Zamenhofa Tago!

Here’s a winter holiday “for the rest of the rest of us.”

Zamenhofa Tago — Zamenhof Day — is the birthday of L. L. Zamenhof (b. 1859), the founder of the international auxiliary language Esperanto. Esperantists enjoy Esperanto literature and have parties.

Can’t promise you that the party will be large — and I have no idea what kind of kuko you would have; well, here’s one — but at least it’s an alternative to Festivus, and no aluminum pole required.

Categorized as Holidays

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I actually arranged one of these get togethers this year. For a populous state, NJ has very few ‘locatable’ Esperantists. Five of us met in a room in a Presbyterian church near Princeton. We chatted (in Esperanto as well as English,) we ate the cake which one of us brought, we read a few excerpts of literature, we even sang a song. We even toasted our ‘Green Daddy’ Dr. Zamenhof with sparkling grape juice. Thanks for mentioning this to the world. -Dave

  2. We did a little better here in Seattle, quite well, in fact. 16 of us (story on my blog—I’m the guy in the purple shirt) got together at the Old Spaghetti Factory, ate spaghetti or chicken marsala, babbled away in English and Esperanto, exchanged “light-green elephants”… My little Zamenhof idol attended, but I forgot I had him with me, so he spent the whole time in my bag, wrapped in a green swaddling sock. I brought songsheets with five “Zambankanzonoj“, but we never got around to singing them. We had one no-show who got lost on the way and ended up going home. And the dark-complected guy sitting on my left, Nabiel, is our newest addition. A Humphrey Fellow at the University of Washington, and a UN disaster relief official in his native Indonesia when he’s at his day job, this was his first Esperanto get-together.


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