Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th :: Celebrating Norland Day

Today is Friday the 13th and for many the day may seem ominous. Historically, this day is represented as unlucky in the United States on two accounts: 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unlucky day. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. According to one study, 17 to 21 million people in the United States suffer from this phobia.

Whatever your views of Friday the 13th, our family actually celebrates it! When my eldest son was four and my youngest barely walking, we created our own family holiday steeped in a mythological time of knights, castles, and dragons. We call our holiday Norland Day (the first half of Norris + our imagine land) and it is celebrated every Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day (we don't celebrate Valentine's Day). One year we had 4 Norland Day celebrations - the boys couldn't believe their luck!

You may be asking yourself - "What do they do on Norland Day?" Well, we tell Norland stories, feast on a banquet, and watch the boys sword fight with wooden or plastic swords. It's a time to celebrate us being a family and enjoying each other. It's a time to reflect on our creativity and the art of being a child; and it's quite fun!

Anyone can make up their own holidays and choose to celebrate them however they want. We still keep many of the traditional holidays, but we've also been known to celebrate important Texas days, Washington's Birthday and not just President's Day, as well as holidays from around the world. It's a fun way to learn about places and incorporate cultures and customs into our lives.

Does your family celebrate your own holiday or any others not readily celebrated in the United States?

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