National Penpal Day

National Pen Pal Day is a holiday that’s observed on June 1st every year and it’s a great day for people to start a new pen pal relationship or to appreciate the one that they currently have. Although many people start writing to pen pals while they’re in school to improve their reading and writing skills, many people continue to write to pen pals well into adulthood.

Even with social media being available on a widespread basis, there are still plenty of people who write to their pen pal on a regular basis. And that’s why this holiday continues to be celebrated in North America and around the world.

The History Of National Pen Pal Day

This holiday was first created in 2017 by Rosie Tholl—an American who enjoyed writing to her pen pals and has even traveled the world just to meet some of them. She is also the co-founder of Pen Pals United.

The Benefits Of Having A Pen Pal

For people who never thought about celebrating National Pen Pal Day, it might seem a bit strange to think about writing with a complete stranger in another city. However, once they learn the benefits of a pen pal and get used to the idea of it, then it becomes crystal clear to them. Below are some of the benefits of having a pen pal that we discovered on our journey researching this holiday.

  • Having a pen pal develops reading and writing skills for children.
  • Having a pen pal can expose people to different cultures and languages.
  • Having a pen pal can develop communication skills and help alleviate loneliness.

Observing National Pen Pal Day

For people who don’t have a pen pal, this is the perfect day to consider getting a pen pal. There are several groups that can be found on the Internet that has the sole purpose of connecting prospective pen pals with one another.

It’s also a good day for people who already have a pen pal to thank them for their correspondence over the past few months or years. And finally, people can observe this holiday by spreading the word about it using the hashtag #NationalPenPalDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
June 1 Thursday
Next year (2024)
June 1 Saturday
Last year (2022)
June 1 Wednesday
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