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Lion's Share Day

Get ready to roar! On Lion's Share Day, it's perfectly okay to try to take more than your share of something. A "lion's share" is an idiom meaning "the largest part of something divided amongst other people." The expression comes from one of Aesop's fables, where a lion asks animals to help him hunt, and then afterwards tells them reasons why he should get to keep all parts of the spoils.

There are a few similar versions of the fable. In one version, a lion goes hunting with a fox, a jackal, and a wolf. They kill a stag (male deer) and must make a decision on how to divide it. The lion tells the other animals to quarter it, giving the impression that it may be shared equally. But, he then says, "The first quarter is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare to lay a paw upon it." As the fox walks away, he grumbles, "You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil." This is the moral of the fable. Put simply, the moral is that one should not trust partnerships with those who are more powerful than them.

How to Observe Lion's Share Day

The day could be celebrated by taking the lion's share of anything you'd like. There's no reason to feel sheepish about it. Do it with a big roar—it's Lion's Share Day. You could also celebrate the day by making sure you are being cautious when entering into partnerships or agreements with those who have more power or authority than you, making sure they aren't taking advantage of you. Another way to celebrate the day is to read "The Lion's Share" or one of Aesop's other fables.

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