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Can someone please explain the pun? I don't see the relation between 22 and nyan.

猫【ねこ】の鳴【な】き声【ごえ】「ニャン」の語呂合【ごろあ】わせから「猫【ねこ】の日【ひ】」とされる2月【がつ】22日【にち】を前【まえ】に、調査【ちょうさ】結果【けっか】をまとめて公表【こうひょう】した

The survey results were compiled and released in advance of February 22, which is "Cat Day," due to the Japanese word for the cat's meow, "nyan."

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20230216/k00/00m/020/319000c

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As mentioned in the following, the 'readings' of numbers are sometimes changed so that the readings mean something else. You can find more common mnemonic reading in here.

In the case of 2/22, it is simply reading 2 as ゃん, which starts with に. So, 2/22 is the longest possible consecutive 2's as a date, read にゃんにゃんにゃん which sounds like cats' meowing, hence Cat Day.

I just found that in 2022, there were even more 2's and it was called スーパー猫の日.


According to here

  • 11/1 is 犬の日 - reading 1 as わん is common (the English number 'one'). The pun is the same. Practically this is less recognized (less advertised marketing-wise).

  • 11/22 is ペットたちに感謝する日 by わんわんにゃーにゃー. Also this date is commonly known as いい夫婦{ふうふ}の日 ('Good Couples Day', reading 1 as い and 2 as ふ(う)).

(BTW according to the same webpage, 8/8 is World Cat Day).

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  • November is full of "good" days, some more... adult than others. Commented Feb 22 at 23:43

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