National Hugging Day - January 21
Sun, Jan 21, 2024

National Hugging Day

The easiest and most affordable way to show your love and appreciation for a person is to give them a big hug. National Hugging Day encourages people to show their emotions, feel free to show their affection, love, admiration and kindness through hugs.


Once Kevin Zaborni noticed that after the Christmas holidays and before Valentine’s Day, people arrive in a depressed mood. He came up with the idea of ​​celebrating National Hugging Day in between celebrations.

A positive, kind holiday first appeared in 1986. Embracing loved ones and relatives, people convey all the warmth and show their love. Initially, this day was considered a family holiday, but over time, people have ceased to be shy. Hug a stranger on the street or square on January 21 has become a tradition.

With the development of Internet resources, this day has become an international celebration. Every year more and more people join flash mobs.

Interesting facts

  • The population of Japan celebrates the celebration on August 9th.
  • In Western European countries, Hugging Day was initiated by students in the mid-70s. Unofficially, it is celebrated on December 4th.
  • In 2004, Sydney resident Juan Mann launched a social media hugging campaign to celebrate the occasion. A few years later, he was supported by millions of people from all over the world.
  • Scientists conducted a study in 2014, as a result of which it turned out that hugging not only improves mood, but also reduces the risk of contracting certain infectious diseases by 30%.
  • According to psychologists, hugs help overcome shyness, isolation and feel more confident in society.

How to celebrate

From the very morning, embrace family members, relatives and friends in warm embraces. People will be provided with a charge of positive emotions for the whole day.

In the evening you can get together with friends. After traditional hugs, arrange a competition, telling each other how many people managed to make happy with hugs in a day.

One of the best ways is to arrange a flash mob in the most crowded place in the city, inviting people to hug. You can even organize a bear hug tournament.

When is National Hugging Day celebrated in 2024?

National Hugging Day is observed on January 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday January 21 2024
Tuesday January 21 2025
Wednesday January 21 2026
Thursday January 21 2027

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