Retirement is party time!

August 13, 2009

Parties are almost always fun and most of us have hosted or attended our share of traditional holiday (New Year’s, Labor Day, Halloween, Xmas, etc.) and event (retirement, Super Bowl, graduation, etc.) themed festivities. Since we have those “down pat,” perhaps it is appropriate to try some new ones, or revisit some very old ones. For excuses to party, consider, in calendar year order:

Ides of March (March 15) – This is the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC by a group of Roman senators who feared he was on his way to making himself King (or perhaps they were just jealous). Anyway, great excuse for an Italian dinner and to raise a toast to a great statesman, general and author: Hail Caesar! (NB: People still put flowers on his grace in Rome.)

Spring (or Vernal) Equinox (about March 21) – the day and night are of equal length. The days will be getting longer. We are passing from winter into spring. Celebrate the passing and/or the arrival. Plant some herb seeds and toast the fertility of the land!

World Penguin Day (April 25) – Need an excuse to dust off your tuxedo (or at least dress in black and white)? Host a snow ball and go with the floe. Everyone brings a penguin joke. Oreo cookies for desert.

Arbor Day (Last Friday in April at the Federal level, the various states have their own dates) – Trees remove carbon dioxide and return oxygen; provide shade and cooling; reduce erosion and flooding; provide homes to birds and insects; give us wood and paper; feed us with fruit nuts and maple syrup. Celebrate trees! Have a party around a tree planting.

Summer Solstice (about June 22) – the sun is at its high point in the sky; it is the longest day of the year. We are warm and life is good. We take time off to relax from our labor. Toast the sun!

Honey Moon (midsummer – pick your date) – the mid-summer moon has been called the “Honey Moon” after the honey-based mead drunk at June weddings and betrothal ceremonies in medieval times. Toast the moon and love!

Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) – Avast matey! Show a leg and hoist the colors! Gather yer hearties and saucy wenches and quaff some grog and dance the hornpipe. Party ideas here and learn to talk like a pirate here.

Fall or Autumnal Equinox (about September 22) – day and night are equal in length again. Nights will get getting longer and the days colder. The harvest is in. It is time to get together with friends and strengthen our spirits in anticipation of winter. To the harvest and friendship!

Grape Harvest Festival (early October – pick your date) – The harvest is in and crushed. Fermentation is underway. Time to toast the grape and its wonderful liquid derivative!

Winter Solstice (about December 22) – the shortest day of the year. The days will be getting longer, the sun rising higher in the sky. Spring is promised to us. Celebrate the passing of the long, dark nights and the anticipation of the coming of warmth and new life from the earth!

Of course if you live in the southern hemisphere most of the seasonally oriented events above must be reversed.

Anyway, you get the idea – there is always something to celebrate. If you need an excuse to party on a particular day this site can provide you with one for every day of the year.

R. Kevin Price

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