Welcome to Fun and Silly Days and Holidays. Every Thursday I’ll post about fun days for the next week (Monday – Sunday). I’ll include the days history, celebrations and fun tidbits. We all need some fun and silly things to look forward to.
Fun and Silly Days and Holidays for the week of May 11th – 17th.
May 12th – Limerick Day celebrates the birth of Edward Lear (1812) Lear popularized the limerick as a poem of fun and nonsense. Lear wrote the Book of Nonsense in 1846. Celebrate by reading or writing your own limericks.
The limerick, which gets its name from a town in Ireland, is a five-line joke of a poem.
The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth having eight or nine syllables and rhyming with one another, and the third and fourth having five or six and rhyming separately.
The first line traditionally introduces a person and a place, with the place appearing at the end of the first line and establishing the rhyme scheme for the second and fifth lines. In early limericks, the last line was often essentially a repeat of the first line, although this is no longer customary.
May 13th – Frog Jumping Day celebrates The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County a short story by Mark Twain first published in 1865. This day is celebrating all things frog. A holiday I can get behind. (I collect all things frog) There are frog jumping competitions across the country.
May 14th – Dance Like a Chicken Day celebrates the Chicken Dance. I think we’ve all done the Chicken Dance at least once. It’s popular at weddings, Oktoberfest, and other celebrations. It has a fun polka beat. I have in the past hosted Dance Like a Chicken Parties. I had chicken hats for the guests, chicken decorations, themed chicken food and of course we danced the Chicken Dance.
May 15th – National Chocolate Chip Day celebrates the humble yet versatile chocolate chip. The chocolate chip was created by Ruth Graves Wakefield by accident. She was trying to make chocolate cookies by cutting up a Nestle chocolate bar and added the cut up chunks to the batter. The chocolate chunks didn’t melt. The chips we know today were created in 1941. So let’s celebrate by baking chocolate chips into something.
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Until next time, be happy, stay safe.