World Sauntering Day
"World Sauntering Day" is celebrated on June 19 every year. The purpose is to remind people 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 year of its origin is 1979, and it is believed to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan. The Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch at 660 feet (200 m). The holiday was created by W.T. Rabe in response 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.
Also in some places, World Sauntering Day is celebrated on August 28.
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