Two rather unique and fun unofficial holidays are celebrated today, Feb. 28, 2014, and they are National Public Sleeping Day and National Tooth Fairy Day. Public Sleeping Day is a day honored to those who cannot sleep enough during the night and enjoy taking a nap just about anywhere — or have nothing better to do than sleep — while Tooth Fairy Day celebrates that special folklore where a fantasy figure comes to take one’s lost baby tooth and replace it with money. National Whatever Day News provides updated details on these two holidays this Friday, Feb. 28, and shares new information on their history and why they are commemorated.
Each and every year, Public Sleeping Day is observed on Feb. 28 for those who love a good sleep out in the open or simply love to dream. Funnily enough, the story behind Public Sleeping Day initially began in a small U.S. town where people were so bored that all they wanted to do to pass the time was nap. As the story goes, it was in fact a very tired revolution of sorts:
“The Public Sleeping Revolution was started in a small town where there was really only one thing to do…sleep. For anyone who has ever dreamed of starting a revolution but just never wanted to wake up from that dream, we are here to start a revolution…in our sleep. We are The PSR Team, we are professionals, but only when we sleep.”
National Tooth Fairy Day is a bit more of an exciting unofficial holiday celebrated today on Feb. 28, 2014. For many children here in the U.S., the tooth fairy is a magical figure that comes during our childhoods when we lose a baby tooth. If that child puts it underneath his or her pillow, goes to sleep, and waits patiently, the tooth fairy will arrive. The tooth fairy will take the tooth and replace it with a small sum of money, usually ranging between coins to a few dollars.
The origins of this interesting tradition stem from early Europe, where it was believed to be good luck to bury baby teeth that fell out. When the sixth tooth would come loose, it was then the parents’ time to give their child a small gift of money to put under the child’s pillow to signify them getting older.
A few clever parents are even said on National Tooth Fairy Day — which has a connection with Public Sleeping Day due to its recipients often snoozing — to leave some fairy dust behind so children think the magical fairy did indeed come to exchange “gifts.” On average, a 2011 study revealed that American children got around $2.60 for each baby tooth that they lost and put under their pillow from the tooth fairy.
So this Feb. 28, 2014, feel free to take a nap out in the open if you’re tired (be safe!) and if you have any baby teeth left, count on the tooth fairy to visit your house soon when you lose it to celebrate the small but special occasion.