Sadie Hawkins Day


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Sadie Hawkins Day

Usually first Saturday in November
Sadie Hawkins Day was created as a day when spinsters can legitimately chase bachelors; if caught, the men are obliged to marry their pursuers. Artist Al Capp invented the unpretty but hopeful Sadie Hawkins and her day in his comic strip, L'il Abner, some time in the 1930s. In the following decades, Sadie Hawkins Days, usually featuring dances to which males were invited by females, were popular on school campuses. Celebrations are rarer now.
Capp's long-running L'il Abner, named for its good-looking but not-too-bright hero, injected the hillbilly characters of Dogpatch into American culture.
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 199
DictDays-1988, p. 100
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Each unit provides graphics, special activities for selected days and holidays, a teacher's reference calendar, and recommended books and web sites for the activities; for example, the April activities include an April vocabulary word search, a list of holidays in April including the Boston marathon, Arbor Day and Sadie Hawkins Day, a quick teacher's reference to special days, and ideas for learning activities related to each day.
It enriched the national vocabulary with the likes of Dogpatch, Daisy Mae, Sadie Hawkins Day, and the genetically challenged clan Yokum.
Set in the hillbilly town of Dogpatch, the strip featured a large number of brilliantly conceived and memorably drawn characters and situations, including Li'l Abner's parents, Ma and Pa Yokum; his girl friend, Daisy Mae; the dirty but beautiful Moonbeam McSwine; and the Sadie Hawkins Day race, with women in pursuit of the town's eligible bachelors.