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World Letter Writing Day

Take a break from texting and emailing - put pen to paper and celebrate World Letter Writing Day with heartfelt words and beautiful stationery!
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September 1
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate the power of the written word and the joy of letter writing on World Letter Writing Day, September 1! This day has been around since 2002, when it was first created to encourage people everywhere to take a break from technology and reconnect with friends, family or even strangers through a handwritten letter. It's also an opportunity for us all to put pen-to-paper in order to document our thoughts and feelings, while expressing ourselves in creative ways.

History of World Letter Writing Day

World Letter Writing Day Dates

World Letter Writing Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of World Letter Writing Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>On this year, World Letter Writing Day was first established to motivate people to disconnect from technology and reconnect through handwritten letters.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebration Spreads Globally</div><div class='timeline-text'>By the following year, the celebration had spread globally, inspiring countless individuals to pick up their pens and paper.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class 'timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Public Figures Get Involved</div><div class='timeline-text'>Public figures started to support and promote the day, further popularizing the importance of handwritten communication.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Schools Incorporate into Curriculum</div><div class='timeline-text'>Many educational institutions began incorporating letter writing into their curriculum as a way of celebrating and teaching the value of personal communication.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Community Events and Contests</div><div class='timeline-text'>Various communities and organizations held events and contests to encourage and celebrate letter writing, contributing to the holiday's overall popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Online Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Despite the pandemic, celebrations continued online with virtual sessions and campaigns highlighting the importance of letter writing even in the digital age.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Letter Writing Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a letter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write a letter to someone special and let them know how much they mean to you. It could be your best friend, a family member or even someone you haven’t spoken to in years.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send postcards</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go out and buy some postcards from your local store, then write short messages on each one and send it off to your friends, family and even strangers. If you want to make it extra special, get some vintage postcards or use nice stationary.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a pen pal exchange</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Are you looking for a new way to stay in touch with people? Organize a pen pal exchange! You can find people through social media, online forums, or even through your local newspaper.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create custom stationery</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make your own stationery set! Print out some fun designs on cardstock paper, cut them into shapes, glue them together and add some stickers for a unique look. Now your letters will stand out.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a letter writing party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over and host a letter writing party! Bring out some snacks and drinks, grab some supplies like envelopes, stamps, paper and pens and start writing. Not only will this be fun but it’s also an opportunity to catch up with friends.</p></div></div>

Why We Love World Letter Writing Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Letter writing is a lost art</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>With the advent of emails, text messages, and instant messaging systems, many people have forgotten how rewarding it can be to write a letter by hand. World Letter Writing Day celebrates this lost form of communication and encourages us to pick up the pen and start writing!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a meaningful way to stay in touch</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When you take the time to write a letter, you show your friends and family that you are truly thinking of them. A hand written missive says so much more than an impersonal email or text message. The gesture speaks volumes about the importance of those relationships!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps keep important memories alive</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Writing letters can also be great way to preserve important memories. Having physical copies of your correspondence allows you to go back in time and relive the special moments that made up your life.  On World Letter Writing Day, make sure you take the time to read some of your old notes and reminisce - it will bring a smile to your face!</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts about World Letter Writing Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There’s a Specific Structure to Letter Writing</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite the freedom that comes with letter writing, there's an established structure: Date, Address, Salutation, Body, Closing, and Signature. Each one contributes to the formality and personalized touch of a handwritten letter.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Handwritten Letters and Cognitive Function</h3><p class='facts-content'>Writing letters by hand has been proven to improve cognitive function, enhance memory, and stimulate creativity. It's a mental workout that doesn't involve screens or keyboards!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Letters: A Treasure Trove of Historical Data</h3><p class='facts-content'>Historians often use old letters as primary sources of information. They provide rich personal narratives and unique perspectives about historical events and eras.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Connection through Penmanship</h3><p class='facts-content'>The style of one's handwriting in a letter is unique to each person. It can express individuality and give an intimate touch that electronic communication cannot.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Boost to Emotional Health</h3><p class='facts-content'>Writing letters can provide a therapeutic release of emotions. The act of putting thoughts and feelings into words on paper can help increase positive emotions and reduce stress.</p></div></div>

World Letter Writing Day FAQs

When is World Letter Writing Day?

World Letter Writing Day is celebrated on September 1st every year. In 2024, World Letter Writing Day will fall on a Sunday.

World Letter Writing Day Dates

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Date
Day

2023

Sep 1

Friday

2024

Sep 1

Sunday

2025

Sep 1

Monday

2026

Sep 1

Tuesday

2027

Sep 1

Wednesday

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