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Appreciate a Dragon Day

Appreciate a Dragon Day

When is Appreciate a Dragon Day? This holiday is always observed on January 16

Dragons must be real. Varying cultures around the world record the existence of dragons. They have been around in myth and folklore since around 4,500 B.C. Surprisingly, Appreciate a Dragon Day wasn’t created until 2004. We don’t know why it took so long to create this fun and exciting January 16 holiday. But, we are so glad it is finally here.

All of us, young and not so young, can appreciate dragons. You’ll find good and bad dragons in legends, folklore, and myth. Dragons appear in children’s books, songs, top movies, television shows, and even in comics. With so much written about them, that can only be real, right!? 

According to Donita K. Paul, the creator of this special day, you are encouraged to learn and explore the cultural and historic significance of dragons. Also, this day celebrates literacy. So, reach for a book about dragons, and read it today!

Most famous Friendly Dragon: Puff the Magic Dragon.

Chinese Dragon Zodiac Sign

Much is written about the dragon in Chinese myth and folklore. The dragon is one of the 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac.

The dragon is noble and powerful. This zodiac sign represents good fortune. If you are born under this dragon lucky you, as, you share these characteristics. There are 12 zodiac signs, rotating yearly. The year of the Dragon is a Yang year.

More on Chinese Zodiac Signs.

How to Celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day

  • Draw pictures of dragons.

  • Write dragon poems or stories.

  • Have a dragon puppet show.

  • See a movie with dragons in it.

  • Take picture of stuffed animal dragons. If you see a real live dragon, make sure to take a picture of him, too!

  • Give a dragon stuffed animal to a child. If you buy one for yourself, we won’t tell.
  • Libraries should feature books with dragons

Today's Giggle

“A police officer came to my house and asked me where I was between 5 and 6. He seemed irritated when I answered ‘Kindergarten’.” – – Author Unknown

History and Origin of Appreciate a Dragon Day

This holiday was created by Donita k. Paul. In 2004, she published the book Dragonspell, the first in a five-volume series of books of her Dragon Keeper Chronicles. She created this holiday to celebrate the publication of the book.

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