Over the weekend of May 22 to 24, 2009, a decision was made at BBC Radio 6 to sponsor a musical subculture weekend, which would include Goth programming on Friday, May 22. This was the humble beginning of an event, which by the next year, would be known as World Goth Day.
This special day offers Goths the opportunity to not only celebrate the existence of their spooky subculture, but to raise public awareness of its actuality as well. How these goals are accomplished however, depends upon the participants, their locations and other similar factors.
Because World Goth Day falls on a Tuesday this year, some of the bigger celebrations will be taking place on Saturday. Some of these festive occasions include the World Goth Day 2012 Dance Party sponsored by the Dancing Ghosts in San Francisco and a fundraiser for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in Tewkesbury, U.K.
For those, such as myself, who live in areas where there are no planned events, celebrating the day may consist of smaller celebrations with Goth friends, if they're available, or simply by listening to some good Gothic music, reading some dark literature or perhaps, watching a scary horror movie. Whatever way you choose to celebrate, all I can say is ENJOY!
For fuller listings of events, downloadable music and posters, forums and other general information you can go to the World Goth Day Website.