4 ways to celebrate Pi day

4 ways to celebrate Pi day
4 ways to celebrate Pi day

The number π is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is also one of the most revered mathematical constants in the world. The first official large-scale celebration of π Day was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988. Since then, millions of students and math lovers celebrate π Day every year. This holiday takes place on March 14, which is written 3/14 when put in American format. However, the number 3 which represents the month of March and the numbers 1 and 4 which represent the fourteenth day are the first three digits of the decimal writing of π. If you want to celebrate π as it should be, all it takes is a little imagination to find the necessary inspiration to pleasantly surprise those around you.


Method 1 of 4: Eat foods related to π

Celebrate Pi Day Step 1

Step 1. Have a feast in honor of π

This is perhaps the funniest and easiest way to honor that number. If you want to celebrate this event in your school, you can organize a picnic. Have everyone bring π-themed dishes and share them. If you are celebrating this day with your friends, you can also prepare a special π meal.

Celebrate Pi Day Step 2

Step 2. Eat pies

In English, the word tarte is said to be pie and is pronounced in the same way as the word "pi". It is therefore quite logical to eat a magpie on the day of π. Moreover, this is a very common practice among fans of this number. In addition, traditional pies are round, and this circular shape emphasizes the importance of π in mathematics.

  • You can make all kinds of pies. Make one with lime, pumpkin, pecans, or apples. You can even decorate one to honor π and celebrate this holiday.
  • To make your pie look out of the ordinary, make it using a cake pan shaped like the π symbol. You can find this type of mold on the Internet.
  • The dishes you eat to celebrate π are not necessarily desserts. It is quite possible to enjoy a chicken pie or a salad bowl.
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Step 3. Choose dishes or foods in a circular shape

This geometric figure is suitable for your feast because of the very strong bond that unites it with the number π. Try to bake cookies, pancakes or cakes of all sizes.

  • Consider using frosting to write the π symbol on your cookies, pies, and cakes. You can even cook your meals ahead of time and write "Pi" on it at the last moment.
  • You can also use molds, cookie cutters or modeling techniques to give your dishes the shape of π.
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Step 4. Play word games

Serve foods with names beginning with the letters "pi". You can eat pi zza, pi ntade or pi staches for example. For drinks try the pi ña colada.

You can even combine this idea with others. Write the symbol for π using squares of ham or olives on your pi zza or make a pi ntade pie

Method 2 of 4: Create an atmosphere with the theme π

Celebrate Pi Day Step 5

Step 1. Put on clothes that evoke π

Clothing makers and math freaks get along better than you might think. Consider buying a t-shirt with the math symbol of π on the front to wear on March 14. You can easily find these t-shirts or shirts on the Internet.

  • If you don't want to buy new clothes, you can decorate a plain t-shirt using a π-shaped stencil and fabric paint.
  • You also have the option of putting on accessories that celebrate π. It can be pendants or other jewelry in the shape of this symbol. You can also choose to display this number by wearing a necklace or bracelet with beads representing the first digits of π.
  • You might even consider getting a temporary tattoo of the π symbol.
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Step 2. Take π with you wherever you go

You can find fun things on the Internet, like watches and mugs representing π.

  • You can also choose to put stickers on your belongings.
  • If you want to publicize this special day, give pencils or pens marked with the π symbol to your acquaintances or to people on the street.
  • Install a π wallpaper on your phone or computer. It could be just the symbol itself or a wallpaper filled with circular shapes like bubbles for example.

Method 3 of 4: Host a party in honor of π

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Step 1. Play games around π

Besides being fun, these games improve your understanding of this number and allow everyone who participates to build their admiration for this symbol.

  • There are many traditional games that you can play to celebrate this day, such as the pi ñata for example. You can also have a cream pie toss or pie eaters contest.
  • Answer math questions. Prepare at least 10 math questions to ask the other participants. They should be related to trigonometry, geometry or other areas where the number π is particularly useful.
  • Organize a treasure hunt to celebrate π. Hide π-like objects near your home, classroom, or party venue. You can also hide different objects by following the numbers that make up Pi: for example, 3 frisbees, 1 baseball, 4 basketballs, etc.
  • March 14 is also the anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein. Play a question-and-answer game about this unusual character, or organize an Einstein impersonation contest.
  • Submit a competition to recite or memorize the number π. As soon as someone gets it wrong, you could throw a cream pie in their face to start the game. If you really want to show your passion for this number, practice memorizing π by including as many decimal places as possible.
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Step 2. Celebrate π with artistic creations

You don't have to show just your analytical sense to celebrate π properly. You can also use your imagination. Even if you are not a particularly talented writer or poet, you can still have fun writing unusual texts. You don't have to make a piece of art to the glory of π yourself. Just admire works that already celebrate it. Here are some artistic ideas.

