Plush Animal Lover’s Day is celebrated on October 28th and is dedicated to those who cannot imagine their life without soft toys. Not just kids; many adults enjoy having a silent companion and there are even collectors who collect various toys.
It is unclear who founded the holiday, however there is a legend that suggests a certain collector’s item dealer, Royal Selangor, came up with the idea in the 1980s and it was widely accepted. In ancient times, people often created things in the image of animals, such as figurines carved from wood or images of pets painted in pictures to be preserved in memory. Rag dolls in the form of animals were first seen in Roman times but they were intended for children from the poor due to the lack of detail.
The first modern toys were created in 1880 by Margaret Steiff, who designed stuffed elephants in the form of coasters. After 6 years of work, about 5 thousand pieces were sold and children fell in love with the products.
- In ancient Greece, plush toys were given to newborns as it was believed that they would guard the kids and attract good luck.
- In the 20th century, the Teddy Bear became widely popular in the United States. The bear was named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt.
- Ancient Egyptians used toys in the form of cats, dogs, tigers, and cows.
- Plush toys have always been popular, giving us positive emotions and lasting through the ages.
How to take part
Participating in Plush Animal Lover’s Day is easy! You can purchase a new plush toy from many stores, or even order one. You can also restore your old toys, giving them a second life. Take a photo of your collection and post it to Facebook or Instagram, using the #PlushAnimalLoversDay hashtag to spread the word and make more people aware of the holiday.
When is Plush Animal Lover’s Day celebrated in 2023?
Plush Animal Lover’s Day is observed on October 28 each year.