If you’re a fan of the author and screenwriter Douglas Noel Adams, writer of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then carry a towel around on May 25. It’s Towel day! Learn more here.

Towel Day

May 25 is Towel Day. It’s a day you want to carry a towel around, especially if you’re a fan of the 1970s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series written by English author Douglas Adams.

A regular towel plays a special significance in the sci-fi series and is a distinctive symbol of the main character’s trip around the Galaxy after the earth was destroyed.

If you missed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series in the late 1970s, you can still read the book or experience one of many performances inspired by the intergalactic voyage. There’s a big chance you’ll become a fan — in that case, Towel Day is for you.

The science fiction series has fans worldwide, meaning not every fan speaks the same language. A towel, though, is universal, so anyone in the know will immediately know you’re a fan of the series just for the towel in your shoulder.

The creation of this geeky observance day started in 2010 with an online petition for Google to recognize the day, and it has thousands of signatures. Don’t underestimate the massive influence of Douglas Adams’s fans. You might think you’ll be the only person walking around with a towel, but chances are you’ll find many other Galaxy Hitchhikers along the way.

This is one of the most successful sci-fi series of the late 20th century, and with TV shows, plays, movies and books inspired by the novel, we’ll continue to see The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fanbase grow.

History of Towel Day

English author, screenwriter, humorist and satirist Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and passed away in 2001. The acclaimed author is best known for his 1970s radio series and book titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adam’s work has been translated into 30 languages, and he has fans worldwide.

The last human after earth’s demolition, the main character, Arthur Dent, says that the handiest thing to have while hitchhiking the galaxy is a towel — You can cover yourself with it when you’re cold and use it to lie down in the sand beaches of Santraginus V.

Fans of the series worldwide observe May 25 by carrying a towel around all day. We encourage sharing pictures of yourself with a towel on social media, and you’ll find performances, reads, and events related to the author’s work in most large cities. Who knew a towel could be so versatile in outer space?

How to Celebrate Towel Day

Carry a towel around in honor of the late author. According to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a towel is one of the handiest things to have with you when cruising the galaxy. Isn’t that cool?

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