Opposite Day

Opposite Day, also known as National Opposite Day in the United States, is a holiday that is celebrated on January 25th by doing things in the opposite way in which they should be done. This means that this day is celebrated, or not celebrated as may be the case, by doing everything in the wrong way. While it is not an official holiday anywhere in the world, it is a holiday that is often mainly observed by school children, although a growing group of people has begun acknowledging the holiday on social media by using the hashtag #nationaloppositeday.

History of Opposite Day

While no one really knows the origin of Opposite Day, it is believed that it goes back to an old childhood game that dates all the way back to the turn of the 20th century. This game involved children asking each other silly and often nonsensical questions and then reversing the answers to make one another laugh. Today, some people claim that there is no way to celebrate Opposite Day due to the Opposite Day Paradox.

This paradox means that technically this anti-holiday can’t really exist. If you claim that a particular day is Opposite Day, then according to the rules of the day, then the truth would have to be the opposite of what you just said. Which means that Opposite Day cannot exist.

Opposite Day Customs & Celebrations

The one rule of Opposite Day is that everything should be done in the opposite way that you do on a normal day. This means that you can celebrate the holiday by having breakfast for dinner or by talking backward. You can also put your clothes on backward, walk backward or say the opposite of what you actually mean.

Just be sure to tell your friends, coworkers, and family that you are celebrating this holiday – or things can get really weird really fast. Some people say things sarcastically on social media sites and apps such as Facebook and Twitter. When they do that they will then use the hashtag #nationaloppositeday or #oppositeday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
January 25 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
January 25 Thursday
Last year (2022)
January 25 Tuesday
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