Oscar The Grouch Day
Oscar The Grouch Day is observed next on Thursday, June 1st, 2023 (112 days from today).
Oscar the Grouch is a fictional character living in a trash can on "Sesame Street" with a green body and no nose. Oscar doesn't know what a happy birthday means and believes the best part about birthdays is that you don't have to celebrate them again for a whole year when they're gone. It was episode 3,866 of "Sesame Street" that revealed that Oscar's birthday is on June 1st.
History of Oscar the Grouch Day
The Oscar the Grouch puppet was made by Muppets Inc for the children's television series "Sesame Street", which began airing in 1969. As 51 seasons, the show became one of most iconic television shows.
What inspired Jim Henson, one of the creators of "Sesame Street," to Oscar the Grouch was a rude waiter at a restaurant called Oscar's Salt of the Sea. In his early sketches, Oscar was a fierce-looking spiky monster with a bright red color. However, the technological limitations of the time led him to redesign Oscar with orange feathers before it premiered in 1969. Oscar got his green in the second season. On the show, he said he turned pale after spending his vacation at Swamp Mushy Muddy, where it was very humid, leaving him moldy and slimy.
According to author Robert W. Morrow in his books "Sesame Street" and the Reform of Children's Television, Oscar the Grouch was created to showcase ethnic and racial diversity. His interests and manners are different from the other characters of the show. These differences are used by the creators as a metaphor for racial differences to solve social problems.
In the early years of its debut, enthusiastic young viewers of “Sesame Street” sent Oscar the Grouch trash gifts via Children's Video Conferencing. These include an old box of sneakers, an old shower cap and old poppy seeds.
“Don't hit my can! Go away," was Oscar's first line in episode 1 of "Sesame Street," which remains the epitome of his personality more than 50 years later.
Some facts about Oscar the Grouch Day
- Not all green
In the first season of "Sesame Street," Oscar the Grouch was orange, and only in the second season did he get his signature color, green.
- Typical grouper
The song 'I Love Trash' that Oscar sings was written and composed by Jeff Moss specifically for him.
- A voice is a crazy voice
The voice of Oscar the Grouch was inspired by a Bronx taxi driver who one day Carol Spinney would go to work.
- A parrot fish is a waltz
Oscar's signature song 'I Love Trash' is a waltz and was named the third best song in "Sesame Street" history by Billboard magazine.
- Oscars Dream
According to Jeff Moss, the lead writer of "Sesame Street," he dreamed about Oscar the Grouch after educators suggested that there should be a character who was always unhappy.
How to celebrate Oscar the Grouch Day
- Name your grouch
To deal with your difficult part, give it a name and confirm it. It will keep you away from the feeling. Negative thoughts are an essential part of our thought process, but they don't necessarily define us.
- Schedule grumpy time
Take a moment for your inner passion. Take five minutes and let it out. Allow yourself to complain and feel miserable, and you'll feel better afterward.
- Do something kind
The best way to improve your inner self is to perform random acts of kindness. They don't have to be big. Bringing a flower to a neighbor, or paying the fare for the car behind you and doing other similar small acts of kindness will greatly help you.
ObservedOscar The Grouch Day has been observed annually on June 1st.
Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Thursday, June 1st, 2023
Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Sunday, June 1st, 2025