KEY POINTS

  • The term "paranormal" comprises everything that cannot be explained by science or logic
  • National Paranormal Day celebrates the subject, from ghosts to UFOs and Bigfoot
  • Below are some interesting and fun ways people can observe the occasion

Today's holiday celebrates the things that are rather "otherworldly." National Paranormal Day, celebrated every third of May, is perfect for those fascinated with the unknown and mysterious things of the world.

Some people tend to think of ghosts when they hear the word paranormal, but it actually covers many other phenomena, from vampires to UFOs and the elusive Bigfoot. Even something as simple yet mysterious occurrence as déjà vu can be considered paranormal, National Day Calendar noted.

"Paranormal is a term used to describe occurrences that can't be explained by ordinary scientific measures," the outlet said. "They are outside the norm."

But no matter what kind of paranormal events one is interested in, today is the day to celebrate it. After all, a vast majority of Americans seem to have some thoughts about the paranormal. A survey conducted by National Today found that 80% of Americans believe in ghosts, 45% of whom said that they'd never seen one, while 35% said that they had. The survey also found that 90% of Americans are afraid of the paranormal.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the interest in the paranormal appears to have persisted. For instance, National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) recently reported a significant spike in UFO sightings in the U.S. during the pandemic-related lockdowns.

Just like the mysterious things celebrated on this holiday, the origin of National Paranormal Day is also a mystery, National Today said. The only thing known about it is that it started in 2013. Since then, the occasion has been an excellent time for believers and skeptics alike to celebrate the intriguing subject.

On this day, let's take a look at some of the interesting and fun ways people can celebrate National Paranormal Day. (Courtesy --National Today, National Day Calendar and Days of the Year)

  1. Watch paranormal content. There is a wealth of movies and television shows that dwell on the paranormal subject matter, whether one's interest is on ghosts or some other phenomenon. Spend the day watching some of your favorite paranormal-themed movies or shows today, or perhaps try watching new ones. Even watching documentaries on the matter may be a fun way to celebrate the occasion.
  2. Read up on real events. There are many accounts of paranormal experiences. American writer Charles Fort, for instance, compiled at least 40,000 notes on such paranormal experiences, from crop circles to spontaneous combustion. One way to celebrate the holiday is to research real paranormal accounts, perhaps some that may have happened close to your location.
  3. Learn about the biggest mysteries in the world. Many paranormal events have happened across the world. For the holiday, why not research some interesting paranormal events and phenomena in other countries? Or perhaps dig in some of the world's biggest mysteries, for instance, the Bermuda Triangle or even the mysterious case of Jack the Ripper.
  4. Visit a paranormal-related place. Those feeling a little brave may observe National Paranormal Day by visiting places where paranormal events have been known to occur. Whether something happens or not, it may still make for a thrilling experience.
  5. Share a paranormal story. Many people have their own share of paranormal activities, so why not share them with others today? Whether one does it in a "paranormal party" or simply by sharing it with some friends or on social media, it may start a rather spooky conversation that’s perfect for the occasion. Those who will share on social media may use #nationalparanormalday.

Ghost/Spirit Pictured: Representational image. Photo: Syaibatul Hamdi/Pixabay