How do you say hello?
There are hundreds of words and hand gestures for greetings across the globe. Most gestures, whether a show of hands or a handshake or handshake accompanied by grasping your opposite arm with your unshaking hand – – they are all meant as a sign of peace, a show that the greeter bears no weapons.
Did You Know? This year is the 41st Annual World Hello Day.
Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.
World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.
People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts. (World Hello Day)