Today’s holiday (Valentine’s Day) got me thinking about how the various major holidays scattered over the calendar are associated with specific colors and behaviors. The granddaddy of ’em all, Christmas, is the Red Holiday, which is associated with spending yourself into debt to get gifts for everyone and drinking rum-spiced eggnog. (The birth of Christ is an afterthought for most of us by now.) Valentine’s Day is the Pink Holiday and is for spending money on one’s sweetheart to demonstrate the level of one’s appreciation/sacrifice. Sorry, no drinking. Easter is the Yellow Holiday, probably pastel, and is for chasing colored eggs and purchasing baskets of goodies. Oh, and the risen saviour. Again, sorry, no drinking (unless you count sacramental wine.) The Green Holiday is St. Patrick’s Day, and is for drinking. Some wear some bit of green clothing, but it’s mostly about the drinking.
The Blue Holiday is arguably Independence Day. It’s all about fireworks, barbeque, and drinking (specifically beer, maybe some whiskey). The Orange Holiday is Halloween. It’s not about drinking; it’s about sugar. It used to be about facing our fears, but we got too scared for that. The Brown Holiday is obviously Thanksgiving. Drinking isn’t the centerpiece, feasting is. Unless of course you take your feasting with lots of drinking. The Silver Holiday is New Year’s Day. We don’t actually celebrate it on the day of but on the eve of by — you guessed it — drinking … excessively.
Holidays not associated with specific colors include Labor Day (gray?), Memorial Day (burgundy?), Veteran’s Day, President’s Day (white for linen sales?), and Martin Luther King Day (black? except someone will be offended). Colors not yet taken are probably too numerous still, but gold and purple figure highly.
Of course, some will insist upon some holiday I’ve overlooked, such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Mardi Gras. Go for it. Assign your own colors. However, I refuse to acknowledge purely concocted holidays like Sweetest Day.