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Fun Holiday – Handwriting Day

January 23 is Handwriting Day, a day to get your hands on a pen or pencil and paper and practice and revive the elegant art of handwriting.

Hand with pen writing a letter.

A person's handwriting is as unique as he or she is.

©iStockphoto.com/spinka

The unofficial holiday is sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association and commemorates the birth anniversary of John Hancock, the first person to sign the American Declaration of Independence.

As Unique as the Person

Handwriting is the act of writing by hand using an instrument such as a pen, pencil or brush. It is thought that a person's handwriting is as unique as his or her fingerprint - no two people have the same writing style or handwriting. Because of this, handwriting is often used by many forensic experts and historians to test the authenticity of documents.

How to Celebrate?

  • Pick up a pen and write a note to a friend and family member.
  • Resolve not to use the computer to write anything – carry a notepad and a pen with you wherever you go and use them whenever you need to write anything.
  • Use post-its to remind yourself of tasks instead of online task reminders.

Did You Know…

…that you can draw a 35-mile long line with a single pencil?

Handwriting Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Handwriting Day Observances
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