National Unicorn Day

National Unicorn Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on April 9th and is dedicated to the legendary creature that has been described by people since the dawn of time. It’s essentially a horse with a large pointed and/or spiraling horn that projects from the middle of its forehead.

According to ancient lore, these animals were created by the gods and were often used to guard divine gardens and rivers. The unicorn’s horn is also believed to have magical properties that evil men have desired to use for their own purposes. The unicorn is evidently a creature that has captured the popular imagination of people around the world, which is why we’re now celebrating them with their own holiday.

The History Of National Unicorn Day

Unicorns have been featured in stories and myths across the world. The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote about these legendary animals, as did people living in China and India. The Greek physician Ctesias wrote in his book that he believed India was home to a one-horned horse. However, later scholars would argue that he wasn’t describing a unicorn but was instead describing the Indian Rhinoceros.

So, it seems we know quite a lot about the unicorn, but the one thing we don’t know is who created this holiday. Sure, we know that National Unicorn Day was established in 2015, but we don’t know who created it or why they decided to do so. It appears to be as mysterious as the animal it celebrates.

Some Quick Facts About Unicorns

Okay, since we’ve delved into the history of unicorns a bit, we decided that we wanted to expand on the subject by listing some facts that we’ve learned about these animals. Facts that we feel all of our readers can truly appreciate. So without further ado, we’ve put down some quick unicorn facts below. Let’s take a moment and look at them before we run off and observe National Unicorn Day.

  • Unicorns have been written about for over 6,000 years.
  • Unicorns are the national animal of Scotland and have been used as a symbol for that country since the 12th century.
  • During the Middle Ages, pharmacies would sell powdered unicorn horns. Most likely, this was walrus or rhino horn.
  • It’s been said that most unicorns have blue eyes, but we’re not exactly sure about that.
  • A drawing of a unicorn adorns the walls of the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France. It dates back to 15,000 BCE.
  • Unicorns were featured in Medieval Art for hundreds of years.
  • Unicorns are even mentioned in the King James Bible.

Observing National Unicorn Day

This is a great day for people to celebrate this mythical horse. They can do so by dressing up as a unicorn, eating unicorn toast, or reading stories that feature the humble unicorn. People can also spread their love for this animal and this holiday by using the hashtag #NationalUnicornDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 9 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
April 9 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
April 9 Sunday
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