“Ahoy me hearty!” Sail away on September 19 and celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day! On this day, use your imagination to pretend you are a pirate on a long ocean voyage searching for treasure. Strap on an eye patch, bandana and a pirate hat if you have one. Put on black makeup under your eyes and give your best impression of a Pirate or Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean!
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. An observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello, everyone!” but with “Ahoy, maties!” or “Ahoy, me hearties!”. The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. Learn more HERE about how their Pirate Day came to fruition and how the syndicated humor columnist, Dave Barry, came to publish their idea.
Kiddos have so many opportunities to make this a fun, creative day! Dress like pirates, talk like Pirates (Oh Matey!, Arrr!, Avast Pull me Mast!, Batten Down the Hatches, Black Jack, Blimey!, Crows Nest, Freebooter, Jacob’s Ladder and so many more!) and act like Pirates! Hide a treasure, make a map to find the treasure and engage in fun play having your friends or siblings look for the lost treasure! Enjoy!
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the September 2019 issue. All opinions are my own.