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Feb23 Fun Holiday – World Sword Swallowers Day

If you enjoy seeing people do dangerous things, you will enjoy celebrating World Sword Swallowers Day on the last Saturday of February.

Man swallowing a sword.

Sword swallowing is a risky and dangerous ancient art.

©iStockphoto.com/chrisjo

This unofficial holiday was created by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) in 2008. It celebrates the ancient art of sword swallowing and honors those who practice it.

16 Inches Long

The day also attempts to dispel myths about sword swallowing and to bring international attention to the medical and scientific contribution of sword swallowers.

According to SSAI, sword swallowing is the act of passing a sword or solid blade at least 16 inches long through the mouth into the stomach. Contrary to popular belief, sword swallowing is not a magic trick or an illusion, but a real skill that requires a lot of hard work and practice.

How to Celebrate?

  • Find a sword swallowing event nearby and go watch them.
  • Learn about the art and science behind sword swallowing.

Did You Know…

…that the art of sword swallowing is an ancient art that is thought to have originated in the southern part of India?

World Sword Swallowers Day Observances

Fun Holiday: World Sword Swallowers Day Observances
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2019SatFeb 23World Sword Swallowers Day
2020SatFeb 22World Sword Swallowers Day
2021SatFeb 27World Sword Swallowers Day
2022SatFeb 26World Sword Swallowers Day
2023SatFeb 25World Sword Swallowers Day
2024SatFeb 24World Sword Swallowers Day
2025SatFeb 22World Sword Swallowers Day
2026SatFeb 28World Sword Swallowers Day
2027SatFeb 27World Sword Swallowers Day
2028SatFeb 26World Sword Swallowers Day

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