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National Hugging Day - January 21

National Hugging Day, occasionally shortened to National Hug Day, was first widely celebrated in 1986 after being published in Chase's Calender of Annual Events. Since that time, National Hugging Day has continued to grow internationally leading some to suggest the observance be renamed International Hug Day or International Hugging Day.

National Hugging Day was initially created for family and friends to hug often and freely with one another. Celebrate National Hugging Day Every Day !!!

Reasonable care should be taken with those who are either uncomfortable with public affection or their reaction to a hug is unknown. In those situations, it is advised to ask first before hugging.

There is an abundance of past and current research available that finds positive touch, such as hugging, improves one's physical, emotional and spiritual health.

National Hugging Day was copyrighted at the US Copyright Office under "National Hugging Day Collection." The name, National Hugging Day, is under Trade Mark. This does not limit the celebration of such a day or observance. It does, however, provide limited ownership of the name and observance to the creator and founder.

Every year, "The Most Huggable People of the Year" are announced the week National Hugging Day is celebrated. These have included both public figures as well as down-to-earth common folk. Nominations are accepted by providing the name, contact information, and reason the nominee should be named to this honor. The nominees should be seen hugging, or encouraging the value of hugging. Past winners have included Joan Rivers who wrote after receiving her award, "I'm tempted to start saying 'Can we hug?' instead of 'Can we talk'" alluding to her participating in a telephone company ad; Jeff Ondash (aka Teddy McHuggins); Tessla Queen (; and Mata Amritanandamayi (Kerela, India known as the "Hugging Saint")

The Founder and creator of National Hugging Day

The Founder and creator of National Hugging Day, Kevin Zaborney sometimes called the Ambassador of Hugs, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University. Kevin is married to his wife of 17 years, Pamela, and resides with his family in Caro, Michigan USA.

Kevin Zaborney is available for personal appearances and speaking engagements like school assemblies, and media interviews. Contact him at the "Contact Us" tab at the right side of this page. Experience the excitement of National Hugging Day!

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