Friday the 13th Holidays

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

Does your employer follow the federal holiday schedule when scheduling time off? Many businesses do and are closed for New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Depending on where you work, religious holidays may be handled on a case by case basis. The meaning of some holidays have changed (see St. Patrick’s Day), but what about those lesser known secular holidays? While you might not be able to get an extra day off, they could be a good excuse to get together with friends.

The National Day Calendar provides a treasure trove of holidays from which to choose. If Friday, April 13th has you down, get inspired with two April 13-centric holidays below.

If words are your thing, National Scrabble Day is just for you. Alfred Mosher Butts, amateur artist, unemployed architect, and born on April 13, developed the word game in the midst of the depression. Observe the holiday by playing a game or two of Scrabble with family or friends and use #NationalScrabbleDay to post your winning words on social media.

National Blame Someone Else Day is always celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year, and this year it’s in April. Blame Someone Else Day was supposedly conceived by Anne Moeller. It seems that one Friday the 13th in 1982 Anne started the day with her alarm clock failing to go off, followed by bad experiences throughout the day. The story goes that because of her rotten day she created this holiday. This holiday might be hazardous to relationships so tread carefully.

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