Guide to Holidays

Unixplorian Holidays and Observances

An Abridged Guide to All the Festivities

JANUARY

January 1 – New Year’s Day

The start of New Year’s Day, at midnight, is heralded by fireworks, parties, and special events. For many, it is a day of recovery from the New Year’s Eve celebrations the previous night. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. These are usually promising themselves that they will improve something in their own lives. Common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, or live a healthier lifestyle.


January 1 – International Pizza Day

Whether it is a thin crust, deep dish, or anything in between, pizza is a Unixplorian favorite. On this day, every Unixplorian eats at least one pizza. We eat it together with friends and family, reminiscing about the year gone by. A special cabbage salad always accompanies a Unixplorian pizza.


January 3 – J.R.R. Tolkien Day

We spend the day reading the works of Tolkien and watching the movies. Inspired by the illustrious Tolkien Society, we celebrate the Professor’s birthday with a simple toast-drinking ceremony. At 9 PM, we all raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much-loved author. The toast is “The Professor!”


January 5 – Sausage Day

On this day, we prepare some sausage to enjoy with family and friends. We usually eat a Unixplorian Special, which is a grilled hot dog in a bun, covered with mashed potatoes, mustard, ketchup, and shrimp salad.


January 6 – Epiphany

Eating donuts on this day is traditional. Each donut has a hidden number on it; the number corresponds with the number on a figure of Jesus placed on the table. Whoever has the

number which corresponds with that of Jesus, is the “Godparent” of Jesus for that year. The duties during the year include serving as the family’s spiritual guardian.


January 10 – Tintin Day

Tintin is a fictional hero for many Unixplorians. We celebrate him, or rather his inventor Hergé, by reading a comic while drinking a glass of Captain Haddock’s favorite whiskey, Loch Lomond. Children drink a glass of juice while eating honey sandwiches; the same type of sandwiches Tintin ate on a hike in the rugged terrain outside the Moon rocket base.  


January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day

We light a single white candle on this day to remember all those who were brutally murdered during the Second World War. Many Unixplorians also eat a traditional Jewish bagel under silence to honor the victims of the Holocaust. 

 

FEBRUARY

February 5 – Carl Spitzweg Day

Carl Spitzweg (February 5, 1808–September 23, 1885) was a German romanticist painter, mainly of genre subjects. Spitzweg is also one of the King’s favorite painters. This day is not observed nationally, but the Creativum offers families and individuals from across the kingdom to visit the museum’s Spitzweg collection free of entrance.  


February 8  – Unixplorian Disc Pool Championships (*)

Disc Pool is somewhat of a Unixplorian national game. Don’t tell Unixplorians that it is just a game, though. We firmly believe it is a sport, a competitive sport that the rest of the world should take more seriously.


February 14  – Valentine's Day

Originating as a Christian feast day honoring early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural and religious celebration of romance and romantic love. Candlelit dinners, chocolate, flowers, and champagne are essential ingredients on this day.


February 18 – Wine Day

Since every day can be Wine Day, we found some ways to celebrate the occasion that goes beyond the call of the happy hour. The traditional Unixplorian way to celebrate Wine Day is to get together and eat a cheese plate and some grapes along with a nice bottle of wine. We toast by saying, “Here’s to Wine; it’s Time to Dine!”


February 20 – International Pipe Smoking Day

On this day, we celebrate the noble art of pipe-smoking and the spirit which pervades the brotherhood and sisterhood of the briar. We put into practice the time-honored and ancestral traditions of raising our pipes in unison to toast each other and share a bowl. The Royal Tobacconists of Unixploria support this day by giving away free samples of tobacco blends. They also host a slow smoking competition in their shop in Stronghaven. Apart from the honor, the winner also receives a 50 % discount on any new pipe purchased in the shop.


February 21 – The Queen’s Birthday

Unixplorians celebrate their beautiful Queen’s birthday by hoisting the national flag and sending birthday wishes. The queen celebrates this day among friends and family at Regent House. The queen invites renowned guests to join the celebrations at the royal residence.


