Held annually on May 25, this is an opportunity for fans to come together and show their gratitude.
But why is a scarf a symbol of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, and why are fans celebrating Douglas Adams on this day?
Who is Douglas Adams?
Douglas Adams was born on March 11, 1952 in Cambridge, England. He is a comic book writer best known for writing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but also writing for Doctor Who and the BBC.
He died of a heart attack at the age of 49 on May 11, 2001, in California.
When is Towel Day?
Scarf Day has been celebrated every year on May 25 since 2001, exactly two weeks after Douglas Adams’ death.
What is Towel Day?
Towel Day is a day when fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy celebrate its author, Douglas Adams.
Fans chose to bring a scarf to pay tribute to Adams because, according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide, it was “the most useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker could carry”.
For example, a scarf is not only practical – “you can wrap it around your body to stay warm while crossing the icy moon of Jaglan Beta” – but it also has “great psychological value”.
The instructor says that a person who doesn’t hitchhike would think “any man can go beyond the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough, slums, grappling with terrible odds , winning and still knowing where his scarf is is clearly a man.” is taken into account. “
How do fans celebrate Scarf Day?
Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will celebrate today by carrying a towel with them. They will share photos of themselves with their towels on social media with the hashtag #TowelDay.
Fans can also share their favorite quotes on social media or spend time re-reading the novel or re-watching the movie.
Tributes for Scarf Day
In 2018, Stephen Fry tweeted “Happy #TowelDay world, galaxy and universe”, and in 2019 he said: “Happy #TowelDay one and all… Today we remember and thank the universe for the gift of Douglas Noel Adams 1952-2001, a wonderful friend, a wonderful man.”
In 2016, the Royal Institute sent a towel with the phrase “Don’t Panic” to astronaut Tim Peake on the ISS.
Stephen Mangan said in 2016: “Initially the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and was considered a bad act by many. #TowelDay. ”