National Pig Day
National Pig Day:
Celebrated annually on March 1st, the National Pig Day is one of the most popular holidays in the US’s midwestern regions!
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Related: Other National Days Celebrated on March 1st:
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
National Dadgum That’s Good Day
Why National Pig Day?
Pigs are commonly sighted animals every day and everywhere. From being our cute little porcelain coin banks encouraging us to save money, or giving us a wide variety of food options from boiled, stir-fried, baked, or barbecued pork to being added to our pet family, pigs have come a long way!
Out of respect for these little domesticated fellas, sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne created National Pig Day in 1972! Ellen and Mary established this day to recognize pigs for their intellect, otherwise often disregarded animals.
Today we can find numerous breeds of pig that can be traced back to the Eurasian Wild Boar! The female pig is called a sow or gilt and can give birth to ten piglets at a time. The pigs have been popularly enjoyed for their bacon, pork belly, sirloin, ham, baby back ribs, spare ribs, and much more mouth-watering items!
When times were hard for men to star in Hollywood, Pigs bellied their way giving many adorable storybook characters, movies, and kids shows sending our imaginations wild for generations now! Be it A. A Milne’s Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, E.B. White’s Wilbur, or currently famous Peppa Pig, their endearing quality makes everyone fall in love with them!
The potbellied pigs are a crowd favorite to be chosen as pets. History has recorded pigs not only for being human companions but also for their intelligence and cleverness!
An endearing story from the legend of pigs is that of a “Learned Pig” during the late 1700s in London. The legend has it that the pig got its learnings from his mother who had eaten an entire volume of Sao Beverly’s Sermons and Sir Robert Filmer’s manuscripts.
Another legendary pig from Dublin in 1722, was called the “Learned Pig” who was trained to tell time, count, and perform other tricks to entertain the street crowd!
With so much that pigs offer us, it would be a shame not to celebrate them for everything that they are and all the joy they give us!
Check out holiday events and celebrations at schools, nursing homes, zoos, and sporting events across the United States for Pig Parades, Pig Parties and Pig Collectibles gatherings, and much more to honor this day!
The holiday encourages us to recognize pigs for their rightful place as intelligent domestic animals! Whether you love them as animals or as food, look out for various ways to celebrate these adorable animals today!
How Can We Celebrate National Pig Day?
Here are Numerous ways to celebrate National Pig Day!
- Watch ‘em
Enjoy the National Pig Day by watching movies, cartoons, or scientific documentaries that star pigs in them! Look up the internet or Netflix or Amazon Prime Videos for some fun episodes and movies!
- Pet ‘em
If you love having pets, welcome a pig into your pet kingdom! Check out the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, Kunekune, Saddleback, oxford sandy, and black or Berkshire pigs for a suitable pet! Before you take this step, collect all the information about your pet, its food habits, space, temperament, and medical requirements, etc. to avoid regrets later!
- Visit your local pig farm or a zoo!
If you have kids at home, celebrate National Pig Day by visiting a local farm to have a closer look at pigs! A trip to the zoo can be educational too if your local zoo has a collection of wild and domesticated pigs!
- Read about ‘em
If you love reading, you can celebrate the day by increasing your knowledge base on pigs today! Check out valuable books on pigs online or ask your librarian for some interesting books! Enjoy a reading session with your buddies or kids with real, and fictitious stories today!
- Eat ‘em
This is the most popular way of celebrating National Pig Day! Choose your favorite food, have them delivered to your home, or cook them yourself! Or book a few tables and dine in at the best pig dishes in your community!
- Throw a Pig Party!
Get the barbeque grill, wine, and music ready! Celebrate the day with friends old and new! If you are passionate about philanthropy, you could use this party as a fundraiser for pigs’ welfare or any other cause too!
- Explore local National Pig Day events
Check out your local schools, zoos, Nursing homes, or Sports venues that are hosting special events today honoring the National Pig Day! Choose your favorite and don’t forget to join in! You could also check for volunteer vacancies and enjoy giving back to society!
- Shout out for them on social media!
Show your love for pigs with selfies, interesting blogs, and videos today! You could also run an awareness campaign about pigs and their intelligence! Or help people adopt abandoned pigs or offer tips for keeping pigs as pets!
If you love cooking, share your favorite pig recipe with your viewers! Irrespective of how you want to show your love, use #NationalPigDay, and #PigDay to post on social media today!
Interesting Facts About National Pig Day:
Here are some interesting facts surrounding pigs and National Pig Day to add more fun to your National Pig Day celebrations!
- Pigs are cleaner than you know! – They are known for their mud baths but they don’t excrete in their sleeping area!
- Pigs don’t have sweat glands! – That’s why pigs are often found to be rolling in mud pools to beat the heat and to protect themselves from the sun!
- Contrary to the notion that pigs aren’t intelligent, pigs are highly intelligent and curious beings who love to explore and smash everything on their way if not disciplined!
- On Long Island, people celebrate National Pig Day by refraining to eat them and offering them special meal treats in honor of them today!
- Pigs are social animals! They easily bond with other animals!
- To keep themselves warm, pigs cuddle each other!
- A pig’s snout has the highest tactile receptor density and its smell capacity is 2000 times more sensitive than that of humans!
History of National Pig Day:
The National Pig is believed to be established by two sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave in 1972, but no Presidential claims are declaring it as a national holiday. This day is thus celebrated as a fun holiday honoring the pigs!