Today, May 14, is National Dance Like a Chicken Day, which means putting on that party song classic, the chicken dance. Yes, you know how to dance that one, we all do! Here’s all you need to know about this odd holiday!

National Dance Like a Chicken Day

Put on your dancing shoes because it’s May 14, which means it’s Dance Like a Chicken Day. Yes, you know the song: the chicken dance has been popular globally since the 1950s, making the chicken dance one of the first modern-day synchronized dances.

Yes, it’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s a thing, and everyone knows how to dance like a chicken, so why not celebrate this piece of universal knowledge?

There are many unusual non-official holidays in the calendar, but few are as catchy as this one. Once you hear the chicken dance song, you never forget it, and you only need to dance it once to learn those steps by heart. That’s what’s nice about catchy songs and accompanying dances; they make us a part of something, even if we don’t want to.

Just dancing occasionally is entirely worth it. It’s a way to do some essential exercise, and it unavoidably makes us smile. Dancing is also a group activity, and you know you must hang out with others more.

Dance Like a Chicken is not restricted to the famous chicken dance, though; we’re pretty sure you can try out your own chicken-inspired dance steps, and why not? Perhaps you can put together the next chicken song for all of us to learn and dance to!

Chickens are noble animals indeed, and they do move funny. Interestingly, the chicken dance is not inspired by the birds but by people; read on to find out more.

History of National Dance Like a Chicken Day

We can’t tell you who established May 14 as the National Dance Like a Chicken Day, but we can tell you who invented the catchy song that inspired the holiday, the chicken dance.

Loved by some and hated by most, the song has actually a pretty neat story. It all started in 1955 when a Swiss musician named Werner Thomas found inspiration for the song in the strange movements of skiers going down a hill at a ski resort. He created what was then known as the duck dance.

In the 1970s, the song reemerged, this time played with a synthesizer and was entitled Tchip tchip, and oddly sold one million copies in Europe. The theme reemerged in the 1980s and then again at a dance party compilation in the 90s.

With appearances on TV every other day, and ever-present in many parties, festivals and social events, dancing like a chicken is part of our culture. It’s an international phenomenon, so dance like a chicken!

How to Celebrate National Dance Like a Chicken Day

Make sure you learn the official Chicken Dance steps and move those feathers! Dancing is wonderful for your mind and body, so don’t miss out on the opportunity of dancing on this memorable and simply amusing day.

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