It is time to don your tuxedos, step out on the ice, and walk like a penguin. Penguin Awareness Day, observed annually on January 20, is the day to celebrate a formally clad, waddling bird that swims.
Penguins are fascinating creatures. While typically associated with the polar region of Antarctica, some actually hail from South Africa, South America, the Galapagos Islands, Australia and New Zealand.
Many are endangered because the melting of polar ice caps has diminished their food sources. Explore the many ways in which you can contribute to conservation efforts. Today presents the perfect opportunity to visit exhibits and treat the kids to plushy, stuffed penguins from the gift shops.
Host a celebration of Penguin Awareness Day and have guests wear black and white apparel. As a nod to its diet, serve a variety of seafood including shrimp cocktail, fried calamari and king crab legs. Serve frosty beverages to sip while mingling and ice cream creations for dessert.
For entertainment, have a contest to see how many famed references your guests can name. There’s Opus, from the Bloom County comic strip, and Tux, the logo for Linux, and don’t forget Topper from the holiday classic, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”. For added entertainment, watch the films “Happy Feet” and “March of the Penguins”.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery so celebrate Penguin Awareness Day by wearing its colors, savoring its preferred foods and waddling when you walk your guests to their cars across the icy lawn. And remember, even penguins occasionally slip on the ice. You won’t need an extra cocktail to do a fine impression.