Rounds Resounding Day

Rounds Resounding Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on August 1st. It’s a day that attempts to remind people everywhere of the musical style of singing in a round. For those people who don’t remember this style of singing from grade school, it’s when a minimum of three voices sing exactly the same melody in unison, but beginning a different times so that different parts of the melody coincide in the different voices.

In school in the U.S., many of us had to sing songs such as “Three Blind Mice,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and “Frère Jacques” in our music classes. Now, we can revisit this form of singing in harmony by observing this holiday.

The History Of Rounds Resounding Day

During the Middle Ages, singing in harmony in this way was known as rondellus or rota. It wouldn’t be called a “round” until the 16th century in England. It really wouldn’t become popular until the 18th century in England, however.

This is when it went from being connected to religious texts to being done as a form of entertainment. In 1987, Rounds Resounding Day was created to encourage people to sing in harmony.

During the time when this holiday was created, singing in rounds was at the peak of its popularity in the U.S. Although it’s currently not as popular as it was back then, many people hope that this holiday will continue to keep the practice of singing in rounds alive.

Observing Rounds Resounding Day

This holiday can be observed in a variety of ways, depending on what level of participation a person wants to engage with this holiday.

People can stand up and sing out with friends and/or family members, can visit a karaoke club, or watch one of the many rounds of performances that currently exist. Everyone can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #RoundsResoundingDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 1 Thursday
Next year (2025)
August 1 Friday
Last year (2023)
August 1 Tuesday
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