International Pillow Fight Day
International Pillow fight day is a worldwide event held in many cities that takes place on the first Saturday in April. From Hong Kong to Vancouver to Dallas to London pillows are getting fluffed and prepped to do soft battle on this day. It’s free, and families are encouraged to participate. In many cities, pillows and proceeds will go towards the homeless.
Did you know
The largest pillow fight flash mob was the Worldwide Pillow Fight Day (or International Pillow Fight Day) that took place on March 22, 2008. Over 25 cities around the globe participated in the first “international flash mob,” which was the world’s largest flash mob to date. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 5,000 participated in New York City.
Flash mobs were on the rise; people were gathering everywhere to engage in spontaneous acts of sanity that brought complete strangers together in fun and interactive ways. Pillow fights have probably existed for as long as there have been pillows, but modern technology and a love of the truly absurd have brought them into prominence and popularity never before conceived.
Inspired by the fantastic film Fight Club, where men came together to strip themselves of society’s identity and reclaim their raw masculinity through bare-fisted boxing, Pillow Fight Clubs started springing up all over the world.
It was small at first, but it continued to grow, with Pillow Fight Clubs starting up in London and Vancouver, San Francisco and New Manhattan, until suddenly in one grand move of solidarity, the World Pillow Fight Day took place in March of 2008. Since then, annual Pillow Fight Days continue to be celebrated by anyone and everyone all over the world. The day takes us away from the stress of the world around us and brings everyone together in a celebration of something we all knew we wanted but didn’t realize we needed.
The world’s largest pillow fight raged in places far and wide, with back-alley brawlers swinging duvets in Boston, and ponder being swung in Copenhagen, in Paris decorative pillows were locked in combat as Kissen was bashed into Kissen in Stockholm.
Such was the madness that World Pillow Fight Day wrought in every corner of the globe, and countless pounds of stuffing and feathers were spilled in the name of fun. And, when the feather’s settled, those who got involved understood that the same must happen again every year until all the pillow resources of the world had been put to rest.
But even if you’re not your town’s resident Tyler Durden (which is a good thing), there’s still the opportunity to get involved. Whether it’s friends relishing in the chance to show each other who’s boss, siblings and cousins trying to recapture some of the carefree enjoyment of the sleepovers of their youth, or even strangers hoping to blow off some steam without commitment, or even (hopefully) long-lasting injuries, Pillow Fight Day gives everyone the excuse to transform their trusty pillow into a weapon that will lead them to victory.
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