National Tickle Day

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How precious is a laugh, especially when it's ignited by the innocent tickling gesture! Welcome folks, to the fun-infused journey of National Tickle Day, a day that reignites the child in us and sprinkles the world with laughter.

When is Tickle Day?

It's national tickle day on the 31st January.

The Tickle-filled Tale of National Tickle Day

Although the origins of National Tickle Day remain shrouded in a fit of giggles, there's no denying the universal joy this day brings each year. With 136 mentions online, this day has been leaving its tickle footprint in the virtual world.

The peak tickle season was recorded on 31st January 2021, turning the first month of the year into a hub of happiness.

The Power of a Tickle

Tickling is more than a mere act of teasing. It's a language of love, a pill of laughter, and a bridge of bonding. When we tickle our loved ones, we transmit the vibes of joy, love, and care - all at once!

Tickle Fun Across the Globe

National Tickle Day is not just confined to a particular country or culture. It's a global day of pure, untethered fun. Whether it's the family gatherings in the west or the vibrant celebrations in the east, the day wraps the whole world in a common thread of delightful tickling time.

Celebrate It Like Never Before

Next time when the National Tickle Day arrives, let's vow to celebrate it with even more zest. Host a tickling contest, gift a feather to your best friend, or just tickle yourself to glory! Whatever you do, remember, a tickle a day keeps the blues away.

History behind the term 'Tickle'


The first documented use of the term 'tickle'

In 1566, the term 'tickle' was first documented in the English language. It originated from the Old English word 'ticlian,' which meant to touch lightly. This term aptly describes the sensation caused by light, repetitive movements on sensitive parts of the body that elicit laughter and a pleasurable response.


The cultural significance of tickling as entertainment

During the 17th century, tickling became a popular form of entertainment across various cultures. It was often incorporated into games, plays, and performances to amuse spectators. Tickling was seen as a lighthearted and joyful activity that could bring people closer and create bonds through laughter and shared experiences.


Scientific investigation of tickling begins

In 1769, the Scottish physician and anatomist Alexander Munro proposed a theory about tickling. He suggested that tickling is a reflex response caused by a combination of anticipation and surprise. This scientific interest marked the beginning of an exploration into the physiological and psychological aspects of tickling.

19th century

Tickle torture in folklore and history

Throughout history, tickling has been used in different contexts. In some folklore and historical accounts, tickling was a form of punishment known as 'tickle torture.' This involved restraining a person and tickling them until they begged for mercy. It was believed to be a mild form of torture, inflicting discomfort and humiliation without causing physical harm.

20th century

Psychological research on tickling

In the 20th century, psychologists became interested in understanding the psychological effects of tickling. Researchers explored the differences in ticklishness among individuals and the underlying neurological and sensory mechanisms involved. They found that not everyone experiences tickling in the same way, and some people may even find it uncomfortable rather than pleasurable.

Present day

Tickling as a form of bonding and amusement

Today, tickling remains a popular activity that brings joy, laughter, and bonding among people of all ages. It is often used as a playful interaction between friends, family members, and romantic partners. Tickling is not only a physical experience but also a social one, strengthening emotional connections and fostering a sense of togetherness.

Did you know?

Did you know? When you try to tickle yourself, your brain anticipates the action and spoils the surprise element, making it nearly impossible for you to tickle yourself successfully.


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First identified

16th April 2020

Most mentioned on

31st January 2021

Total mentions


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