Literary Holidays: Happy Towel Day!

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Greetings, and a happy Towel Day to you! What is Towel Day, you ask? It’s one of my favorite sorts of holidays — the book nerd sort! May 25 is the birthday of the late Douglas Adams, author of the cult sci-fi classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. In these books, the utility of a towel for intergalactic travelers is stressed, so in honor of Adams, fans carry a towel around with them for the day. Constant vigilance and all that. (Yes, I know that’s Mad-Eye Moody and not an Adams character — or it is Barty Crouch, Junior? It’s been bugging me for over a year that I can’t recall whether or not that catchphrase was Moody’s first. I use it all the time and want to know if it comes from an Auror or a Death Eater. Guess it’s time for a re-read.)

Anyway. I always seem to have no plans on Towel Day, meaning that I’m home with no reason to carry around a towel and no one but my son and husband to see it if I did. Hopefully we’ll be out and about for at least a little while today so that I’ll have a chance to “celebrate.”

In case you’re interested, here’s a handy infographic from with a bit more information about Towel Day.



What about you? Will you be celebrating Towel Day today? Do you have another literary holiday to share? Let me know!

2 thoughts on “Literary Holidays: Happy Towel Day!

    • That sounds like a rather fitting way to celebrate! 😉

      Sadly (or not-so-sadly), we stayed home and played in the yard, so I didn’t have an opportunity for towel-carrying. Maybe next year!

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