I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being cold. I’m sitting here in my office with a space heater, a heated throw blanket on my legs, and a regular throw blanket around my shoulders. I get cold, and I stay cold, easily, and I DON’T LIKE IT! Thankfully, I’m not alone and in a stroke of genius, Tom Roy, of Wellcat Holidays, created the Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day in the late 80’s.
At the time, he had a morning radio show on WIOV-FM in the Lancaster-Reading PA area and he used Chase’s Calendar of Events as a source for material. While perusing the publication for inspiration, he came across a form at the back of the book allowing for submission of “new holidays” at which point his imagination took flight. He submitted his creation and the next year’s book contained an entry for Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th. The holiday was picked up and broadcast by talk radio pioneer, Paul Harvey, and has since gained significant traction. A quick Google search of Hoodie-Hoo day will provide websites on how best to observe this holiday as well as videos of people waving their hands in the air, yelling, “Hoodie-Hoo! Hoodie-Hoo! Hoodie-Hoo!” From that day to this, Tom, wife Ruth, and son, Michael, have created and copyrighted close to 70 days.
So, how do I observe this quirky holiday? The traditional way to observe Hoodie-Hoo Day is to go outside at noon (local time) and yell, “Hoodie-Hoo!” to chase Winter and make ready for Spring. It is observed annually on February 20th in the Northern Hemisphere and on August 22nd in the Southern Hemisphere. Additionally, Wellcat Holidays provides a tongue-in-cheek list of th top 20 ways to deal with cabin fever and further celebrate Norther Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day on their website. There is no right or wrong way to observe Hoodie-Hoo Day. What will you do to chase the Winter cold away and usher in Spring?