Hammock Day is celebrated every year on July 22. It is dedicated to the universal and, according to millions of people, the most comfortable way to relax. The hammock was invented by the Maya, who lived in South and Central America. The first models were made from the bark of a hammock tree, which is where the name comes from. The wicker bark was hung between two trees or poles. Today, a hammock is a symbol of summer, relaxation, and a carefree life.
The hammock has been known and actively used for recreation since the 13th century. People loved to sleep and relax in it. There are several versions of the origin of the name. According to one version, the word ‘harakami’ in translation from the language of the Arawak tribes means – an openwork network. And the second version is associated with the hammock tree, from which nets were woven and hung between trees. Hammocks are the most common in Latin America; here they are associated with a relaxed, unhurried lifestyle and vacation. Locals claim they were invented specifically for countries located in the Caribbean.
The hammock came to Europe thanks to Columbus; he saw this wonderful invention in the Bahamas and brought it to Europe, where this way of relaxing quickly found admirers.
- Sailors were the first to use the hammock, as sleeping in the air was much more hygienic than on the dirty floor of a ship.
- Many modern manufacturers offer stylish, bright hammocks that are not only a comfortable place for outdoor recreation, but also a bright accent in the garden.
- In the city of Bogota, there is a gold museum, where there is a miniature gold hammock. But you cannot touch the exhibit.
- In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria, there is the picturesque Hostel Casa Elemento, where you can sleep in giant hammocks outside.
- Indoor hammocks are an interesting activity in Tokyo. It is at a wonderful cafe, which is decorated like a hammock. The attraction is located in the city of Kichijoji.
- In 19th century Britain, they wanted to replace prison beds with hammocks, but this idea was abandoned, as prisoners attacked jailers with the metal fasteners.
How to take part
Relax and spend the day in a hammock. Stock up on drinks and treats, and swaying peacefully, remember the best events of your life. Get a hammock for a summer residence or a country house if you don’t have one yet. If you like big, noisy companies, choose one designed for several people. Ask your boss to install a hammock in the office.
When is Hammock Day Celebrated in 2023?
Hammock Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 22nd each year.