What do YOU Think is the Most Unappreciated Holiday of the Year?

Sarah Nesselroade

Considering that we are currently in the middle of the holiday season and coming up on my personal favorite holiday, and often unappreciated, Thanksgiving, I thought it would be interesting to ask people what they thought were the most unappreciated holidays of the year and hear what they had to say about it. So, I made a list of six national holidays that I thought lacked the credit they deserved and surveyed 30 people for a response.

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The Results: For both Victory in Europe Day and Flag Day, nine people thought these were the most unappreciated holidays of the year. Following this, Thanksgiving came in third with five people, Columbus Day with two, Martin Luther King Day with one, and Saint Patrick’s Day came in last with no votes. Some people instead opted to insert a different answer from the options given that they thought were unappreciated, that list included: National Son and Daughter Day, May 4th ( May the 4th be with You), Elvis Presley Day, National Cat Day, Rash – Hashama, and even a student’s own birthday (I’m sorry for you student, poor unfortunate soul).

But what really came as a surprise was that the two winners, Victory in Europe Day and Flag Day, were the two holidays that my participants knew the least about. So I did a little research on both of them, here’s what I found:

-Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on May 8th every year and this tradition began in 1945. The reason for this holiday was to celebrate the day in which the Allied Forces accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces in Europe.

– Flag Day takes place every year on June 14th and celebrates the adoption of the official flag of the United States in 1777 (on June 14th) by a resolution during the Second Continental Congress.

So now I ask, what do YOU think is the most unappreciated holiday? Is it one that made it onto this list? Or maybe it’s one that nobody’s really heard of, if it is, SPREAD THE WORD! Then maybe one day it could be a super important holiday that we get school off, and nobody can complain about that, right?


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