That’s right, pillow fights aren’t just for kids anymore! Pillow Fight Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in April. On this holiday, pillow fights take place across the globe including cities such as London and Seattle. This gentle fighting day is fun for the whole family and is free to attend. Oftentimes, cities such as Philadelphia will take the used pillows from the fights and donate them to the less fortunate. Other cities celebrate with pillow fight flash mobs, making quite the scene for spectators. The world’s largest flash mob took place on international Pillow Fight Day. For this flash mob 25 cities participated making it an international flash mob and the largest to date. In New York City alone 5,000 people attended this flash mob.
History of Pillow Fight Day
Pillow fights have existed since the invention of pillows. Flash mobs have existed for most likely just as long. It wasn’t until the movie Fight Club when these two things came together. Inspired by this boxing movie, many people turned to pillow fighting, a softer and less dangerous alternative. Across the globe, many pillow fighting clubs began to emerge. This following was small at first and then slowly started to gain attention. In 2008, organizers decided to unite these separate clubs and create World Pillow Fight Day. This event was an instant success across the globe as thousands of people participated in major cities such as Boston and Paris. Thousands of feathers and stuffing are spilled each year on this holiday in the name of fun.
Rules for Pillow Fight Day
Pillow Fight Day is a day of fun but there are some things you should know before celebrating.
1. Swing Lightly - Pillows are pretty soft but they can still hurt when swung hard enough. The goal of today is to have fun, not to hurt others. Be sure to swing your pillow gently to make sure everyone around you is safe and still having fun.
2. Do not hit people who don’t have pillows - Some people are just here to observe the festivities, and that’s okay too! Don’t swing at people without pillows; that ruins the day for them and for you. Instead of just hitting someone without a pillow maybe offer them a spare and have them join in on the fun.
3. Do not swing at cameras - Cameras are expensive and they break easily! Do not swing at a camera, then they can’t capture you having fun. Even the lightest touch can send a camera tumbling to the ground so be careful when being around cameras and the person behind them.
4. Soft pillow only - This is the same concept as when making snowballs. You wouldn’t want to be hit with a snowball that’s actually ice, the same is with pillows. Try to bring the softest pillows you can find, not your prized memory foam one that will definitely leave a mark. Today is a day for fun, not for bruises.
Now that you know the rules, you’re ready to have fun! Grab a pillow, grab a friend, and let the pillow fighting begin!