Who knew that July 14th was Pandemonium Day? Certainly not me but maybe we all will learn something new today.
The origin of the day is credited in part to author John Milton in his poem “Paradise Lost” which is a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible including their temptation by Satan. The word itself comes from the Greek word ‘pan’ meaning all and the Latin word ‘daemonic’ which translates to demon. In the poem Pandemonium is the capital of Hell.
The current meaning of the word is a little less dramatic in a sense and usually means chaos, disorganization or unpredictable. I think I like that term better.
I guess a great way to celebrate Pandemonium Day is to embrace something unexpected and just do it. If you are an orderly and scheduled person – throw that to the wind and do something totally unplanned. It doesn’t have to be chaotic but out of the ordinary for you.
If your life is already too unorganized and chaotic, maybe today is the day to reassess and see what the cause of the chaos is and address it. Maybe it is time to clean out a drawer or closet, make a list of places you want to visit or people you want to reconnect with. It’s all possible on Pandemonium Day if you need a release from your every day disorganization.
According to the website National Today the following are 4 times when the word Pandemonium appeared in entertainment:
The song ‘Airplanes’ by B.o.B. and Hayley Williams featured the word ‘pandemonium’ in the lyrics.
The Pet Shop Boys’ album. released in 2010, was titled “Pandemonium.”
A horror movie spoof titled “Pandemonium” was released in 1982.
“Pandemonium” is the name of four spinning roller coasters currently operating at Six Flags amusement park in the U.S.
So today how about we celebrate spontaneity and do something unplanned and unpredictable. Leave me a comment and tell me what you do to celebrate Pandemonium Day. All comments go to support our Comments for a Cause — National Parks and Recreation Association.