Whether you’re a Marvel or DC fan or something in between, superheroes are a part of our pop culture. And for those who don’t know, April 28th is National Superhero Day. On this day, you can celebrate your favorite caped crusader who makes the world a better place for their universe. But what is a superhero day and why is it important?
As the name implies, National Superhero Day is a date in our calendar year that’s designated to honor both real and fictional heroes. While many people might imagine faux characters such as Iron Man or Batman, the day was created to also pay homage to real life heroes that exhibit acts of bravery big and small.
The holiday first began back in 1995 when Marvel Comics employees came up with the idea to create a quirky day that was dedicated to characters from the fictitious universe they created. But the fun holiday quickly became a fan favorite and continues to nearly two decades later.
Along with promoting popular characters from your favorite comic book, the day has also become an inspirational — and playful — way to inspire acts of service. Celebrities that play superheroes in movies or on television dress up as their beloved characters and visit children in the hospital to bring cheer and boost spirits.
And this National Superhero Day, you can channel your inner Harley Quinn, Scarlet Witch, or Wonder Woman literally and figuratively. While the day is ideal for paying it forward with acts of service that bolster our faith in humanity, you can also take a literal approach to embodying your favorite superhero character.
Take this day to get a little creative with makeup. Maybe you opt for a more traditional approach with a classic natural glam effect such as that seen on Diana/Wonder Woman. Or, play up your creative license with a reinterpretation of the Scarlet Witch, Vision or the Invisible Woman. Whichever you choose, be sure to commit to the role with a fun bit of cosplay.
Most importantly, don’t forget that this unofficial holiday is all about acts of service. Be sure to help those close to you, or in your general neighborhood, so that they know how important they are to you.