National Pig Day – Yes! There is a day for the beloved and very yummy farm animal … the pig. Learn more about this holiday for the pig!
National Pig Day
National Pig Day is celebrated annually on March 1. This holiday was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. Their purpose was “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”
Beside a cow, I believe the Pig is another popular favorite farm animal. Some people even have Pop Belly Pigs as pets!
You will hear about this holiday more in the Midwest of the United States of America. Events are held at zoos, schools, nursing homes and more. They usually throw parties called a “Pig Party”. At these Pig Parties you will find pink pig punch and even pork delicacies. Not to mention, pink ribbon pigtails are also tied around trees for pigs’ honor.
In Lexington, Kentucky, a nursing home celebrated National Pig Day with a porcine parade that included a display of pig collectibles such as porcelain pigs, pig potholders, piggy banks, and pigs made from calico and cross-stitches, as well as a real-life Vietnamese potbellied pig named Stella who “hogged the day”1
That event brings me to people collect pig memorabilia. Even, some people do their kitchen in a farm or pig theme.
My wife has a Pig Creamer bowl. It is a very small one. It has bread ties in it. Plus, it holds the wedding band when washing dishes. It was passed down to her. It was a gift for her great-grandma Brock near the end of her days. She then passed it to Heather’s grandma, who never used it for creamer. It was then passed down to her. Read about that story of the grave bowl pig and a pig in a story she wrote for her boys.
You will see the color pink a lot with pigs. Check out this blog post All Things Pink!
Not only do people have pigs for pets, but most farmers have them for the meat.
- Pork Chops
- Baby Back Ribs
- Spare Ribs
- & More
If you can, buy your meat from a local farmer like Martin Beef in Dandridge, TN area. You get a better meat quality with no dyes, hormones, all the other junk added in grocery and retail stores.
- “Hamming It Up: Pigs Hog Spotlight at Nursing Center”. Lexington Herald-Leader. Jake Bowers. March 2, 1991. Retrieved May 11, 2009