A prisoner in Orange County will receive special meals after declaring himself a follower of Festivus. Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23. It was created by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld.
Mercury News reported:
An Orange County inmate who disliked salami got special meals after declaring his religious belief in the Festivus holiday celebrated on the television show “Seinfeld.”
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The Orange County Register reports Monday that 38-year-old convicted drug dealer Malcolm Alarmo King asked for kosher meals at the Theo Lacy jail to maintain his healthy physique.
But sheriff’s officials reserve kosher meals for inmates with a religious need.
Judge Derek G. Johnson demanded a religious reason for King to receive the meals and defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah cited his client’s devotion to Festivus — a holiday celebrated on “Seinfeld” with an aluminum pole and the airing of grievances.
In case you wondered about the origins of the Festivus miracle, it started on Seinfeld:
A new holiday was born- “Festivus for the Rest-of-us!”