National Roast Suckling Pig Day

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 is fed on its mother’s milk and is slaughtered between the ages of 2 and 6 weeks. It is then commonly roasted.

Although many people have questioned the morality of killing and eating pigs so young, it is still a common practice around the world. It is so popular that the practice has even received its own holiday—a holiday known as National Roast Suckling Pig Day, observed annually on December 18th. It is a day on which some people are eager to roast their own suckling pig, while others may want to avoid it.

Some Interesting Facts About Pigs

As we researched this holiday, we came across some interesting facts about pigs. They are so interesting that we are 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 cool mud to cool down.
  • At 3 weeks old, piglets can be trained to come when their names are called.
  • Pigs have such good memories that they can remember things for years.
  • A pig’s sense of smell is 2,000 times more sensitive than a human’s.

Observing National Roast Suckling Pig Day

Anyone 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 it?
This year (2024)
December 18 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
December 18 Thursday
Last year (2023)
December 18 Monday
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