Old Rock Day is an annual celebration observed on January 7th of every year. For those who love and admire the beauty of nature will find this Day a bit more than a normal day. Can you remember the Earth’s outer most part? Of course, it is the rocks. Rocks are a part of nature that is present in the world even before the existence of humankind. The rocks are being used for various purposes including tools, weapons, musical instruments, used in mining and as jewellery. Old Rock Day is observed as to celebrate and know more about the old rocks. It is also the perfect Day to start collecting the old rocks. It is the best opportunity to appreciate the old rocks and fossils.
“All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed – the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?” – Diane Lane
History of Old Rock Day
The origin, history, and the founder of this Old Rock Day are anonymous. There is no specific mention about the year since this Day has been celebrated. However, the roots of this Day are as old as the fossils. It is the perfect Day to know more in detail about the rocks and start collecting them. Rock is a solid substance that is made of minerals as whole or mineral-like materials. Radioactive dating or radiometric dating is a technique that Geologists use to date old rocks. In this process, the decay of the radioactive elements available in rocks is observed. Fossils, jewellery stones, coal, etc., are the old rocks.
Rocks are formed due to the erosion, volcanic eruptions, and other natural processes. As a result, rocks are created which after centuries called as the old rocks. With the study of old rocks, it is possible to know more about Earth, its history, mysteries beyond Earth’s formation. With the fossils like remains of plants, animals, and other organisms present in some old rocks, it is possible to find the kind of flora and fauna of the past, the cause and result of its extinction. Zircon was the oldest rock of terrestrial origin that was as old as 4.4 billion years. By radioactive dating, it was found in the Jack Hills of Australia.
Other Celebrations on January 7
January 7 is also celebrated as
- Harlem Globetrotters Day
- National Bobblehead Day
- I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
- National Tempura Day
How to Celebrate Old Rock Day
Celebrating the Old Rock Day is quite simple. It is the best Day to celebrate the old rocks, get to know more information about the types of old rocks. Go to your yard to dig the ground to find some old, differently shaped rocks. It is the best Day for the children to discover and create their first “pet rock.” Ask them to paint and decorate the old rocks. You can even gift your loved ones with the jewellery made of the old rocks you have collected. Have your fish tank filled with those old rocks you have collected. Take this Day as the best opportunity to start having a rock collection. Make rock garden built using different types of old rocks you have. You can share your old rock collections and jewellery on the social media using the hashtag #OldRockDay.