National High Five day is a day all about celebrating the glory of the high five. Celebrated every third Thursday in April, it’s a day that is celebrating by giving high five someone. This is a day to take the time to high five everyone; whether it’s an air high five, a low high five, behind the back, the windmill five, or a self high-five. High five strangers, co-workers, friends, family and anyone who will high five you back. You can even send virtual high fives to those in far away places. Today is a day where your usually greeting is over-rated and replace them with your best version of the high five.
High Five Day was created by college students at the University of Virginia in 2002 when they started to giving away free high-fives in the middle of a quadrangle. They had an ultimate goal to better strangers lives by giving them high fives.
The group of college friends kept in touch and taking a day to give high fives became a yearly tradition.
“We discovered two things,” Greg Harrell-Edge, executive director of the National High Five Project and one of the original UVA group, told PEOPLE. “One, it’s real fun to give away high fives all day. Two, we got to see it spread virally in real time.”
The founders have since incorporated a charitable element to National High Five Day raising money for a National High Five Scholarship, cancer research, and for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This year they are raising money for five cancer research centers nationwide.
Check out their site here and get those hands ready to give an almighty amount of high fives.