May 25 is observed as Geek Pride Day internationally. A geek is commonly regarded as someone who is addicted to technology and who spends more time online than offline, and seen as a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person. However, over the years, the meaning has changed and geeks are seen as computer expert or gadget enthusiast or technology hobbyist. Some studies show that the addiction of the new generation to smartphones is ever increasing with a good majority of ?Geeks? admitting to using their phones whilst driving.
Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture since 2006. It is celebrated annually on 25th May to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, The first worldwide celebration took place Spain through the internet but now has spread all over the world. Prior to that it use to be local event organized by Tim McEachern as Geek Pride Festival at a bar in Albany, New York, from 1998 to 2000.
Currently, geeks have a manifesto with list of the basic rights and responsibilities and a Geek Pride Day website. The day is observed with enthusiasm at Ottawa's Science and Technology Museum in Canada. The festival has spread further to many big cities of the world with towel folding events for fun.
The festival has spread further to many major cities of the world with towel folding events for fun and geeks are being called with other names like Nerds and Dorks. So, throw off the shackles of scorn and celebrate your uber Geekiness today!
The Geek Manifesto lists the following rights of a geek.
The right to associate with other nerds.
The right to be even geekier.
The right to be out of style.
The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
The right to have few friends (or none at all).
The right to not leave your house.
The right to not like football or any other sport.
The right to show off your geekiness.
The right to take over the world.