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- Date: Aug 01 - 07 2023
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- Aug 01 - 07 2023
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International Clown Week
Clowns have been around for centuries, entertaining people of all ages. International Clown Week is a time to celebrate these wonderful performers and their contribution to the world of entertainment. From August 1-7, clowns across the globe will be celebrating with special events and performances reflecting on this ancient person who is the origin of laughing.
Our word “clown” comes from the old Icelandic word klunni, which meant “clumsy person,” and is connected to other archaic words like clod, clump, or klutz, which came from old Middle High German. That term is still used today to describe someone who constantly trips over his two left feet.
It’s not easy to make a living as a comedian. It takes a particular kind of individual to be able to make jokes on a regular basis. The preparation is nothing to laugh at, based on the concept that comedians devote enough attention to their jobs to construct a code of principles known as The Eight Clown Commandments.
What is Clown Week all about?
Clown Week was originally held in the 1950s. The first Clown Week was organized by Walt “Wabo” Savage, who is usually recognized for founding it.
August was most likely picked since it fell on the same day as his two young children’s birthdays.
Frank “Kelly the Clow” in 1966, Ray Bickford, President of the Clown Club of America, named Kelly as the principal International Clown Week director.
The Clowns of America International Gathering takes place over the course of a week and includes a variety of activities and festivities. Shows are put on by volunteers, while exhibitions are put on by comedians. Some comedians get their neighborhood chairman to designate International Clown Week as a city festivity to coincide with the week.
History Of International Clown Week
Although perspectives differ on who came up with the concept for a clown week or who was the first to petition their lawmakers for a proclamation declaring it a national holiday, clowns everywhere are delighted it happened.
The event had a humble beginning in the early 1950s, according to history, but on October 8, 1970, the House and Senate accepted the proclamation and sent it to the president for signature into law.
President Nixon signed a proclamation declaring August 1st through 7th as the first official National Clown Week, on August 2nd, 1971.
“Whoever has heard a child’s laughter or seen the sudden delight on the face of a lonely old man has understood in those brief moments mysteries deeper than love,” the declaration begins.
The president believed that anything that brought people joy and happiness, especially children, deserved special attention.
Despite the fact that a proclamation declared the first week of August 1970 as National Clown Week, the tradition of praising the comedian and fooling continued year after year.
Why is it International Clown Week?
When COA (Clown of America) became COAI (Clown of America International), it was decided that International Clown Week should be honored rather than National Clown Week. Despite the fact that International Clown Week is celebrated all around the world, it is only “officially” recognized in the United States. Most clowns refer to it as Clown Week.
Interesting Facts About International Clown Week
Did you know that there’s an entire week dedicated to clowns? It’s true! Every year, during the first week of August, the world celebrates International Clown Week. Here are some fun facts about this wacky holiday:
How To Celebrate International Clown Week
How are you going to celebrate Clown Week? A question you’d be asked a lot in the run-up to August. People looking for a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience will be captivated by the activities of the international clown week celebration.
The clowns’ makeup and appearance change from year to year, as do the shows and events. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, we have precisely the thing for you.
Yes, America is the gathering place for all famous clowns to put on a fantastic show for the audience. Seeing magic shows, clown skits, and dramas should all be on your to-do list this week. You’d be astounded by the clowns’ diversity in terms of content and talent.
International Clown Week Timeline
The Ancient Clowns lived around 2400 B.C
16th Century Masked clown
The Evil Clowns
What do I give on Clowns Day?
There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a gift for Clowns Day. A simple card or a small token of appreciation will do. If you have a friend who is particularly fond of clowns, you could get them a clown-themed gift, such as a clown-themed mug or keychain. Whatever you give, make sure it comes from the heart.
Clowns Day is all about showing your friends how much you care about them.
Jokers come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
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They create their own stories and characters.
Numerous jokesters will amass an after-party, just as VIPs do. Regrettably, not everyone finds comedians entertaining. Coulrophobia is a fear of jokesters that affects a large number of people. Famous personalities like Daniel Radcliffe and Johnny Depp, for example, are among those who suffer from coulrophobia.