It’s Pi Day 2015 today, and it’s today that a once in a century occurrence happens! Maybe you’re reading this thinking, “Hold on, Amy. What’s Pi Day? Don’t you mean Pie Day?!” Well, no. We’ve already missed International Pie Day, celebrated January 23rd of each year. Pi Day is March 14th every year, and that’s because the first three numbers of Pi are 3.14 (get it? 3/14). What is Pi? Here’s what Wikipedia says about it:
The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle‘s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi” (//).
I don’t know about you, but math isn’t my thing, so it’s all Greek to me (Get it? Greek!)
Anyway…Today, March 14, 2015 just happens to be a special day in the world of Pi. Today is a once in a century day in which the numbers of Pi out to the 9th number correspond to the month, day, year, hour, minute, and second of Pi: 3-14-15 9:26:53 (March 14th 2015 at nine twenty-six AM and 53 seconds). In honor of this illustrious day, I made a hand embroidered piece for it! I tried something a little different, too, by using colored pencils to color on the fabric to fill in the look of the pie and pie pan.
As a fun aside, my husband’s Grandpa turned 101 years old in February, so this means that he’s lived through not one, but two Pi Days! The one that’s happening today, and the last one in 1915.