National Hole In My Bucket Day

National Hole In My Bucket Day is a holiday that falls on May 30th and honors the 18th-century children’s song: “There’s A Hole In My Bucket.” This children’s song is a dialogue between two characters, Henry and Liza, as Henry seeks advice on fixing the hole in his bucket. Unfortunately, according to the song, Henry is in a deadlocked situation, a situation where he can’t fix his bucket without having a bucket. It’s a fun song that people can sing with their children or while they’re repurposing their own holey buckets.

The Origins Of The Song “There’s A Hole In My Bucket”

Although this children’s song is still sung today, it actually goes all the way back to 18th-century Germany. It started out in a collection of songs called “Bergliederbüchlein.” This song describes a dialogue between an unnamed man and a woman named Liese. In later incarnations of the song, the gentleman would be named Heinrich, and the song would be produced under the title “Heinrich and Liese.”

In 1949, George Korson produced a collection called “Pennsylvania Songs And Legends,” which suggests that it was from a Pennsylvania Dutch song. In this version, the name of the man has been changed to Georgie, and the meter of the song more closely resembled the modern version. During the 1950s, the song became translated from German into English, and the name of the man in the song was changed to Henry. This is the version that’s most commonly sung nowadays.

As far as the history of this holiday goes, we can say that we just can’t find out who invented it or when it was invented. Obviously, this holiday was invented by someone who loved this song, but its origins have been lost to history.

The Different Types Of Buckets

Have you ever wondered how many different types of buckets there are in the world? No, us either, but we do happen to know that buckets are one of the most frequently used tools. Below are some of the more common buckets. The names of the buckets usually denote their intended purpose.

  • Water Buckets
  • Garden Buckets
  • Sandpit Buckets
  • Situla Buckets
  • Household Mop Buckets
  • Crusher Buckets

Observing National Hole In My Bucket Day

The best way to observe this holiday is by singing “There’s A Hole In My Bucket” with your children. Of course, once that’s done, then you might be looking for other things to do on this day, so allow us to suggest that you perhaps take the time to repurpose a bucket. Just because a bucket has a hole in it doesn’t mean that it can’t be repurposed into a planter or an umbrella stand. And while you’re recycling those old buckets, make sure that you use the hashtag #NationalHoleInMyBucketDay to let everyone know you’re celebrating this fun holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 30 Thursday
Next year (2025)
May 30 Friday
Last year (2023)
May 30 Tuesday
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