In this entry I am going to answer what can be undestood by the term Goth in a modern sense and explain what is being celebrated today.
What does Goth Means
Generally speaking, nowdays Goth is a way of how you choose to express yourself. It involves more than just fashion or how someone dress or if it wears make up.
A website that explains more about goth, is What Is Goth? which is one of the most complete websites that boards this topic. According to that site, a Goth is:
“someone who finds beauty in things others consider dark. They love all that is dark and mysterious. That doesn’t mean Goths are evil, it just means they have a different perspective to many. And it also doesn’t mean Goths are unkind, violent or lacking in humour, in fact quite the opposite is true. Goths love to laugh but their humour is more of the black comedy sort. They aren’t sad because they like dark things – dark things make them happy and inspire them. Goths are often intelligent, romantic and artistic realists. Being Goth is not about how one dresses. Most of what you can find written about Goth is that it was something that was born out of the Punk movement in the late 70’s and that most Goths wear black. I disagree. Goth isn’t something that was created in the 70’s because it always was”.
– “What is Goth”. Website mentioned above.
Not all Goths go to clubs, they also enjoy museums, cemeteries, literature meetings, concerts, art galleries, quiet cafes, libraries, among others. Additionally, you can find those who love sharing creativity and love through social media. In those instances, you can talk, share your creativity and enjoy the beauty of darkness.
Goths also celebrate tolerance and different styles being one of the main supporters of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. They are a UK based charity that has worldwide influence which promote tolerance, peace and diversity. To know more please go here.
The term “Goth” and the term “Gothic” are usually related and difficult to separate. The Gothic can be understood as an intellectual movement. There is gothic art, gothic literature, gothic poetry, and gothic as a music genre. Some goths constantly participate in such movement, allowing it to grow and stay on time. There have been many creative minds that have shaped and developed the concepts of goth and gothic. If you want to learn more about the Gothic you can go to this section.
Keep in mind that goth and gothic are not satanic terms. Neither a way of going against society. It is rather a path of expressing and showing creativity and imagination.
To Summarise Goth:
World Goth Day
Today, May 22nd all Goths around the world gather and celebrate this special day. If you do not belong to a club, don’t know local Goths, that is not a problem, you can always celebrate through social media, there are thousands of Goths there who are nice and post about art, music, literature and are always happy to get in touch with you.
DJ Cruel Britannia got the idea when BBC 6 Music broadcast a special weekend of Goth music on May 22, 2009. Nowadays, the facebook page contains all the information on celebrations around the world. Remember that if you ever attend those events, Goths always respect each other and are like a big family.
‘From the off, I wanted World Goth Day to be a positive experience for the community and perpetuated, not just lost in distant memory after a few years. ‘And that’s exactly what it’s doing, nine years down the line. ‘It helps to bring the community together, show people on the outside how much diversity and beauty can be found in the darkness, and I couldn’t ask for more than that.’
– DJ. Cruel Britannia in Metro UK.
The World Goth Day website describes this special day the following way:
“World Goth Day is exactly what it says on the wrapper-a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world. This day falls on 22nd May of every year“.
– World Goth Day Official Website
World Goth Day is a big and dear celebration because tolerance and respect of differences are also celebrated on this important day. Goths in every corner of the world always thank The Sophie Lancaster Foundation for their important work. About World Goth Day, Sylvia, Sophie’s mum says:
“Because it is important for individuals within the Goth scene to be able to celebrate their culture in their own way. ‘Also, it is important for younger people who are either thinking about joining the Goth community or looking for like-minded people to be able to see the strength and how welcoming others within the scene are. ‘It’s somewhere people can go and not be judged“.
– Sylvia Lancaster. Metro UK. 2018
Don’t worry if you never go to clubs or parties. You can always celebrate it reading a good gothic poem or novel, like Poe or Walpole, and listening to wonderful bands from the Goth classics like Sister of Mercy to the gothic metal band Sirenia. Or, why not watching The Addams Family Series again? You can always check Gothic Websites, literary magazines and social media for quotes and recommendations.
Happy World Goth Day!