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National Hand Holding Day

August 9

National Hand Holding Day - August 9

National Hand Holding Day was created specifically for lovers of tactile contact and those who lack it. Holding hands, we express warmth, love, friendliness and solidarity. All these feelings are at the center of the holiday.


It is not known who and when came up with the idea to found this holiday, but it is loved by many people around the world. It has been proven that people holding hands increase blood levels of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for affection and care. This gesture helps to relieve stress and reduces anxiety, which means that it should definitely be considered useful and important.

Interesting facts

  • This sign of affection is present in most of the world’s cultures.
  • In the United Arab Emirates, it is forbidden to hold hands in public – they can be fined a large sum for this, although there is nothing obscene in the gesture itself, and it can express not only love, but also friendly or family feelings. Such gestures are also frowned upon in India, Qatar and the University of Zimbabwe.
  • People holding hands synchronize brain activity and emotional state.

How to celebrate

Hold hands with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to reach out first – often people are embarrassed to take the initiative, but this does not mean that the gesture itself is unpleasant for them. This is especially important for children – through a tactile connection between a child and a relative, affection and trust are formed.

Post a photo of you holding hands with a loved one on a social network, accompanying it with a hashtag dedicated to National Hand Holding Day. Perhaps this idea will be picked up by your subscribers, who will also decide to contribute to this bright, cozy holiday.

When is National Hand Holding Day celebrated in 2022?

National Hand Holding Day is observed on August 9 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday August 9 2022
Wednesday August 9 2023
Friday August 9 2024
Saturday August 9 2025
Sunday August 9 2026


August 9
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United States

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