National Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated twice a year: in winter on February 28 and in summer on August 22. The holiday is dedicated to a magical creature – the Tooth Fairy, who arrives at night to pick up children’s milk teeth that have fallen out and leave money or gifts for them. The tooth fairy is a well-known character in the English-speaking countries of Europe and America; since the 2000s, it has also become known in Russia.
It is not known who determined the dates of National Tooth Fairy Day. But it is quite fair that the holiday is celebrated both in winter and in summer. After all, children lose their first teeth all year round!
Learn something about the origin of this creature:
- For the first time, the mention of the “fee for the tooth” appeared in the sagas of ancient Iceland – parents paid the child for the first (or last) tooth that fell out from him.
- In 1894, a Spanish boy of 8 years old, nicknamed Bubi Loose Tooth, and a famous writer was asked to write a fairy tale about it in order to calm the child. Writer Luis Colomo created a story about the little mouse Perez leaving gifts for milk teeth. The heroes were the boy Bubi himself, the little king, and his mother. Bubi was the king in reality – the Spanish monarch Alfonso III, who ruled under the leadership of his mother – Queen Regent Maria Cristina. The tale was published in 1902 and became famous. The Spanish Tooth Fairy is a mouse!
- And French too. Her name comes from the word “Smile”.
- In 1908, in the American newspaper Chicago Daily Tribune, in the heading with advice on housekeeping, an article was published advising children to be told about the Tooth Fairy so that they would be comfortable with the removal of milk teeth.
- In 1927, Esther W. Arnold wrote a play about the Tooth Fairy, and the character became hugely popular in the United States.
How to celebrate
National Tooth Fairy Day is a great opportunity to talk fairy tale about oral hygiene with kids! Explain that the Tooth Fairy doesn’t like unbrushed teeth and won’t pay for them. Invite your child to draw the Tooth Fairy, write her a letter (and let her not forget to answer!). With schoolchildren, you can watch films with this name – 1997 with Kirstie Alley or 2010 and 2012 (these are comedies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).
When is National Tooth Fairy Day Celebrated in 2022?
National Tooth Fairy Day is dedicated to celebrating success. It has always been observed annually on February 28 and on August 22.