World Sauntering Day
World Sauntering Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the 19th of June each year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day
The exact year of its origin is unclear, but it is believed to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan during the 1970s. The Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch at 660 feet in length. The holiday was a response by W.T. Rabe to the growing popularity of jogging. The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them.
This day has been used as an opportunity to uplift people (one example is the Totally Unique Thoughts group and free Notes from the Universe http://www.tut.com/) and remind us of the well-being which is around us everywhere if we will choose to look for it, focus on it, and let it grow in our hearts and in our lives.
Sauntering is a verb describing a style of walking; it is not a sashay, prance, trot, or lollygag. It is simply to walk slowly, preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs. See saunter
- Interview with the son of W.T. Rabe, NPR, June 19, 2002