May 10 – Palindrome Day

Posted May 10, 2015

 In the U.S., today is 5-10-2015.

Take out the date-dividers, and it's 5102015.
Read this number backwards, and it's 5102015.

In other words, exactly the same!

Palindromes are words or numbers that read the same backwards and forwards. Every time the numeric form of a date is a palindrome, we declare it Palindrome Day!

We don't get to celebrate Palindrome Day all that often. Pretty much just once a year.

Here are a list of the next few:

  • June 10, 2016 6-10-2016
  • July 10, 2017 7-10-2017
  • August 10, 2018 8-10-2018
  • September 10, 2019 9-10-2019
  • February 2, 2020 02-02-2020
  • January 20, 2021 1-20-2021
  • December 2, 2021 12-02-2021

However, most European countries write the day first, then the month and the year. So they have different Palindrome Days:

  • 5 October 2015 5-10-2015
  • 6 October 2016 6-10-2016
  • 7 October 2017 7-10-2017
  • 8 October 2018 8-10-2018
  • 9 October 2019 9-10-2019
  • 2 February 2020 02-02-2020
  • 12 February 2021 12-02-2021

One Palindrome Day is on both lists. Can you spot it?

Palindromes are usually words such as Dad, madam, or racecar. Remember, the definition of a palindrome is that it is read the same backwards or forwards. Some people enjoy creating palindromes that are phrases or entire sentences. The longer they are, the sillier they tend to be. For example:
Eva, can I stab bats in a cave? Was it a car or a cat I saw?

Some are just really good advice:
Step on no pets.

Some people even have palindromic names. A Japanese novelist and manga writer, Nisio Isin, often writes his name in a way to emphasize that it is an palindrome:
NisiOisiN

Here are a lot more palindromes, and here are some links for more palindrome activities – including palindrome word squares! 


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