What fictional holidays can we celebrate this year?
November 23, 2011 3:16 PM   Subscribe

What are your favorite fictional holidays? This winter, my partner and I want to celebrate as many Christmas-like made-up holidays as possible. Our list includes Hogswatch (Discworld), Winter Veil (World of Warcraft), Crimbo (from Kingdom of Loathing), Festivus (which is increasingly less fictional), Life Day (from the Star Wars Christmas Special), and the Ice Festival (from Maria V. Snyder's fantasy books). Are there any more that we can add to our calendar?
posted by Tesseractive to Society & Culture (27 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
As always, Wikipedia and TV Tropes to the rescue.
posted by Paragon at 3:18 PM on November 23, 2011


I always try to celebrate Bilbo's birthday, myself.
posted by SMPA at 3:19 PM on November 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Festivus may be made up, but it's not fictional. Dan O'Keefe's father made it up and apparently the family actually celebrated it, down to the elements of its traditions.
posted by cmoj at 3:20 PM on November 23, 2011


Guild Wars has Winters Day which I think is my favourite MMO christmas-like-holiday so far.
posted by missmagenta at 3:22 PM on November 23, 2011


Decemberween.
posted by bolognius maximus at 3:24 PM on November 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


sorry, forgot the link. They really put a lot of effort in to it.
posted by missmagenta at 3:25 PM on November 23, 2011


And how could I forget Winter-een-mas
posted by missmagenta at 3:27 PM on November 23, 2011


Animal Crossing (video game) has Toy Day.
posted by eunoia at 4:11 PM on November 23, 2011


Clone High had Snowflake Day, which sounded like a lot of fun to me. The UN abolished religious holidays in favor of the all-inclusive, non-offensive Snowflake Day. Snowflake Jake (an undead pirate) comes to people's houses and gives them spices. Lamb Tacos are traditional, as are Snowflake Day Care Satchels. There's a Snowflake Day Sombrero Dance (that involves nudity, fire, and doing the cabbage patch).
posted by Garm at 4:28 PM on November 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yule from the Dragonlance series.


Unfortunately, this is not the nerdiest Dragonlance related comment I have ever written here.
posted by Midnight Rambler at 4:32 PM on November 23, 2011


The Bajoran Gratitude Festival from Deep Space Nine.
posted by Occula at 4:37 PM on November 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nightmare Night
Winter Wrap-Up.
posted by SPrintF at 4:40 PM on November 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


There is Small Cake Tuesday and Small Gods' Eve, also from Discworld.
posted by peacheater at 4:45 PM on November 23, 2011


There's Chrimbus, if you're into Tim and Eric.
posted by maximum sensing at 4:55 PM on November 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Alvistime from Sealab 2021 is one of my favorites.

Years ago, I took a "which Transformer are you?" online quiz that asked "What is Santatron bringing you this holitron seazoid?" While not technically a fake holiday, I still refer to this time of year as the "holitron seazoid."
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:24 PM on November 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I used to host a perihelion party, though there's nothing fictional about perihelion.
posted by HiroProtagonist at 5:44 PM on November 23, 2011


Solstice and Chrismahanakwanzamas are big down here in our multi-cultural debauchery center.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 6:04 PM on November 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Longest Night from the Kushiel books - either debaucherous or ascetic, take your pick.
posted by restless_nomad at 6:10 PM on November 23, 2011


I'm a little ashamed to know this, but Chrismukkah from The O.C.
posted by Diagonalize at 6:25 PM on November 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nice project, Tesseractive. I nominate Weird Al's Weasel Stomping Day. He really gives the lowdown on how to celebrate it, too.
posted by w0mbat at 7:14 PM on November 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm fond of the Glorious 25th of May from Discworld. And from a TV commercial(?), Chrismahanakwanzaakah.
posted by nicebookrack at 7:18 PM on November 23, 2011


Winterfair from Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga
Life Day from the Star Wars Holiday Special
posted by Soliloquy at 8:48 PM on November 23, 2011


There is Small Cake Tuesday and Small Gods' Eve, also from Discworld.

Not to be too picky, but it's Soul Cake Tuesday, not Small Cake Tuesday. If you celebrate Soul Cake Tuesday, though, please be sure to include a Soul Cake Duck.

/pedantry
posted by zoetrope at 9:19 PM on November 23, 2011


Of course there's Yak Shaving Day and Yaksmas from Ren & Stimpy.
posted by PJMoore at 5:34 AM on November 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Starlight Celebration from Final Fantasy XI?
posted by xedrik at 9:15 PM on November 24, 2011


Baman Piderman has Happy Winter Friends, the the holiday of wishes and best friends!
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:20 AM on November 25, 2011


If you need music, I highly recommend A Very Scary Solstice by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical society.
posted by ch3cooh at 3:50 PM on December 24, 2011


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