When is World Hello Day?

World Hello Day

Hello…

from the other side?

And, believe it or not, this is exactly what Adele sang about in her famous song titled Hello – World Hello Day. Okay, don’t believe it, as her song wasn’t about the holiday. However, the universality of this worldwide greeting applies both to World Hello Day, as well as Adele’s song.

Any place, any time.

Hello, as a universal greeting we all know and love has not been around for that long. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the first time human beings uttered “hello,” was back in 1827. Not even 200 hundred years ago. Seems like it should have been around a bit longer, right?

Anyhow, “hello” was first used in the UK to get other people’s attention, such as: “Hello, how good is Hipper.com for ordering flowers?” or “Hello, it’s so good that you really shouldn’t miss their first-rate flowers at first-rate prices.”

And things like that. Honestly.

As far as World Hello Day goes, this informal secular holiday dates back to 1973. During the Israeli-Egyptian conflict better known as the Yom Kippur War, Brian and Michal McCormack (US citizens, Arizona State and Harvard University graduates) thought it would be a good idea, in order to spread the ‘word,’ to send a message to world leaders that they ought to use words and communication to solve their conflicts. Not force. Today, World Hello Day is celebrated in over 180 countries and is endorsed by various famous politicians, religious leaders, as well as actors, singers, and athletes.

Greetings are brief, ritualized gestures that express respect, friendship or good wishes when people either meet or part. The person that greets shows off their idea of the relationship with the person greeted. Ways of greeting others depend on culture, weather, and fashion.

So what do you do on World Hello Day?

You greet people. You are supposed to greet 10 people or more in order to express the importance of personal communication in preserving peace.

Even though you should know this by now (really, you should), Project Britain (projectbritain.com) has compiled a short list for you on how to greet people in the UK:

Another common greeting, The Kiss, is only common in the UK when you meet your friends.

Formal greetings

The usual formal greeting is a “How do you do?” and a firm handshake, but with a lighter touch between men and women.

“How do you do?” is a greeting, not a question, and the correct response is to repeat “How do you do?” You say this when shaking hands with someone. This form of greeting, a question answered with another question, may confuse you at first.

First person: “How do you do?”
Second person: “How do you do?”

“How are you?” is a question and the most common and polite response is “I am fine, thank you. And you?”

First person: “How are you?”
Second person: “I am fine thank you and you?”

When you say “Nice to meet you” to someone, they will usually reply with a “Nice to meet you too.” (Often said whilst shaking hands)

The following greetings and responses are very similar:

Delighted to meet you – Delighted to meet you too / Pleased to meet you – Pleased to meet you too / Glad to meet you – Glad to meet you too / Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening

Informal greetings

Hi – Hi or hello

Morning / Afternoon / Evening (We drop the word ‘Good’ in informal situations).

How are you? – Fine thanks. You?

Thank you / thanks/cheers

We sometimes say ‘cheers’ instead of thanking you. You may hear ‘cheers’ said instead of ‘goodbye’, what we are really saying is ‘thanks and bye’.

And, to sum this up, do smile while you greet others. A smile costs nothing but is worth a lot. So, if you managed to whip up a quick smile with every greeting, the effect will be magnificent. Let us all become ambassadors of goodwill – because we all need it, and it is something that money could never, and will never be able to buy.

World Hello Day is a chance for you to let your friends, family, and even strangers around you that they are important, that they are loved, that their person is not invisible and unappreciated. Use World Hello Day to think, to think about the ego that holds the human being in captivity, the ego that (today, throughout history, always) didn’t let us reason with one another, to converse with another, to resolve conflict in a peaceful, amicable way.

So, pick at least 10 people who you’re going to greet on World Hello Day, and make their day a bit more beautiful. Because, in the end, the fragment of joy you share today will come back to you tomorrow – tenfold. Guaranteed.

From your crew at Hipper.com, have a happy World Hello Day. Hello!

No, wait… that’s the wrong one.

Bye!

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Florence Hazel is a full-time writer with a Masters in English and Sociology. Florence believes that if a single person benefits in some way from her writing, be it physically, emotionally, mentally, or any other kind of –ally, her job was a job well done. She made it her goal to sell happiness and well-being as much as she does flowers and cards. To quote the song Florence starts obsessively humming when words get muddled at the end of an 8-hour workday, “One, two, three, my writing opts for clarity!”
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