World Sword Swallowers Day
World Sword Swallowers Day is an annual celebration observed on February 24th of this year. We swallow foods, but what about swords? Never put it in your mouth now to experiment as you are prohibited from doing it. So many people around the world have indulged themselves in doing such a seriously dangerous activity. Sword swallowing is one such act or skill in which a trained person will pass a sword through the mouth down the esophagus to the stomach. It is indeed must to celebrate those talented personalities who are actively involved in doing it. As to honour and appreciate the sword swallowers and their practice of sword swallowing, the World Sword Swallowers Day has been created.
“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
History of World Sword Swallowers Day
The World Sword Swallowers Day has been in celebration since the year 2008. Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) has come up with such a day for those skilful sword swallowers. It is celebrated on the last February of every February. SSAI has created this day as to raise awareness about the art of the sword swallowing and those showcases this art. The practice of sword swallowing is dangerous, and there is a risk of injury unless it is done without skilful practice. Sword Swallowers Day also promotes and celebrates this ancient art still carried on by less than a few dozen full-time surviving performers.
Sword swallowing began to die out in the mid 19th century. There is a mention that sword-swallowers in India were considered incredible and had originated in the southern part of India. SSAI states that sword swallowing is the act of passing a sword for at least 16 inches long through the mouth into the stomach. It is a real skill that requires a lot of hard work and practice and is not a magic trick or an illusion. Sword Swallowers Day strives to dismiss the myths about sword swallowing. The Day also brings attention worldwide to the medical and scientific contribution of the sword swallowers.
Other Celebrations on February 24
February 24 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate World Sword Swallowers Day
Celebrating the World Sword Swallowers Day is quite simple. Get into the spirit of celebrating this Day by watching the sword swallowing if it is held at your nearby location. Get to know about the art of sword swallowing and its history. If you know any sword swallowers in person, then appreciate and encourage them to save this incredible art from dying. You can even lend your support to them by providing funds for their medical treatments. Share your appreciations and credits for them on the social media using the hashtags #WorldSwordSwallowersDay or #SwordSwallowersDay.