National Pig Day

National Pig Day is a holiday dedicated to the celebration of pigs. This holiday, celebrated on March 1st every year, is observed 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. The purpose of this holiday is to honor a domesticated livestock species that is considered one of the most intellectual and important species.


The holiday was officially started in 1972 by sisters Mary Lynne Rave and Ellen Stanley. They initiated the day to raise awareness about pigs and their importance to humans. Today, it is celebrated throughout the Midwest.

Fun Facts About Pigs

Although they are often mistakenly regarded as dirty animals, pigs are actually 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 among the most intelligent animals on the planet. Many scientists believe that the intelligence of pigs is comparable to that of a three-year-old human child. That is smarter than other domesticated animals and even smarter than many 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 pigs a break on this day and refrain from eating pork products. However, others view this day as an excuse to enjoy all 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 throughout the central 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 focal point.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
March 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 1 Wednesday