Of course, when you think about it, there’s no day where it’s not awesome to be a geek/nerd. As Simon Pegg would say, “Being a geek means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.” However, there are a few precious days throughout the year where we can relish in being particularly geeky.
Geeks have all kinds of special days. We’ve got Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 14) International Webloggers Day (June 14). We’ve got the widely recognized Star Wars Day (May 4th “May the fourth be with you”) and Pi Day (March 14). We even have a Hobbit Day (September 22)! But one of the most cherished is Geek Pride Day on May 25.
Geek Pride Day was chosen to commemorate the 1977 release of Star Wars, but has since become a day to honor all things geek. It originated in Spain in 2006 as “Día del Orgullo Friki” by Spanish blogger German Martinez (AKA senor buebo) initiating the first celebration. The biggest concentration took place in Madrid, where 300 Geeks demonstrated their pride together with a human pacman. The newly birthed festival ended up circulating worldwide through the web and was officially celebrated in the U.S. in 2008.
So, I know it’s only March, but hey. Time flies. I personally would appreciate the time to plan the most happening geektastic party on the block. As you’re planning said party, just keep in mind the very necessary Rights and Responsibilities of the day. (Originally in Spanish, but kindly translated to English).
- The right to be even geekier (than normal?).
- The right to not leave your house.
- The right to not like football or any other sport (except Quidditch).
- The right to associate with other nerds.
- The right to have few friends (or none at all).
- The right to have as many geeky friends as you want. (Yay!)
- The right to be out of style.
- The right to show off your geekiness.
- The right to take over the world.
- Be a geek, no matter what.
- Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
- If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
- To save and protect all geeky material.
- Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
- Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
- Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
- Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
- Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
- Try to take over the world!
Ways to celebrate:
– Any cotton-pickin’ way you want to! You can even hashtag it to show the world how wonderfully geeky you can be!
– If you really want an excuse to show off your swagger and shop at the same time, ThinkGeek will be including a free Geek Pride Day pin in orders shipped after May 9th (while supplies last).
– For more nerd/geek holidays, try Geekdays.com, this geek calendar, or this list of nerdy holidays (Oh and also this one)! Some of my personal favorites are Tolkien Reading Day (March 25), Tweed Day (April 3), Morse Code Day (April 27), Programmers’ Day (September 13), and Day of the Ninja (December 5).
Remember the ways to celebrate are endless, and you never have to play it cool about how much you like something.