February 22nd is officially Cat Day in Japan, with people taking to social media to show off the weird and wonderful ways they’re celebrating their furry friends.
People have been playing tricks on their cats, like this Twitter user who covered their kitty in toy mice.
— ãã£ã¡ãã (@RitzChan_) February 22, 2016
Cat Day, or Neko no Hi in Japanese, has been around since 1987. It’s celebrated on the 22nd February because the numeric spelling (2/22) sounds like nyan nyan nyan which translates roughly as meow meow meow. Makes sense.
You can treat yourself to cat-based gifts and treats.
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— ããçµæ¸æ°è (@nekokeizai) February 22, 2016
And, obviously, it’s a great day to get up close and personal with your cat.
— æµ äºP (@HirokiAsai_0201) February 22, 2016
Lots of people take the opportunity to dress up as cats themselves.
— çµå ã³ã¹ãã¬ (@YuukiCosplay) February 17, 2016
And eat cat-themed snacks, like these adorable donuts.
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Make cat-shaped rice balls.
— ãããã»ãã¦ã¾ã (@_HO_TA_TE_) February 22, 2016
And experiment with cat-flavor sushi.
— Chris Carlier (@Pubgoblin) February 22, 2016
Artists draw cats on this special day.
— ã¡ãããã½ (@chiisanpo62) February 22, 2016
And it’s also a time to think about popstars who’ve had cats.
— æä½ãå·¥æ¿rococo (@AtelierRococo) February 22, 2016
And why not share photos of your own furry friend getting really excited about the national celebration?
— ããããã@ç¨®ã¡ããå°ã (@nktr_25) February 22, 2016
But mostly it’s just an excuse to enjoy yet more cat pictures from across the Internet.
— æ©æ¬ ç¿ãã¯ã£ãã¼ã (@s0710r0729k0914) February 2, 2016
And that can never be a bad thing.