On television I started watching the reboot/continuation of a series with many story lines taking place that will eventually come together. One storyline is a young couple from Japan and they speak Japanese. The subtitle or captioning is displayed in English for their storyline. I am reading the captioning while they are speaking and one of the characters makes a joke and the other laughs. This got me thinking, no matter the language we do not understand, the laugh is universal – a language we all understand.
I did a Google search on ‘International Laugh’ and found there is a world laughter day; who knew? Wikipedia.org has the following –
World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday of May of every year. The first celebration was on January 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.
Laughter Yoga says: Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion that has all the ingredients required for individuals to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way.
The day is now celebrated worldwide.
I totally agree with this information, but did not realize this day was set aside for laughter; I will make an effort to remember next year. Anyway, laughter is important in all our lives, it benefits our physical bodies and it breaks the barriers of languages, cultures, attitudes, believes, and many other facets of life that separate the human race.
There are many practices or traditions around the world, part of history, heritage, holidays, culture and customs. I performed some research and found some examples –
Pagmamano is a gesture that symbolizes respect for one’s elders. It is akin to bowing, with the addition of taking an elder’s hand and pressing it to one’s forehead. The practice is predominantly found in the Philippines and some parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Another unique aspect of Filipino culture is bayanihan, the practice of literally moving an entire home to a new location.
When your wee babes are just cutting teeth it is hard to imagine that they will ever be so big that their baby teeth will fall out. The tooth fairy is such a sweet myth that we spin and simple really when you think about it, but in other cultures some kids throw their teeth on the roof of the house instead.
The Chinese child’s first birthday is also celebrated with a large feast and offerings to the gods and goddesses.
Jewish people all over the world observe Hanukkah, but perhaps there is not a more brilliant celebration than in Israel.
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration honoring African-American culture.
Congressional sessions open with the recital of the Pledge, as do many government meetings at local levels, and meetings held by many private organizations.
Okay, you get the idea. There are many practices and traditions around the world – I think 1 day to laugh is not enough. I think there should be a worldwide 5 minute laugh everyday by every country, by every culture. This would remind everyone across the globe, that we can change ourselves and change the world in a peaceful and positive way.
If you want to laugh today – watch this video –