15 Weird Forgotten Holidays We Should Totally Bring Back

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Vote up the fallen-by-the-wayside holidays you'd like to see make a comeback.

Are you happy with the holidays we currently have? Or do you think it's time to bring in some new blood? We don't necessarily have to start from scratch - there are dozens of holidays from history we could just revive. It turns out there are plenty of old-fashioned holidays people basically don't celebrate anymore.

This list features alternatives to Groundhog Day, a Thanksgiving prequel, cross-dressing for fun and profit, and much, much more. Looking for a change from the tired old traditions your family has been pretending to enjoy all these years? Any one of the following old-school holidays is guaranteed to shake things up.

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    Andisop: Meteorological Fiddling

    Andisop: Meteorological Fiddling
    Photo: David Wilkie / via Wikimedia / Public Domain

    We should bring back Andisop because it’s adorable.

    In the mid-19th century on the Isle of Man, a team of fiddlers spent the three weeks leading up to Christmas celebrating a holiday called Andisop. They would go door-to-door throughout the early hours of the morning, playing a song called “The Andisop” while knocking on doors, calling the hour, and reporting “the state of the weather” for a gratuity. It’s kind of like if Christmas carolers were actually useful.

    In the 21st century, it might sound odd to get your winter weather report from a bunch of fiddlers, but don’t we all need a little whimsy in our lives? No word on what “The Andisop” sounded like, but it must have been a hell of a tune for them to play it that much.

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    St. Crispin's Day: Revenge via Dummies

    St. Crispin's Day: Revenge via Dummies
    Photo: Granger, 1794 / via Fine Art America / Public Domain

    We should bring back St. Crispin's Day because it's a creative way to let off some steam.

    The feast day of the twin Christian saints Crispin and Crispinian (October 25) used to give people a fun and creative way to humiliate jerks. Villages in England into the late 1800s would create an effigy (a dummy, basically, like the one made for John Jay during the Revolutionary War pictured above) of the one or two people in the village they thought "had misconducted himself or herself, or had become particularly notorious during the year."

    This dummy would hang on a signpost until November 5, presumably infuriating the offender that inspired it, before being taken down and burnt.

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    Plough Monday: Cross-Dressing and Fundraising

    Plough Monday: Cross-Dressing and Fundraising
    Photo: Hablot Knight Brown / via Wikimedia

    We should bring back Plough Monday because it's cooler than Kickstarter.

    Plough Monday (the first Monday after January 6) used to mark the traditional start of the English agricultural year with some unorthodox partying/fundraising, but the tradition died off in the 19th century. A boy dressed as an old woman (called the "Bessy") and man dressed as an animal (called the "Fool"), accompanied by roving musicians, would drag a plough from house to house to ask for money for the harvest. The celebration continued into the night with dancing, something called sword-dancing, drinking, and all-around revelry.

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    Catterntide: Cakes, Cocktails, and Candle-Jumping

    Catterntide: Cakes, Cocktails, and Candle-Jumping
    Photo: Caravaggio / via Wikimedia

    We should bring back Catterntide because it's a non-birthday holiday that has its own special cake.

    Sure, people still celebrate St. Catherine's Day (November 29) to honor the martyr St. Catherine, pictured above looking particularly badass as depicted by Caravaggio. But Catterntide (also called Cattern Day), a celebration of Catherine as the patron saint of lacemakers, fell out of fashion around 1890 when the lace trade declined. It sounds like a great time: there were special spongy "cattern cakes" made for the occasion that were topped with caraway seeds, as well as a "cattern pie" made with mincemeat and coated with melted honey.

    Part of the celebration also included a game called "leap-candle," which involved ladies lifting up their skirts and jumping over a candle while chanting a variation of this rhyme:

    The tailor of Bister, he has but one eye

    He cannot cut a pair of green galagskins

    If he were to die.

    If leap-candle's not your thing, part of the tradition also involves drinking a cocktail made with warm beer, rum, and eggs.