OLEAN, NY -- Tortilla Chip Day, Carrot Cake Day and Thank Your Mailman Day are obscure holidays celebrated by Americans here and there during the month of February.
One day of note in February comes around every four years. That is Feb. 29, and also known as Leap Day. Is it important enough to be recognized as a national holiday?
When I think of a holiday, traditions or celebrations with family and friends come to mind. With Leap Day, what exactly would we be celebrating? The local schools and business are hardly likely to close down just because there is an extra day in the year. If anything, they are more likely to take advantage of that extra day they wouldn’t normally have.
St. Bonaventure University sophomore David Woodbridge of Olean says that Leap Day shouldn’t be recognized as a national holiday. “To me a holiday is something the holds some kind of actual significance,” Woodbridge said. “I don't think this holiday would ever be recognized by schools -- especially Bonas because they didn't even close for MLK day.”
Students are not the only people who have thoughts on whether Leap Day should recognized as a national holiday.
Bozena Lukomski, quality control manager at Great Lakes Cheese in Cuba, said she would not recognize Leap Day as a holiday. “If this was a holiday, what we would celebrate? …After all, it is just a calendar adjustment,” she added.
Although Lukomski does not think the day should be recognized as a holiday, she does find importance in having the extra day for the factory and its production line this year.
“Every day is crucial at the factory,” Lukomski said. “I think it’ll be nice having the extra day this year not only at work but for myself as well.”
Graley Bruton, an Allegany-Limestone High School senior, believes that Leap Day should be recognized as a holiday.
“I’m not sure how the school would feel about having an extra day off, but I think it would be nice to have the day to ourselves since it only happens every four years,” Bruton said.
However, Bruton had to consider the impact of such a holiday at her place of work, Teddy Bear Daycare in Allegany.
“Even though the day off from school would be nice, it would make my work at the daycare crazy,” Bruton said. “Anytime there’s a day off from school, there’s always too many kids and not enough workers. It can get stressful.”
Obscure holidays are celebrated without the closing of schools or businesses. The folk I spoke with agree that there really isn’t anything to celebrate on Leap Day that warrants making it bigger than an obscure holiday and that mixing up their daily routines for it seems a little unnecessary.
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