The babies at Portland House nursery had tremendous fun celebrating nature with International Mud Day. They could be heard in the garden squealing with delight as they experienced dipping their feet in the cooling mud in a foot spa and splattering the mud around and enjoying making a mess by getting really muddy. Research has shown that coming into contact with a certain amount of bacteria is good for us. It helps build up the immunity, as opposed to living in a virtually sterile environment which makes our bodies very vulnerable. Mud also has lots of minerals that are good for us too. The History of International Mud Day The creators of International Mud Day wanted to find a way to help all of the children of the Earth feel closer to each other…and what a better way to do it than through the Earth itself? International Mud Day began in 2009 at a World Forum event, when Gillian McAuliffe from Australia and Bishnu Bhatta from Nepal got together to talk about ways to encourage feelings of community and appreciation for the world around us. The collaboration that followed has inspired educators, children, and families across the globe, from Holland to Nepal to the United States, to celebrate International Mud Day together each year on June 29. Regardless of age, race and religion, covered in mud, we all look the same! Mud song Mud, Mud, glorious mud. There’s nothing quite like it for cooling the blood. So follow me follow, down to the hollow. There we shall wallow in glorious mud.