National Winnie The Pooh Day

A joyful child with a red shirt, eagerly diving into a tub of honey in a whimsical forest setting.
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If ever you wanted to spend a day in the Hundred Acre Wood, National Winnie the Pooh day is the day to dive headfirst into a tub full of honey. It's the day we celebrate our favourite tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff in all his red-shirt, honey-loving glory!

When is Winnie The Pooh Day?

It's national winnie the pooh day on the 18th January.

Internet History of National Winnie The Pooh day

Starting as a mere whisper in the winds of the internet, National Winnie the Pooh day has taken flight much like a certain luckless bear attached to a balloon. After careful analysis of over 6623 mentions online, we pinpointed the bursting point of its popularity balloon to be on January 18, 2017. Not by coincidence, that's the very date we celebrate this national day!

Rumble Tumble into the History of Winnie the Pooh

The story of this Bear of Very Little Brain began long before the internet era, with the first book written by A.A. Milne published in 1926. 'Winnie the Pooh' was inspired by Milne's son, Christopher and his stuffed teddy. The teddy was named Winnie, after a Canadian black bear in London Zoo and Pooh, after a swan they met on a holiday. The tales of Winnie's honey-obssessed adventures with his pals Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and others, have stolen hearts worldwide and helped many a troubled brows to unfurrow.

Why January 18?

The date, January 18, is a nod to the creator, A.A. Milne, born on this day in 1882. This day serves as a tribute to this author who created a world loved by children and adults alike. It's argued that one might find more wisdom in a single 'Poohism' than in all the self-help sections of the library combined!

How to Celebrate?

There's enough honey to go around, if you're willing to brave the bees! Bake honey cupcakes, play Pooh sticks, or binge-watch the delightful animation series. Rediscover your inner child or invite new little thinkers into the world of Winnie the Pooh, to share timeless wisdom and boundless fun.

History behind the term 'Winnie The Pooh'


Birth of Winnie

In 1886, a black bear cub was born in Ontario, Canada, and would later be named Winnie. Winnie was brought to London, England, by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian in the Canadian Army. Winnie quickly became beloved by the soldiers and soon became the regiment's unofficial mascot.


Winnie meets Christopher Robin

In 1914, a young boy named Christopher Robin Milne visited the London Zoo and encountered Winnie, the black bear. Christopher was so captivated by the bear that he renamed his teddy bear at home Winnie, after the beloved bear at the zoo.


A. A. Milne's book release

In 1924, A. A. Milne, Christopher Robin's father, released his collection of children's stories titled 'Winnie-the-Pooh.' Inspired by his son's adventures with his teddy bear, Milne introduced the world to Winnie-the-Pooh, an adorable and lovable bear with a simple mindset and a penchant for honey.


Disney's Winnie the Pooh

In 1966, Walt Disney Productions acquired the rights to adapt A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories into animated films and television shows. Disney's animated adaptation introduced the iconic red shirt-wearing, honey-loving bear to a whole new generation and made him one of the most recognizable and beloved characters in the world.


Winnie the Pooh becomes a star of merchandise

The 1980s marked a turning point for Winnie the Pooh as he became an international merchandising phenomenon. From plush toys to clothing, stationery, and home decor, Winnie the Pooh's image could be found on almost any household item. He became a staple in children's bedrooms around the world.


Disney continues Winnie the Pooh's legacy

Disney's commitment to Winnie the Pooh remains strong even in the 21st century. In 2011, Disney released the animated film 'Winnie the Pooh,' featuring classic storytelling, endearing characters, and hand-drawn animation reminiscent of the original A. A. Milne stories. It showcased the enduring appeal of Winnie the Pooh to a new generation of children.

Did you know?

Did you know that the real bear Winnie was named after Winnipeg, Canada? And the 'Pooh' was added from a swan they met on vacation!


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First identified

11th January 2016

Most mentioned on

18th January 2017

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