National Hug Day or National Hugging Day is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney. It is always celebrated on January 21.
It occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday.
The holiday was founded on March 29, 1986 in Caro, Michigan, and has since spread to multiple countries.
The purpose for the holiday is to help everyone show more emotion in public.
There is only one way you are supposed to celebrate the holiday, offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want.
While National Hug Day and the Free Hugs Campaign share many similarities, there is not actual association between the two.
Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same.