Piazza Maggiore Pillow Fight in 2008
Credit: Donato Accogli

International World Pillow Fight Day is held every year on the first Saturday of April since 2008. The exception to that is the first one that was set on the last Saturday of March.

What started as a fun game in your bedroom or your friends' bedroom has become bigger thanks to the new media : internet, twitter and all the social media accessible to everyone. There have been flash mob with pillow fights involved, surprise pillow fighters challenging random people in the streets, world records in the number of people in a pillow fight.

Rules of the Pillow Fight Event

The rule is simple : an event is planned on International World Pillow Fight Day with a place and a time. People are invited to come with their own pillow. When the organizer of the event gives the signal to the participants, it becomes a free for all pillow fight.

A good pillow fight is where everyone is having fun, no one is harmed and can last for hours until your muscles cannot swing that pillow anymore.

At the end of every event, everyone is encouraged to clean up the mess. If there are any feathers or debris from pillows, they have to be picked up so the place looks clean or cleaner than before the pillow fight started.

Advice For Every Pillow Fighter

What to bring for such an event ? A pillow that is soft and light because you will be swinging it for a long period of time. It would be a shame to stop playing after 5 minutes because your weapon is too heavy. It should be big enough so you do not have to stand too close to your opponent : at least a 2x3 feet pillow is recommended. Do a test run before going outside.

If you wear glasses, make sure you have a case to store them during the fight. Nothing is more disappointing than having your glasses broken. Do not be afraid about not seeing anything because you will just have to hit everyone that is moving around you. Just make sure you are not in danger of a car passing by when taking your glasses off.

Have fun ! Remember the last time you had a pillow fight ? You went all for it until you were out of breath and your friends and you were so tired you could not move anymore. This time around, you know what you are doing and the fun is to get that feeling again. The best part of the body to hit is everywhere except the head and you should be fine : play fair.

The Next Pillow Fight Day

In 2012, it will be held on Saturday, April the 7th so be ready for a day of fun in your city. If you want to know more about the event or where you can pillow fight in your city, the official website is a good place to start. If nothing is planned in your region, do not hesitate to plan one.