This is the first of our weekly roundup of upcoming events, and the timing couldn’t be better as Monday 5th August is Underwear Day! Giving a new meaning to the term “flash mob”, this is a great opportunity to get a load of friends together, wear your underpants on the outside of your clothes, then break into spontaneous dance at a prearranged time. Just make sure to take into account the location: outside a church could cause quite a fuss, yet a nudist beach would see very few heads turn.

*breathes into hands and has a good old sniff* That’s right, Tuesday 6th August is a time to present everyone you meet with a minty blast of oral hygiene goodness! Fresh Breath Day was created to promote the importance of keeping those gnashers sparkly and clean, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun by saying “ting!” every time you give a toothy grin.

Everyone loves a trusty Argand lamp, and Wednesday 7th August pays tribute to those tall, slim buildings that house them, shining light in sea captains’ faces. If you live near one of these essential maritime structures, make sure to salute it as part of Lighthouse Day, taking a moment to reflect on how many lives it will have saved from a watery grave over the years.

Well golly jeepers, ain’t life just swell? Forget Christmas and your birthday, Thursday 8th August is officially the happiest day on the planet! Established by the Secret Society of Happy People in 1999, Happiness Happens Day encourages us to spread cheer, joy, high fives and ear-to-ear smiles because… well… there’s plenty to be happy about in life!

A brilliant but risky combination, Friday 9th August is both Book Lovers Day and Rice Pudding Day. It’s a time to relax with a good read and a bowl of rich, creamy goodness; just make sure not to stain your Stephen King!

Don’t know about you but today’s Saturday 10th August, and we’re hungry like the wolf! Duran Duran Day celebrates the band that’s so amazing they named themselves twice, so whack on some of their timeless tunes and dance to the New Wave synth pop genius like it’s 1982 all over again. It’s also Garage Sale Day, but for the love of God don’t sell your copy of Rio.

You, whoever you may be, have the right to enjoy your Sunday, and no one believed this more than the American orator Robert Green Ingersoll. A campaigner for women’s and minority rights, it’s people like Ingersoll who paved the way to the freedom we enjoy today. It’s only right to celebrate Ingersoll Day, and you can do this any way you wish!

Thanks for reading. Now go seize the day!

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