Friday, 19 April 2013

No Pants Day...................42113

No Pants Day is a participatory holiday that happens on the first Friday in May in United States of America. The holiday is based on the premise of having people spend their day not wearing any pants (trousers). Participants are challenged to act as if there is nothing strange about not wearing pants in public. The liberation of breaking a social taboo and seeing the reaction of people not aware of the event generally makes the event fun for its participants.


The Knighthood of BUH at the University of Texas at Austin are advocates of the holiday. Austin has celebrated the day since 1997 according to a 1999 flyer. The holiday gets media attention every year, and as a result events celebrating No Pants Day have popped up in cities across the globe. Promoters state that the holiday is about not taking oneself seriously. The holiday is an example of surreal humor, which relies on an absurd situation (in this case, crowds of people walking around wearing no pants).

Wardrobe Rules

The entire point of No Pants Day is to wear a normal outfit, simply without pants, as if the participant simply forgot to put them on, and to look ridiculous in the process. Those with little imagination might suggest that wearing a dress, skirt, kilt, or bathing suit counts as participation. However, none of those look particularly silly or taboo, and therefore do not embody the spirit of the holiday. While some fun-lovers choose to wear flamboyant underpants or otherwise draw attention to themselves, traditionalists typically wear nothing unusual, and simply go about their business wearing normal clothes and underwear. Fashion choices range from casual to formal, though actual costuming is discouraged.

The No Pants Subway Ride

The No Pants Subway Ride, an annual event organized by New York City prank collective Improv Everywhere is often erroneously referred to as "No Pants Day." In this event, members of the group enter a subway car at consecutive stops without pants in the middle of winter. Participants pretend that they do not know each other and if asked, claim that they simply "forgot" their pants. The first No Pants Subway Ride took place in 2002 with seven riders and has grown since then. The event has grown considerably over the years. In 2013 over 4,000 people participated in New York and tens of thousands more participated in 60 other cities in 25 countries around the world. The fact that the No Pants Subway Ride has become a global event with multiple cities participating on the same day has led to its confusion with No Pants Day. The No Pants Subway Ride is celebrated in early January, with Improv Everywhere usually announcing the exact date a month ahead of time.

Former Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin poses for a photo with University of Waterloo students celebrating 'No Pants Day'. 


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