Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 21: World Hello Day

It's been a while, but we're back with another obscure holiday. Today is World Hello Day. What's that, you ask?

World Hello Day promotes peace by encouraging people to greet each other to show that communication is better than force in terms of settling conflicts. All you have to do is greet ten people or more. It's that simple.

The holiday was created by a couple of American guys in response to the Yom Kippur War (aka the October War) between various Arab states and Israel in 1973. This year marks the 39th annual World Hello Day, which is now celebrated around the world by people in over 180 countries! Many people take the opportunity to write to their country's leaders to encourage them to promote peace.

No! We're promoting peace!

The best way to learn about other cultures is to communicate with people from places that are new to you. In honour of World Hello Day, here's a list of words for "hello" in various languages, from A to Z! The countries in parentheses are the places where each language has the most native speakers.

Our machine translator says "Hello".
Say "Hello" back and promote peace.

Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan) - Salam
Basque (Spain) - Kaixo
Choctaw (United States) - Halito 
Danish (Denmark) - Hej
Estonian (Estonia) - Tere 
Friulian (Italy) - Mandi
Greenlandic (Greenland) - Aluu
Hausa (Niger) - Sannu
Irish (Ireland) - Dia dhuit
Japanese (Japan) - Konnichiwa
Kurdish (Turkey) - Silaw 
Limburgish (The Netherlands) - Hallo 
Māori (New Zealand) - Kia ora
Norwegian (Norway) - Hei
Ojibwe (Canada) - Boozhoo
Polish (Poland) - Cześć
Quechua (Peru) - Rimaykullayki 
Romanian (Romania) - Salut
Samoan (Samoa) - Talofa 
Tetum (Indonesia) - Ola
Ukrainian (Ukraine) - Вiтaю
Vietnamese (Vietnam) - Chào anh
Wolof (Senegal) - Na nga def
Yucatec Maya (Mexico) - Ba'ax ka wa'alik?
Zulu (South Africa) - Sawubona

We hope you put this list to good use today!

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