Hobbit Day was first proclaimed by the American Tolkien Society in 1978. The date of September 22 was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo. In the books both hobbits were said to be born on the same day, but on different years (2890 and 2968 in the Third Age, respectively).
Tolkien fans can celebrate the holiday in different ways. Some of them throw parties with food, dancing and fireworks, resembling the celebration of Bilbo's birthday described in the books. Others go barefooted to honor the hobbits who never wear shoes.
Some libraries and schools use Hobbit Day as an opportunity to educate people about Tolkien's works by hosting various events such as exhibitions, public readings, contests. These events can be held during the entire week surrounding the holiday, which is referred to as Tolkien Week.
Hobbit Day is not the only holiday celebrated by Tolkien fans. On March 25, they observe Tolkien Reading Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the fall of Sauron.Remind me with Google Calendar
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