What is it?

Discardia is a new holiday.

Why do we need a new holiday?

Well, not exactly need, not as such, but this is a very good holiday. It doesn’t involve obligations or expense or overblown expectations of specialness. It does not require you to interact with people whom you do not wish to interact with. In fact, it doesn’t require you to do anything.

Okay, that doesn’t sound too bad. When is it?

The exact days vary. It takes place in the time between the Solstices & Equinoxes and their following new moons. Sometimes it’s short and sometimes it’s long.

Odd. So what is it a celebration of?

Nothing.

What?

Discardia is celebrated by getting rid of stuff and ideas you no longer need. It’s about letting go, abdicating from obligation and guilt, being true to the self you are now. Discardia is the time to get rid of things that no longer add value to your life, shed bad habits, let go of emotional baggage and generally lighten your load.

I’m beginning to like the sound of this. What else do you do during Discardia?

Well, bear in mind that obligation is anti-discardian, so you can do whatever suits you – including celebrating Discardia when it isn’t Discardia. However, one thing you might like to consider is the idea of culminating the Discardian season with a particular act of letting go. For example, on the Discardian new moon you might decide that you won’t buy anything or bring anything into your home and that you will instead just enjoy the fact that you have enough. Or you might make that your night to be completely selfish, avoid all social commitments and do something you really enjoy, regardless of what anyone else thinks or expects of you.

Where did Discardia originate?

In the strange mind of Ms. Dinah Sanders on, appropriately enough, another more obligation-ridden holiday: December 25th, 2002.

Well, that explains a lot.

Quite.


Exciting update as of summer 2009: I’m writing a book about Discardia! Want to keep in touch and hear when it will be available to order? Follow Discardia on Twitter. (What could be more discardian than a 140 character limit, right?)

Author: dinahsanders

Author. Discardian. Defender of life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. she/her

28 thoughts on “What is it?”

  1. Buy nothing day sponsored by Ad Busters might be an good event to
    to help spread the word about discardia.
    Not sure when it is, but I am sure you can find it on their web site. They generally get a significant amount of press coverage to the consumer goods gathering masses.
    -Robin

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  2. Simple stuff

    By the time I’m done answering all that, I usually find I don’t need whatever I was considering. It’s not a grudging self discipline, either… after thinking about purchases, I just rarely have any enthusiasm left for buying.

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  3. Discardia here I come

    Discardia: What is it? I have too much stuff. I know it. Anyone who comes into my house knows it. But I just can’t seem to get myself to throw stuff away until it just gets in the way. I…

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  4. Happy Discardia!

    Happy Discardia! This non-holiday begins today and will last until 10/3. Discardia is celebrated by getting rid of stuff and ideas you no longer need. It’s about letting go, abdicating from obligation and guilt, being true to the self you

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  5. Nesting Simply

    This is a photo of the art storage room at Children’s Hospital. I snapped it when I was an art therapy intern there nearly two years ago. It is not a photo of the ridiculous amounts of art supplies…

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  6. Celebrate Discardia!

    Merlin Mann, of productivity blog 43 Folders, urges us to celebrate Discardia by letting something go. What is Discardia? Discardia is celebrated by getting rid of stuff and ideas you no longer need. It’s about letting go, abdicating from obligation…

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  7. Pack Rats! Celebrate Discardia!

    But taking a day to get rid of crap I don’t need is a great idea. Especially now, because I’m sure I can find some charities that would be more than happy to make some good use of it.

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  8. Happy Discardia!

    I’m not getting didn’t get you anything. I hope you’ll do the same for me. And BTW, Discardia this year was from June 21 to Sept 22. But if the notion that you’ve missed Discardia gets in your way… [Via 43folders]

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  9. Just Too Much Stuff

    Judging from the huge choice of self-help books, it appears that a lot of people want to learn about how they can improve their lives. When you take a closer look at what it says on the backs of most of these books, the key promise usually is that thes…

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  10. The discardian season came and went, living hopelessly in a trailer left in a free festival, I towed it in a breaking down car to an ecological festival happening elsewhere in Avolon. The car blew up halfway, the key column had been snapped off as the car key was dropped. Ditching the car outside a graveyard, I was lucky enough to be towed the rest of the way to the green gathering, by some passing travellers in a van. I left the trailer outside, and gatecrashed as I had no tickit. Looking for a tow elsewhere, the trailer was suddenly snatched by theives in the dead of noght. (wait night). So I found an old style tent and hitched eight or so miles away from the ecological festival site only to find, only to find radiactive waste washing up on a beach. I began contracting a radioactive skin complaint under my beard, bought and ugly kid joe tape for two bucks, and took some shots of the radioactive sea pollution on a cheap camera( they had made a crepe seahorse at the ecofest and everything) So I hitched north passing by reading festival to leeds where slipknot and offspring gigged, some kid died in his tent, then the whole festival turned into a riot, with people burning stuff and smashing lights. I lost the camera and the old tent and went to seek a homeless centre in York, Yorkshire. Message transmitted from Volos, Greece 2007.

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  11. By the By the greek goddess of Chaos and discord in the original greek is known as …………. IRIDA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. In my experience and that of many of those I talk with, it’s more than 9 times out of 10 that you never need that exact thing again and the rare times you do, the hassle of re-acquiring it is much less than the hassle of working around all that 90+% you didn’t need.
    Living lighter makes you much more flexible for dealing with very occasional exceptions.

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  13. Kind of like how a lot of blog comments are really for sales promotion?
    Rather surprised you’d like it, Self Storage, since Discardia is pretty firmly in the camp that says storage units are a bad way to spend your money. Sure they can have their short-term uses, but don’t keep – and certainly don’t pay to keep – things that you no longer need, want, and use.

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  14. Dinah, agree that storage units are a bad way to spend your money. You’ll be surprised to see how long people actually uses storage units. The average time is 6 months. But people are not always rational. When they do need a storage (however they reach that conclusion), the idea is to help them find the cheapest one fit their need. Guess that’s not a conflict between developing a storage website to help and Discardia.

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  15. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back very soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great work, have a nice afternoon!

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