By | 16 Jan 2023 at 4:01 PM
Appreciate a Dragon Day 2023: Date, History and Facts

Honor a Dragon Day 2023 is annually observed on January 16. With their loud wing flapping, flaming breath, and brittle scales, dragons are viewed as unstoppable chaos masters. However, they are also portrayed as tamable and sociable creatures that can make excellent human companions. This day is intended to encourage individuals around the world to recognise the historical and sociocultural significance of mythical creatures.


The word ‘dragon’ entered the English language for the first time in the early 13th century from Old French dragon, which derives from the Latin word ‘draconem’, which means ‘a large serpent.’

Dragons have always been a part of world history, with the earliest depictions dating back to 4500 B.C. during the Roman and Egyptian eras. Since then, dragons and dragon motifs have appeared in numerous works of contemporary literature, especially those of the fantasy genre.

Appreciate a Dragon Day was created by Donita K. Paul in 2004. The author was promoting the publication of her first book in a five-book series, “DragonSpell.” The book is about a former slave who alters her fate and becomes the dragons’ saviour. It is a celebration of dragons in literature, along with literacy and popular culture.

Dragons are diverse in appearance, with some resembling the gargoyles found on mediaeval church spires. Others are multiheaded hydras that emerge from the water. Others consist of wyverns, basilisks, and other mythical creatures with tenuous ties to reality.

The concept of dragons interacting with humans ultimately fills our minds with awe and inspires us to indulge in fanciful thoughts.


In China, they are considered to be extraordinary creatures.

Dragons are used as warlike emblems, appearing on shields and ships, as well as the emblem of the imperial family and the Chinese flag at one point.

They range in variety: There are two types of dragons depicted in art and literature: Western dragons have bat-like wings and can be frightening, while Eastern dragons are snake-like with no wings and are associated with royalty and heavenly forces.

There are at least 35 references to dragons in the King James Version of the Bible.

They are emblematic: The Uroboros, a dragon that bites its own tail, represents the eternal cycle of life and was a significant symbol for mediaeval alchemists.


Year Date Day
2023 January 16 Monday
2024 January 16 Tuesday
2025 January 16 Thursday
2026 January 16 Friday
2027 January 16 Saturday

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