February 25 – Unixplorian Semla Day  (*)

A Semla is a traditional sweet roll originating from Scandinavia. Today, the Unixplorian Semla comprises a cardamom-spiced wheat bun, which has its top cut off. The pastry is filled with a mix of milk, sugar, and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid and is dusted with powdered sugar. Today it is often eaten on its own, with coffee or tea. Per Unixplorian tradition, the Semla may not be consumed before Shrove Tuesday, which occurs 47 days before Easter.


February 27 – International Cigar Day

Oscar Hammerstein invented the cigar rolling machine on this very day in the late 1880s. In honor of his accomplishments, we celebrate this day by lighting a few cigars. The Royal Tobacconists in Stronghaven have a particular cigar ash contest on this day. The participant who can create the most artistic pile of cigar ashes wins a designer ashtray.


MARCH

March 1 – Hug A Librarian Day

Knowledge is power, and librarians are perhaps now, more than ever, the protectors of knowledge and imagination. If you have a librarian in your family or a librarian friend, let them know how much you appreciate them and their profession today.

 

March 12 – St. Gregory Day

We honor Saint Gregory on this day by driving out all that is bad and, at the same time, welcoming the light that will follow by spring’s arrival. It is customary to run across a grass lawn barefoot, shouting out the words “Cleanse Me! Cleanse Me!” Afterward, we enjoy drinking a glass of lemonade.


March 14 – International PI Day

March 14 is Pi Day. It is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) and to eat lots of pie. Academia Unixploria holds a contest on this day, a pi recitation contest. Anyone who can recite the most digits of the constant win a Unixplorian Pi(e) to be enjoyed at home.


March 15 – Unixplorian Collector’s Day  (*)

The Unixplorian Collector’s Day is first and foremost about honoring and acknowledging the contributions made by the many collectors of our great nation. Collecting is not only considered a pastime here in Unixploria but is also a way of life and a way for us to bring the world to us in an ordered, orderly way.  Collectioseum welcomes collectors across the kingdom to exhibit their collections on this day. Visitors to the museum can then vote for the best collection, and the winner receives an honorary prize called Collector of the Year.


March 31 – Unixplorian Snus Day

Snus is a top-rated tobacco product in Unixploria. It is a stimulant with a rich cultural history spanning hundreds of years. On this particular day, we do not only honor its history, but we also praise the flavors of this tobacco product. The Royal Tobacconists unveil the snus blend of the year and sell snus at a reduced price.


APRIL

April 3 – Unixplorian History Day

The Kingdom of Unixploria has a long and rich history. Since we are close to being a tribal nation, we take pride in our past, honoring heroes in our historical chronicles as well as reminiscing about times gone by. History unites us, and we are the result of the struggles, hopes, and aspirations of past generations. This day is devoted to the study of our national history at our schools and in our homes. We also honor citizens who have passed away during the year by a silent minute.


April 10 – Good Friday  (*)

Good Friday is a holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Families and individuals usually spend the day in silence, contemplating Christ’s sufferings on the cross. We read about Jesus’ hardships in the Holy Bible. Devoted Christians also show repentance by restraining themselves from doing things they usually enjoy doing. 


April 11 – Holy Saturday  (*)

Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell. For most Unixplorians, this is a day of joy, where we spend time with our families. Families gather to share a meal.


The food served usually consists of a smorgasbord of pickled herring, meats, eggs, shrimp cocktail, and a special sandwich cake only served on Holy Saturday. Unixplorians also honor their Finnish cultural heritage by eating Mämmi, which is a typical Easter dessert made of rye flour and malted rye.


April 12 – Resurrection Sunday  (*)

A joyous day! He has risen! Unixplorians celebrate Christ’s resurrection by spending time in God’s creation. Families usually take walks in nature and spend time together with their loved ones. The day ends in thankful prayers.


