Everything You Need to Know About The Legendary Boxplay Holiday Known as The Festival of Flaps
It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to home and hearth, friends and family. Lights seem twinklier, people seem cheerier, and everywhere you turn you see delivery people carrying boxes!!
The editors from Cardboard News Network Magazine have assembled this comprehensive guide to lead you through this year’s holiday season like a pro. Just sit back and keep reading – you might just learn something!
What is Corrugadon?
Corrugadon is a 15 day winter festival of cardboard, celebrated around the world by people who appreciate this magnificent material, accidentally founded by Cardboard Captain Drew.
The true origin of Corrugadon is lost in the mists of time, though many fan theories abound. One of the most popular theories posits that Corrugadon was inspired by Boxing Day, since the word “Corrugadon” bears a striking similarity to the words “Corrugated” and “Donations”, like the boxes of gifts that people give to tradespeople after Christmas Day.
The 15 Days of Corrugadon
As with many other winter holidays, Corrugadon is celebrated over the course of several days. While is generally agreed that “traditional” Corrugadon celebrations begin 15 days from the end of the year, the actual end of Corrugadon remains up for debate.
Some claim that the celebration ends at sunrise on the first day of the new year, while others suggest that it simply “peters out” over the first days and weeks of January, entirely dependent on the commitment by and intoxication of the celebrants.
The 3 Pillars of Corrugadon
Like any other human celebration, Corrugadon is continuously being festooned with new traditions by its advocates, evolving so rapidly in any one holiday season as to be almost unrecognizable the very next year. Despite the ephemeral nature of these traditions, Corrugadon does have 3 central, unchanging themes:
- Everyone must wear a costume. They should be made of cardboard and associated paper products and adjunct materials
- Have fun! Avoid people who are downers.
- Avoid paper cuts!
It should be noted that the Spirit of Corrugadon (an actual alien creature) is embodied in the annual Cardboard*Con Convention. This was an intentional inclusion by its founder, Cardboard Captain Drew, who is a strict Corrugadontist (which has almost nothing to do with teeth).
Corrugadon even has its own hastag! It’s #corrugadon – try it out!
5 Popular Corrugadon Greetings
Holiday greetings used by Corrugadon celebrants is almost as varied as the costumes they wear. What’s your favorite?
- Happy, Flappy Corrugadon! (United Kingdom)
- I Feel Drunk!! (United States)
- Don Don Corrugadon! (Lower Fiji)
- Feliz Corrugandandos! (Spanish)
- Shiawasena Korugētodon (Japanese)
Even though they are bound to change from year to year, many look back fondly on recurring Corrugadon traditions, like:
- box exchanges
- costume repair parties
- dumpster diving (always hire a licensed diver)
Costuming / Cosplay
Dressing up for Corrugadon is one of the 3 central pillars for Corrugadon faithful. Exactly how you dress up is up to you, unless you are within the first 3 years of Corrugattendance, in which you are obligated to seek spiritual guidance by a more experienced practitioner of the movement.
The list below includes just a sample of the most and least popular Corrugadon costumes we’ve seen over the past decade.
- Flappy (mascot of Cardboard*Con 2022)
- Spongebob Squarebox
- Corrugadon Tree
- Captain Marvelbox
- Cardboard Batman
- Jennifer Aniston
- Minecraft (anything)
- Iron Man
- Iron Throne
- Ice Cream Salesman
- Shatbox (William Shantner)
- 1973 newspaper interview of Leonid Brezhnev
- Mother of Boxes
- Hulk (Plain or Hogan)
- The Mythical Man Month
- Cardboard Jabba
- Aging Cardboard Hooker
- The Concept of Predestination
- Sexy Cardboard Nurse
Did you know?
In Spanish Harlem Corrugadon is pronounced “Plumetail Fishlark” and is not celebrated because it considered “too silly” by many locals.