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What do pi, towels, and pirates have in common?

October 19, 2011

Hello, all! I have been wanting to create a calendar that lists all of the scientific, secular, and skeptical holidays that might be fun for student groups to celebrate. I know that there are a ton of them out there, so feel free to email me your favorites or post them in the comments. Here are the ones I have so far:

Secular, Skeptical, Scientific Calendar!

12: Darwin Day

14: Pi Day

28: Astronomy Day

25: Towel day

28: Tau Day 

19: Talk like a pirate day
30: Blasphemy rights day
End: Banned Books Week

3: National Secular Service Day
12: National Fossil Day
23: Mole Day
23: Homeopathy Info Day (There’s nothing in it! See the 10:23 Campaign)

9: Carl Sagan Day

10: Human Rights Day
23: Festivus

Let me know if you have other ideas. I will be adding a calendar to the resources page when this is finished. Thanks! 



About the Author: Dren Asselmeier

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Dren Asselmeier does student outreach as a campus organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She got her start as an organizer while interning at Center for Inquiry–Michigan in 2008. She stayed until 2010 as a volunteer campus coordinator, and was CFI–Michigan Freethinker of the Year in 2009, as well as president of Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley State University. Dren has a B.A. in English from Grand Valley State University. She is the president of Buffalo Area Non-Profit Professionals, an event volunteer at Buffalo Subversive Theatre, and a contributor to the Buffalo Storyteller Hour. 


#1 Cory Brunson on Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 8:47am

You've written about <a href="">National Secular Service Day</a>, which was a new one on me! And <a href="">October 23</a> looks to become something like Homeopathy Information Day.

There's also the <a href="">occasional</a> <a href="">rapture</a>. . . .

#2 sam (Guest) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 8:47am

hey...i want a calender of all this awesome!!! also what does one do on festivus day? PS i miss you guys already. pss- so does Jon. He was like "man when i got up the next day i was sad cause i realized i wouldn't see cj again" Hahahaha. you two rock our socks.

#3 Dren Asselmeier on Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 8:57am


And Sam, Festivus is the secular holiday like Christmas. It comes from a Seinfeld episode where a character creates the holiday: "Christmas for the Christians, Festivus for the rest of us!" It's hilarious, and is the reason why we've had a "Festivus Pole" (not a tree) for a few years now. :D

#4 Nicole Schrand (Guest) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 at 12:52pm

February 15th looks like it's Galileo Day.

Also we were literally JUST discussing our need for a calendar like this last night, and lo and behold, it appears! Thanks! :D

#5 Cory Brunson on Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 7:14pm

I just found SecularSeasons and thought i'd share:

#6 Dren Asselmeier on Thursday October 27, 2011 at 7:11am

Nice! I haven't seen that before. Thanks :D

#7 Cory Brunson on Wednesday November 02, 2011 at 8:11am

I keep coming back because i don't use Facebook at the moment. : \

Turns out our own Educational Media Company organized a First Amendment Week way back in 2007. (Guess why.) My friend Elena won an essay contest.

The quoted phrase "First Amendment Week" turns up moderate results, including a proposal for the same time period this year at Vanderbilt:

From their proposal:
"Section 111 requires that Constitution Day and Citizenship Day be held on September 17 of each year, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day shall be held during the preceding or following week."
So, these days might be the flagship days of First Amendment Week, which strikes me as a fantastic inter-(trans-?)organizational forum for discussions on university campuses, which potential involvement from literature, history, government/law, and religious studies departments, not to mention an opportunity to plug Banned Books Week and Blasphemy Rights Day later in the month.




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