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National Limerick Day

Celebrate National Limerick Day with a fun and funny poem - create your own or share one of your favorites!
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May 12
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Introduction

Celebrate National Limerick Day on May 12 with some of the most creative and humorous poetry you've ever heard! The limerick is a light-hearted, five-line poem that originated in Ireland in the early 19th century. Since then, it has been used to entertain people around the world with its wit and clever rhymes. So get ready for some laughter as we celebrate this special day!

History of National Limerick Day

National Limerick Day Dates

National Limerick Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>early 1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origination of Limericks</div><div class='timeline-text'>The limerick form of poetry is believed to have originated in Limerick, Ireland during the early 1800s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1845</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Book of Nonsense" Published</div><div class='timeline-text'>English artist Edward Lear popularized limericks with the publication of his "Book of Nonsense."</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1880</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Limericks Span the Globe</div><div class='timeline-text'>Appreciation for limericks reached around the globe as a popular form of humorous vernacular poetry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Limericks in Popular Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>Limericks find a home in popular culture, being used in children's books, greeting cards, and comedic sketches.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of National Limerick Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Limerick Day begins to be recognized in the United States, encouraging people to read and write limericks.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Present</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Modern-Day Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>People continue to celebrate National Limerick Day internationally through organized parties, events, and online shares on social media platforms.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Limerick Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write your own limericks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to write your own limericks. It can be fun, silly, or serious—whatever suits your fancy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your limericks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Once you have written some limericks, share them with your friends and family. They might even be inspired to write their own!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read limerick collections</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pick up a book of classic limericks or search online for some of the newest and funniest limericks out there.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a poetry reading</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check around town to see if there is a local poetry reading being held in honor of National Limerick Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a limerick writing contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a party or gathering and have everyone take turns writing their own original limericks. The sillier, the better!  You can even award prizes for the best ones.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Limerick Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Limericks are playful and fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Limericks are a great way to have fun with language. Whether you're writing them for children or adults, they always have a tongue-in-cheek quality that makes them entertaining to read and write. Plus, their short, structured format makes them easy to create!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Limericks help us use our imagination</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Limericks aren't just fun to read - they can also help spark creativity in anyoone who writes them. It takes a bit of imagination and creativity to come up with a rhyming line that is still relevant and makes sense - a challenge which can be both daunting and exciting!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Limericks get people laughing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Writing limericks is a great way to bring some much needed levity into any situation. When things get too serious, an amusing limerick can bring back the smiles in no time. So why not grab some paper and pen (or laptop), and put your creative juices to work?</p></div></div>

5 Hilarious Facts for National Limerick Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Limerick City has a Limerick Literary Festival</h3><p class='facts-content'>Did you know that the city where limericks originated has an annual literary festival where many lyrical festivities, including limerick writing, take place?</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are two types of Limericks</h3><p class='facts-content'>While most people know the humorous limericks, there actually is a second form called serious, or sentimental, limericks where deep and touching themes replace humor.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Limerick Writing improves language skills</h3><p class='facts-content'>Crafting a limerick requires a grasp of vocabulary, rhythm, and rhyme, making it an excellent practice to improve language skills!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The first ever collection of Limericks consisted of nonsensical verses</h3><p class='facts-content'>Edward Lear’s “Book of Nonsense,” a collection of limericks published in 1846, filled its pages with nonsensical and humorous verses.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There's a mathematical theorem named after Limericks</h3><p class='facts-content'>Ralph P. Boas Jr., a mathematician, was the first to publish a "limerick theorem," a mathematical proof written in the form of a limerick, in the American Mathematical Monthly.</p></div></div>

National Limerick Day FAQs

When is National Limerick Day?

National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12 every year. In 2024 National Limerick Day will occur on a Sunday.

National Limerick Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

May 12

Friday

2024

May 12

Sunday

2025

May 12

Monday

2026

May 12

Tuesday

2027

May 12

Wednesday

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