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A small campus club at University of Texas at Austin known as the Knighthood of Buh thought that dropping trousers on the first Friday of May was a humorous stunt for the end of the semester. Informal for years, promotion efforts began in 2000. The event attracted attention in other states and several parts of Canada as well as France, Sweden, Australia, Finland, and Britain.
2021 celebration by comic strips
More than 25 comic strips observed No Pants Day on May 7, 2021, to encourage readers to donate to charities such as Dress for Success and Room to Grow, which provide clothes to those who need them.
- "Pants? Who needs pants!". Regina Leader Post. 5 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
Celebrations have since spread across the U.S., Sweden, Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and even Iraq. In Canada, pants-free festivities are known to have been held in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.
- "No pants, no problem". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 4 June 2004. Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
...a self-described "humor-oriented organization," started promoting the stunt four years ago in an effort to relieve students' end-of-semester stress.
- Balter, Emma (May 7, 2021). "'No Pants Day' is today and comics characters observe the holiday for charity". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 7, 2021.