April 13 – Easter Monday  (*)

This Christian holiday is in honor of the apostles who met Jesus Christ after the resurrection. It is a joyous day that offers new hope to those who have none. Back in the early Middle Ages, before we became a Christian nation, a few of our ancestors still clung to the old Norse faith (Ásatrú). They celebrated Spring blót on the same day, giving offerings to the pagan gods.


April 14 – National Bible Day

We devote this day to reading and studying the Bible. Every citizen of our kingdom is encouraged to memorize the order of the books in the Bible, as well as having a good knowledge of their contents and context. The Church of Unixploria has a lot of Bible-related lectures throughout the day.


April 23 – World Book Day

The printed book is superior to all other forms of written artifacts. Honoring the books and authors who have created these infinite worlds of fiction, and expanding our minds through new facts, we devote this day to showing the world how magical books are.


April 30 – Walpurgis

Even though the name Walpurgis derives from the eighth-century English missionary Saint Walburga, Walpurgis has very little to do with religion and everything to do with the arrival of spring. We celebrate blossoming Spring by singing and lighting bonfires.


MAY

May 4 – Star Wars Day

May the Fourth Be with You! Today we celebrate the epic Science Fiction franchise Star Wars. Most families in Unixploria commemorate the day by watching at least one movie from the franchise. It’s also customary to wear a Star Wars-inspired shirt on this day.

 

May 15 – International Day of Families

This is a day for families to gather and spend time together. Families do ‘real stuff’ together on this day, without having the constant interference from digital gadgets.


May 20 – The Unixplorian Flag Day

We celebrate the best country in the world by paying respect to our nation’s flag. Every Unixplorian household is flying a Unixplorian flag, visible for all to view and admire. At 18:00 hours, UST life in Unixploria is at a standstill when every citizen stands to look at the flag, thinking about how beautiful life is in the Kingdom of Unixploria. After a moment of silence, the citizens of the Kingdom proclaim their love for the flag of Unixploria using the phrase “Long Live Our Glorious Kingdom! Long Live the Kingdom of Unixploria!”


May 23 – Linnaeus Day 

The birthdate of Carl Linnaeus, the Father of Taxonomy, is an occasion for all Unixplorians to celebrate by spending time out in nature, remembering and honoring the scientific contributions made by this honorary citizen of Unixploria. The preferred drink is anything containing Wild Strawberries, Linnaeus’ favorite berry.    


May 28 – Burger Day

Hamburgers are a must-have on any Unixplorian barbecue. What better day to celebrate Burger Day than grilling a few on this early Summer’s day?


May 30 – Ascension Day  (*)

The Ascension of Jesus Christ is the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. The narrative in Acts 1 takes place 40 days after the Resurrection. Jesus, in the company of the disciples, is taken up in their sight after warning them to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit; as he ascends, a cloud hides him from their view, and two men in white appear to tell them that he will return.


The day is an occasion for all Unixplorians to remember that we are not of this world, we have a higher, divine purpose. It is customary for all citizens of Unixploria to wear a white shirt or blouse in remembrance.


May 31 – Whitsunday  (*)

Pentecost Whitsunday is mainly a Church celebration, although it has also become a popular holiday for weddings in Unixploria. The Church of Unixploria considers this day to be the birthday of the Christian church when the disciples of Christ started forming the basis for the Church. It is also a reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Church of Unixploria sprinkles flower petals from the ceilings of their churches to recall the miracle of the fiery tongues.

 

May 31 – Mother's Day  (*)

Every mother in Unixploria deserves a special treat, and on this day, it is all about keeping our mothers happy. A common way to celebrate is for the rest of the family to set their alarm clocks in time to make breakfast and serve it in bed. Every mother also receives a special gift, and the stores in Unixploriaare filled with things to make a mother’s heart melt.


JUNE

June 1 – World Milk Day

To acknowledge the vast cultural impact milk has had on our culture, we celebrate this day by drinking milk in all fashions along with enjoying all other dairy products.


