When is this day celebrated? July 7
What is this day? National Koi Day is the singular chosen day out of the year to really take the time to appreciate the beauty and culture attached to the Japanese Koi Fish. This amazing species is attached to so many significant and meaningful stories and traditions historically celebrated by its native people, and we feel they deserve a day to really shine. Here are some fun facts about Koi fish:
- Koi fish are fresh water fish that originate from Eastern Asia. People in Japan believe that the koi fish symbolizes wealth, prosperity, love, successful career and good fortune. Each variety is associated with one of those values.
- Most koi fish outlive their owners, having a lifespan of 200+ years. There is even a legendary koi named Hanako that lived to be the oldest koi in history. Hanako was hatched in 1751 and lived to be 226 years old, passing away in 1977. That’s a very long life span! However, most koi live 30-40 years.
- Koi fish can grow up to three feet long if raised in appropriate conditions. Due to their sensitive skin, koi need shade and deep water because they are susceptible to sunburn.
- Owners who received their koi fish as a gift are considered to have good luck.
Who created this day? This day was founded by Koi Market Aquatic Gardens in 2020.
How should this day be celebrated? This day should be celebrated by taking the time to learn about the amazing way Koi fish are incorporated into Japanese culture.