Everywhere you go, the pig is a part of our daily life. Whether it’s the little porcelain coin-receptacles we use to save up our money, these adorable little porcine lovelies make our lives greater at every step. They’ve even recently made strides into being a favorite family pet, especially the pot-bellied pig, and you can’t deny that these days it seems that everywhere we turn from our best friends to our favorite fun and sloppy farm animal.
History of Pig Day
Pigs have been alongside us since prehistory, and have been a vital part of our lives, with a history stretching back nearly as far as the domestic dog. This holiday was first established in 1972 by a pair of sisters, one from Texas, one from North Carolina.
These siblings recognized the importance of the swine in every day, and that the noble animal deserved a day to “accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” We feel that there was an error in this statement or at least an oversite… Pigs are fun loving as well. Considering how important the pig is to economies across the world, it’s no surprise that Pig Day has caught on all over the world.
Celebrating Pig Day
The celebration of Pig Day happens all over the world but is most commonly celebrated in the American Midwest, and that certainly makes sense given that it’s the home of the holiday. If you happen to be in Illinois, you can enjoy celebrations all over the state, as the Pig is responsible for $1.9 billion of the state’s commerce. In New York City, in the Central Park Zoo, National Pig Day sees an invasion of pot-bellied pigs into the zoo.
Wherever you are you can go to the local petting zoo or adopting a new friend is easily the best way to celebrate this holiday. If you happen to live on Long Island, they celebrate it a slightly different way, they honor the pig by refraining from eating it and having a big special Pig Day Meal… including a special treat for the pot-bellied pig for those families that own one. Pig Day is a chance to learn about the importance of the fine swine, and have a great time learning about how we are similar to our porcine friends with pot-bellied pigs for therapy and the ever-present piggy bank.