Today is World Goth Day.

So to all you black clad children of the night, I raise my Snake Bite & Black in your direction, and join in with a global Gothic two-step to some classic tunes….

Below is some of the FAQ from the official World Goth Day Website

WHAT IS WORLD GOTH DAY?

Goth Day is exactlywhat it says on the wrapper-a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate it’s own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world.

WHY MAY 22ND?

Frankly, if there wasn’t an occasion on the 22nd of May, that day would just sit around on your calendar not earning its keep & generally freeloading off the other dates…

NOTE: It’s understood that May 22nd might not be a convenient date for everyone to celebrate Goth Day (let’s face it; Wednesdays are a ghost-ship for any event at the best of times), so it’s more of a guideline than a hard & fast rule. Most good events happen on a weekend, but we’ll cross that bridge as the years go by.

So far we have Mother’s Day, Fathers’ Day, Christmas, all manner of religious holidays, some of you may even have special annual celebrations for your pets. It’s only fair that Goths get to have a day of their own too…

BUT DON’T GOTHS MOSTLY TEND TO SHY AWAY FROM THE LIMELIGHT (OR FOR THAT MATTER, MOST FORMS OF LIGHT)?

Yes. But there are quite a few Goths who have fought damn hard to retain their identity despite peer pressure, family pressure and indeed, any pressure to conform. And if you’ve gone to all that trouble to preserve what you believe is the ‘real you’, don’t you think you owe it to yourself to shine for a day?

ISN’T HALLOWEEN A BETTER TIME TO HAVE GOTH DAY?

I suppose it is. As long as you want to share it with half the world who think it’ll be cool to wear black for a day just so they can look ‘spooky’, and completely miss the point after you’ve gone to all that effort to look that good all year round…