Hedgehog Day is an American holiday dedicated to hedgehogs. Everyone will love these cute little spiky live balls! The holiday is celebrated annually on February 2.
The tradition of celebrating Hedgehog Day came to us from the capital of Italy – Rome. The date of the celebration coincides with the traditional holiday for the United States and Canada – Groundhog Day. In general, these two days are close. Only in one case is it customary to watch a marmot (if it calmly leaves its hole on a cloudy day, it will soon be warm and spring will come early), and the other implies the imminent arrival of spring if you managed to see a hedgehog in early February.
Both methods are bad forecasting methods and are just a fun tradition. Hedgehogs generally hibernate from November to March, but they may wake up during this time period to change their wintering place or find food. Hedgehogs are very demanding on the amount of food, and if not enough was stored, then the animal may simply not survive the winter.
There is also a theory that the creation of Hedgehog Day is associated with the release of the third part of the computer game about the blue hedgehog Sonic in 1994. This creation of Japanese developers has gained popularity all over the world and has long become a cultural phenomenon, an eternal classic that gamers play every year.
- Hedgehogs are predators. They not only eat berries and apples, as many people think. Their main diet is worms, caterpillars, mice and other small animals.
- The maximum running speed of hedgehogs is 3 m/s.
- The average period of growth of each needle in an animal is from 10 to 18 months.
How to celebrate
Walk through the woods on Hedgehog Day, you might be lucky enough to see a hedgehog that day. Play the Sonic series of games. Find out more interesting information about these animals on the Internet!
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask other users if they managed to see a hedgehog that day.
When is Hedgehog Day celebrated in 2024?
Hedgehog Day is observed on February 2 each year.