After the passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the directors of the International Day of Slayer have announced a change in the celebration status of this year's edition, saying that "the world's first heavy metal holiday" is now becoming a yearly celebration.
Started in 2006 as the National Day of Prayer spoof, the first International Day of Slayer was celebrated on June 6 2006 (6/6/06), and with this year's edition being a "somber one," it demands the maximum level of engagement from each and every fan around the globe.
"We at IDoS ask you to again stand up in the name of Slayer, in the name of metal, and in the name of Jeff Hanneman, and remind the rest of the planet that we are here, and we will not be going away anytime soon," said the holiday's CEO Jim Tate via official website. "Good music is heroic and ultimately immortal, and now more than ever, the music of Slayer is exactly that."
Tate continued to praise the impact Slayer had on the life of their fans, saying, "They created the battle hymns that so many of us have used to navigate our lives, ones we will continue to rely upon to as the days ahead grow ever darker. "We cannot let these works fade with time. It is sometimes hard to remember that Slayer is comprised of mortal men like ourselves, but with the proper dedication and stewardship, their works can last a thousand years and join the ranks of masters like Beethoven and Wagner. This is what we must strive for by insisting on bands like Slayer for us and future generations."
Finally, Tate summed it all up with a brief conclusion, saying, "Don't go to work, listen to Slayer!"
In case you are not sure what to do on June 6, you can find the instructions listed on the IDoS official website below. As you can see, you can participate in some of the more standard activities, or even take things to a "problematic level." Also, the use of headphones is strictly forbidden.
"National holidays in America aren't just about celebrating; they're about forcing it upon non-participants," reads the official announcement.
The International Day of Slayer website exhorts users to:
Taking that participation to a problematic level:
June 6 is coming, so what would you choose - rock the party or stay at home for your life?