It's that time of year again, when Tumblr starts to have random reminders that there is a "therianthropy day" coming up -- but folks don't remember when it is, or think it's some kind of attempt to piggyback on other folks' celebrations...
It's none of that! It's a rememberence of the first Howl held by members of AHWW during the first full moon of November.
This year, that date is the Beaver Moon, Friday, November 23rd.
The first full moon of November has been a sort of de facto "Therianthropy Day" since the mid 1990s. It was when, 24 years ago, on the weekend of November 19 & 20, 1994, the first official AHWW howl was held.
I was unable to attend it, although I did make the two that followed. I was a broke college student and had no transportation at the time. It was fun reading the post-howl reports on the newsgroup, though.
I always felt it was a good time to have an official celebration of therianthropy, since the AHWW newsgroup itself was created in November, 1992. Very momentous for therians, November is.
It was first proposed as a sort of holiday in March of 1996. Ultimately, AHWW decided to use it, and it stuck. It went through a few iterations of names, "International Werewolf Day", and then the less species-specific "Awereness Day" (since were is the older term for therian), and after the term therianthropy caught on, "Therianthropy Day".
Last year I posted about it as well, which you can see in this
thread. (It will give you deja vu, though, since I said a lot of the same things