Towel Day was invented by fans of Douglas Adams and his book “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” in 2001, and still lives strong.
The Telegraph reports that the holiday was trending on twitter this morning, with fans, including comedian Stephen Fry, who narrated the 2005 movie adaptation, stating:
“Weather so good for #towelday – use it to spread it on the grass, mop your brow, stuff it down his mouth if a Vogon starts reciting poetry…”
Fans began holding the commemorative event in 2001, according to The Telegraph, two weeks after Adams’ untimely death from a heart attack at age 49. Fans of the late author are often seen on May 25th, carrying a towel with them throughout the day.
TowelDay.org features a list of events that are being held around the world to honor Adams and the “Hitchhikers Guide” book. Events have included a “Vogon Poetry Slam” in Hackney, London, including categories like “Nerdcore and So-Bad-It’s-Good” categories, “hoopy froods” – Hitchhikers slang for a together guy who “really knows where his towel is.” The prize for the winner? A towel, of course!
Towel Day in Bangalore, India was conceptualized by Shweta Thakur, a representative of a branding company, according to IBN Live. She explained that:
“The idea of organising the day in Bangalore came about through a friend who was a fan of the book.”
The event to honor Douglas Adams has become huge in Bangalore, including several restaurants, pubs, and cafes in the city, who have come forward to serve their own versions of the “Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster,” reports IBN Live. Thakur stated that:
“The effect of drinking one of these is rather like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon, wrapped around a large gold brick.”
The best part of it? The first drink is free for those who come with their beloved towels.
Did you celebrate Towel Day, Douglas Adams’ fans way to memorialize the author who wrote “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?”