If you have an interest in mythical creatures, you’ll be delighted to learn that April 9 is celebrated as National Unicorn Day.
Embracing this national day and celebrating it will make you feel like a kid again, full of wonder and awe!
Unicorns are fantasy and mythical creatures which are depicted as a beautiful horse with a single horn which spirals and projects from the middle of its forehead.
The word unicorn comes from the Latin words unus (meaning one) and cornu, which means horn.
Fun facts about unicorns
Since unicorns are legend, the facts need to be taken with a grain of salt, but these fun facts will help you better understand the mythical creature.
- Unicorns live in the forest.
- While unicorns can eat grass and hay, they don’t need to eat real food. A unicorn absorbs its energy from the sun, likely through its horn.
- Unicorns live in groups of 4 or 5. The elder unicorn is hundreds of years old.
- Unicorns are an earthy creature with no wings but if a unicorn mates with a Pegasus (a mythical flying horse), the baby may become a flying unicorn.
- Unicorn horns are called alicorns.
- Unicorns are mentioned in many Asian and European tales.
- Unicorns can be of any color.
- A unicorn can perceive truth and may pierce the heart of a liar with its horn.
- A baby unicorn is called a sparkle.
- The ancient Greeks wrote about unicorns in accounts of natural history, not mythology.
- Unicorns are mentioned several times in the bible.
- In 1741, pharmacies were selling powdered unicorn horn.
How to celebrate National Unicorn Day
National Days of the year are fun to celebrate and Unicorn day is a special treat. Here are a few ideas.
- Treat your child to a Sparkles unicorn pet.
- Use the hashtag #nationalunicornday on social media to spread the word about the day.
- Go all out for National Unicorn Day with unicorn leggings for your workout.
- Have a movie night and watch the DVD – The Last Unicorn.
- Hide unicorn filled Easter eggs for a party.
- Have a craft day with kids and create unicorn crafts.
More national days
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them happen in April. Check out my list of other national days in April here. Be sure to check back often to see which day we are celebrating today.
If you like to plan your activities ahead of time, be sure to print out my calendar of national days for April.
For other animal inspired national days check out these posts:
- National Pet Day – April 15
- National Go Birding Day – April 18
- National Groundhog Day – February 2
- National Ferret Day – April 2
- National Animal Cracker Day – April 18
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