There are probably few days to celebrate where the act of celebrating is what the day celebrates! The high five was invented during a basketball game in 1977. As with most things that seem to happen, no one seems to be sure why it happened, it just sort of did. It was turned into a big deal in 2002 when students at the University of Virginia decided to create the day as a holiday. Conor Lastowka, Sam Miotke, and Wynn Walent are credited with creating the day, helping to make the action common place among people all across the world. It may be a little over used these days – Giving someone a high five because you just made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems a little over the top, but then again… why not. Remember too that it is never acceptable to give a low five until after a high five has been given first… otherwise it would just be called a handshake.
How to celebrate – Give out High Fives today. Play basketball. Find your own way of celebrating a victory.
Load them up! It’s the day to give everyone you come on contact with a “High-Five”! It may be followed by a low five after the proper application of a high five first. Though the date does very, it always falls on the 3rd Saturday of April.
It is said the first high five came on the basketball court during a game in 1977. Personally I think it may have been an attempted block of a shot after it had already left the hand of the shooter. None the less, once started it quickly went nation wide to both athletes as well as the common person on the street. The day became unofficially official in 2002 when students at the University of Virginia proclaimed the day.
Conor Lastowka, Sam Miotke and Wynn Walent are responsible for creating the day, probably by celebrating with high-fives themselves! It seems to have become very common place these days, sometimes celebrating winning or making a good attempt while losing.
Of course you can pout your own creative addition to the traditional high-five. Finger waves, dances and words of encouragement add to the celebration but let us not forget what it is truly about, skin on skin. The fist bump is slowly over taking the high-five but I don’t think it will ever totally take over because it hurts!
Even animals are getting into the act. I doubt they know why but they are cute doing it anyway, naturally extended claws take away from the over all joy of the celebration.
How to celebrate – High-five everyone you see today! (Unless one of them happened to be Captain Hook) Create your own unique high-five celebration. Try and get your pet fish to give you a fin-five!