National Unicorn Day is celebrated on 9th April of every year. Unicorn is a mythological creature resembling a white horse with a single large, pointed, rainbow, spiraling horn in the middle of its forehead. Unicorn also has horse’s feet and lion’s tail. It is also the national animal of Scotland. Its horn and blood are said to have the mystical power to change the poisoned water safe and to heal sickness. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was considered as a symbol of purity, innocence, feminine power and grace, which is believed to be captured only by a virgin. Sometimes, the tusk of the narwhal was sold as a horn of the unicorn. But the fact is unicorn never existed scientifically.
“Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then, always be a unicorn.” – Jaime Murray
History of National Unicorn Day
National Unicorn Day was first observed on 9th April of 2015. Founder and the reason behind the creation of the National Unicorn Day remain obscure. However, unicorns were found in early Mesopotamian artworks and had also appeared in many stories and myths of India and China. The first found description about the single-horned animal was in Greek literature made by a historian Ctesias, and it was related to Indian wild ass with resemblances of the horse, white body, blue eyes, longhorn colored with red, black and white. It is said that people who drank from its horn were protected from poison, stomach troubles and other illness. It is also said that the actual animal mentioned by Ctesias was probably the Indian rhinoceros. Unicorns were also written by the ancient Celts, Persians, and Romans, describing it as a white horse with the single horn and magical power. The Celts considered the unicorn to be a creature that symbolized grace, strength, and freedom. Christians think unicorn to be a normal sized goat. Unicorn is so fearful to be caught by hunters and said it could be found only by a maiden who goes to the forest alone. It has been a symbol of Scotland since 12th Century when it was used on Scottish coat of arms by William I. Unicorns can be found in Scotland’s historic buildings, in the form of statues and images.
Other Celebrations on April 9
April 9 is also celebrated as
- National Cherish an Antique Day
- Winston Churchill Day
- National Name Yourself Day
- National Day of Silence
How to celebrate National Unicorn Day
On National Unicorn Day, one can read about the unicorns and its history. Watch movies and cartoons, read some comics and get relaxed. Spend some time in making multicolored cupcakes or any baked goods. You can visit the carvings and sculptures of unicorns found on historic buildings like Edinburgh Castle near the National War Monument and St Margaret’s Chapel. One can visit the unique sculpture of a unicorn that has been created by artist, Woody Fox, to mark National Unicorn Day. Visit Scotland encourages people to go on a unicorn spotting and look for the country’s national animal. Unicorn Day is fun to celebrate in Edinburgh. Share your National Unicorn Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #NationalUnicornDay.
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