  • Write poetry. It can take the form of a pi ku (haiku) or a pi em (classical poem) in praise of π.
  • Compose a song and sing it in public. You can also invent and stage a little skit on π.
  • Paint an array of π.
  • Watch movies related to π. Try to watch the movie π. This story is about a brilliant mathematician who goes mad. It is an interesting work, but it is intended only for adult viewers. You can also watch Pi's Odyssey. Here, "Pi" is just the name of the hero, but it reminds viewers of the number π.
  • Listen to Kate Bush. This progressive rock musician sang a track called π on the album Aerial, released in 2005. In this song, she quotes π until her 137e decimal, however, it omits the decimal places 79 to 100 for unknown reasons.
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Step 3. Organize physical activities

You can express your love for π by using your physical prowess and even using your car. Here are some ideas.

  • Run to celebrate π. For this, take a distance of 3.14 km. You can take this idea further by organizing a race this distance with your colleagues or friends.
  • Lie in a formation with friends to reproduce the π symbol and take a photo. If you're daring, have two friends stand up and hold a third person lying horizontally between them in the air. Make sure the lightest person is on top of the formation.
  • Go for a drive for a distance of 3.14 km exactly.
  • Walk in a circle to express your love for π.

Method 4 of 4: Celebrate the real meaning of π

Celebrate Pi Day Step 10

Step 1. Honor π at 1:59 p.m. on March 14

This hour is made up of the following three decimal places of π: 3, 14 159. Take a moment to do this celebration in the way that feels most appropriate to you. During this moment, you can applaud frantically. You can also do a countdown that starts at 1:58 a.m. and takes you to minute π.

  • To heighten the suspense of your countdown, throw a pie at the end. To do this, make a large pie and throw it off a balcony or other high point. You can even add multi-colored shavings to the pie to make it look like a disco ball.
  • In case you've made up a dance or song that celebrates π, now is a great time to share it.
  • Note that there is some debate about exactly when π should be celebrated on March 14. The most common time to celebrate π is probably around 1:59 p.m. in the afternoon. However, some people prefer to use the 24 hour time system. So the celebration takes place on the day of π at 1:59 a.m. or 3:09 p.m.
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Step 2. Express things in terms of π

This step is essential for 2 reasons. First, it is a fun way to completely confuse people who don't know what you are talking about. Second, you can play at listing all the things that can be expressed in terms of π. This will help you understand the importance of this incredible number even better. You can consider two approaches.

  • Use π to give the time. Convert angular data, such as clock hours, to radians. Instead of saying it's 3 o'clock, say it's 1/2 π radian hour. You can also convert the tilt of the sun to radians and set this measurement to be hour.
  • Use 3.14 as the unit of measurement. For example, you are not 31 years old, but "10 π" years old. With this approach, you can easily find out your next π birthday. Don't forget to celebrate when the time comes!
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Step 3. Keep this tradition alive

The day of π should be celebrated every year. You must honor π regularly. Set a date for the party for next year. You can also consider creating a club of followers of π or a website dedicated to this number.

  • Talk about your plans for π Day next year. It will help to generate enthusiasm among those close to you.
  • Take notes on the party organized for the day of π. Think about what you could do to make it even more successful next year.
  • Talk about the big day months ahead. Try to convince your skeptical friends to join in the fun. You can even advertise this event by sending emails or creating a Facebook page dedicated to π day.


  • Show your love for π by getting married on March 14. What could be more romantic than marrying the person you love at 1:59:26 p.m. on March 14? This will show that like π, your love will never end.
  • The day of π is also the anniversary of the birth of the famous Einstein.
  • Note that there are days of the approximation of π. One of the best known is July 22 (7/22), because when you divide 22 by 7, you get an approximation of π as the result.
  • π has an infinite number of decimal places. Today, through the use of a computer, one can calculate an approximation of π to 2,576,980,377,524, or more than a trillion decimal places.
  • In 2015, the day of π was celebrated in a grand way at 9:26 a.m., because according to the American date format it fell on 3/14/15, which is 3.1415926.

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