International Drum Month is a worldwide holiday dedicated to drums. These musical instruments have been known since ancient times and have a long history of development. The rhythmic beats produce an interesting sound that can vary greatly depending on the diameter of the drum and the structure of its frame. That’s why May is the best month to learn more about drums and even learn to play them! It is celebrated annually on May 1.
The drum is a percussion musical instrument. It is known that drums were made in ancient times. At that time, people made the frame itself from wood, which was covered with animal skins. At that time, drums were an important tool for ceremonies and secret rites. They were actively used by shamans. People believed that by means of rhythmic beats it was possible to contact with the other world, and also to operate the processes of nature (to cause rain, for example).
Today there are entire drum sets that include drums of different sizes and structures, as well as metal cymbals. They are needed to create music in different genres. The most in demand drums in heavy music – rock and metal. Without them it is impossible to imagine these directions.
- Researchers believe that the drum was created to imitate the sound of the heart beating or the earth shaking.
- The oldest drums were found during excavations in Mesopotamia (an ancient state). Their age is about 60 thousand years.
- Cheese Kit Diptych is the name of the drum set created from Dutch cheese. The only inedible element is the metal plates.
How to celebrate
Visit museums in your city where you can see exhibits of ancient drums. Enroll in a drumming class to learn basic skills. Listen to your favorite songs that use these instruments to make music.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if they know how to play the drums.
When is International Drum Month Celebrated in 2024?
International Drum Month is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on May the 1st each year.