National Unicorn Day

National Unicorn Day Quick Facts - GB

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2024 Date9 April 2024
2025 Date9 April 2025

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National Unicorn Day History

National Unicorn Day is dedicated to the mythical creature often depicted as a horse with a single, spiral horn projecting from its forehead. It fosters enthusiasm for folklore and fantasy, spark the imaginations of both children and adults, and champions the timeless power of myth and legend in cultural development. Besides, the day is more than just a fun celebration; it also symbolises the power of wonder, the beauty of uniqueness, and the enchantment of belief in the impossible.

The Unicorn is deeply woven into the historic tapestry of the United Kingdom. As an emblem of purity, joy, and strength, it has been part of Scotland's heraldic coat of arms since the 12th century. It has been symbolic in Scotland ever since, connoting beauty, power and strength. Consequently, the Undoubted importance of the unicorn in Scottish history makes National Unicorn Day particularly relevant to Britain. The newfound popularity of National Unicorn Day since it was officially established in 2015 evidences the continued affection the UK, and the world more broadly, has for this stalwart symbol of myth and majesty.

In the United Kingdom, National Unicorn Day is observed through a variety of activities. Families and individuals celebrate the day by indulging in arts and crafts, writing stories, participating in unicorn-theme parties, or simply adding a festive note to the day by wearing bright, rainbow colours. Children and adults alike delight in the fun, creativity and enchantment this day brings. Schools may implement learning activities that use the unicorn as a focal point to teach about myth, folklore or symbolism. National Unicorn Day is celebrated each year on 9th April, providing a day full of colour, creativity, and celebration of our shared cultural heritage.

Facts about National Unicorn Day

  • The word unicorn comes from the Latin word unus, meaning one, and cornu meaning horn.
  • It was believed that those who drank from the horn of a unicorn would gain protection from stomach trouble, epilepsy, and poison.
  • In the 15th Century, Gold coins, known as the Unicorn and the Half-Unicorn, were introduced by King James III. Both coins had the unicorn on them.
  • In the UK, there is also a chivalry order known as 'The Most Noble Order of the Unicorn' which was a chivalric order founded by the English King Richard II in 1387.

Top things to do in the UK for National Unicorn Day

  • Visit the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland and view the piece, Master of the Annunciation with Unicorn Polyptych. The altarpiece features a unique depiction of the Annunciation in which Mary is holding a unicorn. The unicorn is believed to represent a symbol of Christ and Mary’s virginity.
  • Explore several books about unicorns.
  • Visit Edinburgh and Stirling Castle: Known for their statues showcasing Scotland's National Animal - the Unicorn.
  • Participate in the Unicorn Daze at Scottish Deer Centre: This event gives children the opportunity to meet unicorns, participate in unicorn crafts, and enjoy a day of magic-filled adventures.

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