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10 geek holidays you should be celebrating

Pi Day
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There are a lot of major holidays to celebrate throughout the year. Sure, Christmas, Easter and Halloween are fun, but there are very few special holidays that cater to the nerd in all of us. Yes, nerd culture has grown tremendously popular over the years, and with it has grown the need for their own unique customs. Perhaps it is due to the success of television shows like The Big Bang Theory, or other massive hits like Dr. Who and Sherlock. No matter the reason, being a geek is pretty chic, so why not embrace it. If you are tired of celebrating the same boring holidays year after year, then spend some time planning a celebration for one of these great nerd holidays instead. Plus, these are some of the only holidays that could be considered to be educational and fun at the same time. So grab your best cosplay outfit, rent a few episodes of Dr. Who and start planning your festivities for the following nerd holidays.

Pi Day
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Pi Day

Pi Day
March 14

On March 14th, or 3.14, nerds around the world gather to celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or 3.14159. There will be plenty of ways to celebrate this quickly growing holiday. Even the New York Times is getting in on the Pi-action, as it is featuring a pi puzzle this week, with the recent discovery that pi can be computed to any number with two colliding balls. In addition to that big event, you can celebrate Pi day on your own with Pi shirts, Pi accessories and, of course, pie.

Tolkien Reading Day
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Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien Reading Day
March 25

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works are already gearing up to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day. This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Fall of Sauron. However, you don’t have to be an expert in the Lord of the Rings to celebrate. You can pick up any of Tolkien’s books to enjoy that day, or read a few chapters with a gathering of friends and make it a party. Many people even use the time to re-enact scenes from the books, or to come up with Lord of the Rings themed food. Elven Lembas Bread anyone?

Yuri’s Night
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Yuri’s Night

Yuri’s Night
April 12

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Today, space fans all over gather to celebrate this momentous occasion with space-themed parties, sky watch parties and other similar types of fun. Rent a bunch of space movies, serve dehydrated foods and tang, or even check with your local planetarium to see if it is planning any guests or special events for that night. Make sure to register your Yuri’s night party with Yurisnight.net to share and join in the global fun.

Free Comic Book Day
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Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day
May 3

Free Comic Book Day is based on a simple premise. It was conceived as a thank you from comic book publishers and retailers to their fans. Every year on the first Saturday in May comic book stores all over the country open their doors for a free comic book for every fan. So head out to the local shop, get in line and get ready to enjoy a few hours of free entertainment. You can even dress up in your favorite cosplay outfit to really join in on the fun. Of course you’ll need to check with your local store to make sure it is participating.

Star Wars Day
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Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day
May 4

Most Star Wars fans use May fourth to celebrate one of the biggest and most successful film franchises in history. May fourth was chosen, of course, due to the similarity to the phrase “may the Force be with you.” Today, Star Wars parties pop up all over the country, with cosplay events, film festivals, guest speakers and more. Check your local papers for events in your area, or simply gather a few friends for a showing of the ultimate trilogy (yes that’s films four through six.)

Towel Day
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Towel Day

Towel Day
May 25

Towel Day was formed in honor of the late Douglas Adams. It is the one day a year where fans of his work proudly carry a towel around all day in his honor. Why May 25th and why towels? The first gathering of Douglas Adams fans happened on May 25, 2011, and of course one of his most famous axioms was “always know where your towel is.” Make sure to celebrate the right way with these Don’t Panic Towel Day towels.

Tau Day
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Tau Day

Tau Day
June 28

You really don’t want to get in the middle of a Pi vs Tau debate, but Tau Day gets its proper place on the holiday calendar just like Pi Day does in March. Which shorthand is better for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter? Well, you can conduct your own math problems at home to pick a side. Most celebrations on Tau Day include spending most of the time telling everyone why pi is wrong (or right.) Though you can never go wrong with just using the day as an excuse to enjoy your favorite pie.

Talk Like a Pirate Day
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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 19

What started as a small joke by columnist Dave Barry has now become one of the largest mainstream nerd holidays of the year. Talk Like a Pirate Day has taken over everything, and you can show your support by changing your Facebook over to the pirate version for the day. You can even take it to the next level and dress the part, throw a pirate party and rent some pirate flicks. Just remember to change your Facebook back the next day, or you may get a little confused about what you are doing.

Back to the Future Day
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Back to the Future Day

Back to the Future Day
November 5

Get out your Huey Lewis records, your 80s gear and all those retro-future costumes you’ve been waiting to show off. November 5, 1955 was the day that Dr. Emmett Brown invented time travel (and the flux capacitor, making it all possible.) Use the day to watch the trilogy, have some friends over and talk about how its totally possible for hover boards to be invented now. Or find a pal with a DeLorean and go for a spin, shouting out to everyone that you have to hit 88 miles per hour.

Festivus
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Festivus

Festivus
December 23

Festivus is the holiday for the rest of us. Based on an episode from Seinfeld, this holiday has really taken off over the years. Traditional celebrations on Festivus include the Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength and the always present Festivus Pole. It may have started as a parody holiday, but those that celebrate Festivus know that this is the best holiday for everyone in the month of December. Make sure to prepare the traditional Festivus dinner, which includes meatloaf and spaghetti.