By Yasmin Giannini aged 11 years
Hello everyone! …….I’m shouting it because this month sees us celebrating World Hello Day, a day when we’re all encouraged to say a big smiley ‘hello’ to at least ten people. I’d far from heard of World Hello Day before so I thought it was something totally new, yet this is actually the forty-third year since this special day started! So I thought it was time I spread the world and shared the day with the Jupital readers too!
World Hello Day is celebrated on 21 November every year. It was set up in 1973 as a way of getting world leaders to understand we are able to communicate better with each other if we actually smile and talk. Over the years, this happy day has been recognised by over 180 countries across our planet. So far, thirty-one Nobel Peace Prize Winners have shown their support for World Hello Day because they understand ‘talking’ is the way we may be able to start making peace in this world. Anyone may be able to take part, simply by going out of the way to say ‘hello’ to ten people on which day, we play our part in communicating peace!
What I really like about this day is it offers normal kids like me (and any individual) a chance to really make a difference in this great big world, because the ‘greetings’ on this day start with US. Each and every one of us is like a brick in a big wall of peace, we may be small and living in our own parts of the world, although by making a little effort on this happy day, we make a difference. We’re the next generation on this earth and it’s important we play our part.
For 2016, World Hello Day has been given a bit of a boost because a singer from Norway called K-Syran has written the anthem for the day. The song is called ‘Hello’ and it’s already a really big hit over in America as it rises up the Billboard charts. K-Syran is a mom herself and she wanted her children to support the day, however she was smart enough to understand younger kids need to be more aware on who they say ‘hello’, and are able to do this when they are maturely aged. However, us kids may be challenged to spread the message of peace if we’re stuck saying hello to the people we already know, this makes this day the same as every other day.
As a solution, K-Syran wrote ‘Hello’ as a way for us kids (and even adults who are a bit shy of meeting new people) to sing the happy song throughout the day as our way of encouraging the peaceful message to grow. She’s also created a cool ‘Hellojiis’ which we may download, cut out and wear on our jumpers, in the way we wear poppies, as a sign we’re all supporting the day. Plus, when one is wearing the ‘Hellojiis’ everyone sees the badge and smile instantly!
Myself and my friends are learning the song so we sing it on World Hello Day and we’re going to download the ringtone onto our phones so we ring each other and put a smile on everyone’s face! Find out more at: http://ksyran.com/2016/10/31/world-hello-day/
For further information on World Hello Day: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Hello_Day