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National Pig Day is an event held annually on March 1 in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. Follow our tips on how to celebrate National Pig Day.  
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What's the purpose of National Pig Day?
According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is "to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals." The holiday is most often celebrated in the Midwest.

National Pig Day includes events at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. It is also recognized at "pig parties" where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs' honor. According to Chase's Calendar of Events, National Pig Day is on the same day as pseudo-holidays Share a Smile day and Peanut Butter Lover's day. The question of whether the holiday is a time to honor pigs by "giving them a break" or to appreciate their offerings (spare ribs, bacon and ham) is an open question.
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Events
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."

In the Lehigh Valley, National Pig Day in 2008 was honored with single-game tickets to the IronPigs' 73 home games at Coca-Cola Park, including the IronPigs-Philadelphia Phillies exhibition and Opening Day, going on sale to the general public. The celebration was described as a "sporktacular" day in franchise history by the team's General Manager Kurt Landes who said, "We look forward to doing our part in making National Pig Day an openly celebrated date in the Lehigh Valley!" Highlights of the National Pig Day also included plans for a pig roast featuring complimentary food and beverages, appearances by the IronPigs mascot Ferrous, and a variety of activities for children including pig crafts, IronPigs tattoos, and a chance to pin the tail on Ferrous.

In Illinois the celebration of the "often disrespected species" is done with "good reason": the pork industry contributes $1.9 billion to the state's economy. When National Pig Day coincided with the Year of the Pig in 2007, described as a porcine nexus, Illinoisans watched a 50 lb (23 kg) miniature pig named Pinto from the Yucatan display sporting abilities (guiding a ball into a soccer net & using his snout to push a basketball up a ramp into a hoop) at the Brookfield Zoo and many fans donned pig snouts & caps for the festivities & parade.

A handbook for first year teachers includes National Pig Day as a seasonal activity and recommends cooking bacon, making BLTs, and discussing where pork chops come from.

New York
At the Tisch Children's Zoo in New York's Central Park, National Pig Day is usually celebrated with the help of pot-bellied pigs. In 1998, two nine-month old piglets named Thelma and Louise and their 185-pound companion named Speedy greeted visitors, while the children's zoo also held a "snort off" competition for children. In 2009, the Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs at the zoo were named Oliver and Otis; they were reported to have "hammed it up and stole the show at the seventh annual National Pig Day celebration at the Children's Zoo," though in general reviews of the pigs were mixed.

On Long Island a family gives their pot-bellied pig a special treat, refrains from eating pork and prepares a special National Pig Day meal. At the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, the Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrated National Pig Day by sponsoring a pig program. Families visited farm pigs where "the piglet cuddled today will soon grow to 220 pounds and wind up in 'hog heaven.'" The meat from the farm is fed to the inmates at the Suffolk County Jail, "so it was a strange day viewing pigs as if they were in a zoo, but knowing that their time was limited... except, of course, for the stud pigs, or boars, and their ladies-in-waiting, the sows." Big Bert was a 650-pound "hunka-hunka burning-love" at the farm. Miss Piggy and Porky Pig were honored and porcine facts presented: the world's largest pig weighed 2,660 pounds, and pigs sailed with Christopher Columbus. Attendees included the owner of Lil Pig Out, a company on the Island that makes pig-shaped candies. "We've got Gummy Pigs and Good 'n Piggy," the owner said in between viewing pigs and handing out pink-colored pig pens.
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How To Celebrate National Pig Day

1) - Plan A Pig Theme Party
First visit our party planning section where we help you decide the what, when, where and why's of planning a party. Then read "How to host a pig party" to get some great pig theme ideas, food ideas and entertainment ideas.

2) - Plan A Pig Out For Porkers Dinner
There are two ways to celebrate this holiday with food. There are those who refrain from eating pork and prepare a special National Pig Day meal using meats other than pork. Then there are those who serve nothing but pork meat at "Pig Pickins" and pig roasts.

3) - Take a pig for a pet
Some breeds of pigs, such as the Asian pot-bellied pig, are kept as pets and make great pets because of their intelligence. Lets remember that pigs are sociable, intelligent mammals. They are much like us in many ways, they have noticable personality traits and soaring emotions. These pigs do not have to woller in the mud like we see farm pigs doing. Pot-bellied pigs are clean and can even be kept as inside house pets. What! Yep they sure can!

4) - Learn about Pigs: Take the kids to the library
Pigs, also called hogs or swine, are ungulates which have been domesticated as sources of food, leather, and similar products since ancient times. Native to Eurasia, they are collectively grouped under the genus Sus within the Suidae family. Despite pigs' reputation for gluttony, and another reputation for dirtiness, a lesser known quality is their intelligence. The nearest living relatives of the swine family are the peccaries.

Description and behavior
A pig has a snout for a nose, small eyes, and a small tail, which may be curly, kinked, or straight. It has a thick body and short legs. There are four toes on each foot, with the two large middle toes used for walking.

Pigs are omnivores, which means that they consume both plants and animals. Pigs will scavenge and have been known to eat any kind of food, including dead insects, worms, tree bark, rotting carcasses, garbage, and even other pigs. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves and grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. Occasionally, in captivity, pigs may eat their own young, often if they become severely stressed.

A typical pig has a large head with a long snout which is strengthened by a special bone called the prenasal bone and by a disk of cartilage in the tip. The snout is used to dig into the soil to find food and is a very sensitive sense organ. Pigs have a full set of 44 teeth. The canine teeth, called tusks, grow continually and are sharpened by the lowers and uppers rubbing against each other. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigs

What do we use pigs for?
Pigs that are allowed to forage may be watched by swineherds.
Because of their foraging abilities and excellent sense of smell,
they are used to find truffles in many European countries.
Domesticated pigs are commonly raised as livestock by
farmers for meat (called pork)Pigs are also used for leather.
Their bristly hairs are also used for brushes.Some breeds of
pigs are kept as pets and make great pets because of their
intelligence.

5) - Go To A Petting Zoo or Pig Farm
Take a field trip and learn about pigs! - Excite their senses.
Children love to hear pigs snort. They love to hear them smack
on corn & they love to watch them roll around in the dirt & mud.

6) - Enjoy Doing a Fun Pig Craft
7) - Learn about other National Animal Holidays
8) - Send National Pig Day Greetings
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See Also:
March Observances
Daily Reasons to Celebrate
Facts about March
March Food Holidays
Weird March Holidays
Movable March Holidays


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Can you name 10 things your grateful for today?

I'm grateful for all the meat available to eat.

I'm grateful for pets which help us heal emotionally.

I'm grateful for the entertainment that animals bring.

I'm grateful for great neighbors who help me catch run away pets.

I'm grateful for the sound of the ocean as it waves crash on the shore.

I'm grateful for the singing birds in the morning.