Late last month, a boy had a dream. And that dream quickly become one of the most buzzed-about words on the internet. Are you feeling down? Are you tired of politics and non-stop news? Then you need Woolfenoot.
Okay, But What Is It?
A seven-year-old kid from New Zealand came up with the idea of Woolfenoot, a new holiday to celebrate the spirit of wolves (and dogs) with small gifts, cake, and roasted meats.
Jax Goss, the boy’s mother, shared the idea on Facebook, where it went viral very quickly. On Woolfenoot—the 23 of November—is when the Spirit of the Wolf hides little presents around the house. And people who love dogs and are kind to them get better gifts. This is automatically better than any cat-based holiday, since gifts from cats tend to be half-eaten lizards and mice.
To celebrate the day of feasting, you’re supposed to eat a cake frosted to look like the full moon. You’re also meant to eat plenty of roasted meat. In New Zealand, November is summertime, so presumably they’ll be able to enjoy a nice cookout. Those of us in North America will probably snag some Thanksgiving leftovers.
How Did a Kid Come Up with This?
Jax Goss, the boy’s mom, explained that her son is always making up interesting stories and exciting ideas. This one just happened to take off in a big way. “He is this sweet little empathetic kid who strongly objects to meanness and injustice and likes people around him to be happy, so that probably fed into it,” she explained on Twitter. “I work at a zoo, so I am quite conservation minded, and we’ve had a lot of conversations about, you know, protecting animals and protecting wildlife so that maybe factored in.”
Will You Celebrate?
If you want to get in with the thousands of people who are howling with excitement over the new holiday, tag your social media with #woolfenoot. Hopefully the excitement will last another month and we’ll see plenty of moon cakes, meat, and happy dogs across the globe.