International Fairy Day
International Fairy Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on June 24th. It’s a day to embrace the idea that mythical and/or legendary beings exist in a preternatural or supernatural way. Of course, no one really thinks that fairies actually exist, but it is fun to spend a 24-hour period of time.
There are only about a million different fairies from literature that people can use to pay homage to on this day. This includes Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan,” the Blue Fairy from “Pinocchio,” Puck from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Fairy Queen from Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene,” and even the Tooth Fairy. All are good archetypes for some fun fairy fun on this holiday.
The History of International Fairy Day
Modern fairies do not come from just one source; they actually come from various sources of folklore, literature, and common practice. After all, each culture had (and has) its own form of fairy.
In Ireland, it was the Sidhe (People of the Fairy Hills), in Scandinavia it was the elves, and there were plenty of other types of fairies that can be found in Celtic, Germanic, and Greco-Roman cultures. Originally, they were pagan deities, but as Christianity spread, they would become classified as either demoted pagan deities or demoted Christian angels.
However, as we said earlier, that’s an incomplete history of these mythical creatures because they have been viewed by various cultures also as spirits of the dead, elementals, hidden people, or even as human spirits that are trapped and can’t move on to the next realm.
It just depends on the time, the place, and the culture that determines what types of fairies a person can find. Unfortunately, the history of International Fairy Day is just as elusive as the history of the fairies themselves. During the course of our research, we were unable to uncover who invented this holiday, why they invented it, or when they invented it.
We believe that it’s only been around for a few years, but we can’t verify that assumption with any hard research. What we do know is that it was placed on June 24th to coincide with the Summer Solstice. This is a special time of the year as fairies are often associated with this season.
Observing International Fairy Day
This can be a very fun holiday to observe. People can build fairy gardens, leave gifts in nature for the fairies, or even dress up as a fairy. Watching movies and cartoons that feature fairies is also an acceptable way to celebrate this day. And anyone wishing to spread their love of fairies around the Internet can do so by using the hashtag #InternationalFairyDay on social media.