June 6 – Swedish Cultural Heritage Day

Most Unixplorians with Swedish origin celebrate this day like an essential reminder of their roots. Eating Swedish culinary treats, partaking in festivities, and playing a few extra tunes of Swedish origin is standard on this day.


June 14 – International Steampunk Day

The Mad Scientists of Unixploria is a society for the advancement of steampunk culture in general. The community caters to many events throughout Unixploria on this day. Everything from steampunk conventions to the annual Steampunk Parade held on this date in Stronghaven.  


The maker movement is omnipresent in the steampunk subculture. There is a lot of inspiration to gather from communities that create computers in the steampunk style, instruments, weapons, and so on. Reinventing the Victorian era by using DIY is what it is all about.


June 19 – Midsummer's Eve  (*)

Midsummer traditions are rooted in pagan, sun-worshipping cultures — the time of year around the summer solstice when a magical twilight replaces the darkness of night.


It is still the pagan symbols that have stood the test of time. Women and young children put wildflowers in their hair, and communities across the country always decorate phallic midsummer poles for people to dance around.


The other part of the traditional Midsummer celebration involves eating and drinking copious amounts, ideally outside. The classic Unixplorian midsummer lunch is eaten around a table stacked with boiled potatoes, different types of pickled herring, topping it off by a strawberry cake for dessert. Some barbecuing is also mandatory later during the evening.


What starts as a civilized feast can often end up getting rowdy, thanks to the massive amounts of snaps consumed throughout the meal – not to mention the accompanying songs, which inevitably end with everyone gulping the strong stuff.


June 20 – Midsummer's Day  (*)

Like most of Midsummer, this is a day to contemplate and give thanks to the abundance in nature apparent during Summer. It is also a symbolic manifestation of the born-again man, a man as rich in spirit as nature’s green colors are during Summer.


June 22 – The King’s Birthday

King Leif I celebrates his birthday among friends and family at the Regent House. A few lucky citizens are invited to take part in the celebrations by invitation from His Majesty. The king decorates distinguished citizens on this day by handing out medals acknowledging their deeds.  


June 24 – Nativity of St John the Baptist  (*)

The birth of John the Baptist is a “celebration within a celebration.” The Nativity of St. John is celebrated on Midsummer’s Eve, and it is customary to combine the two by also lighting small bonfires known as Saint John’s fires. The fire is a symbolic reminder of the purging and renewing force behind the baptism.    


JULY

July 4 – American Cultural Heritage Day

On this day, we honor our ties to the New World by celebrating our ancestors, who choose to colonize the American continent. The celebrations on this day are about paying tributes to all those who sailed across the Atlantic. Unixplorian families with American relatives send small gifts to remind their relatives of their Unixplorian roots.  

 

July 6 – International Kissing Day

Wake up in the morning and kiss your partner good morning, then greet your friends with a quick kiss on the cheek to show them how much you appreciate them. If you’re a bit more reserved, place a chaste kiss on the back of the hand of friends you hold in high regard. So, on International Kissing Day, pucker up every chance you get! 


July 7 – World Chocolate Day

Enjoy a piece of the finest chocolate you can find on this day. Let the chocolate melt in your mouth and make it a day of secret treats and indulgences involving all things cocoa. It is traditionally a day when dessert is served after every meal of the day. The main ingredient being chocolate, of course.   


July 10 – Pith Helmet Day

Explore the world around you wearing the most iconic gear you can find, the pith helmet! There are many geocaching events throughout the kingdom to attend on this day. Collectioseum holds several lectures on the history and heroes of exploring. 


July 15 – Unixplorian Art Day

The Creativum in Stronghaven is the National Art Museum in Unixploria. On Unixplorian Art Day, the museum offers a lot of activities for young and old patrons. The museum presents the rules for the annual Mixed-Media Painting Contest on this day. 


