World Hello Day 2017: Significance and How Twitterati is Celebrating it

Shruti Venkatesh
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World Hello Day 2017: Significance and How Twitterati is Celebrating it

The ethos of this day is that conflicts should be resolved through communication instead of using force

Every year, November 21st is celebrated as World Hello Day internationally. 2017 marks the 45th World Hello Day celebrations, which was started in 1973 as a response to the Yom Kippur War. The idea behind celebrating this day is that conflicts should be resolved through communication instead of using force. Over the years, the tradition has evolved and the day is celebrated in over 180 countries. The people celebrating this day should take time out to say ‘hello’ to at least 10 people they meet through the day, especially strangers and also try and learn to say ‘hello’ in different languages. And thanks to the digital world we live in, the celebrations have also spilt onto social media. #WorldHelloDay is trending on twitter, and we have compiled a list of tweets to show how the netizens are celebrating this day. 

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World Hello Day was first founded in 1973 by Brian McCormack, a PhD graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, in response to the Yom Kippur War. The brothers mailed 1,360 letters, in seven languages, to government leaders worldwide to encourage participation in the first World Hello Day. Within the first 12 months itself, they succeeded in getting the support of over 15 countries, and the number has kept growing since then. People can use this opportunity for expressing their concern for world peace.

Here is how the Twitterati is celebrating #WorldHelloDay

Some posted cute GIFs

Hello. Hola. Bonjour.

Saying Hello could be an act of kindness!

Breaking geographical boundaries

Brands too participated in the celebrations

Here is another brand promoting peace

 

Reportedly, thirty-one winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, about 100 authors, entertainers and several world leaders have recognised World Hello Day as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.