Every day is backward somewhere in the world.

A backward day is a day when someone or a group of people, from the moment they step out of bed in the morning, choose to live their life in in reverse for a whole day. Backward Day is a day when the whole world get turned upside down and inside out, day becomes night, and madness becomes sanity. It is a day to bend all the rules and to do all things in backward - and gain a different perspective on life; A day to celebrate diversity, creativity and freedom!


Backward days has probably been celebrated as long as there has been human beings. In every culture there seem to have been a need to sometimes let loose and challenge its societal rules. For instance, Roma had Saturnalia, a legal holiday starting on 15 December when all the social norms were turned on their head as Saturn was celebrated. The festival tried to resemble how life would have been during the deities rule in the golden age. Slaves was served at the high table by their masters and license was given so that gambling was no longer prohibited and free speech and all ways of insult was permitted. All through the festivities shouts with the phrase "io Saturnalia" could be heard.

The greeks also celebrated a similar festival called Kronia and was dedicated to Kronos and held somewhere at the end of july and beginning of august. During Kronia the whole community including the slaves came together and feast on banquets where masters wait upon their servants and everyone celebrate by having fun, dancing, drinking and playing games together.

Kronia and Saturnalia has had a deep effect on other cultures and even today some of our festivities have been influenced by them.

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Backward days around the world

Every day someone in the world is celebrating a backward day, some just for fun and others attach some deeper meaning to it. Some people celebrate backward days on dates like 1001, 1111, 0110, 0220 and so on because they are palindromes. Palindromes are words spelled the same backwards, like name such as Hannah or or a sentence like "Live on time, emit no evil". Others choose to celebrate april fools day as a backward day and in a way it is backwards when the society norm of telling the truth gets turned on its head.

In Sweden they celebrate a backward day on may 12 every year as a way to notice trafic safety for children. Through backward games and craft with a traffic theme and the Backward March as the highlight of the day, children in kindergarten manifests their right for safe travel in cars (children up to four years of age should travel backwards in their addon car seats).

Some people also honors Leonardo da Vinci on the day of his death, may 2, with a backward day. The artist was ambidextrous and able to write with his both hands at the same time, forward with one and in reverse with the other. According to wikipedia he was also able to write mirrored text that could be seen correctly through a mirror.

National Backward Day in the USA

Maby the most well known backward day is the National Backward Day which is an unofficial holiday celebrated in the USA on January 31 every year. There is no clear evidence who invented the National Backward Day. Some say that Megan Emily Scott and Sarah Nicole Miller founded Backward Day on 29th of January 1961. The story tells that the concept got out amid the community and later on, on 31st of January 1962, the first National Backward Day took place.

The day is especially popular with kids and celebrated with many school and preschool activities where kids are walking, talking and doing things in reverse. But the day is also celebrated by many adults who just want to have fun.

To share the day with others many use the hashtag #backwardday or #nationalbackwardday

Backwards day ideas

Depending on the individual, this day could be celebrated in lots of creative and different ways. People could simply wear their clothes backward, eat breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast, get ready the entirely opposite way, walk backward, write backward, or even try to say everything in a backward manner the whole day. To help you and your friends, family or students to celebrate the day we have made some suggestions for you what to do, eat and how to dress on any given backward day:

Things to do on a backward day

  • Write in reverse
  • Walk backwards
  • Talk backwards
  • Draw backwards
  • Play games backwards

What to eat on a backward day

  • Dessert first

    Upside down cake

  • Dinner for breakfast, breakfast for dinner

    Breakfast pizza

How to dress on a backward day

  • Dress however you want as long as it is backwards :)

Backwards word challenge

In this challenge that anyone can play, individuals do their best to come up with a short list of words that may vary in complexity, and have to speak the words, in reverse, into their phone or computer.

With help from a smartphone and an app that will reverse one's speech, contestants try their best to say a word backwards. The person who says the word in reverse the closest to the actual word receives a point. Generally speaking, you can play anywhere from first to 3 points, up to however many points you wish.

This competition can be a friendly game between siblings, friends, coworkers, really anyone who has access to a smartphone, a Nintendo 3DS/2DS's voice-altering application, or even a tape recorder that allows you to play music or sounds backwards, however it is a little easier with the first two options. You can also use a reverse text app to get words spelled backwards to make things easier.

The backwards word challenge works best with a group of 2-5 people. Any more than that and the game can become a confusing mess of misplaced syllables and potentially offensive words. It is also a good idea to do it with a group of friends that you enjoy spending time around.

Choosing words for the backwards word challenge can be somewhat difficult. The best practice says anywhere between one to four syllable words. Words like "doggie", "microphone" and "receiver" are great, as they don't take too much time to think about, and allow more time for people to play, as well as more laughs to be shared. Any more than five syllables and it can become confusing. No one really wants to see you struggle to try and say "transcendentalism" for five minutes. Although, if you are playing on "hard mode", it might be worth the laugh.

Backward Day

Celebrate Backward Day with - January 31!