International Joke Day

Prasenjit Das
Jul 02, 2024 By Prasenjit Das
Originally Published on Feb 21, 2022
Fact-checked by Naman Khanna
Make your loved ones laugh on this International Joke Day.

Where is International Joke Day celebrated?

It is an international event and is celebrated worldwide.

Who is International Joke Day celebrated by?

Irrespective of age, gender, and residence, almost everyone likes humor and celebrates International Joke Day.

When did International Joke Day first start?

It is believed that this event was first celebrated in 1994.

Who started International Joke Day?

Wayne Reinagel is believed to have created International Joke Day to promote his books that contain jokes.

History And Timeline

Even though very little information is available on International Joke Day, there are some intriguing facts related to jokes that might enlighten you.

The Oldest Recorded Joke

The oldest recorded joke in the history of humanity dates back to 1900 BC. It was an ancient Sumerian proverb dealing with toilet humor and was credited to Palamedes.

1900 BC

Jokes Found In 'Westcar Papyrus'

'Westcar Papyrus' was a very old book that contained a few stories about miracles performed by magicians and priests. Here, one could find an example of one of the oldest jokes.

1600 B.C.

The First Comedy Club

Around this time in Greece, the first comedy club was established. People used it to share jokes instead of performances.

320 BC

A Joke Anthology

Poggio Bracciolini, an Italian author, published an anthology of jokes titled 'Facetiae'.


Founding Of International Joke Day

It is believed that Wayne Reinagel, an American author, started this event in 1994 to promote his joke books. The author himself stated that he made the day to be July 1, as the year was officially half over and then he used it to promote the joke books.


Traditions And Customs

Jokes have been around for a long time, and there must be a reason for that. It is because they are not just a tool for making someone or an audience laugh, rather they have some health and social benefits.

We love the people who make us laugh because laughter makes the bonding strong. So, on this day, do not stop laughing; for it also burns a good amount of calories.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate International Joke Day

You could celebrate this day by visiting the nearest comedy club. You can give the comedians cards or gifts and appreciate them for their unrecognized service to society.

You can also try to learn some new jokes. Then tell them to your family and friends.

Facts And Stats

  • Did you know that Chrysippus, an ancient Greek philosopher, died in a fit of laughter after he cracked a joke about a donkey drinking wine and figs? Wonder how he would react if he knew that there would ever be an international holiday dedicated to his killer (a joke!).
  • Another thing to know about International Joke Day is that it is completely different from either April Fools' Day or World Laughter Day. People often tend to confuse them with each other.
  • There is a saying that 'laughter is the best medicine', but it is really interesting that both International Joke Day and National Doctor's Day are celebrated on the same day.

What is the significance of International Joke Day?

The day gives us an occasion to share some smiles and laughter with our near ones. 

How is International Joke Day different from World Laughter Day?

While the latter is dedicated to the act of laughing, the former one is dedicated to jokes, which is one of the things that causes laughter. There are many funny things apart from jokes, like a speaking Siberian husky.

How does International Joke Day affect people psychologically/emotionally?

A good joke can reduce our stress and make us more productive, and this event only celebrates this fact.

What is the history and origin of International Joke Day?

It is believed that Wayne Reinagel started this event in 1994. 

Why do people love International Joke Day?

Because the day gives you an excuse to listen to others' jokes, have fun, and use your funny nature to make others laugh.

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2020
  • Thursday, July 01, 2021
  • Friday, July 01, 2022
  • Saturday, July 01, 2023
  • Monday, July 01, 2024

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Written by Prasenjit Das

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature, Master of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature

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Prasenjit DasBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature, Master of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature

Having obtained a Bachelor's degree in English language and literature from West Bengal State University - Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College, followed by a Master's degree in English language and literature from Calcutta University, Prasenjit has several years of experience as a content writer, Prasenjit has mastered the art of producing cohesive and coherent copy. To further refine his skills and continuously challenge his creativity, Prasenjit successfully completed the "Introduction to Creative Writing Course" offered by British Council. Outside of his professional pursuits, Prasenjit finds inspiration in engaging in various creative activities, including writing poetry.

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Naman KhannaBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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