College life is dominated by long classes, constant studying, and lots of stress. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. All you need is something to celebrate! To that end, here are our favorite weird holidays you can celebrate solo or with friends—even in the midst of a busy semester.
Bubble Bath Day (January 8)
Yep, there’s a whole day honoring the glory that is the bubble bath. Suds up, get clean, and relax. There’s only one rule: no textbooks or homework allowed in the tub.
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (first Saturday in February)
There’s no better holiday in existence than this. Eat ice cream. For breakfast.
Pi Day (March 14)
Pi Day is a holiday honoring the mathematical constant pi, or the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. You know, 3.14 followed by an infinite number of digits. How to celebrate? Pie, of course! Try apple pie, banana cream pie, blueberry pie, key lime pie, lemon meringue pie, mince pie, peach pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie—the list is almost endless!
Scrabble Day (April 13)
An entire day dedicated to the best board game on Earth? Yes, please! Round up a few English majors and play Scrabble until you pass out.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
If you’re not already celebrating this day, you should. It commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at la Batalla de Puebla, or the Battle of Puebla. Listen to regional music, learn a regional dance, eat some regional food!
International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19)
Created by Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy of Albany, Oregon, this holiday allows you to say, “Ahoy, matey!” to strangers. Don a peg leg, get a stuffed parrot, wear an eye patch, and choose a pirate’s name. Then commence buffoonery.
Buy Nothing Day (the day after Thanksgiving)
Conceived as an international day of protest—take that, consumerism!—Buy Nothing Day is especially good for college students, who usually have no money. Go the whole day without buying anything. Instead, spend some quality time with your friends.
Day of the Ninja (December 5)
Alternatively known as the International Creep Like A Ninja Day, this is your one and only opportunity to dress up like a ninja and engage in ninja-related activities! Unpack your throwing stars and practice your karate kicks.
Monkey Day (December 14)
Monkey business is finally encouraged! Traditionally celebrated in honor of monkeys, apes, lemurs, and other primates—and to raise money or draw attention to issues related to them—it’s also a good opportunity to throw a jungle-themed extravaganza.