Memory Day is an annual holiday celebrating memorable memories. It is celebrated on March 21. People can also honor fallen members of the U.S. Army on this day. However, there is a special holiday for this, which is called Memorial Day. It is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May.
There is no exact information about the creation of Memory Day. Human memory and the phenomenon of memory have been studied for thousands of years. The first scholar to address this issue was Aristotle. He put forward the theory that everyone is born with a blank mind (a blank piece of paper) and during his life various moments are deposited in it (just as something is written or sketched on a sheet of paper). This is how memory is born.
In modern terms, Aristotle’s theory is not quite correct. Throughout life, some important events are not only stored in the memory, but can be retrieved from it. We can store information in the brain and play it back in time, if necessary. The first memories are born while we are still carrying a fetus, but we are unable to reproduce them. They lie very deep. The average age of a person, the events from which he can remember for a lifetime, is 3-4 years. Memories from deep childhood are almost inaccessible to us.
- The human memory can remember an infinite amount of information, but most of it is forgotten. This is a natural process that does not cause memory overload. It erases all the data that we do not use for a long time.
- Memory is related to the senses. Each person remembers information in his or her own way: through sight, hearing, or tactile contact. Psychologists distinguish three types of people: audialists, visualists and kinestheticists.
- To preserve the emotional state and nervous system, negative memories are forgotten faster than positive ones.
How to celebrate
Look through family photo albums, refreshing the memory of some events. Get together with friends to sit in a bar/café and reminisce about funny, interesting or cautionary life stories. You can do crossword puzzles or memory training puzzles.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they can remember new information easily.
When is Memory Day celebrated in 2024?
Memory Day is observed on March 21 each year.