Suckling pigs have been prepared for feasts since ancient times and were especially popular in ancient Chinese and Roman cuisine. A suckling pig is a piglet that’s fed on its mother’s milk that’s slaughtered between the ages of 2 and 6-weeks. It’s then commonly roasted.
Although many people have questioned the morality of killing and eating pigs so young, it’s still a common practice around the world. It’s so popular, the practice has even received its own holiday – a holiday that’s known as National Roast Suckling Pig Day and is observed annually on December 18th. It’s a day on which some people are going to be eager to roast their own suckling pig and other people are going to want to avoid.
Some Interesting Facts About Pigs
As we did the research for this holiday, we came across some interesting facts about pigs. They’re so interesting, we’re going to go ahead and share them below.
- Pigs are usually weaned off their mother’s milk by the age of 12-weeks old.
- Pigs are smarter than dogs and can learn tricks faster than dogs.
- Pigs have no sweat glands, which requires them to roll around in the cool mud to cool down.
- At 3-weeks old, piglets can be trained to come when their name is called.
- Pigs have memories so good they can remember things for years.
- A pig’s sense of smell is 2,000 times more sensitive than a human’s sense of smell.
Observing National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Anyone who is reading about this holiday thus far is probably interested in celebrating it, so allow us to give you a few tips. The first step is to acquire a suckling pig from either a farmer or a butcher. The next step is to choose your favorite recipe and then roast the pig to perfection. While observing this holiday, be sure to spread the word about it using the hashtag #NationalRoastSucklingPigDay on your social media accounts.
When is National Roast Suckling Pig Day?
|This year (2023)||December 18 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||December 18 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||December 18 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|