Always on the first Friday in May can be at the International No Pants Day (Without Pants Day ) look many people without pants in public. In 2021 , this flexible day of action falls on May 7th and accordingly its history is to be examined in more detail with this contribution to the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world . So why do we celebrate No Pants Day on the first day of May?
Who started the National No Pants Day?
In contrast to many of the other curious celebrations and action days gathered here, the international No Pants Day has at least some references to its origins and the year it was founded.
If various sources from the United States are to be believed, the initiative goes back to a student club at the University of Texas in Austin, which for years, under the name Knighthood of Boo, dropped its pants as part of a rather informal prank at the end of the semester.
After the growing success on campus, the event began to be promoted in 2000. In addition to other US states, the Without Pants Day also received international attention. In the meantime, celebrations from Australia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Canada and Sweden have been documented (see also the list of further links below).
Why does the no-pants day fall on the first Friday in May?
The previous reference to the end of the semester basically defines the reason for the chosen date on the first Friday in May. At this time in the academic year of the United the Spring Term is nearing its end and in view of the upcoming or already passed exams, today’s occasion is a good or welcome reason to celebrate. If you would like to celebrate with us, you should make a note of the following dates for the no-pants day for the next ten years:
- 2019: Friday 3rd May
- 2020: Friday, May 8th
- 2021: Friday, May 7th
- 2022: Friday, May 6th
- 2023: Friday, May 5th
- 2024: Friday, May 3rd
- 2025: Friday, May 2nd
- 2026: Friday, May 8th
- 2027: Friday, May 7th
- 2028: Friday, May 5th
- 2029: Friday, May 4th
- 2030: Friday, May 3rd
If you still need a mental support here, you can also note the first Friday in May as International Tuba Day , which is celebrated at the same time and which has a similar background.
No Pants Day and the annual No Pants Subway Ride
Attentive readers of the curious holidays may rightly point out that the matter of public trousers also appears in a different context. Be careful. In fact, there is an overlap in terms of content with the annual No Pants Subway Ride , which was launched in 2002 by the US performance group Improv Everywhere (IE) and has since enjoyed worldwide popularity.
Here, too, the aim is to move around in public without pants, whereby the Americans have clearly limited the radius of action here, the name is there in principle, to the public transport underground. The specific date for the No Pants Subway Ride changes from year to year, but usually falls on a weekend between early and mid-January.
The specific day is always announced in December on the Improv Everywhere website. However, the fact that the No Pants Subway Ride is occasionally listed under the abbreviations No Pants Day or No Pants Movement causes confusion in this context.
Although both days of action are almost identical in terms of substance and content, these are definitely two different, each independent, curious holidays. Even if the No Pants Subway Ride has surely become the more well-known action, I am certainly not wrong here with the assumption that they relate to one another in a certain way.
With this in mind: Have a relaxed No Pants Day for all of you.