National Ding-a-Ling Day - December 12
Tue, Dec 12, 2023

National Ding-a-Ling Day

National Ding-a-Ling Day is dedicated to connecting with those we have lost touch with. In this day and age, it is easier than ever to reach out to those we care about – all it takes is a little initiative!


National Ding-a-Ling Day originated in 1972, when Frankie High published an announcement in Chase’s Calendar of Events. He invited readers to join his club for a fee of $1, and his initiative was met with popular support. Since then, the holiday has spread around the world and is celebrated on December 12th. It encourages people to reach out to those they have not heard from in a while. The name “Ding-a-Ling” is a reference to the sound of bells.

Interesting facts

  • Bells originated in China around the 23rd century BC.
  • The sound of bells depends on the metal they are made from.
  • The UK has a bell that never stops – it is powered by static electricity and has been ringing for over 180 years.
  • Bells are not only used for religious purposes – they are also considered a full-fledged musical instrument.

How to take part

On National Ding-a-Ling Day, the best way to show your appreciation is to pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Reach out to an old acquaintance, classmate, colleague, or neighbor – put down the text messages and pick up the phone!

When is National Ding-a-Ling Day celebrated in 2023?

National Ding-a-Ling Day is observed on December 12 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday December 12 2023
Thursday December 12 2024
Friday December 12 2025
Saturday December 12 2026

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