National Gymnastics Day is a holiday dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. Celebrated annually on September 17th. It was first held in the late 1990s. The main goal of the holiday is to attract more people to do gymnastics and make this sport even more popular.
It is believed that gymnastics appeared in ancient Greece. It was used for health promotion, treatment and initial training of future warriors. The name could come from the Greek word “gymnasium”, which translated as “exercise”. Gymnastics was of great importance in the preparation of Olympic athletes.
In Europe, gymnastics began to develop only in the Renaissance. This is due to the Christian religion, which forbade the passion for any gymnastic exercises. The answer was simple: in this way people develop physically, but not spiritually. The development of gymnastics in Europe took place at the end of the 18th – beginning of the 19th centuries. A little later, it began to spread to the United States. Many gymnastic elements were used during circus performances. Artistic gymnastics competitions were first held in Athens at the 1896 Summer Olympics.
In 1963, the United States Gymnastics Federation (USAG) was formed. Since then, American athletes have been active in the Olympics and other competitions.
- Women were allowed to compete in gymnastics only in 1928.
- Ancient China and India also had gymnastics, but in the modern world it is represented by two disciplines: wushu and yoga.
- For classes at a professional level take children aged 5 to 8 years. In the future, the child begins to grow up, the ligaments become less elastic, so many exercises for teenagers and adults are very difficult.
How to celebrate
Visit National Gymnastics Day for various events and exhibitions dedicated to this sport. Many gymnastic clubs open free visits on this day so that those who wish can try their hand at gymnastic exercises.
Gather your friends and watch the best performances of famous athletes. In addition, financial support can be provided to children’s sports organizations. Do not forget to also create a post on social networks and share information about this holiday with other users.
When is National Gymnastics Day celebrated in 2023?
National Gymnastics Day is observed on the third Saturday of September each year.