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All you need to know about National Llama Day...

What is National Llama Day?
 
National Llama Day is a celebration of mankind's appreciation of nature's finest camelid each year on December 9th that lasts from sunrise to sunset.  It began in 1932 in Manitoba, Canada when the llama’s importance was first recognized during a drought which killed a significant number of livestock, especially sheep.
 
 
 
What happens on National Llama Day?
 
Celebrants dress as llamas, carve llama-shaped butter statues, sing llama songs, play traditional llama-oriented games, and break a ceremonial llama piņata.  Typically, one family member in each household will wear an elaborate llama costume and will pass out gifts to the children while granting their happiest Llama Day wishes.  A piece of llama fur is traditionally hung in the doorway under which young lovers share a kiss.  Llama Day is often begun with Llamatines, cards sent to loved ones that may or may not include llama-shaped candy pieces.  For dinner, a traditional Llama Day feast involves stuffing a partridge with okra, timothy, and clover; seasonings are often highly guarded family secrets.  After dinner, children dressed as llamas, and less commonly as alpacas, go from door to door asking for Llama Day treats, occasionally releasing llamas on the occupant’s lawn if their request is refused.

Quick Facts:

Height: 3 to 4 ft. at shoulder, 5 to 6.5 ft. at the head.
 
Weight: 250-450 pounds (the females are usually larger than males!)
 
Diet: Llamas are grazing animals.  They like hay and green pastures.
 
Life Span: 15-19 years.
 
Color: Solid, spotted, a variety of patterns and colors!

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