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Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day

Feb 20 Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo-Day -- At high noon (local time) citizens are asked to go outdoors and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase winter and make ready for spring, one month from now.

Scroll down past these photos for our Top 20 ways to celebrate Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day. Enjoy!

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A photo of Tom Roy getting ready to lead elementary students, senior citizens and various local dignitaries in the celebration of  Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day in Mahoney City, PA. Event sponsored by the Senior Center and Lutheran Social Services.

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Joe Calhoun from Lancaster, PA's WGAL Channel 8 did his weather forecast live from Mahanoy City on Hoodie Hoo Day.

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Julia C. Supernavich, left, Barnesville, and Connie A. Zaremba, Mahanoy City, don crazy hats and have fun chasing away the winter blues Thursday in celebration of Hoodie-Hoo Day in Mahanoy City. 

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The little people at Schuylkill Haven Senior Center certainly knew how to encourage warmer weather too, but we understand they called it "Hoodie Hula Day!"

Top 20 ways to deal with cabin fever

    Dictionary definition of cabin fever: uneasiness or distress resulting from a lack of environmental stimulation as when living in a remote, sparsely populated region or a small enclosed space. Celebrate Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Day to combat cabin fever: antidotes, cures and other imagined wisdom from the creators of Wellcat Holidays.

1)      Order seeds from your favorite seed catalogs (even if you don’t garden at all; the very act of ordering seeds is as cathartic and wonderful as a placebo for migraines)

2)      Sign up for yoga or other fitness classes at the nearest YMCA or local gym; again, it doesn’t matter if you attend, just the act of signing up and spending all that money will be a spiritual—and financial—awakening to prepare you for transition from cabin to spring fever

3)      Start spring housecleaning with a frenzied, possibly organized, zeal; remember that April 7th heralds another Wellcat Holiday: No Housework Day, and now is the time to get into training to avoid future guilt

4)      Schedule a cruise to an exotic island, just in time for hurricane season

5)      File your taxes early this year

6)      Book a weekend in Cape May prior to first day of spring (March 20) and promise to swim a quarter mile in the Atlantic, regardless of water temperature (break promise as soon as toes touch the tide, of course)

7)      Offer to dig all dandelion out of neighbor’s yards as soon as first green shoots appear; charge minimum wage, if you wish; then turn around and sell same greens at highest market rate, along with tips on how to use dandelion for spring elixir, purgative, and fine home made wine

8)      Begin writing your memoirs, preferably using number 2 lead pencil on yellow legal pad or in specially bound, expensive journal

9)      Check for ticks and fleas—it’s never too soon

10)  Memorize all important dates remaining on your personal calendar for the year; this is not only a practical way of keeping track of social commitments, it’s a good mental exercise to ward off potential memory loss

11)  Climb up on roof and clean out rain gutters, even if they are frozen; the simple act of elevating your body above ground level will no doubt be inspiring

12)  Plan at least one time a week to introduce yourself to a neighbor or co-worker you’ve seen every day for years but have never spoken to

13)  Experiment with sending the wrong checks to all the new conglomerates and see if they’ll notice that you’ve sent your phone bill to the cable company or paid your electric bill via a different bank (if you’ve figured out which newly merged company is the one you meant to be dealing with, please let us know, we’re still trying to figure it out!)

14)  Celebrate various Wellcat Holidays as soon as possible, regardless of when they appear on our annual calendar (Bathtub Party Day, for example, is not just for December 5th; nor is Answer Your Cat’s Day or Lips Appreciation Day cast in stone on any calendar)

15)  Take your life’s savings—or a big chunk of it—and go to local health food or herb or drug store and buy everything you’ve read about in Prevention Magazine; even if you only use some of the purchased items, just as with all the above suggestions, the very thought of doing something good means you’ve taken a step forward in combating cabin fever

16)  Connect with a new spiritual or social experience: go to a palm reader, take your spouse to a swinging singles club, read a book on Celtic & Druidic rituals, attend a pow wow, make your own set of runes, find a favorite incense to burn

17)  Go to Goodwill or a flea market and buy a new piece of furniture, even if it’s truly ugly or lacks function; you can always give it away or sell it during your next garage sale

18)  Read Chase’s Annual Events cover to cover—aloud—in place of watching your favorite tv show one night each week

19)  Set your clocks ahead early, then keep reminding yourself that you’re simply one hour off from the rest of the world

20)  Adopt one new habit, even if it annoys family and friends (promise yourself to break same habit before spring actually arrives)


Please note! All holidays created by Thomas & Ruth Roy, under the name of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs, are, indeed, copyrighted. If you wish to make use of them in any fashion, for profit, we respectfully request that you contact us for appropriate contract arrangements. If, on the other hand, you wish to use them in some non-profit fashion, we still would request you contact us, to ensure permission.

As you can tell, we are still working on written copy to provide—as so many of you have requested over the years—more information in print. Please be patient as we co-author much of the material which, collaboratively, Thomas and I would like to see published in a book (Wellness . . . With a Grain of Salt). We began offering that much sought after “more information” about this and all of our other holidays, in interviews—mostly radio, often for magazine and newspaper columnists. Thus, while we are both writers, life’s little distractions have kept us from actually putting our thoughts on paper in any coherent, cohesive manner.

What we will be offering includes:

Top 20 reasons and ways to celebrate this and each of our other holidays; recipes (after all, what the heck is any celebration without food!?); some select rituals or traditions which might suit you and your family, friends, or co-workers; some possibly irreverent humor about the reasons each holiday came into existence. And whatever the heck other stuff we think will amuse, entertain, provoke and somehow satisfy the many people who look at Wellcat Holidays as the wacky but uplifting ways to celebrate human nature & life.

Want to contribute your version of “how to celebrate?” Pick a holiday, jot down your own thoughts about it and send your comments to us at wellcat@comcast.net.   We’ll be glad to read what you send and might even (with your permission) publish your contribution to our Wellcat Holidays. After all, it’s merely a state of mind, my dear.

We’ll be glad to read what you send and might even (with your permission) publish your contribution to our Wellcat Holidays After all, it’s merely a state of mind, my dear.


Ruth & Thomas Roy

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