National Idol Day

A group of diverse people standing on stage, each dressed in their unique style representing different genres of music. One person is wearing a vintage rock band t-shirt and ripped jeans, another is wearing a sparkly outfit with a microphone in hand, and another is wearing a colorful hip-hop inspired outfit. The stage is illuminated with bright lights, creating a vibrant atmosphere. In the background, there are cheering audiences holding signs with words of encouragement. Let the celebration of National Idol Day begin!.
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Shine up those singing voices, prepare those vocal chords, and get set to bring out your inner superstar because we are talking about National Idol Day! A day when you're encouraged to channel your inner Whitney or become your own Frank Sinatra for the day, all in the comfort of your showers, cars, or living rooms.

When is Idol Day?

It's national idol day on the 12th June.

Pop stardom for a day

National Idol Day though cheered minorly, has quite a healthy digital footprint with 281 significant online mentions tracked. Most notably, it peaked on June 12th, 2020, - an oddly pandemic-y time when we all might have just needed a bit of song to keep the spirits up.

While the origins of National Idol Day remain shrouded in mystery - or perhaps obscured by a backstage curtain - the day is about more than just improptu karaoke or annoying the neighbours. It's a day to celebrate confidence, self-expression, and that special sort of bravery that only comes from singing your heart out – mistakenly in tune or otherwise. So go ahead, become a shower virtouso or car crooner. It's your day to shine just like an Idol, both metaphorically and literally.

Join the choir

So how does one celebrate National Idol Day? Well, it's quite easy. Just sing! Let those bathroom acoustics work for you. Or perhaps, you could tune into your favorite TV singing competition, and pretend you're a judge. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not put on a little performance for your loved ones? We promise everyone will only be laughing with you, not at you. Most importantly, don't forget to share your star moment online and add to the mentions we've been tracking!

History behind the term 'Idol'

7th century BCE

Origin in ancient civilizations

The term 'idol' originates from the 7th century BCE and has its roots in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. In these cultures, idols were representations of deities and were worshipped as divine beings. They were often made of various materials such as clay, wood, and precious metals.

5th century BCE

Greek influence and philosophical interpretation

During the 5th century BCE, the term 'idol' gained significance with the rise of Greek civilization. The concept of idols shifted from physical representations of gods to a philosophical idea. Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle, explored the idea of idols as mere illusions or false representations of reality.

1st century CE

Christianity and the condemnation of idols

In the 1st century CE, Christianity emerged as a significant cultural and religious force. The spread of Christianity brought a condemnation of idols as a form of idolatry. Christian teaching emphasized the worship of the one true God and rejected the worship of any physical representations or idols.

8th century CE

Islamic perspective on idols

In the 8th century CE, the term 'idol' gained another layer of interpretation through the rise of Islamic civilization. Islam strictly prohibited idol worship and considered it a major sin. Islamic teachings emphasize the worship of Allah alone and reject any worship of idols or physical representations.

15th century CE

Exploration and cultural encounters

During the 15th century CE, European explorers and colonizers began encountering diverse cultures around the world. They witnessed various forms of idol worship practiced in different regions, which challenged their own religious beliefs. These encounters played a significant role in shaping the cultural understanding and perceptions of idols.

18th century CE

Idolatry versus iconography

In the 18th century CE, the debate between idolatry and iconography gained prominence. Iconography refers to the veneration of religious icons as meaningful representations without crossing into idolatry. This distinction became essential in various branches of Christianity and other religions that incorporated visual imagery.

21st century

Modern idolatry in popular culture

In the 21st century, the term 'idol' has taken on a new meaning in popular culture. It is often associated with celebrities or figures who have a devoted fan following. These modern idols are admired, emulated, and sometimes even worshipped by their fans. The concept of idolatry has evolved beyond religious contexts and into the realm of entertainment and fandom.

Did you know?

Did you know that the longest recorded note ever held was by Richard Fink IV? He held a single note for a whopping 1 minute and 53 seconds! Imagine that note on National Idol Day, now that would be a sight!


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First identified

12th June 2015

Most mentioned on

12th June 2020

Total mentions


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