In our busy, fast-paced and technology-driven lives, we often forget the importance of a simple greeting that can brighten up the day -- '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.
What’s the Significance of this Day?
According to the website, www.worldhelloday.org, this particular occasion was first observed 44 years ago in 1973 in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel (Yom Kippur War). Since then, World Hello Day has been observed on November 21 by people in 180 countries. Every year celebrations are held all over the world to observe this day. 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 --
1. Ask your child to go up to some classmates she has never interacted with in school and greet them with a genuine hello. Encourage her to make conversation with her new school friends and try to know something about them.
2. Take a walk with your child and say a warm “hi” to strangers on the road, in the park or in the department store. Say it like you mean it and your child will learn the importance of positive communication.
3. Help your little one write small notes to family and friends and give it to them on World Hello Day. All he has to do is take coloured paper squares and write some words of appreciation or some sayings on it. Fold these up and ask him to give it to people he cares for -- grandparents, best friend, a kind aunt and so on.
4. Have fun with your youngster as you try to discover how people greet each other in different cultures. Together, learn to say “hello” in different languages and use it on people you know. This also gives you an opportunity to spend time and bond with your child, while having fun.
5. Encourage your child to write letters to the local administration or government leaders telling them about any particular facility or civic amenity that may be lacking in your locality or even in the city. She can give suggestions on how best the problem can be solved. If there is something nice that the local body has done, she can appreciate the effort through the letters.
Saying 'Hello' in Different Languages
Spanish - Hola
German - Guten Tag
Korean - Annyeong haseyo
Japanese - Konnichiwa
Hindi - Namaste
Italian - Salve/Ciao
French - Bonjour