait, so he decided to go back later.

When Charles returned back to Krispy Kreme, he  said he wasn’t able to get any free doughnuts because doughnuts were all sold out, but he enjoyed wearing his costume for a day.

“I liked it because I was able to go to random places like a pirate,” he said. “After I couldn’t get the free doughnuts, I went to my friend’s birthday with the outfit. My friend loved my outfit and I felt like his personal birthday clown.”

Lindsay Grimes, a manager at the Orem Krispy Kreme, said many children, family and college students dressed up like a pirate  to get their free doughnuts. The Orem Krispy Kreme gave away approximately 1,500 dozen doughnuts on Talk Like A Pirate Day on Sept. 19.

“It was very busy,” Grimes said. “We had a lot of pirates with just a bandana and an eye patch, but our favorites were in full legit costumes. I think everyone was excited to dress up.”

Kendra Larsen, a sophomore from Riverton, majoring in art and business at USU, started celebratimg National Astronomy Day on Oct. 20 three years ago.

“I am fascinated by stars after taking an astronomy class in high school,” she said. “I love looking at stars and what’s going on in the sky. I wear this astronaut T-shirt all day and go star gazing with my friends at night.”

October has more than 30 national holidays, some days even have multiple holidays a day. Lee National Denim Day on Oct. 4 became one of the largest nation-wide single-day fundraisers for breast cancer. President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid supporter of the U.S. Navy, began Navy Day on Oct. 27.

Spencer Hatfield, a junior finance major from Provo, celebrates Ugly Sweater day every year on Nov. 23.

“I think it is fun,” he said. “I wear it to celebrate the fall season. Sometimes people comment on how cool my sweater is. My favorite kind is a my dad’s old green and blue wool sweater. I like it because it is old school and really big.”

Many people celebrate these holidays in a creative way, with a little bit of help, everyday can be a holiday.

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