National Hugging Day- Happy Hug Day

National Hugging Day is celebrated annually on 21st January each year. For the very first time this day was celebrated on January 21st 1986 in Michigan USA. National Hugging Day was proposed by Kevin Zaborny. He decided to choose 21st January as it comes after Christmas and New Year celebrations and he felt that the American people were generally in low spirit after celebrations of two major events of the year.

The idea of National Hugging Day is to encourage people to hug friends and family members openhearted. The celebration of this Day is an effort to continue the spirit of happiness and joy as well as to overcome the self-created distances in between people.

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National Hugging Day is celebrated in many of the world countries even few of the world countries celebrate this day as the holiday. In some of the countries like India Hugging day is celebrated on 13th February, one day before to Valentine’s Day. There is some variance in the celebrations of the day however the theme behind remains the same.

National Hugging Day Quotes:

  • Life is too short, Hug a little longer, Love a litter stronger, forgive a litter sooner and smile a little sweeter.
  • Sometimes it’s better to put love into hugs than to put into words.
  • A Hug is a handshake from the hearts.
  • Hugging is a silent way of saying you matter to me.
  • Sometimes a Hug is all you need to make you feel better.

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Also read about International Tolerance Day- 16th November

Free Hugs Campaign:

Similar to Hugging Day, Free Hugs campaign is another social movement involving and encouraging individuals to offer free Hugs to the strangers in public. The last words of Mr. Jason Hunter’s mother were “Let everyone know that they are important person” and she died.  In inspiration of his mother Jason thought about Free Hugs campaign.


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However in in the present form an Australian Man known as Juan Mann started Free Hugs campaign in 2004 for the very first time. Later on in 2006 the campaign became famous internationally because of a music video by Australian band Sick Puppies, which has been viewed over 77 million times as of November 20, 2015.

Different Types of Hugs:

Interestingly depending upon the body gestures of two person experts have divided the hugs into following types:

Back to Front Hug:

Back to front Hug

Back to Front Hug represents the perfect way to provide support and affection to someone. Receiving a Back to Front Hug represents that you have somebody who is always there for you and it’s a way of expressing love and affection for that person irrespective of the expectation what is received in return.


Bear Hug:

Bear Hug

 Bear Hug is considered as the strongest type of Hugs. In thistype of hug you squeeze your hugging partner in your arms. It is said that generally people use bear Hugs to when they are very much excited and to express strong affection with you Hugging partner.


Cheek Hug:

Cheek Hug

Cheek Hug is an opposite form of Bear Hug, in this type of Hugging is used to comfort someone or show affection feelings. This type of hugging is also practiced by the elderly people who may not be able to hug tightly.


Side to Side Hug

side to side Hug

Side to side hug is considered as the most common type of Hugging and we commonly witness it in our daily routine life. This is the casual style of hugging expressing our affection feelings for somebody without being too closely and excited.





Heart Centered Hug:

Heart Centered Hug

Hear centered hug is a type of hugging usually used with close family members, partners and friends. The close heart centered hug is beautiful gesture to express the feelings of love and to lift the spirits of your loved ones to realize that how much you care about them.


How to Celebrate Hugs Day:

  • Hug your family members and friends to express the feelings of affection and love.
  • Forget and forgive the old complains with each other.
  • Go out with your loved ones and spend time with them.
  • Overcome the self-created gaps in between.
  • Say Happy Hugs Day to strangers and hug them open heartedly.
  • Exchange gifts with your loved ones.
  • Spread the awareness about the day so that peace and love can prevail in the society.


Life is too short to live, don’t waste the precious life moments in hates and quarrels. Let’s try to spend the life in joy, happiness and love with each other to make this world even better place to live for every human sole on earth.

Thank you for your time for reading the article on event of day. Happy Hugging Day 🙂 



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