National Handwriting Day
When is National Handwriting Day? This holiday is always observed on January 23
National Handwriting Day is today, a January 23 holiday. It is an opportunity to reintroduce yourself to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. In this day of computers, more and more information, notes, and letters are sent back and forth via a keyboard and sent via cyberspace.
According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) website “The purpose of National Handwriting Day is to alert the public to the importance of handwriting. According to WIMA, National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.”
Some of the available documentation we read, suggests concern by stationary, paper companies, and pen and pencil manufacturers that the electronic world will shrink demand for their products. But, indeed, statistics show that pen (or pencil) and paper are alive and well, with growing demand.
Participate in National Handwriting Day by writing a note or letter to someone. Love letters are cool. Notes to people who are ill or incapacitated will be well received.
Sending handwritten notes and letters generally means sending them via snail mail. However, you can send the handwritten letter by fax, or pdf. You can also take a picture of it and send it as a JPG.
Ways to Participate in National Handwriting Day
- Reintroduce yourself to the ballpoint pen and pencil.
- Do not communicate via text or email today.
- Only send handwritten notes and letters. Yes, that means you have to send them via snail mail or hand deliver them, if possible.
“Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is in God’s handwriting.” – – Ralph Waldo Emerson
History and Origin of National Handwriting Day
National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) in 1977. Their motive is obvious…to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper.
January 23rd was chosen because this is the birthday of John Hancock. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
In response to our inquiry, WIMA informed us that they did not obtain a presidential proclamation or an act of congress when designating the day. An official “National” day requires an act of congress or a presidential proclamation.
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