National Piercing Day - May 16
Thu, May 16, 2024

National Piercing Day

National Piercing Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to piercing. It is a type of body art, which involves the creation of piercings on the body, in which various jewelry (such as rings) are attached. It is celebrated on May 16.


The history of National Piercing Day begins in 2007. It is believed that it was created by an initiative group of people united by their love of piercing. That’s how the holiday came about.

In general, the art of piercing is much older than it may seem. It has not always been used as a fashion statement or to create style. In different cultures, piercings have their own meaning. For example, African peoples used piercing jewelry to indicate belonging to a certain culture and belief. Sacred significance was given to piercings for shamans, sorcerers and others who acted as a conduit between our world and subtle matter.

Piercings could also be found among Native Americans. Indian tribes often used peculiar forms of piercings. One popular piece of jewelry was animal bones.

Interesting facts

  • In today’s living tribes, piercings often have a religious meaning.
  • Tunnels in the ears can only be beautiful if they are present. Without them, the ears just have huge holes. The largest tunnel was 14 cm, after which the American gave it up and spent about $3,000 to return his ears to their former appearance.
  • The most common type of piercing (after the ears) is the nose piercing.

How to celebrate

Learn more about the existing types of piercings. If you want to decorate your body, then today is a great reason to try piercings. The main rule is to choose a proven salon and make sure that all hygiene rules are followed there.

Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if they have piercings. Let them share their photos.

When is National Piercing Day celebrated in 2024?

National Piercing Day is observed on May 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday May 16 2024
Friday May 16 2025