International Metalheads Day: On May 16, 2010, Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010), one of the most striking voices in heavy metal, died. Since 2011, the global metal community has been celebrating this date in his honor as International Metalheads Day . Reason enough to give this musical occasion its own contribution to the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world . What is it about?
Why does International Metalheads Day fall on May 16th?
As already indicated in the introduction, there is a concrete reason for choosing May 16 as the date for International Metalheads Day. Specifically, this occasion is understood as a bow to Ronnie James Dio, who died on May 16, 2010. In addition to his role as the frontman and singer of genre-defining bands such as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven and Hell, Dio is also considered to be the one who made the Mano cornuta hand gesture known as a symbol of heavy metal.
The International Metalheads Day is not to be confused with the international Nigel Tufnel Day or the American Heavy Metal Day (National Metal Day), both of which fall on November 11th of the year.
Who started International Metalheads Day?
In the course of researching the present contribution to International Metalheads Day, I could not find a named initiator, but the self-description on the official Facebook page of this action day expressly indicates that passionate metal fans were at work here and that this event came to life at the end of 2010 have called.
Goals and intention: What is International Metalheads Day about?
With this in mind, International Metalheads Day is a double bow. On the one hand in front of the work of the musician Dio, on the other hand in front of the global community of heavy metal fans. With good reason.
For Metalheads apply – even in the way the scene – as particularly loyal music fans (see also the contribution to the International Slayer Day (International Day of Slayer) on June 6th.). Many have kept heavy metal alive for over 40 years: They buy albums and T-shirts, go to concerts and festivals, run websites and fanzines. Quite a few play in bands themselves, sometimes infamous ones, others are fans. What they all have in common is the same passion and fan culture that make everyone into METALHEADS. Accordingly, the Facebook page of this day of action also provides the following tips on how to best celebrate May 16:
- Play heavy metal all day long. Although most metalheads should do this regardless of May 16th.
- Take off his favorite band’s t-shirt and wear it to work/school etc. The initiators expressly advise not to wear any clothing that could lead to dismissal or expulsion.
- A metal concert or a party. In view of the rampant COVID-19 pandemic, this should rather take place in virtual form.
- In addition, I would suggest at this point to greet everyone on May 16 with the Mano cornuta gesture.
For all of you who have nothing to do with heavy metal, has on May 16 with the US I-mag-trees tag (National Love a Tree Day), the day of the Sea Monkeys (National Sea-Monkey day), the National Barbecue day or the day of the biographers (National biographer’s day) some calendrical alternatives.
In this sense: RIP Ronnie James Dio and all metal fans a loud and relaxed International Metalheads Day. No matter where in the world you celebrate it.