National Hug A Sheep Day - October
Sat, Oct 29, 2022

National Hug A Sheep Day

National Hug A Sheep Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of October each year and is one of the cutest holidays in the fall! Sheep are smart, beautiful, cozy animals. Thanks to them, we get wool, lanolin (a unique wool wax), delicious cheese and more. Why not give them a hug today as a token of gratitude?


National Day was founded in 1992. It is dedicated to Punkin the sheep, which was probably abused on the farm. Subsequently, the animal was rescued and taken to a safe place. The sheep died of natural causes 12 years after the start of the “new life”. People came up with a holiday that would help fight cruelty and talk about how animals help humanity.

Sheep are believed to have descended from the wild mouflons of Europe and Asia. Now the animal is actively bred as livestock. In ancient times, people loved animals for their compact size and unpretentious care.

Interesting facts

Did you know that sheep

  • come in various colors – from boiled white to dark brown;
  • currently there are more than 10 thousand breeds;
  • feed on grass, hay, fodder;
  • sleep soundly at night and stay awake during daylight hours;
  • are stressed if they are separated from the herd, for example, they are transported to another farm;
  • they have high intelligence: they remember the faces of people and relatives for many years, they can recognize emotions by facial expressions of a person;
  • do not eat bitter plants, preferring sweet and sour ones;
  • have amazing hearing.

How to celebrate

Find out what events are happening in your city: perhaps local farms will organize excursions, meet animals or treat you with products from sheep. Pet the animals, feel their fur and hug them. Make a donation to an animal welfare organization. Learn how to knit warm clothes from sheep’s wool – buy material in craft stores and make warm clothes for yourself and your loved ones.

When is National Hug A Sheep Day celebrated in 2022?

National Hug A Sheep Day is observed on the last Saturday of October each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 29 2022
Saturday October 28 2023
Saturday October 26 2024
Saturday October 25 2025
Saturday October 31 2026

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