Porktober and Other National Pig Holidays

Contributed by:  Toni Rasmussen

October is known as National Pork Month. Why October? It marks the traditional time of year when hogs were marketed. To celebrate National Pork Month, what else would you do besides purchase, cook, and eat pork? Numerous recipes are available online at http://www.porkbeinspired.com/Recipes.aspx?gclid=CPefpcavmcECFVFgMgodFGkAbQ.

But don’t worry, pigs and pork can be celebrated at other times of the year, too! National Pig Day is every year on March 1st. This day honors domesticated pigs, especially pot-bellied pigs in zoos. (FYI – The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo does not celebrate pig day.) This holiday was created in 1972 by Ellen Stanley, an art teacher in Texas. She wanted pigs to be recognized as intelligent animals. Many zoos celebrate this day with Snort Offs, Pig Outs, and online Pig Chats.

Additionally, Yellow Pig Day is always celebrated on July 17th. This holiday was the early 1960s collaboration of mathematicians Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly. They were mathematics students at Princeton University who were analyzing properties of the number 17 and started to go crazy. The mythical idea of a yellow pig with 17 toes, 17 teeth, 17 eyelashes and so on was formed. Mathematicians in national colleges and universities honor the day with Yellow Pig Cake and by singing Yellow Pig Carols, such as the following:

Yellow Haze (Afra Zomorodian, 1991)

(to the tune of Purple Haze)







Yellow Pigs, all in my brain
Lately things just don’t seem the same
I’m provin’ theorems, and I don’t know why…
Excuse me, while I kiss e^{\pi i}

Yellow Pigs, all around
Some in the sky, and some on the ground
All of them singing out “seventeen”
It’s the weirdest thing that I’ve ever seen

(air guitar)

Yellow Pigs, all in my eyes
This vision, yellow, I can’t deny
I’m turnin’ yellow, and growin’ wings
I fly away and shout “seventeen”

(air guitar)


No matter how or when you choose to celebrate National pork and pig holidays, always remember to thank a pig farmer. Without their daily labor and safe swine production practices, pork would not be as readily available to us as it is today. Thank a pig farmer, especially around the holidays!









Photo: http://terliz.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html

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