Geek Pride Day
(Also known as Nerd Pride Day)
Geek Pride Day is observed next on Thursday, May 25th, 2023 (107 days from today).
Geek Pride Day celebrates all things geeky.
History of Geek Pride Day
Geeks and eccentric culture today are celebrated and promoted. This date began in 2006, but various predecessors have come before it. The Geek Pride festival was organized by Tim McEachern at a bar in Albany, New York, from 1998 to 2000. Dick Morley, the "father" of the programmable logic controller, organized Geek Pride Days was held at his resort in New Hampshire, starting in 2001. The Geek Pride Day we celebrate today originated in Spain, with the idea of a Spanish blogger. Germán Martínez in 2006. He chose May 25 as its date because it was the anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars movie. was released in 1977. In Madrid, 300 self-proclaimed geeks played the human game Pac-Man together that day. Rights and responsibilities for tech enthusiasts have also been written down. These rights include the "right not to 'be in style'" and "the right not to like football or any other sport", as well as responsibilities such as "to attend any interesting movies on opening night and buy every interesting book before anyone else."
The idea of the day went viral on the internet and was first officially celebrated in the United States in 2008. The following day, Science Channel included a special program related to the day. The day spread to other countries in the following years, with celebrations, parties, meetings and parades taking place around the world.
The word geek comes from the English dialect "geek" or "geck," which means stupid or freaky. "Geck" in modern German means fool or cheater. In eighteenth-century Austria, Gecken was the monster in some circuses. In North America in the 19th century, geek meant an artist performing in a professional performance.
What does it mean to be a freak these days? An inquisitive person is often seen as eccentric, unorthodox, socially awkward, intellectual, and uninterested in fashion. Geeks are similar to nerds. The term geek can be sentimental, but it's often derogatory. It can be used as a punishment for children and adolescents by their peers. Inquisitive people can be looked down upon for being unsportsmanlike, unfashionable, out of touch with society, lonely, unpopular, and for focusing on their studies. On the other hand, the term can carry a more positive connotation. An enthusiast can be thought of as someone who seems to know everything about a complex or intellectually stimulating subject, who is fascinated by issues related to technology, math, science fiction , fantasy literature or video games. Nowadays, many tech professionals who self-identify as related to technology have become the heads of top tech companies. No matter how an eccentric is described, one thing is for sure, they go against common sense. On Geek Pride Day, they are proud of this.
How to celebrate Geek Pride Day
If you consider yourself a freak, proudly wave your passion flag today. Share your enthusiasm and pride in your extravagant hobbies and interests with others; perhaps you might be interested in someone on a topic that has long been used to label you as an enthusiast. You could spend the day trying to find like-minded people who share your interests, or meet people you already know with similar interests and explore your interests together. Watch Star Wars, play Dungeons and Dragons, build computers, dress up in stylish looks, or grab coins, postage stamps, or your rock music collection. Create a human Pac-Man. If you know someone who identifies as an eccentric, you can wish them a "Happy Enthusiast Pride Day". Just make sure they consider themselves a curious person, as it would be inappropriate to attribute this term to someone. You can also check out events like meetups and parades that may be happening in your community.
ObservedGeek Pride Day has been observed annually on May 25th.
Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Thursday, May 25th, 2023
Saturday, May 25th, 2024
Sunday, May 25th, 2025
Germán Martínez in 2006