Every yr on June 16, the crew of the Enterprise-D celebrates Captain Picard Day. The Trekverse vacation celebrates Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the captain featured in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
As Picard himself defined, the vacation is “for the kids” who dwell aboard the Enterprise. On June 16, all the Enterprise-D’s schoolchildren create initiatives utilizing Captain Picard as their inspiration. Many college students decide to create drawings or work, however some significantly gifted college students create sculptures devoted to the captain. These initiatives are entered right into a contest, judged by Captain Picard himself.
The Origins of the Holiday
The origins of Captain Picard Day within the “Star Trek” canon are imprecise. The solely time the celebration is seen in “The Next Generation” is within the episode “The Pegasus,” which opens with Picard judging the artwork contest.
Picard expresses his disdain for the vacation, apparently embarrassed by the celebration. He feedback that he thought the lecturers have been going to finish the festivities after final yr’s celebration, indicating that the vacation had been honored a minimum of as soon as earlier than. His remark additionally means that it had been celebrated a number of occasions earlier than. Since “The Pegasus” is within the seventh season of the show, it is attainable that Captain Picard Day had been celebrated for a number of years earlier than that.
The solely trace on the origin of the vacation is given by Counselor Deanna Troi. She explains that the schoolchildren like to honor Picard as a result of “they appear as much as” him and since he is “a job model.” However, she doesn’t clarify how the celebration acquired began.
Mentions in Other ‘Star Trek’ Shows
Captain Picard Day is talked about two different occasions in “Star Trek” reveals.
The first point out is within the “Star Trek: Picard” episode, “Remembrance.” In that episode, the collection premiere, Picard went to his vault on the Starfleet Museum Quantum Archives. Several necessary objects from his time in Starfleet are proven within the vault. Among them is the banner from Captain Picard Day that was proven in “The Pegasus.”Apparently, the banner held vital sentimental worth although Picard wasn’t keen on the celebration itself.
The second point out got here within the “Star Trek: Lower Decks” episode, “Cupid’s Errant Arrow.” Mariner was satisfied that Boimler’s girlfriend wasn’t actual. He defended his love by saying she was as actual “a hopped-up Q on Captain Picard Day.” It was only a one-off line, but it surely means that the vacation was nonetheless celebrated even years later.
Trekkers everywhere in the world rejoice Captain Picard Day in actual life as nicely. According to StarTrek.com, the occasions depicted in “The Pegasus” occurred across the Stardate 47457.1. Some very devoted Trek followers found out that Stardate 47457.1 interprets to June 16. As this info circulated across the Internet, followers started to rejoice the Trek vacation in their very own methods.
There is some debate as as to whether Captain Picard Day really occurred a number of days prior for the reason that Stardate was given on the finish of the episode. However, rejoice the day on June 16 anyway, for the reason that Stardate was the one out there benchmark.
Most of those celebrations encompass Trekkers posting their favourite Captain Picard moments, memes, and fan movies on social media or blogs. Some followers select to rejoice the normal approach by creating artwork that includes Captain Picard. In reality, there’s an entire blog devoted to artwork created to rejoice the vacation.
Whether they’re honoring Picard with memes or artwork, Trekkers all over the world come collectively each June 16 to pay homage to this wonderful captain.
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