National Hermit Day - October 29
Sun, Oct 29, 2023

National Hermit Day

National Hermit Day is celebrated on October 29th each year and is dedicated to unsociable and even mysterious people living in isolation from society who enjoy a more measured life away from the bustle of the city.


National Hermit Day originates from an Irish legend of Queen Rina who, while pregnant, had a vivid dream that her son would become a great man and surpass her family in status. Fearing her husband would try to harm her unborn child, she fled the palace. Despite several assassination attempts, she was able to give birth to her son, Duaga. He was raised by monks and earned an education from the monastery of St. End. In 590 AD, he began to lead a hermit lifestyle, settling in a forest at the foot of a cliff.

The holiday does not need to be taken literally and is not only dedicated to hermits, as there are not many in the modern world. The date is meant to encourage us to think about our emotional state, as sometimes it can be beneficial to take some time to be alone with our thoughts. This could include going for a walk, taking a trip, watching a favorite movie, or reading a book.

Interesting facts

  • There is a fear of loneliness known as autophobia.
  • In 2011, the negative impact of loneliness on insomnia was proven.
  • Statistics show that lonely people are more likely to have bad habits.
  • Men experience loneliness more than women, but women often complain of it more.

How to take part

On National Hermit Day, turn off your phone and TV, and take time to engage in creative activities, “listen” to your inner thoughts, and relax. You could also go on a short trip for a day of solitude with nature in a house in the forest, and come back the next day feeling refreshed.

When is National Hermit Day celebrated in 2023?

National Hermit Day is observed on October 29 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday October 29 2023
Tuesday October 29 2024
Wednesday October 29 2025
Thursday October 29 2026