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National Pajama Day – April 6, 2023

Celebrate National Pajama Day this April 6 to bring a little comfort to your workweek. We’re all used to formalwear when it comes to work attire — crisp shirts, pressed pants or skirts, and sometimes even a tie. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ditch your restrictive outfit and wear something comfortable like your pajamas for a change? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore! National Pajama Day gives you the chance to wear your most comfortable pajamas to work without anyone even batting an eye! Lounge in your comfiest PJs for a day as you put all you’ve got into your work — trust us, it’s worth it!

History of National Pajama Day

The word ‘pajama’ derives from Persian, meaning “leg garment.” Fittingly, pajamas originated in Southwest Asia, descending from the drawstring pants traditionally worn by locals of the region. As with many cultural exports, pajamas went global after being introduced to the rest of the world by British colonizers, reaching the west by the 1800s.

Since then, pajamas have become the world’s favorite sleepwear garment, now available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Whether you like furry robes with cushy slippers, superhero pajama sets, or onesies with booties, there’s a comfy outfit just for you, and what’s more, on National Pajama Day you can even wear any of these to work! National Pajama Day was first celebrated in 2004, originally launched by PajamaGram to thank those of us working late hours. PajamaGram is a brand that sells sleepwear for men and women of all ages.

National Pajama Day was simply created for the fun of it! The day creates a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere which may be beneficial to those in high-pressure and serious jobs. Ditching workwear for pajamas can help alleviate some of the stress of your job while keeping you comfortable all day long. National Pajama Day isn’t just fun and games, however, and neither is it a mindless holiday. There are actually numerous health benefits associated with wearing pajamas in the workplace! Employees who wear pajamas to work are proven to be more productive and relaxed. Maybe this is the reason why so many organizations and entrepreneurs welcome National Pajama Day with open arms!

National Pajama Day timeline

1902
The New Big Thing

Men’s pajamas became widely available.

1920s
A Bit of a Redesign

Instead of the original voluminous legs, pajama trousers now have straight legs.

1940s
Babydoll Pajamas

Sleeveless pajamas will frill hems are all the rage among women.

1970s
Pajamas are Now Unisex

Popularity among both sexes encourages the rise of unisex pajamas.

National Pajama Day FAQs

Is ‘pajama’ an Indian word?

The word pajamas come from the Hindi pāyjāma, from the Persian pāy, meaning ‘leg,’ and ‘jāma,’ meaning ‘garment.’

What’s a pajama party?

A pajama party is a party where kids sleep over at a friend’s house.

What country did pajamas originate in?

Modern pajamas were first introduced in Britain in the 17th century, originally known as mogul’s breeches, but they only became popular as loungewear for men from about 1870. They trace their origins to the British colonization of Southwest Asia.

National Pajama Day Activities

  1. Wear pajamas to work

    Celebrate National Pajama Day the way it is meant to be celebrated, by wearing pajamas to work! Dress up in your coziest, snuggliest, and most comfortable jammies and head to work.

  2. Splurge on pajamas

    Celebrate National Pajama Day by buying yourself a couple of new pajamas. Try new designs, fabrics, and styles. Spruce up your pajama wardrobe. This is the day to do it!

  3. Post pictures in pajamas

    Dress up in your favorite pajamas and celebrate National Pajama Day by posting photos of yourself wearing them. You can also invite friends and family to do the same.

5 Fun Facts About Pajamas

  1. Coco Chanel made it a fashion

    Chanel introduced pajamas for women in the 1920s.

  2. Pajamas used to have flapjacks

    They were added to make it easy to use the restroom.

  3. The Japanese love their pajamas

    It is acceptable to wear pajamas during the day in Japan.

  4. Footed pajamas were worn for a reason

    To protect the wearer’s foot from being bitten by bedbugs and termites.

  5. Pajamas used to mean an active lifestyle

    In the 1900s, they were advertised as outfits for traveling.

Why We Love National Pajama Day

  1. It’s so comfortable

    Pajamas are probably the most comfortable outfits in our wardrobes. If you’re a fan of staying comfortable all day, then like us, you will also love National Pajama Day.

  2. It helps us relax at work

    Tight deadlines and rigorous demands can make work stressful. We don’t need to add the stress of uncomfortable clothing to it. National Pajama Day is a great way to relax at work.

  3. It’s a day to take it slow

    Since you only have to throw on your pajamas on National Pajama Day, you don’t have to worry about getting late or going about the day in your frenzy. Take it slow today.

National Pajama Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 6Thursday
2024April 6Saturday
2025April 6Sunday
2026April 6Monday
2027April 6Tuesday

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