January 31st honors everything backward. National Backward Day is an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt. Dessert for breakfast, perhaps? There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination be your guide.
This day is very popular with school-aged kids, but there is no age limit on who can participate in all of the backward fun. So EVERYONE, let’s have some fun!!
FUN FACT: Leonardo da Vinci wrote backward. Not only did the artist and inventor write from right to left, but he also wrote his letters backward.
The National Backwards Day was created by Sarah Nicole and Megan Emily Scott on January 29. 1961. They thought of making crafts and arts when they are milking cows in Miller family farm. Later in the evening they sat down and made the rules on January 31, 1962.
The day is popular among the school-aged kids, but there is no age limit to celebrate the National Backward Day.
History of Backward Day
Backward Day has a really long history, far older than the name of the holiday itself. In almost every culture there came a time of year when all the societal rules got turned on their head. Rome had Saturnalia, a day when all social norms were turned on their head. Gambling was no longer forbidden, and the masters took the day serving their slaves at the high table. During no other time was free speech actually permitted, especially amongst the slaves, but during Saturnalia, all manner of insult was allowed.
There are other cultures throughout the world that celebrate this changing of the guard, this overcoming of mores and exemplifying of wildness. In the end, it all comes down to questioning the way the world is established and the rules that we have in place to govern our behavior. Backward Day isn’t just a day of silliness, but of mental revolution.
National Backwards Day has an old history which is far older than the term of the day. In all cultures there came a time when the societal rules got turned on their head. Rome has Saturnalia, the day when every social norm was turned on their head. Gambling is no longer forbidden, and the masters took the day to serve at the high table.