UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS: Hobbit Day

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Many holidays land on Sept. 22. A few of these holidays are Elephant Appreciation Day, International Day of Radiant Peace and National White Chocolate Day.
However, there is one very important holiday that was not mentioned — Hobbit Day.
Hobbit Day was officially designated in 1978; however, it has been celebrated since 1973, shortly after J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.
It lands on the mutual birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo holds the Long Awaited Party for his eleventy-first birthday and Frodo’s thirty-third birthday. At this party there was food, dancing, fireworks and merriment. Fans of Tolkien celebrate Hobbit Day by doing these things as well as going barefoot, reading and discussing Tolkien’s work, playing games, cosplaying, movie marathons, eating seven meals (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper) and much more.
Hobbit Day is always held during Tolkien Week, which was also designated and began in 1978. Tolkien Week is a time for Tolkien fans to celebrate both Tolkien and his son Christopher J.R. Tolkien’s works. Many libraries and teachers will celebrate by making displays, watching the movies and reading the books as an assignment for class.
Tolkien has not been forgotten since his death and is remembered throughout every year with various holidays created by dedicated fans to his works.