National Common Courtesy Day is an annual observance held on March 21st. The world we live in has forgotten entirely what courtesy is. Showing courtesy defines one’s character and behavior. How many of you have helped the old man who has hardly tried to cross the road or offered a seat on the bus for a pregnant lady? Might be the help you offer to the people in such similar situations will seem to be a simple common courtesy thing, but it shows who you are from within your heart. National Common Courtesy Day is an awareness Day celebrated to let all of us know about the importance of common courtesy in our lives. Even a simple word of Thank You, Please will also refer to this term. Thus the Common Courtesy Day is a chance to refocus on your own common courtesy, and also encourage it in others.
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil
History of National Common Courtesy Day
The National Common Courtesy Day’s history, origin, and creator are anonymous. There isn’t a record found about the reason for this date and the year from when Common Courtesy Day has been celebrated. Beyond all such anonymity, this Day is worth celebrating amongst humankind. As the common courtesy is just altogether fading from the world, the creator of the Day on finding this would have come up with such a Day. It is a Day that reminds every one of us to know about the importance of common courtesy and brings awareness about the value of practicing common courtesy in everyday life. The term Common courtesy refers to all the basic, yet simple practices and behaviors that are considered to be acceptable. Of course, common courtesy will vary with the social and cultural of that particular place as there has been no universal baseline fixed for it.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines courtesy as a behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others and a courteous and respectful act or expression. So in general, polite behavior that shows respect for other people refers to common courtesy. There are some common courtesies still considered to be universal. It may be simple as saying ‘please’ when asking for something and saying a ‘thank you for receiving a service, gift, or assistance. Using such terms shows you are respecting elders and not making any rude or obscene gestures. It is indeed a must to make common courtesy become truly common on someday or the other by taking it to others.
Other Celebrations on March 21
March 21 is also celebrated as
- World Down Syndrome Day
- National French Bread Day
- International Day of Forests
- National Single Parents Day
- World Poetry Day
- National Fragrance Day
How To Celebrate National Common Courtesy Day
There are plenty of ways that exist to celebrate National Common Courtesy Day. Be kind and extend your hand to help or support others. For instance, you can let someone who is deserved to be seated on the bus by giving your space, open the door for those who have a handful of bags, make the visually challenged person cross the road safely. Wear a smile on your face, speak kind, polite words, use please and thank you, respect your elders, never hurt anybody with your actions or words and the list goes on until you have kindness and courtesy in your heart. Make it a habit and spread the importance of common courtesy in everyday life among others. Teach your children how to behave when in such situations to make common courtesy a part of their character. You can share your views about Common Courtesy Day on social media using the hashtag #CommonCourtesyDay.
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