National Snowman Burning Day

The one thing that most people across North America are waiting for is the start of spring. It’s when the snow begins to recede, and flowers start to bloom. It’s a time for more sunshine, rainbows, and all that is good. It’s so awaited that there are various holidays that occur on March 20th to celebrate its arrival.

One of those days is National Snowman Burning Day. It’s a day for people to put away their winter gear and bring out their springtime gear. It’s a day to look forward to marching towards longer days and shorter nights, and of course, it’s a time for all things good.

The History of National Snowman Burning Day

This holiday was created in 1971 and was first celebrated at Lake Superior State University (L.S.S.U.). It was created by one of the school’s clubs, the Unicorn Hunters. Of course, these students based National Snowman Burning Day on the Rose Sunday Festival.

This German holiday features a mayor parading around the town with a snowman made of straw. The children of the town then have an opportunity to burn this straw snowman. It’s funny how one holiday influences another, isn’t it?

Interesting Facts About Snowmen

Want to know a little bit more about snowmen? If so, then check out the following list of facts that we’ve gathered together after a ton of back-breaking research. We hope everyone reading enjoys these snowman facts.

  • In Bethel, Maine, in 2008, a snowwoman was made that was over 122 feet tall and had tree arms. She was named Olympia.
  • Japan holds the world record for the most snowmen built in one hour. 2,036 snowmen were built by hand by over 1,400 people.
  • In Zürich, Switzerland, an 11-foot tall snowman made out of dynamite, cotton, and straw is exploded on this day to usher in spring.

Observing National Snowman Burning Day

As a way to symbolically end winter, some people make a straw snowman and burn it on this day. Supposedly, the smoke from the burning effigy is believed to prevent blizzards and usher in milder weather.

Of course, we don’t fully buy that, but it’s a fun tradition nonetheless. If someone decides to celebrate this holiday in this way, they should just be careful and take the necessary precautions.

Precautions that include making the snowman a manageable size, keeping it outside away from everything else, and keeping a fire extinguisher nearby. After the snowman is burned, it’s then time for people to enjoy some fun. They can play games, drink alcohol, and engage in a variety of different forms of merriment.

People can also use the hashtag #SnowmanBurningDay to spread the word about this holiday all across the Internet. It’s a great way for people to let off some steam, look forward to spring, and above all, have some fun.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 20 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
March 20 Thursday
Last year (2023)
March 20 Monday
Nature & Environment