Frog Jumping Day is a day about having fun by jumping like a frog or getting your pet frog out for a frog jumping contest.
When is the Frog Jumping Day 2017?
Frog Jumping Day is celebrated on 13th May, 2017, a Saturday.
Frog Jumping Day is celebrated every year on the 13th May.
The origin of the Frog Jumping Day
The origin of this celebration is attributed to the Frog Jumping Contest (1849) of Calaveras County in California and Mark Twain’s story – ‘Jim and His Jumping Frog (1865). It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Afterwards, he distributed it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is likewise known under the third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
This day discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story but May 13 is neither the date of Mark Twain’s birth, nor his death. This day frequently coincides with the first day of the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, held yearly in Calaveras County.
Ways to celebrate the Frog Jumping Day
Frog Jumping Day can be a fun and educational day to celebrate with kids of all ages and an opportunity to learn about frogs and Mark Twain. You can commend Frog Jumping Day in a few ways.
- Visit the amphibian house at a zoo. Most zoos have an amphibian house, which are usually an enclosed habitat featuring reptiles and amphibians. The entire family can appreciate a visit to the zoo to see various frog species. For example, the Philadelphia Zoo is the home to the red-eyed tree frog, the blue poison dart frog, the Panamanian golden frog and more.
- Read frog stories. Collect several books offering frogs, and invest some time appreciating both fact and fiction. Your neighborhood library is a great source for nonfiction books about frogs and creatures of land and water. In addition, children may enjoy fictional stories.
- Get active and jump. After reading a few frog books and stories, get the children up, moving, and hopping. Play a rousing game of Leap Frog. If the climate is pleasant, move the game outdoors to an open space or back yard where you can run and leap freely
- Learn about Mark Twain. One of Mark Twain’s stories inspired Frog Jumping Day, so take some time to take in considerably all the more about this famous American author. Frog Jumping Day may not be the year’s most well known occasion, but it’s a day where frog- cherishing companions of all ages can have a bit of fun and learn about these stunning, tailless amphibians.
Significance of Frogs
Several cultures have a special place for frogs in their mythology. Being amphibians the frogs signify conversion, fertility, and richness. Shamanic cultures believe that the frogs control the weather. The frog song (their croak) is an amazing thing for some campers. These and many such reasons spur individuals to celebrate the Frog Jumping Day on May 13.
When is the Frog Jumping Day in 2018?
The Frog Jumping Day will be on May 13, 2018, a Sunday.