There is a website that details every national day — from the serious World Hepatitis Day on July 28 to the fanatic National Ravioli Day on March 20 to the silly Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day on October 23.
Months are also listed, such as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May, National Immunization Awareness Month in August, and Black History Month in February.
By marking days and months as one-off annual events, we dilute their importance. I’m fine with one day every year to celebrate individual foods (ravioli, spaghetti, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, salsa, etc.) but shouldn’t Lyme Disease be promoted every month? Shouldn’t Black history deserve more than a month?
Some may say that we need to have solitary days and months to commemorate their significance. If Movember wasn’t celebrated in only November but throughout the year, then less attention and fundraising would go toward cancer research. I grasp that.
At the same time, I look at a program such as Small Business Saturday which occurs once a year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Shouldn’t more days be devoted for small and local business owners?
Either we keep the status quo of continuing to celebrate days and months when they occur, or we expand some of those celebrations to last longer.