FESTIVUS, the secular holiday created by the writer DAN O'KEEFE and later used in a Seinfeld storyline, is officially underway, reports CBS News. The holiday is celebrated on the 23rd December each year and allows individuals to 'air their grievances' and tell loved ones how they've disappointed them in the last 12 months. The festivities also include the shunning of holiday 'commercialism' and the eating of meatloaf without alcohol.
O'Keefe passed the idea of 'Festivus' onto his screenwriter son Daniel, who used it as part of a storyline on the hit US sitcom. However, what began as an amusing storyline on the show has since become a traditional 'holiday', especially for comedians, writers, and humourists. In the Seinfeld episode titled 'The Strike', Jerry Stiller's character 'Frank Costanza' spoke of his refusal to conform to traditional Christmas consumerism and therefore invented 'Festivus'. As well as the 'Airing of Grievances', the holiday also includes activities such as the 'Feats of Strength' and 'Festivus Miracles'.
This year's celebration comes just days after Seinfeld creator Jerry Seinfeld announced that he would be playing a one-off show at London's O2 Arena next year, his first in the UK for over ten years.