It seems nowadays, every day is at least some kind of a National Holiday for any kind of reason, and people do celebrate those days. But when they do, who are they celebrating for? When most people commemorate these days with superficial meanings, all they do is purchase the item or upload pictures on their social media with an appropriate hashtag. However, when they buy the items and engage in the so-called celebrations, do they know the deeper history? Also, do they know how this is affecting our economy?
On June 2nd, Americans celebrated National Doughnut Day. The effect of this day was enormous. Especially for doughnut shops because they gained more profit than any other time throughout the year. Debbie Spencer, a shift supervisor at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, shared her experience about National Doughnut Day. She excitingly stated, “National Doughnut Day is definitely the time of the year which we make the most profit. There was a two-hour wait on the street, full of people who are wanting to buy doughnuts and we had to open two lanes of the drive-through.” She shared how a number of people had to wait in order to purchase doughnuts just to celebrate the National Day.
In addition, on Instagram, there were about 524,282 posts uploaded hashtagged with #nationaldoughnutday showing that people were actually celebrating the national day although it may seem superficial and pointless. Spencer ended her comment with a smile, “It is a great day for not only the consumers but also sellers.”
However, whether it is because they just love doughnuts or they want to follow the trend, these people don’t know exactly why they are celebrating National Doughnut Day. Which is also the case with other holidays that we may find ourselves celebrating. For instance, Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day, which is often casually celebrated by simply exchanging chocolates or candies, is supposed to be the remembrance day of St. Valentine. However, the meaning has been long forgotten and instead has become a holiday people celebrate like National Doughnut Day with massive seller benefits.
As a whole, these National Days do not have a negative impact on society or the economy but it is important to remember the more meaningful reasons behind these National Days by gaining an understanding of their histories.