May 25th, World Towel Day: Why Is It Celebrated?

World Towel Day is right around the corner. It is a day celebrated all around the world on May 25th. So what is World Towel Day? And where did it come from? We’ve got your answers right here.

The Origin


The inspiration for World Towel Day comes from the cult novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which is admired by both world literature fans and science fiction enthusiasts.

Written by Douglas Adams and highly enjoyed by readers for its humorous language and creative fiction, this famous novel tells the story of Arthur Dent.

Who wakes up one morning to find out that his house will be demolished for some ridiculous reason. While our hero is trying to face this absurd reality, his planet is destroyed in a few hours and he goes on an adventurous journey with his friend,

Ford Prefect. The only thing that accompanies him on this journey, which he embarks on in a worn bathrobe, is the towel that he has with him.

Of course, there are many reasons to read the book, which was adapted for the big screen in 2005.

The book expertly balances more serious philosophical questions, such as people questioning their place and purpose in the universe, and humorous language at the same time.

Most readers find this to be one of the best traits of the book, as it is a hard feat to achieve because of the contrast between the topics.

The book quickly gained a huge following and it can even be said that it had a generational effect on science fiction and novel lovers around the world. Traces of this cult novel appear before us in many places, from music to technology.

Inspiring music albums, websites, and technological developments, he continued to appear before us with interesting characters and stories in TV series.

“A towel is almost the most useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

These are the words uttered about towels in the book. It even goes into greater detail and discusses the practicality in the quote below.

“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly, it has great practical value.

You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon;

use it to sail a miniraft down the slow and heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal; and, of course, dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

How did World Towel Day come about?

Unfortunately, Douglas Adams suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in 2001, leaving behind a loving family and millions of fans. Two weeks after his passing, fans of Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy decided to celebrate May 25th as World Towel Day.

The day was quickly embraced by fantasy and science fiction literature admirers all around the world. The day has been celebrated since 2001 by people who love the author and the book, by taking to the streets with their towels as a salute to the late author.

If you plan to join the celebration of Douglas Adams and his great novel, whether you are going out to join other people in the celebration or when commemorating on your own, don’t forget to take your towel with you.

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