This special day was usually celebrated on the first weekend of August each year, but in 2019, it was proclaimed that National Twin Day was to be observed on December 18. Mythology has told us a lot about the unique set. Remember Esau and Jacob? They were the first twins recorded in the Bible. Both literature and modern-day sitcoms always keep us in tears and total amazement when twins are portrayed. Over the years, we have been fascinated whenever we see twins among us, whether as babies, teenagers, or adults, fraternal or identical twins. National Twin Day is a day set aside to celebrate the unique connection between these siblings who share the same birthdays, whether twins, triplets, quads, or more — they’re all welcome.
History of National Twin Day
Moses and Aaron Wilcox are the pair of twins who inspired National Twin Day. In 1819, they donated six acres of land to a town, Millville. In exchange, the town changed its name to Twinsburg.
In 1976, Twinsburg hosted the first twin festival in honor of the Wilcox twins. In that year, only 36 twins were in attendance. Without being discouraged, the town was determined to make the second twin festival happen. It was their determination towards making the second festival happen that birthed National Twin Day. To date, Twinsburg remains the epicenter of National Twin Day.
So far, 43 festivals have taken place, and over 77,000 sets of twins and multiples have been in attendance. National Twin Day Festival is recorded as the largest annual gathering of twins in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The festival has had many beautiful themes. In 1992, the theme was “Twinsburg’s 175th Anniversary.” 1994 had “International Year of Family. In 1999, it was “Two-of-a-kind. In 2001, it was “Double Fun,” and in 2020, it was “The Roaring TWINties.” Punny!
Although it has grown to become globally accepted, National Twin Day was not always this popular. The first time Twin Day was proposed to the city council, it was rejected. Since becoming embraced and almost a part of modern-day culture, It now boasts of being the largest annual gathering of twins globally and draws thousands of participants from all over the United States and elsewhere in the world, celebrating the unique gift to humanity called twins.
National Twin Day timeline
The Wilcox brothers donate their land to Millsvile.
The Twin Day Festival is held in Twinsburg.
The festivities begin to have formal themes.
Although the holiday is mostly celebrated in the US, it gained global acceptance in 2019, and December 18 was then seen as the day to recognize this special day in other parts of the world.
National Twin Day FAQs
Is National Twin Day only for twins?
No. It is open to the public. Anyone can be in attendance. The idea is a general celebration.
Do the twins in attendance have to dress alike?
Dressing alike is part of the fun for most twins at the festival. It depicts bonds between the twins, but it’s not a requirement to attend.
Is National Twin Day only for children?
Records of attendees have both children and aged people in attendance.
National Twin Day Activities
The celebration is mostly a family affair so spending time with your family would be an amazing way to spend the day. You can play games or share gifts. Just show some love.
Go through your twin photos together
Browsing through old childhood photos will surely bring back some exciting memories and make the holiday special. Dust your album and get some friends together to join in the photo party
Host a twin party
Host a twin party and invite all the twins you know. This is a good way of spending the day. You can share some drinks, and snacks and dance to some good music while everyone shares their memories and pictures.
5 Interesting Facts About Twins
Nigeria has the highest number of twins
Igbo Ora, in the western African country Nigeria, has the highest number of twins in the world.
Massachusetts is the U.S. twin hub
Massachusetts has the highest number of twins born in the U.S.A., and the celebration is quite popular there.
They have their own language
40% of twins develop their own language
Different fingerprints))Identical twins have different fingerprints.
43 twins festivals have been held
Since the inception of Twin Day, 43 festivals have been held, featuring thousands of attendees yearly.
Why We Love National Twin Day
It celebrates the unique connection between twins
Twins are special and make life beautiful. National Twin Day is a good way to recognize this beautiful part of life and celebrate their connections.
It is a fun festival
The festival is fun, and anything fun is good to go. Twin Day features a lot of fun activities, and it’s a good way to let go of stress and catch a breath.
Time to meet new people
Probably the best part is that you get to meet new people if you attend a physical festival. This means people can forge new connections, business, or romantic relationships by celebrating Twin Day.
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