On this day in the year 2000, a Michigan State University art student, Casey Sorrow, jokingly scribbled the words “Monkey Day” on a friend’s calendar. Later that day, they celebrated the first International Monkey Day—and the “holiday” took off.
Monkey Day celebrants dress in simian costumes and watch movies like “Planet of the Apes.” In 2005—on the fifth anniversary of Monkey Day—film director Peter Jackson released his version of “King Kong.” And animal rights campaigners have used the day to build awareness around issues of medical uses of monkeys and apes.
Not surprisingly, Hallmark Cards has jumped-on the bandwagon, saying that “it’s the one day when monkey business is actually encouraged.”
The “Victorious Monkey” by Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen, pictured above, is one of many stoneware primates to be found at LEO Design. Click on the photo above to learn more about him.
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