National Entertainment Day

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Wave your Oscar statues and turn up the volume on your televisions, companions! Let's celebrate National Entertainment Day. This day celebrates the magic that permits us to let our imaginations run wild, whisking us away to fantastical realms and dazzling us with new excitements.

When is Entertainment Day?

It's national entertainment day on the 20th July.

History & Celebration

National Entertainment Day, according to our online data, has been mentioned at least 5 times, with the majority of mentions taking place on the 20th of July, 2018. Why this day rather than any other day in the middle of summer, you ask? Well, summers are usually the time when all the major studios release their blockbuster movies, TV networks air many anticipated episodes, and also when most music festivals occur. The world seems a stage on this day, and we are all mere audiences, eager for a good show.

The Importance of Entertainment

Entertainment is essential to our well-being. It allows us to temporarily escape our everyday worries, and just have a jolly good time. It is the common thread holding humanity together, transcending language barriers and cultural differences in a communal experience of joy. Whatever brings laughter to our lips and songs to our hearts, bet it a thrilling movie, a beautiful song, or a captivating novel, we honor it on this day.

Ways to Observe National Entertainment Day

To recognize National Entertainment Day, engage in something that tickles your entertainment fancy. Maybe revisit the classics or check out that trendy new show everyone's raving about. Re-read a favorite book or simply turn up the volume, and do a little 'happy-entertainment-day' dance. Invite friends over for a movie night, or dress up as your favorite character. The beauty of this day is that it's all about merriment and fun.

History behind the term 'Entertainment'


Etymology of 'Entertainment'

The term 'entertainment' finds its origins in the French word 'entretenir' which means 'to maintain' or 'to keep up.' The Old French word 'entretenement' referred to the act of nurturing or supporting someone. Over time, the term evolved to encompass the notion of providing amusement or diversion.


Emergence of Performing Arts Venues

During the late 16th century, specific venues dedicated to entertainment began to appear. Playhouses and theaters became popular gathering places, especially in England. The Globe Theatre, built in 1599 by William Shakespeare's company, is a well-known example. These spaces cemented the idea of entertainment as a distinct form of public enjoyment.


Evolution of Entertainment Genres

By the 18th century, entertainment had expanded to include various art forms and genres. With the rise of opera, ballet, orchestral music, and other forms of staged performances, the definition of entertainment widened. It became a comprehensive term encompassing different forms of live artistic expression.


Birth of Vaudeville

The late 19th century witnessed the birth of vaudeville, a type of variety entertainment that combined music, comedy, magic, acrobatics, and more. Vaudeville shows became immensely popular, especially in the United States, offering a broad range of acts to the general public. This era marked a shift towards mass entertainment and paved the way for modern entertainment industries.


The Rise of Cinema

The 1920s saw a revolutionary development in entertainment with the advent of motion pictures or cinema. Silent films captured the world's imagination, providing a new medium of storytelling and visual spectacle. The rise of cinema created a massive cultural impact, shaping the way society consumed and experienced entertainment.


Television's Arrival

In 1941, regular television broadcasting commenced, changing the landscape of entertainment once again. Television brought live news, variety shows, dramas, and sitcoms into people's homes. It became a central medium for entertainment, influencing popular culture and altering the dynamics of media consumption.


Digital Entertainment Revolution

The turn of the 21st century marked a significant shift with the advancement of technology. Digital entertainment encompassing online streaming platforms, video games, social media, and interactive experiences gained prominence. The availability of diverse content at the touch of a button redefined entertainment, granting individuals more choices and control over their leisure activities.

Did you know?

The film industry is often referred to as the 'Silver Screen' because early films were projected on silver screens for better quality.


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20th July 2018

Most mentioned on

20th July 2018

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