Sword Swallower's Day: Last Saturday in February

The trick to learning to swallowing a sword is taking the time to practice, carefully mind you, so that you desensitize yourself to the urge to gag when the tip of the sword reaches the point in the throat at which the fear that you won’t be able to breathe kicks in. Of course, there is also the trick to learning that you must create a straight path down the gullet for the sword to travel.