National Pig Day

National Pig Day is a holiday that is dedicated to the celebration of the pig. This holiday – which is celebrated on March 1st every year – is celebrated in most parts of the Midwest in the United States.

It was originally started in 1972 in Lubbock, Texas by Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. This holiday’s purpose is to honor a domesticated livestock species that is considered to be one of the most intellectual and important species.


This holiday was officially started in 1972 by sisters Mary Lynne Rave and Ellen Stanley. They started the day to raise awareness about pigs and how important they are to humans. Today, it is celebrated throughout the Midwest.

Fun Facts About Pigs

Even though they are often mistakenly regarded as dirty animals, pigs are in reality some of the cleanest animals on the planet. Pigs will not defecate where they sleep and even newborn piglets will leave the safety of their bed to use the toilet at a different location.

Pigs are some of the most intelligent animals on planet. Many scientists believe that the intelligence of pigs is comparable to that of a three year old human child. That is smarter than the other domesticated animals and is even smarter than a lot of primates.

Pigs have an extraordinary sense of smell. Many scientists believe that this sense is even more powerful in pigs than it is in dogs.

Customs, Traditions And Celebrations

While this holiday is fairly well observed nowadays, there is some debate over how it should be observed. Some people contend that it is important to give the pig a break on this day and refrain from eating pork products. However, there are some who view this day as an excuse to enjoy all of the bounties one can obtain from a pig. Namely, bacon, pork steaks and sausage.

National Pig Day is celebrated by schools, zoos, farmers and nursing homes all throughout the center of the United States. Some of the events that take place on this day include piggy parades, tying pigtail ribbons around trees and various other events where pigs are the focus point.

When is it?
This year (2023)
March 1 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
March 1 Friday
Last year (2022)
March 1 Tuesday