It is a greeting we take for granted. But do you and your child know its significance or that there is a 'day' like this? Find out how five letters can lead to peace, joy and better communication.
By Team ParentCircle
In our busy, fast-paced and technology-driven lives, we often forget the importance of a simple greeting that can brighten up the day. Yes, we are talking about the simple 'Hello'.
Well, it might surprise you, but the Oxford English Dictionary says the first published use of 'Hello' goes way back to 1827. It states that it was, in fact, Thomas Edison, the American inventor and businessman, who put the greeting into common usage. He would request the people who would use his phone to say 'Hello'.
How many times do you pause in the day to say a genuine greeting to someone you know, such as your neighbour, your colleague or the person you pass every day on the street but never acknowledge?
We all want our children to embrace the world outside, the real world besides the virtual one that they get used to as they are growing up. Through events such as World Hello Day, we can educate our youngsters on the need for communication and how peace can be brought about by an exchange of ideas rather than the use of violence.
Today, it’s become a custom to celebrate November 21st every year as World Hello Day. But do you know the background of this day? The origins of this day can be traced back to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in 1973 when people across the world used the word to demand peace. Since then World Hello Day has been observed by 180 different countries around the world. Every year celebrations are held all over the world to observe this day. The idea is to greet ‘Hello’ to ten different people throughout the day, therefore promoting peace and friendship. Brilliant…isn't it!
This event was promoted by two brothers, Brian McCormack and Michael McCormack, who sent thousands of letters to political leaders and heads of state in different languages to get their support for participation in the first World Hello Day. They wanted to spread the message on the importance of communication through peaceful means rather than force.
Anyone can observe World Hello Day by greeting 10 people and saying ‘Hello’ to them on this day.
Here are some fun activities you can encourage your child to do on this day
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