International Town Criers Day is observed on the second Monday of every July. This year the day falls on July 12. Town criers are court officers who were appointed to make official announcements to the public in the streets, and they were also popularly called as a bellman. Town criers were traditionally dressed in red and gold coats, white breeches, black boots, and a tricorne hat. This day celebrates the town criers who were the only source for the latest news to the public majorly during the 18th century. Due to the increase in literacy rate, town criers were replaced by newspapers, news channels, radio, internet, etc. So on this day make some effort to know about the town criers and the roles played by them.
“I love hearing stories, telling stories, sharing stories. I’ve shared 37,000 on the Oprah show! Every day I was like the town crier.” – Oprah Winfrey
History of International Town Criers Day
The origination and history of International Town Criers Day are not known. Every country around the world had its kind of town criers. The profession is ancient and the significance of the job is underrated, so this day must have been created to mark the role played by town criers in history. It is important that this day is celebrated as it will be a reason for people to be aware of such professions. On this day show some respect for the profession and listen to the stories about them.
Other Celebrations on July 12
July 12 is also celebrated as
- National Pecan Pie Day
- International Malala Day
- National Different Colored Eyes Day
- Etch A Sketch Day
- National Simplicity Day
- New Conversation Day
How to celebrate the day
On the day, read and spread your knowledge on town criers. Go further to research town criers from various places and their variations from one another, etc., To celebrate the day in a fun way make all your announcements in the form of town criers, just say it loudly, firmly, and unequivocally. Post pictures and share your International Town Criers Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #TownCriersDay.
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