Geek Pride Day
Geek Pride Day is a holiday observed annually on May 25th that celebrates all aspects of geek culture. Although the word “geek” was used as a derogatory term during the 1970s and 1980s, it has since become a source of pride for those who enjoy everything this culture has to offer.
This day is for individuals who play games (board, video, or role-playing games), enjoy comic books (superhero, slice of life, horror, graphic novels), anime, cosplay, horror, science fiction, fantasy, zombies, or anything tech-related to come together and take pride. Geeks are no longer viewed as weird misfits but are now recognized as the intelligent and interesting people they have always been. So, let’s celebrate this uniqueness when the day comes around.
The History of Geek Pride Day
In 1998, Tim McEachern organized Geek Pride Day and the Geek Pride Festival. Although these events were separate, they drew significant attention from those who identified as geeks. In 2006, Geek Pride Day reached the international stage, and by 2008, it was an official holiday in countries around the world, including the U.S. Since its inception, the holiday has continued to grow each year.
Some Quick Geek Trivia for the Non-Geeks Among Us
We don’t want to exclude those who don’t consider themselves part of geek culture, so we’ve gathered some facts that might enlighten them about what this movement is all about. Let’s take a few moments to check out these timely facts before discussing how Geek Pride Day is actually observed.
- After the “Lord of the Rings” movies, Viggo Mortensen (who played Aragorn) bought the horse he rode in the film, plus two other horses.
- In the Marvel multiverse, our reality is known as Earth-1218.
- The original Pac-Man arcade game had 256 levels. Unfortunately, the final level had a glitch that made it unbeatable.
Observing Geek Pride Day
We think this holiday is quite easy to celebrate. All one really has to do is enjoy the aspects of geek culture they love. Of course, the holiday is even better when shared with friends, so it’s also a great time to connect with like-minded fans and/or friends and throw a party. While celebrating, people can use the hashtag #GeekPrideDay to spread the word about it on the internet.