NATIONAL HUGGING DAY <3
National Hugging Day was created in 1986 by Kevin Zaborney. His friend was the granddaughter of the owners of Chase's Calendar of Events. Zaborney chose January 21 because it was the time between the winter holiday season and the new year's birthdays, which he became aware it was a time people tend to feel low in spirits. He also felt that Americans were often too embarrassed to show feeling of love in public and hoped National Hugging Day would change that, though he never actually thought it would catch on.
The word "hug" is believed to come from the word "hugga" meaning "to comfort" in the Old Norse language, very first appearing about 450 years ago. However, the history of hugging itself is a bit more uncertain. What is known is that it is only very within the past 50 years, we have seen a full acceptance of hugging in public, separating it from other distinguished displays of feeling of love such as kissing. The general adoption of hugging over the the last few years has been a constant debate to be due to two first reasons: the reduced formality of dress code and manners between relationships, along with the changing behaviors of political figures in pursuit of a more familiar, warm-hearted perception to the public.
Now, we don't even think about the fact that hugging in public was carefully thought about indecent PDA. We hug to greet friends and family, to say goodbye, or to celebrate someone. To comfort someone or to show support. We hug before sports and performance teams begin their match, and to show a general sign of feeling of love between intimate relationships.
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