If you want to join this fun holiday, it’s time to grab a pen and paper and express your thoughts and fantasies. Write what your heart tells you – thoughts, memories, stories, share your feelings. The main thing is that thoughts are written down on paper.
World Letter Writing Day was founded by Australian writer, photographer, and artist Richard Simpkin. He loves to write letters by hand. His love for handwritten letters began when he began to write to people whom he considered the heroes and legends of Australia. And in 2005, Richard considered the accumulated experience sufficient to write the book Australian Legends. On the pages of his work, he clearly demonstrated how important it is to write letters, how a simple sheet of paper can change someone’s life. Since 2014, this holiday has been celebrated by all those who love presenting their thoughts on paper. In addition, he lectures in schools on the promotion of the art of letter writing.
- Letters were written already in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. They were written on special plates made of metal, wood, wax, wood, animal skin, and papyrus.
- In the 17th and 18th centuries, letters were used only to convey important information – the exchange of ideas and news. That is why a lot of useful historical information can be gleaned from letters written in the distant past.
- With the advent of postal services, people began to actively use letters for personal communication.
- During periods of hostilities, letters were the only way for soldiers to communicate with their loved ones.
- Charles Darwin wrote letters regularly to his close friend Joseph Hooker, with over 1400 messages in all.
- In 1931, the Oxford Dictionary introduced the term ‘pen pal’.
How to take part in World Letter Writing Day
Write a letter or several letters – these can be messages to friends, or loved ones. Tell your kids about handwritten letters; they probably don’t even know what they are. The younger generation no longer uses this format of communication. Read the letters written by people who changed history.
When is World Letter Writing Day celebrated in 2022?
World Letter Writing Day is observed on September 1 each year.