National Black Cat Appreciation Day
Also known as
National Black Cat Day
annually on August 17th (since 2011)
Black Cat Appreciation Day is a day to remember black cats, who have many times been given a bad rap in life. In many cultures black cats are looked on with superstition, and are thought to carry bad omens. This is the case in most of Europe and in the United States. If a black cat walks in front of you, it is thought that misfortune will come. Black cats have been associated with witches, and some people believe they are shape shifting animals that are witches themselves. There are some countries where black cats are seen as good luck, such as Great Britain and Japan, and they have also been thought to bring good luck on some ships as the "ship's cat". But, the overwhelming belief has been that black cats are no good. Consequently, they have been neglected and it takes longer for black cats to be adopted from shelters.
How to Observe
If you have a black cat, this is a day to show off him or her in public or on social media. The best thing you can do on this day is adopt a black cat. There are twenty-two types of black cats in all. You can search for a cat here. If you aren't yet ready to adopt a cat, you can always do it on Black Friday, when many places waive the adoption fees for black cats.