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The word “Festive” is derived from the Latin word “Festivus.” Festivus is celebrated on 23rd December as a secular celebration. Everyone likes to enjoy holidays, and some occasions are unique than the rest. Festivus is a holiday that is very popular in the United States. It’s also celebrated in memory of the everlasting sitcom “Seinfeld.”
Origination of Festivus:
Festivus was mentioned in a famous sitcom, “Seinfeld,” for the first time in American culture. The meaning of Festivus is “excellent, jovial and lively.” It is derived from Festus, which means: “joyous, holiday and feast day.”
So it tells that one shouldn’t need materialistic objects to be happy rather good company, positive attitude and lively music are enough to celebrate a holiday.
Celebration of Festivus:
The celebration includes an aluminium pole instead of a Christmas tree. In the episode of “Seinfeld,” It was celebrated by serving meatloaf on lettuce, and every person on the table shared what they disliked about themselves and how the world has let them down.
Finally, the wrestling match begins after dinner, which is called “Feats of Strength.” In this game, the head of the house selects one person who would pin the head of the household to the floor.
Four Main Components of Festivus:
The celebration is composed of four main components:
- The Festivus Pole
- The Airing of Grievances
- Festivus Dinner
- The Feats of Strength
The Reality of Festivus:
The idea of Festivus came into existence by the writer Dan O’Keefe of the famous sitcom “Seinfeld.” It was invented by Dan O’keefe’s father in 1966 while celebrating a holiday with his fiancée and named it “Festivus.”
So Dan shared the weird history of Festivus in his script and featured in Season 9 of Seinfeld’s episode “The Strike” in 1997. After the episode was aired, people started to celebrate Festivus, leaving the writer shocked at how they had invented a holiday.