A couple of people have asked about what Whacking Day actually celebrates, which is not surprising since the episode featuring this holiday was first aired more than 20 years ago. If you’re digging through your DVDs or downloads, look for episode 20 of season 4.

The first and most important thing to know about Whacking Day, though, is that it’s not a US holiday or a holiday anywhere else in the real world. It’s a day that was once unique to Springfield – but is no longer celebrated even there!

In Springfield, Whacking Day was traditionally celebrated every year on May 10. On that day, the citizens of Springfield would drive snakes into the town square, then club them to death. Lisa, of course, is appalled by this, but it’s Bart who discovers the true origins of Whacking Day. Together with special guest star Barry White, they save the snakes and end the Whacking Day tradition.

The episode was written by George Meyer to highlight the mistreatment of snakes. We’ll just have to wait and see whether a Tapped Out Whacking Day storyline remains true to this spirit (if it happens, I have to add!).

You can read more about the episode at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whacking_Day