May 25 is Geek Pride Day
Geeks are everywhere. They’ve come a long way from the days when the IT room was their only stomping ground. Your commute is filled with people playing Ninja Pizza Girl. Your web developer friend spends their Saturday nights coding. And you feel little guilt over a weekend-long Star Wars marathon.
If you’re a long-time geek, but haven’t shared your love of fantasy literature, mathematics, or science fiction films with the world, then Geek Pride Day is your day to let your geek flag fly. Geek Pride Day falls on May 25, with celebrations held all around the world.
The history of Geek Pride Day
Some say that the prelude to the geek pride initiative began through a series of unconnected events held in New York from 1998 to 2000, which self-confessed gaming nerd Tim McEachern held under the name Geek Pride Festival.
Spanish blogger German Martinez took this concept one step further in 2006, when he came up with the idea to dedicate a special day to celebrate the power of the geek. Martinez’s idea spread quickly across the internet, and the world, after mainstream media cottoned on to the concept. The first Geek Pride Day saw 300 geeks gather in Madrid to play human Pacman.
What’s so special about May 25?
Geeks are known to be thorough people, so naturally May 25 wasn’t chosen randomly. May 25 is also famous for:
- Star Wars Release: The release of the first Star Wars film: Episode IV: A New Hope, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017
- Towel Day: Fans of the famous trilogy, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, have dubbed May 25 as “Towel Day”, which aims to honour author Douglas Adams. It’s recommended fans carry their towel with them at all times on this day.
- Glorious May 25: The day in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld that celebrates the People’s Revolution. Since Pratchett’s death, it has become an impromptu Alzheimer’s disease awareness day. Fans wear sprigs of lilac in his honour
How to celebrate Geek Pride Day
Want to do things differently on Geek Pride Day. Here’s a few ways to celebrate at home or in the office.
- Learn a new geek skill, such as web design or web development
- Throw a geek-themed morning tea at work to raise funds for your local Alzheimer’s charity
- Celebrate the Star Wars 40th anniversary with a movie marathon
- Head to your local comic book store and add some new titles to your collection
- Connect with fellow geeks via a meet-up group or social media.
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