July 20 – International Chess Day

Chess is the only game to play on this day! Introductory classes for beginners are held throughout the kingdom, and chess sets are gifted to all new members of the Unixplorian Chess Society. 


July 29 – Lasagna Day

Celebrating Lasagna Day is as comfortable as it is delicious, eat lasagna! There are hundreds of varieties of lasagna available, and you should not settle for anything less than home-made. Most Unixplorians come from families with long traditions of home-made lasagna, and it may just be time to improve the old family recipe and add yet another layer of culinary delight.


AUGUST

August 3 – Watermelon Day

What better way to celebrate Watermelon Day than eating a slice or two of this delicious fruit! It can be enjoyed as it is or used to complement a salad or a drink. No matter how you consume it, you should try as many ways to enjoy it as there are hours in the day.   


August 7 – International Beer Day

The bars in Unixploria tap a few new domestic beers on this day. Participants are encouraged to buy each other drinks and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, we recommend participants step out of their Unixplorian comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.


August 8 – Independence Day

We gained independence on this very day in 2006 A.D. To commemorate this day, we wave the Unixplorian flag all across the kingdom, and pay tribute to those founding men- and women that are no longer with us. However, this day is first and foremost about having fun, experiencing the spirit of discovery and creativeness that indeed resembles ‘the State of Unixploria.’ Common ways of celebrations include eating a traditional Unixplorian sandwich cake with the closest family. The gatherings usually start by all that are present, say a few positive words to describe Unixploria. Before we gather to eat, we typically sing our national anthem while passing our precious flag from one family member to the next. 


August 8 – Crayfish Premiere (*)

In the past, you weren't allowed to catch crayfish before a certain date. That is no longer the case, but tradition still reigns as far as celebrations go.


Customary party accessories are novelty paper hats, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. Snaps are served, as well as beer, and traditional drinking songs may be sung. The cooked crayfish is served cold and eaten with the fingers. Bread, cheese pies, salads, and other dishes are served as a buffet.


August 23 – Meatball Day

Meatballs are known and loved by every Unixplorian, so what better way to indulge your tastebuds than eating loads of them buffet-style? Plenty of new variants find their way from the frying pan to hungry bellies on this day. The chefs at Unigastro reveal their recipe of the year on this day. 


August 24 – Knife Day

This day is a celebration of this versatile tool that has been with humans since the dawn of time. To make the most of Knife Day, why not test your chopping skills in the kitchen? Invite family and friends over to compare and swap knives, or get together to clean and sharpen your knives.


August 28 – Bow Tie Day

We pay tribute to those that honor the timeless and elegant style of the bow tie on this special day of stylish celebration. Why not host a bow tie party? Decorate with bow ties and require all your guests to come wearing one, and give out bow ties as prizes for party games.


SEPTEMBER

September 5 – International Bacon Day


September 8 – Star Trek Day


September 13 – Mixed-Media Painting Contest (*)


September 18 – Prince Johan's Birthday


September 26 – Prince Arvid's Birthday


September 30 –St. Jerome's Day


OCTOBER

October 3 – Unixplorian Writing  Day (*)


October 4 – Cinnamon Bun  Day


October 5 – Global James Bond Day


October 10 – Unixplorian Quiz Championships (*)


October 16 – International Dictionary Day


October 16 – World Food Day


October 17 – Oktoberfest (*)


October 27 – International School Library Day


October 31 – All Saints' Day


October 31 – Halloween


NOVEMBER

November 7 – Unixplorian Ludo Championships (*)


November 14 – World Diabetes Day


November 17 – World Philosophy Day


November 21 – Unixplorian Chess Championships (*)


DECEMBER

December 6 – Finnish Cultural Heritage Day


December 13 – St. Lucy's Day


December 24 – Christmas Eve 


December 25 – Christmas Day


December 26 – St. Stephen's Day


December 31 – New Year's Eve


December 31 – Unixplorian Table Hockey Championships


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