What do you think about when you are at home? Some people would say, the homely feeling or the safe atmosphere that they get at home. It is a safe place where many would say they feel relaxed. And then there is a huge list of things that people would say that they can do ‘in the comfort of their own home’, or should we say remove in the comfort of their own home.
The first thing on that list? Pants. There is a feeling that one gets from stumbling through the door at the end of a hard workday and dropping their pants before they ever leave the foyer. It is a wish and surly a feeling that most people in the working or educational field knows for real! After a long day of work, your legs can feel imprisoned, and the waistline slightly red and sore from sitting and having those uncomfortable suit trousers digging in every day. Yeah, it isn’t a pretty sight or thought, but it is one that many humans around the world share, and that is why No Pants Day really is a thing, and something that many celebrate once a year! (And probably wish they could celebrate multiple times!)
The fresh air on your bare skin lets you know you’re home, and you’re comfortable. Such a great feeling is this that there’s even a holiday dedicated to it, and it should be no surprise that it’s called “No Pants Day”.
History of No Pants Day
If there’s anyone who understands the glory of an absence of pants, it’s college students. After a long day spent adulting in a world full of peers who have just about as much experience in it as they do, it’s no surprise that freedom’s flag is a lack of pants.
Years ago in the lone-star state, a band of college students formed a small on-campus club, and out of this think-tank of genius came the idea that a great way to celebrate the closing of the season of finals was to drop trouser and celebrate freedom in the most visibly demonstrable way.
While this had merely been intended to be a bit of a college prank to stir up things at the campus, it continued to be celebrated with every passing year until the idea had caught fire and in 2000 it took off across the world.
So it was that families and friends all over the world banded together to free themselves from the tyranny of trousers! No Pants Day is now a popular and much celebrated day all over the world, viva la revolution!
Now you may be thinking, have I heard of this holiday before? Well, you may have, as another very similar event happens, mainly underground and mainly in New York, called the No Pants Subway Ride Day, celebrated in the month of January.
No Pants Day is sometimes confused with No Pants Subway Ride Day, which is held in the month of January. The first No Pants Subway Ride Day was held in New York City in 2002 with only 7 riders who went on the New York City Subway without their pants. The event was organized by Improv Everywhere, a humor organization. Since then the Day has been celebrated in many different cities around the world. Improv Everywhere announces the date for the No Pants Subway Ride Day a month in advance.
If you wanted some fun facts and a fact that could make you the winner of trivia with whoever you play with, is where the origin of the word pants actually came from? The word pants are derived from the term pantaloons, which in turn comes from pantaloun, an Italian term used to describe a man who wears tight trousers? Pantaloun in turn came from the name of San Pantaleone, a Christian saint, who survived 6 execution attempts. San Pantaleone meant all lion and later the term came to be used to refer to a foolishly brave person represented in comedy as someone wearing tight trousers. So there you go, take it in that fact may make you a winner someday!
How to celebrate No Pants Day
Well, the celebration starts with choosing your no-pants option for this holiday! The options are broad, as there is only one rule, No Pants! This means that you could wear shorts, skirts, dresses, whatever leaves your legs free to enjoy the feeling of wind on them. So, there is definitely no need to stand in front of your mirror and ask the age-old question, what to wear? That question is pretty redundant with the fact that you don’t wear anything! (Well pant related)
If you’re feeling truly daring, you may choose your most sporting pair of undergarments and head out into the world sporting a fine pair of pins!
No Pants Day is a fantastic holiday that reminds us that true freedom requires but one thing, legs unfettered from the shackles of denim, polyester, or any other fabric that would hold them, prisoner! So, why not join in the fun yourself? It is one of the rare times a year where people can drop the rules and have a little fun! Be creative, just don’t wear pants…