National High Five Day is celebrated on the Third Thursday of April. This year it will be celebrated on April 15. National High Five Day is all about giving High Five. High Five is a simple hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously raise one hand each, above head-high, and push, slide, or slap the flat of their palm against the flat palm of the other person. Most of the time the gesture is preceded verbally by a phrase called “Give me five” or “High Five.” The meaning of this term varies by the context of use like the greeting, celebration, or congratulation. Hence National High Five Day is a perfect fun day to give High Five to everyone you can see.
History of National High Five Day
In 2002, the students of the University of Virginia named Conor Lastowka, Sam Miotke, and Wynn Walent created the National High Five Day. But the creator of High Five is still unknown. But the NBA player named Derek Smith claimed that he was the first one to create the high five while playing the University of Louisville basketball team in 1979. There was another story for the invention of the High Five. A man named Mont Sleets popularized the High Five gesture. While he was growing up in Kentucky, his father’s army friends would greet each other by extending their arms straight up in the air and saying the name of their division: Five. So when he saw them, he just says Hi, Five!. This childhood memory gets stuck with him, and he started to greet others with high fives.
Other Celebrations on April 15
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How to celebrate the day
Celebrating the day is quite easy and very simple to remember. Just give High Five to everyone that you can see on that day. Ask your friends to take photos while you are doing High Five with others and share these pictures on social media by using #HighFiveDay.
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