October 12 is the International Moment of Frustration Scream Day: a special holiday for people who are disappointed with their lives. Whether it’s a bad boss, a fight with parents, or the political situation, it’s the day to let the world know about your disappointment.
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of the Wellcat Holidays organization. It was included in the Chase calendar, a collection of important dates in the United States. The holiday was inspired by the iconic painting by expressionist artist Edvard Munch, The Scream. The painting, depicting a man screaming with his hands to his ears, has become an iconic part of popular culture, appearing as a meme on social media.
- Edvard Munch created four different versions of The Scream, each with its own technique and year of completion.
- one version of The Scream sold for over $120 million at Sotheby’s.
- psychologists recommend going to the forest to scream, rather than into the void, and imagining a situation or person that causes stress or anger.
How to take part
To celebrate the holiday, Thomas and Ruth Roy suggest going outside and screaming for 30 seconds to splash out your resentment and anxiety. Shouting has been known to reduce stress, but it is important to choose a place to do it where you won’t frighten passers-by, as this could result in a call to the police.
When is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day celebrated in 2023?
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day is observed on October 12 each year.