October 6 is Mad Hatter Day!
Mad Hatter Day is a holiday inspired by the Hatter, one of the most memorable characters in Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In the first story, the Cheshire Cat refers to the Hatter and the March Hare as “both mad” during their first appearance in the book – the seventh chapter titled “A Mad Tea-Party.” The Hatter’s silly and nonsensical behavior, including his frequent telling of impossible-to-answer riddles, lead to his well-known, frequently used nickname, the Mad Hatter.
So now that you know more about the Mad Hatter, you can probably guess what this day is all about…madness! Or a bit of silliness, at least. The holiday was first celebrated in Boulder, Colorado in 1986 by a group of bored computer technicians who felt like acting a bit silly. Not only were they inspired by the Mad Hatter, but by his top hat, which features a slip of paper with “In this style 10/6″ written on it. Thus, they chose October 6 as their day of nonsense.
To celebrate Mad Hatter Day, grab a crazy top hat, gather your friends for a tea party, and let the madness begin!
Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org