WORLD GOTH DAY
Every year on May 22nd World Goth Day celebrates the Goth scene. The day also provides the opportunity to make Goth’s presence known to the rest of the world.
When you see a person with pale skin wearing dark clothing, you might associate them with the Gothic subculture. Usually shortened as Goth, this subculture began in England in the 1980s. Goths are known to find beauty in things that other people consider dark. Because of their love for the dark side, some people misinterpret them as being evil. This is not the case, however, as Goths are not immoral.
Unfortunately, Goths are very misunderstood. Other people might consider them depressed or a loner. However, this is not how Goths usually view themselves. They love to laugh, although not everyone understands their sense of humor.
In the entertainment industry, there is an entire Gothic genre. Some of the most famous Goth characters in film and television include:
- Eric Draven (The Crow)
- Abby Sciuto from NCIS
- Tina from Glee
- Wednesday Adams of The Adams Family
- Frederick from Frasier
- Robin Daggers from How I Met Your Mother
Goth has also heavily influenced the music scene, especially punk bands. Some of the most famous Goth bands include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, London After Midnight, and the Cure. Common elements in Goth music include scything guitars, high-pitched basslines, and deadpan vocals. Besides music and film, the Goth subculture is also found in literature, fashion, and art.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD GOTH DAY
Goth parties, art and fashion shows, and concerts are popular events on this day. If you would like to take part in this day, you don’t have to dress in Goth. (Although you might find it fun to do so!) Here are some other ways to participate:
- Read classic Gothic literature, such as Dracula, Jane Eyre, or Wuthering Heights.
- Watch a movie featuring Goth characters, such as Edward Scissorhands or Beetlejuice.
- Listen to Goth music.
- Host your own Goth-themed party.
- Make a donation to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which campaigns against image-based prejudice.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, spread awareness by sharing #WorldGothDay on social media.
WORLD GOTH DAY HISTORY
In May 2009, a radio station in Great Britain was discussing music subcultures. From this discussion, Goth music DJs, Cruel Britannia, and Martin Oldgoth created World GothDay. They decided the day would fall on May 22nd. World Goth Day began in the United Kingdom and is now celebrated throughout the world.