National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

[nash-uh-nl step in uh puhd-l n splash yer frendz dey]

What does National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day mean?

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January 11th marks the unofficial holiday of National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day. On this day, friends jump in puddles and get each other wetall in the name of friendship and good, (not-so) clean fun.

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Examples of National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

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Examples of National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day
Happy National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day! / ☔ There aren't too many puddles in Tucson. ⛱️🌞 / But, we have something better...our Splish Splash Beach Bash is happening May 5th! Bring a friend!!  It'll be more fun than splashing them in a puddle. / #SplishSplash
@Centurions_tuc, January 2018
Why would anyone want this to be a day?...Something tells me National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day was created by someone who's never actually been drenched in old rain water by a city bus en route to work...Don't hang around any of your easily influenced "friends" on January 11.
Robert Anthony, Elite Daily, April 2017

Where does National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day come from?

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There’s no one who seems to love splashing in a puddle more children, to whom National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day may have been originally aimed at. It was included in the 2012 Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac published, and children’s charities and mommy blogs alike have recognized this holiday. However, we can find record of National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day as early as 1998 in a Usenet forum.

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The unofficial holiday tracker, National Day Calendar, added National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day by 2014. Since then, the holiday was mentioned by a number of major media outlets, including Bustle and Elite Daily in 2016–17Some who live in cold climates, though, might not have any puddles to jump in: They would all be frozen in January!

Who uses National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day?

While included in many different resources for national holidays, National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day is more obscure, than, say other unofficial holidays like National Wine Day. Some even express an ironic distaste for the holiday, especially as part of a trend of unofficial, internet holidays in the 2010s.

Where it is given attention, National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day is all about the kids. Blogs focusing on creative activities for children, for instance, mention this as a fun, let’s-get-messy outdoor activity.

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