National Molly Day

Colorful Molly fish swimming in a vibrant aquarium, with an aquarium enthusiast looking on in awe. The enthusiast is wearing a fish-themed shirt and is standing in a room filled with aquatic decorations and tanks, showcasing their passion for these beautiful fish..
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Well, shake up your fishbowl, folks, because today we're diving into National Molly Day! No, we're not talking about your eccentric aunt Molly, but rather the popular freshwater fish – the molly! This day helps us honor and appreciate these aquatic acrobats.

When is Molly Day?

It's national molly day on the 13th May.

A Fin-tastic History

If it 'feels like a fish out of water', then you probably haven't heard of National Molly Day. Not to worry, many haven't. It's one of the internet's best-kept secrets. Our data points to May 13, 2015, yes, a day as bright and sparkling as our finned friends themselves, as the date with the most online mentions of the event.

Why Celebrate Molly Fish?

Molly fish are every aquarium enthusiast's delight. Their colorful personality, easy care, and resilience make them beloved amongst fish keepers. They add that zest to an otherwise mundane fishbowl, making them a highly coveted pet. National Molly Day becomes an opportunity for aquarists to show off their mollies, share their fish tales, recommend tips, and simply appreciate the beauty these fish bestow.

How to Celebrate

Start by treating your mollies to a gourmet meal of frozen or live foods. Maybe throw in some extra water conditioner for that perfect pH. You could even try upgrading their fishbowl abode. Be creative! And hey, don a fish-themed costume (or perhaps matching socks?!) if you're feeling the spirit.

Spread the Word

Unless everyone is psychic, the word about National Molly Day isn't going to spread by itself. So take a minute to post about it on your preferred social media platform using #NationalMollyDay. Remember, the aim is for everyone to have an o-FISH-ally amazing time!

History behind the term 'Molly'


The Origin of 'Molly'

The term 'molly' can be traced back to the 1720s, where it was used as a slang term for a male homosexual in London. The exact origin of the word is unclear, but it is believed to have derived from the names of famous drag queens during that era.

18th Century

The Molly Houses

In the 18th century, 'molly' became associated with the culture of 'molly houses' in England. Molly houses were private taverns or clubs where gay and bisexual men could socialize and express themselves freely. These establishments provided a sanctuary for men who were otherwise marginalized in society.

19th Century

The Evolution to a Generalized Term

As societal attitudes towards homosexuality started to shift in the 19th century, 'molly' evolved into a more generalized term for effeminate homosexual men. However, it was still primarily used as a derogatory term to describe men who didn't conform to traditional gender norms.

20th Century

Molly as a Symbol of LGBTQ+ Identity

In the 20th century, the term 'molly' began to be reclaimed by the LGBTQ+ community and used as a symbol of identity. The term took on a more positive connotation, representing an embrace of non-conformity and a celebration of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.

Present Day

Molly as a Cultural Term

Today, 'molly' is less commonly used as a derogatory term and more often used in the context of LGBTQ+ history and culture. It serves as a reminder of the struggles, resilience, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history. The term continues to evolve and adapt, reflecting the progress and ongoing challenges faced by the community.

Did you know?

Here's a tidbit that might get you hook, line, and sinker; Molly fish are actually livebearers, which means they give birth to live young, unlike most fish that lay eggs. Now isn't that something to waddle, or rather wade, about?


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First identified

13th May 2015

Most mentioned on

13th May 2015

Total mentions


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