National Pig Day is a holiday that is celebrated annually in the United States every March 1st since 1972. This holiday was created by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher from Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave from North Carolina. This holiday is mostly celebrated in the Midwest of the US.
According to Mary Lynne Rave, the sole purpose of this holiday is to accord the rightful place of the pig as man’s most domesticated and intellectual animal.
The celebration of this holiday usually includes events at the local ZOO, at the schools, nursing homes, and in some parts of the United States even at sporting events. Some people organize so-called “pig parties” where they make pink pig punch and serve pork delicacies. They also tie pink ribbon pigtails around trees to honor the pig.
Some people may question whether this holiday is to give pigs “a rest day” or to enjoy them more with all they offer. It’s a dilemma.
You can be part of the celebration by reading up some interesting facts about pigs and their history, help a farmer out if you have spare time, or just be part of a pig’s party.
And don’t forget to post on social media with the hashtag #NationalPigDay ????
Here are some interesting facts about the domesticated pig:
- Newborn piglets recognize their mom’s voice and run to her. And they can recognize their own names at the age of 2 weeks.
- Pigs can run up to 11mph.
- Pigs barely have any sweat glands.
- Pigs can squeal as loud as 115 decibels, which is louder than a supersonic airliner.
- Pigs can “talk”. There have been identified around 20 different vocalizations that pig use to communicate.
- Pigs can digest almost anything, including human bones. But not metal.
- Pigs are highly intelligent and social animals. They like to be kept in a group and sleep snuggled nose-to-nose.
- Pigs can swim! There is an island in the Bahamas where pigs live freely and swim in the ocean ????