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National Pig Day is an annual event held on March 1 in the United States to celebrate the pig. The celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is "to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals."

National Pig Day events include "pig parties" where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs' honour, and people wear pink. The question of whether the holiday is a time to honour pigs by "giving them a break" or to appreciate their offerings (spare ribs, bacon and ham) is an open question.

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Thanks PJ - that little pig is really cute I agree! :~)


Thanks Robbie, your tale of pig keeping is great, and very informative. Clearly pigs have been given a bad press as a result of poor treatment by humans... poor porkies! I'd never heard of head cheese before today, but knowing me I'd not be brave enough to try it out!! I'm laughing about the pig's ear LOL!!


Thanks Jan - I'm almost thinking I should get a pig with all the accolades they're being given! :~)


Oh, Mandy - wonderful puzzle and interesting info from you and the comments.
The well chosen small images are cute, funny - and great. (My fave is the little one in red boots).


Hi Mandy, this is hilarious, thanks for the fun puzzle. My uncle reared pigs for many years and my dad reared 4 of them once. None of them ever smelt bad, my uncle said if you kept their area clean and fed them good food they would keep themselves clean. I remember him saying if you put any animal or human in mud and feed them swill, they will wallow in mud and smell bad!! I think he was right, we fed our pigs leftovers but they were fresh from the table give or take an evening or so and their pens were cleaned out on a regular basis. Oh and dad and I love pickled pigs feet and my granny made head cheese years ago which we all liked!! I also chewed on a pig's ear one night after our pig roast.........I don't think I had a girl friend for some time I see why not roerick!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the fun.


WONDERFUL puzzle and great idea for a special day! Pigs are so smart and they always make me smile. Your variety of choices for pigs to include in the collage was inspired. Very fun puzzle, Mandy!


Thanks Rosie - that's really useful to know... I wonder if pigs would still pass awful gas if they were fed high quality food. It's funny you mention the ears... I once used sows' ears to make some kaleidoscope images which turned out well... I may post them one day... as silk purses!!! I don't think I would be brave enough to eat pigs head or ears, although I have eaten knuckle of pork!!


Thanks, Mandy, for another enjoyable "Who knew" puzzle. Had friends who were pig farmers and the reason the pigs smell so badly is what they are given to eat--all of the scraps and peelings and things we throw away. They will eat anything kinda like goats and they pass awful gas. The piglets are hilarious and really fun to play with but the old sows are usually nasty and so were the males. Sure do love my pork--all of it except head cheese and pickled pigs feet and pigs ears---some people let their dogs chew on dried pigs ears and then their dogs have really bad breath--yuck. Rosie


That's the way to do it Katie!! Thanks :~)


Thanks Josie, I'm delighted you found my puzzle pages, and that you enjoy the pigs!! I'll be over to look at some of your puzzles later... to see if I can spot your pigs!!


Hi Mandy, a great day to celelbrate. I'll have to put on some pink and have some ham! You really did find wonderful images for the collage - thanks!


Ardy told me about this puzzle, love it, always have pigs in my puzzles. They have become a trademark. Thank you so much for your thought, haven't seen your puzzles before, they are delightful.


Thanks Magda, I find myself torn between wanting pigs to enjoy living, and myself to enjoy eating bacon!! LOL!!


That is interesting, because for most people, pigs are only suppliers of bacon and ham. For this they are exploited. Maybe this day makes us think, that they are also living beings. Nice pics!


How funny reminds me of a girl I used to work with... Everything thing she had there was a pig on it...Thanks Mandy


Wonderful idea to celebrate pigs!! We have had pigs and they are awfully funny animals, very individual and great personalities!! Thanks so very much Mandy!!


I love pigs Mandy. Years ago knew someone who had a minature pot bellied pig as a house pet. Very clean, trained to go outside, no smell, and smarter than a dog. He was a great pet. I see my little friend with the red boots, this is his second appearance I believe. Thanks for this fun puzzle. I really enjoyed it.


Thanks Ardy, you always know someone who will enjoy my Celebration Puzzle!! LOL!! I don't know why pigs smell... maybe because their human keepers don't clean them out often enough??


Thanks Budgy, it's lovely to "meet" you for the first time, it is a shame that pigs get such bad press, I've heard that they are very clean, and make excellent pets too.


Thanks Barb, it's good to know you like the images I've chosen - some topics are easier than others!!


Thanks Dagmar, you are right... I'd be lost without bacon!!


Thanks whatnauts - pigs do seem to be very popular with lots of people :~)


Mandy, I must send Josie over here today. She always has a pig in her collage on Josiescorner puzzles. I'm a vegetarian so wouldn't be eating them. But if they are as clean as Budgy says, why do they smell so bad? Thanks for another most interesting celebration.


I don't eat pork, No I'm not jewish, I've seen such a lot of cruelty towards this CLEAN animal, it's a
pity human beings don't live as cleanly. The pigs keep their living quarters clean but people even though they have houses supplied and a cheque from the government every 2 weeks live in unbelievable filth.


Hmmm, never thought about celebrating pigs, Mandy. Another weird and wacky holiday. LOL
You must do a lot of research and hunting around for just the right images to use. Love the ones you've chosen to represent this celebration. :-)


I think the poor pigs would love to stay anonymous and being less honoured LOL. But our tables would seem much emptier without them. :)))


Hahahaha. This is a funny one. My sister loves pigs and I've sent an email to her so she'll know to celebrate tomorrow. Thanks for another fun Who Knew puzzle.