Two hundred and sixty-six

Kalimera!  Buon giorno!  Nazdar!  Al salaam a’alaykum!  Konnichiwa!  Sekoh!  Aloha!

World Hello Day

This holiday is reminiscent of my failed attempt at saying hello to people in Parkdale for Out of My Comfort Zone month.  Hopefully today’s experiement will be more successful.

The purpose of World Hello Day is to simply greet at least 10 people today, showing the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.  World Hello Day was started by two university research scholars, Brian and Michael McCormack, in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973.  Thirty-eight years later, World Hello Day  has been observed by people in 180 countries, with a large list of celebrities and politicians (including 31 Nobel Peace Prize winners) who support the cause.

According to the World Hello Day website: “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.”

It’s also a nice excuse to smile and say hello to your neighbours, the barista at your local coffee shop, the streetcar driver, your family and friends.  If you’d like to know how to say hello in a heap of different languages, visit this fun website.

So to all of you reading, “hello” from me – and Lionel Ritchie (I never realized how creepy this video is…):