National Backward Day - January 31
Wed, Jan 31, 2024

National Backward Day

National Backward Day makes you question literally everything that humanity knows. It makes you leave your comfort zone for a while and try something completely new. This crazy experience can seem quite rewarding, showing how multifaceted the world is.


The holiday takes its origins in antiquity. Similar traditions appeared long before its unofficial proclamation. In Rome there was a special day called “Saturnalia”. It is named after the god Saturn, during whose reign harmony and peace reigned on earth. The celebrations continued for several weeks, and the world changed noticeably. People received the long-awaited freedom, gambling was allowed, and the poor were not obliged to serve their masters. They could calmly state their claims without fear of punishment.

Similar holidays existed in other nations. They were needed to get rid of negative emotions, the manifestation of primitive savagery and the fight against social norms. Some people tend to think that National Backward Day is silly entertainment for weirdos, but in fact, it opens up new concepts and allows you to look into the essence of familiar things.

The creators of the holiday are considered to be two women – M. Scott and S. Miller. In 1961, they spent time on the farm and thought about what to do with themselves. On the evening of January 29, they decided to come up with a day when everything would be the other way around. The townspeople learned about it only after 2 days, but surprisingly everyone liked the idea.

Fun facts

  1. Changing routines can improve performance. According to the results of the study, students who changed their habits completed their homework much faster and even found time to rest.
  2. All people on Earth are used to peeling bananas from top to bottom, but, according to one of the opinions of scientists, it should be done the other way around.
  3. Many fans of musical art have concluded that performers deliberately leave hidden clues in their creations. You can find them if you listen to the song in reverse order.
  4. In the XV century. Leonardo da Vinci came up with an incredible idea. He invented the technique of “mirror writing” when he drew the text backwards and then stood in front of a reflective surface to check its correctness.

How to celebrate

Today it will be enough to change your principles to take part in the celebration. You can put your clothes on backwards, completely change your diet, try to talk the other way around, and make a bet with your friends, arguing who will be the first to make a mistake in the misuse of words.

When is National Backward Day celebrated in 2024?

National Backward Day is observed on January 31 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday January 31 2024
Friday January 31 2025
Saturday January 31 2026
Sunday January 31 2027