By Mark Richards.
Today is officially the most depressing day in the year. Why is that? And what about the other ‘special’ days in the year? In a bid to cheer you up, CL News presents a year of antidotes to Blue Monday…
Welcome to Blue Monday, January 21st and – officially – the most depressing day in the whole year.
So why? What has the third Monday in January done to deserve such a reputation? there are six good reasons:
- It is a Monday. Enough said.
- Christmas and New Year and feelings of goodwill to all men are long gone
- All that is left of Christmas is the credit card bills – which have now arrived
- It is still cold and dark and – especially this year when it falls on April 21st – Easter is a long way off
- And sadly, we have all realised that three weeks into the New Year we are not thinner, fitter or more solvent. Most of us have sighed, admitted defeat and decided to try again with our New Year’s Resolutions – next year.
- Finally, the vast majority of us have not yet been paid. To paraphrase the old saying, in January there is an awful lot of month left at the end of the money.
When was Blue Monday ‘invented?’
According to Wiki the term Blue Monday was first used in 2005 as part of a Sky Travel press release – presumably intended to convince us that spending the money we did not have on a holiday was the perfect antidote to feeling depressed.
One mathematician even created one of life’s more complex equations to prove that the third Monday in January really was the most depressing day of the year. As you are probably depressed enough I will not burden you with further maths: besides, as it takes weather into account it only applies in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are reading this on the beach in Oz, chances are it is anything but a Blue Monday…
The antidotes to Blue Monday
Blue Monday is not the only ‘special day’ in the year. We all know about Valentine’s Day and Mother’s and Father’s Day but now virtually every day is Something Day. In a bid to lighten the Blue Monday gloom, we have taken a whistle-stop tour through the rest of the year so you can see what lies in store, beginning with what’s left of January.
Thursday 24th is Compliment Day and – even more importantly – this coming Saturday is Spouse’s Day, so announcing that you are spending the afternoon watching football may not be the best idea.
Monday 28th is Data Privacy Day – although given the nu
mber of times I have to click “I Accept” so I can view a website I am beginning to suspect that every day is Data Privacy Day.
The month does not get off to a good start. Friday, February 1st is Work Naked Day – and given the current temperature in North Yorkshire may also be Brass Monkeys Day. Assuming you did not get arrested on Work Naked Day then you are rewarded the following day, which is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Obviously, remember Valentine’s Day on the 14th but the really big event in February is on Saturday 23rd – International Dog Biscuit Day.
Sadly, the month that contains my birthday is something of a disappointment. It begins with World Compliment Day on the 1st and ends with Bunsen Burner Day on the 31st – but with nothing very exciting in between.
Fortunately, April makes up for March’s mediocrity. First Contact Day is on the 5th and you suspect that rather more people will be celebrating the chance of meeting an alien than will be looking forward to Be Kind to Lawyers Day, which is on the 9th.
Assuming you did not get sacked on February 1st then April 16th is Wear Your PJs to Work Day. Having done that, April 25th is Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The month ends with Honesty Day on April 30th, when you can confess that you actually had a suit on under your pyjamas…
As everyone knows, May 4th is Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you…”). Even more importantly, five days later May 9th brings us Lost Sock Memorial Day – celebrated in every family in the country – followed on May 17th by Pizza Party Day. Whoop!
Looking forward to May 21st I am. Talk Like Yoda Day it is. And nine days later the month draws near to a close with My Bucket’s Got a Hole Day.
If you ate too much on Pizza Party Day you can compound the felony on June 7th, which is National Donut Day but – sadly – Monday, June 17th is Eat Your Vegetables Day. Midsummer’s Day, June 21st, is also Take Your Dog to Work Day and the month ends with Meteor Watch Day. Better safe than sorry, I suppose…
If you did not spot any meteors perhaps you will have more luck two days later on UFO Spotting Day, and then you need to get romantic: Saturday, July 6th is World Kissing Day. There is no needs for words on July 17th, which is World Emoji Day and the 21st is Junk Food Day – followed a week later by Milk Chocolate Day.
Aye ’appen, tha’ knows, August starts wi’ Yorkshire Day on t’first. Sadly August 5th is Work Like a Dog Day, but my daughter will be delighted with August 12th – Middle Child Day. I am looking forward to the 20th – Chocolate Pecan Pie Day – and hopefully, the weather will still be good at the end of the month: August draws to a close with Eat Outside Day.
The first notable date in September is the 6th, which is National Procrastination Day (which may be pushed back this year…) Then comes a personal favourite on September 19th: Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Lord of the Rings fans will be excited on September 22nd, which is Hobbit Day, but clearly, winter is approaching. September ends with Hot Mulled Cider Day.
The month gets off to a caffeinated start – October 1st is International Coffee Day – and three days later it is World Smile Day. After that there is not much to report in October, although you can get in the mood for Hallowe’en on October 26th, which is Howl at the Moon Day (and Night, obviously…)
Leaving Guy Fawkes aside, the first really notable date in November is the 8th, which is Tongue Twister Day and a week later on the 15th, it is Clean out your Refrigerator Day. Can you beat last year’s most out-of-date sell-by? Friday, November 22nd is Buy Nothing Day probably a good idea as Black Friday 2019 will be exactly a week later. Appropriately November 30th is then Computer Security Day.
The year draws to a close with Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day on December 8th and Ugly Sweater Day on the 20th. Christmas Day is also Alphabet Day (No ‘L’ Day) and the year finally ends on the 31st with Make up Your Mind Day. But do not feel under too much pressure. January 12th is Quitter’s Day – the day on which most people finally give up on their New Year’s Resolutions…