Paul Bunyan Day
On June 28, a popular folklore character is honored; this is Paul Bunyan Day and time to reread forgotten ancient legends. Do you remember these stories? Refresh your memory or read a short story to your child to introduce him to the character.
The origin of the legend has not been established. This story was passed down orally between generations; no written sources have been established. The hero was a big woodcutter who worked in the endless forests of the north of the USA and Canada. The stories were first recorded by James McGillivray.
The name of the woodcutter comes from a French exclamation expressing surprise (in Canadian cities, this language is common).
- Bunyan became famous for his outstanding physical strength and huge stature. When he clapped his hands, the glass in the windows rattled and crumbled.
- The characters appeared in the folk narrative: the lumberjack had comrades and a faithful «pet», a blue bull.
- Did you know that lakes in Minnesota are the tracks of a woodcutter and his friend, a bull?
- It is not known in which region Paul Bunyan lived and worked. Many northeastern states are secretly fighting for this honorary title.
- The impressive appearance of a woodcutter is often used by advertising companies to create visual presentations of goods.
The real prototypes may be Joe Fournier, who settled in Michigan after the fighting of the Civil War, or Bon Jean, a soldier who took part in the battles between the Canadians and the French.
How to celebrate
On a holiday, take a trip to the monuments of the character. They are installed in California and Minnesota. Read an old children’s book, or buy a new, colorful illustrated edition. Arrange a costume party, invite guests, and recreate epic scenes.
When is Paul Bunyan Day celebrated in 2022?
Paul Bunyan Day is observed on June 28 each year.