British Columbia’s Wrestling Day Is a New Year’s Eve Hangover Day

There’s no parade, no official events, or even much fanfare about British Columbia’s Wrestling Day, which is celebrated on the day after New Year’s Day — January 2 — every year. It’s a day dedicated to people “wrestling” with their hangovers. It was conceived in the 1940s by a pair of businessmen who concluded that most people wouldn’t be out shopping because they had tied one on for New Year’s and were taking it easy. The two men closed up their respective shops, as did the other 10 business owners who operated in what was then a small village of 600 people. About a decade later, it was voted on and confirmed as an actual bylaw, and it’s been on the books ever since.