National Hug A Drummer Day

Every year, the 10th of October is observed as National Hug a Drummer Day. Yes, everyone read that correctly. This is a holiday during which people are encouraged to hug a drummer if they happen to know one. It’s a day that attempts to show some recognition to one of the least appreciated members of any band.

There’s always a lot of attention and praise showered on a band’s lead singer or their lead guitarist, but the same can’t be true about the drummer. The person who literally holds the beat of each song in his hands, but is designated to sit at the back of the stage behind their kit.

The History Of National Hug A Drummer Day

We attempted to research this holiday, but unfortunately, we couldn’t find any answers as to the origin of it. At least, not any answer that satisfied us. We can only assume that this holiday was created by a drummer (or someone who knows a drummer).

We don’t know who invented it, where it was invented, or anything else about it. We’ll continue to try and research this holiday, but at the moment, it doesn’t look like we’re going to find the answers that we want.

Amazing Facts About Drums & Drummers

You didn’t think we’d just conclude this article without taking a few moments to talk about drums and drummers, did you? Of course, we wouldn’t do that and that’s why we’ve listed the following amazing facts about them that we feel all of our readers will enjoy on National Hug a Drummer Day.

  • It’s believed that drumming is the oldest musical activity in the world.
  • The shape of the modern drum kit was created during the 1930s.
  • Drums can be classified as traditional, acoustic, or electric drums.
  • Drummers need to have eye-hand coordination, limb independence, and a good sense of rhythm to be successful at drumming.
  • People who play “air drums” have lower stress levels than people who don’t.

Observing National Hug A Drummer Day

Walking up to a random drummer and hugging him or her might be a little bit weird, so we recommend that people don’t do that on this day. We feel that it’s fine to hug those drummers you know and who are willing to be hugged, but don’t go around people who aren’t receptive to hugging or who don’t know you.

You can give a shoutout to drummers online though without breaking any social etiquette. All you have to do is to use the hashtag #HugADrummerDay on social media. We feel that’s an acceptable way to celebrate this day.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 10 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
October 10 Thursday
Last year (2022)
October 10 Monday
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