On National Black Cat Appreciation Day, August 17, 2023. They’re so sleek and seductive with their all-knowing yellow and green eyes, but black cats seldom get positive press even though they’re just as adorable as other cats. Let’s look at facts about this national day that honors our beautiful, sleek cats and why it was created in the first place.
Have you ever feared a black cat crossing your path? This is from ancient superstitions where people thought this meant bad luck. But let's face it, superstitions are just a bunch of hocus pocus! In fact, black cats have been revered and celebrated in many cultures throughout history. To dispel these myths and honor our feline friends, National Black Cat Appreciation Day was created to be celebrated on August 17 every year.
Black cats have become iconic in pop culture. Who could forget the sarcastic Thackery Binx in "Hocus Pocus" or Salem, the witty sidekick in "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"? And let's not overlook the classic cartoon black cat, Luna, from "Sailor Moon." These feline characters have shown us that black cats can be loyal companions and bring joy to our lives.
Why were black cats associated with bad luck?
It's interesting to explore the origins of this superstition. In ancient times, black cats were often associated with witchcraft and were believed to be the familiars of witches. This association led to the belief that encountering a black cat could bring misfortune. However, these beliefs were based on fear and ignorance rather than any real evidence.
Black cats in different cultures
Contrary to popular belief, black cats were actually considered good luck in many cultures. In ancient Egypt, they were revered and believed to bring prosperity and good fortune. Sailors also considered black cats to be lucky companions on their voyages. Even today, in Japanese folklore, a black cat crossing your path is seen as a sign of good luck.
Dispelling the myths
It's time to debunk these superstitions and appreciate black cats for the amazing creatures they are. They are just as loving, playful, and loyal as any other cat. Their sleek black fur and mesmerizing eyes make them truly unique and beautiful.
So, on National Black Cat Appreciation Day, let's celebrate these wonderful feline friends. If you're considering adopting a cat, why not choose a black one? They deserve all the love and care we can give them. Remember, black cats are not bad luck; they are purr-fectly magical!