Written by Giavanna Foster

Today is a historically rare global Palindrome Day. February 2, 2020 is a rare date because it reads as a palindrome. Here’s the scoop:

If a date or phrase communicates the same message as it is read forward or backward, then it is a palindrome. “Never odd or even” is an example of a palindrome phrase. Today’s date (02.02.2020) is a globally rare example of a palindrome. Groundhog Day, February 2, is the thirty-third day of 2020.

Two of the first palindrome dates occurred over 800 years ago: November 11, 1111 and November 21, 1211. The very last palindromic date occurred on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (11.02.2011). After February 2, 2020, the next palindromic date will occur on Friday, December 12, 2121 (12.12.2121).

People around the world are celebrating this historically rare palindrome day. Mark Hamill also tweeted about this special date: