One of the many month-long celebrations in November is National Pepper Month. I’m not sure how one spends an entire month celebrating the pepper, but luckily there are plenty of other options to mix in this month as well. For example, it’s also Banana Pudding Lovers Month, Peanut Butter Lovers Month as well as Fun with Fondue Month. Plenty of culinary options to help keep your energy up, while you’re working on your next novel for National Novel Writing Month. I love these celebrations, which, of course was my inspiration to found World Watercolor Month in July. The idea of celebrating something you’re passionate about, even the littlest of things in life, is a beautiful idea! So if you love peppers, then this is your month to go pepper crazy.
When I was a kid, a month was about as long as many of my interests lasted. I was so curious about everything and wanted to learn more. I devoted an entire month to learning Native American Sign Language once just because I had stumbled across a book about it at a garage sale. I immediately formed a club consisting of kids on my block so they could learn it with me. I’m not sure they initially shared my enthusiasm, but they went along for the ride. Unfortunately, the illustrations in the book were either small and difficult to decipher or unitentionally comical, much like the safety instructions in the seat pocket of an airplane. After many of our signs were simply interpreted as obscene gestures by parents and teachers, our dreams of having our own secret language quickly disappeared.
Throughout my life, I’ve had many things that I’ve been passionate about. That’s why the idea of celebrating these obscure holidays is so much fun. Somebody, somewhere decided to pull people together around a single passion. Like I’ve done with my passion for watercolor. But it made me think about all the little things that we could use as an excuse to get together with friends and spend a day enjoying it as a group. The more ridiculously simple the better. A spontaneous and silly reason to pull together the people you enjoy most could make for such an entertaining day. Next time you’re looking for a little fun with friends, just remember, if you can’t think of anything fun to do, you can always though reason aside and simply celebrate the pepper.
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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Carmine, Red Orange, Phthalo. Green Light and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!