World Quark Day is a yearly celebration of the quark, one of the fundamental particles in particle physics. The date for World Quark Day changes every year, but it’s always on January 19th.
The word “quarks” comes from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and is used to describe any of six types of elementary particles that are the building blocks for the matter. This day was created to help raise awareness about these important particles and their role in modern science.
History Of World Quark Day
Quark is a German word for cheese. But in 2019, due to the efforts of Queen Berengaria von Quark (a healthy eating enthusiast and author), World Quork Day became an international holiday celebrated on January 19th every year!
This was done through her campaign at National Day Calendar® where they recognized this day as observed globally since 2018-an an initiative that has now been emulated by other countries including Canada who recently declared their own annual quarks celebration called “Quarton.”
“This month-long project gave us all sorts opportunities: from writing blogs about our favorite types of foods; choosing childhood memories we would like reproduced digitally through photography; creating videos of our favorite cooking techniques; writing poems that are either about food or include the word “quark”; to designing quarks in different colors and shapes.” – Queen Berengaria von Quark
Daily activities for World Quark Day include:
-making quarks out of play dough
-creating quark inspired recipes and food labels
-learning about the properties of quarks in history, physics, astronomy, and chemistry.
Other activities to celebrate World Quark Day include:
-watching documentaries on quantum mechanics or string theory (great for teachers)
-taking a trip through your old family photo albums
-making a collage of quarks using magazine clippings, paint, scissors, and glue.
The Syndrome of Neglect (S.O.N.) is a neurological and social disorder that was only recently discovered by scientists in 2026, but it’s been around for generations without anyone knowing about it!
Symptoms may include the lack of interest in quarks; disinterest in learning more about them; neglecting to read or watch anything related to quarks, and even avoiding conversations about this topic at all costs. This syndrome is also known as “Quark Blindness” among scientists.
People that have it are said to be suffering from a severe lack of interest in everything surrounding quarks, including their history, properties, applications in modern science, and even World Quark Day activities.
People with SON may also show symptoms of other syndromes such as the “Syndrome of Fear (S.O.F.)” which is a social anxiety disorder where sufferers are afraid to interact socially for fear that they will be ridiculed by those around them due to their lack of general knowledge about quarks.