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Holidays You Never Knew Existed: World Hello Day

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You may have your sights set on November 23, as Thanksgiving is finally upon us, however, we hope you will not forget to acknowledge another unofficial holiday that takes place on November 21. Last week, Texas Hill Country’s installment of “Holidays You Never Knew Existed” covered World Kindness Day, and this week the theme is similar as we introduce you to World Hello Day. To learn more about the history of this day and how to go about celebrating it continue reading below.

The History

Holidays You Never Knew Existed: World Hello Day

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According to the event’s website, World Hello Day began as a movement to promote communication between people of varying ethnic and social backgrounds after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 when Israeli and Egyptian forces clashed. The idea was the brainchild of two men, Bryan and Michael McCormack who named November 21, 1973 as the official start date of their holiday and since that day people across the world have participated in an effort to “achieve peace and understanding.

How To Celebrate

Holidays You Never Knew Existed: World Hello Day

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Obviously, the best way to celebrate World Hello Day is by actually getting out there and saying, “Hello” via face-to-face communication. The website timeanddate.com states the goal of anyone who chooses to recognize this holiday is to greet at least ten people, and family and friends do count toward that total. However, conversations between individuals who do not know each other are also encouraged.

Additionally, it is important to remember the number of people you greet is less essential than the conversations that you may enter into as a result of showing interest in the life of a fellow human being. It is safe to say the old adage, “Quality over Quantity” works in this situation. The vital role communication plays in the realm of relationships cannot be over exaggerated. So, on November 21 make sure to take the time to get to know those around you. Remember, the path to peace can begin with something as simple and friendly as, “Hello.”

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