When: Always on November 13
Here is a holiday that originated from a cartoon. It all began in Al Capp's "Lil Abner Cartoon in the 1930's. In the cartoon series, the mayor of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his ugly daughter. So he created Sadie Hawkin's Day. On this day, a race is held and all the single men were given a short head start. If a woman catches her man, he had to marry her.
In the early to mid- forties when I was in high school, Sadie Hawkins Day had taken on a mind of its own. Everyone had SH dances where the girls got to ask the boys. Never was that supposed to happen otherwise!! Wow, were we in a different world back then.
Here is Sadie! And following this picture is a comic strip about the first Sadie Hawkins Race which I think explains what happens.
Since it was successful, every year there was a race for the single gals to chase the single fellows and they could marry what they caught. I think Lil Abner almost got married at least a couple of times, but in the end he did marry his darling Daisy Mae. (Click comic strip to enlarge)
This girl may have been Moonbeam McSwine. The minister, of course, is Marryin' Sam.
I just could not leave out this guy, Joe Btfspk, who walked around under a little rainy cloud - some times were rainier than others. There were so many wonderful characters in the strip--. lovely buxom women like Stupefying Jones and Wolfgal. Then there were the Schmoos--it was a great read.