Review of an Unofficial Holiday
|Plush Toy Monkey in Pink Ombre Yarn on Etsy|
Monkey Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is celebrated internationally on December 14. The day is mainly about monkeys, but also recognizes other [non-human] primates such as apes, tarsiers and lemurs. (Our own Sylvestermouse knows about the Mouse Lemur!)
The holiday was started in 2000 when artist Casey Sorrow was an art student at Michigan State University and one day jokingly scribbled “Monkey Day” on a friend's calendar.
The holiday grew from there to include many “Monkey business” celebrations which bring about awareness of the animals and to raise money for primate-related issues.
Some 'monkey lovers' go on shopping sprees for Paul Frank 'Julius the monkey' fashions.
Monkey Day 'Doings'
- Many zoos have 'Monkey Day' celebrations
- Competitions are held to see who has the best costumes and who can act like a monkey the longest
- Celebrate the day by eating Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, which is, of course, Banana Ice Cream with Fudge Chunks & Walnuts. YUM!
- Hallmark cards describes it as “one day when monkey business is actually encouraged.”
- In 2016, the Chinese New Year is the 'Year of the Monkey'.
|Handmade Sock Monkey Doll|
Sock Monkeys have been popular long before “Monkey Day” came about. The original 'Red Heel' sock monkey design has become an icon.
The famous red-heel sock monkey was originally made from red-heel socks knitted by the Nelson Knitting Company, which invented the sock-knitting machine in 1880. This automatic machine invented by John Nelson knitted a sock without seams in the heel.
This handmade sock monkey can be found in the Etsy Shop called Folk Art Fibers. The Etsy shopkeeper who creates these sock monkeys lives in Rockford, Illinois, home of the original Rockford Red Heel Socks which she uses for her handmade sock monkeys!
|Handmade Amigurumi Toy Monkey|
He measures 12 inches tall (8 inches tall in a sitting position) and about 3 inches across. His tail is 6 inches long.
Childhood Monkey Memory
|Image from PIxabay|
My favorite childhood 'monkey' story comes from a zoo field trip I made with my second grade class in school. This particular 'monkey house' had chimpanzees in a big cage with just a 3 foot tall bar located about 2 feet out from the cage separating the visitors from the monkey cage. Naturally, curious 7-year-old me went under the bar and right up to the cage, fascinated with the antics of the chimps swinging from trees and bars and scampering about. I got too close and suddenly a chimp just snatched away my brown paper lunch bag with my jelly sandwich and chocolate chip cookies that was supposed to be my lunch that day! The 'monkeys' ate my lunch and I cried. (I also got reprimanded by both my teacher and the zoo staff for disobeying the rules, although my teacher later made sure I got something to eat for lunch!) :)
Mark December 14 on your calendar for "Monkey Day"
So, however you choose to celebrate “Monkey Day”, whether you dress up in a costume, take a trip to the zoo to see the monkeys, read a book about monkeys (like the popular childrens' books about “Curious George”), or do your own brand of silly and fun 'monkey business', enjoy celebrating these interesting primates.
Happy 'Monkey Day'!
|Sign of the Monkey Greeting Card available on Amazon|
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