Marmot Day is celebrated on February 2 of every year. It is a special day dedicated to the observance of marmots. Marmots are a variety of large animals, like squirrels, that include woodchucks, ground squirrels, and groundhogs. Even though these marmots can be found all over the globe, from Russia to India and from Canada to Mexico, marmots don’t seem to get recognition. Hence Marmot Day is a day to honor these mysterious creatures around the world.
“There are a lot of public misconceptions surrounding marmots, but as my students and I are finding, scientists also have much to learn about them ” – Olson.
History of Marmot Day
Marmot Day was first celebrated in the year 2002 as a day to observe all marmots. The celebrations take a lot of different forms. It is an official holiday in Alaska. In Alaska, it is celebrated every year to honor Alaskan marmots and Alaskan culture. The day became an official holiday in Alaska on 18th April 2009, after the 26th Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 58 officially. On Marmot Day, family dinners will be organized, and marmot jokes and stories will be shared at the dinner. It is also the title of a community observance in Owosso, Michigan, that occurs on the 25th of July. The city of Owosso, Michigan, organizes a festival on this day that offers different family events, activities, and a marmot video competition.
Other Celebrations on February 2
February 2 is also celebrated as
- National Hedgehog Day
- National Crepe Day
- World Wetlands Day
- National Tater Tot Day
- World Play Your Ukulele Day
- Lung Leavin Day
- Groundhog Day
- Candlemas Day
- National Sled Dog Day
How to Celebrate the Day
If you are interested in celebrating the day, but you aren’t able to go to Alaska or Michigan, no problem, don’t worry. Just go out to watch marmots in a place where they can be found. If not, you can look at the history of marmots and research it online. Learn more about Marmot and its nature. Then post pictures and share your thoughts about the day with others on social media by using the hashtag #MarmotDay.
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