National Handshake Day 2020: Important Date, History, Quotes & How to Celebrate the Handshake Day

National Handshake Day 2020: National Handshake Day is observed on the last Thursday of June every year to honor the history of handshake which is one of the most common greetings shared between people. Get the information about the history, origin of handshakes, and quotes from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 24, 2020 08:17 AM

National Handshake Day 2020: Important Date, History, Quotes & How to Celebrate the Handshake Day

National Handshake Day 2020

National Handshake Day is celebrated on the last Thursday of June around the world. This year the day falls oOf all the different forms of greeting, perhaps one of the most ancient is the handshake. Handshake is the way of conveying trust, equality, respect, and balance. This day is to honor the traditional way of greeting people and to remember the history of a handshake. 

What is the History of handshake?

The origin of the handshake is hard to identify. It may have existed before written records since it is a non-verbal mode of communication. Theories say that this was a way for medieval knights, Roman soldiers, and other men-carrying weapons to search for hidden daggers by greeting each other's forearms. This theory is supported by archeological ruins in ancient Greece. The funerary art depicts two handshaking soldiers, dating back to 5th century BC.

An even older record in Egypt suggests that the handshake held some kind of power-the power of giving. Under Babylonian custom, before taking the throne, kings would grasp the hand of the god Marduk's statue. During the Zagmuk festival, this act was repeated annually to carry its power over into the next year. The custom had continued even to conquer Assyria.

Modern-day handshakes have different customs around the world. Women usually did not carry weapons, hence they do not shake hands as a form of greeting. In the United States, Brazil, Russia, Australia, and the United Kingdom handshakes appear to be firm but handshakes have variations in lasting. In most Asian countries, such as China, South Korea, and Japan the grip of the handshake is light and has no direct eye contact. In the Philippines, the hold will be light and have eye contact.

What is the history of National Handshake Day?

Miryam Roddy created National Handshake Day, on behalf of BRODY Professional Development. Rody says ‘This gesture is key to First Impressions & Relationships’ about handshakes. The day has been observed at least since 2005.

How to observe National Handshake Day?

Celebrate the National Handshake Day by making a handshake to at least one strange person such as the mailman, courier service, pizza delivery, etc, and wish them a good day. Some of the ideas to enjoy the day are as follows:

  • Learn a perfect handshake etiquette 

  • Read more about the history of handshakes

  • Shake hands with friends and colleagues and spread a word about this day

  • Use #NationalHandshakeDay on social media and share the handshake day celebration

National Handshake Day - Quotes

The handshake of the host affects the taste of the roast” - Benjamin Franklin

“A firm, hearty handshake gives a good first impression, and you'll never be forgiven if you don't live up to it” - P. J. O'Rourke

“Handshakes and hugs will always trump likes and shares” - C.C. Chapman

“More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations” - John Barth

“Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem” - Paul Celan

“Work like Hell. Share all you know. Abide by your handshake. Have fun” - Dan Geer

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National Handshake Day - FAQ

1. What day is National Handshake Day?

National Handshake Day is observed by people across the nation on the last Thursday of June. Of all the different forms of greeting, perhaps one of the most ancient is the handshake.

2. Where does the handshake originate from?

The handshake history dates back to the 5th Century B.C. in Greece. It was a symbol of peace, showing that none of the people wore a weapon. In fact, the handshake was more of an arm grab during the Roman era.

3. Who should offer a handshake first?

The person in a higher authority or age status should be the first to put out a hand. For example in a job interview, the interviewer should be the one to take the lead.

4. Who initiated the National Handshake Day?

Miryam Roddy created National Handshake Day, on behalf of BRODY Professional Development.

5. When was the first National Handshake Day observed?

The first National Handshake Day was observed since 2005. The day is observed to honor the history of handshake which is one of the most common greetings shared between people.