National Pen Pal Day

National Pen Pal Day is observed next on Thursday, June 1st, 2023 (180 days from today).

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National Pen Pal Day is a wonderful way to let your pen pals know about their role in your life.

People around the world celebrate National Pen Pal Day on June 1st with extreme excitement. The rich tradition of pen making continues to this day despite social media outlets. People love to write and read letters from friends. National Pen Pal Day is a great way to learn about people from different countries and cultures and can help you connect with new best friends from around the world.

History of National Pen Pal Day

The pen-making trend started in the 1930s. In 1936, an organization called the Student Letter Exchange was founded to help people find suitable friends. It helped the young from a lot of different countries connect to each other through letters and get more knowledge about each other's cultures.

Many companies that sell pens back in the day charge a fee for their service. They will assist people in finding a suitable pen friend according to their likes, dislikes and personality. During the 1950s, newspapers and magazines began to have columns dedicated to pen pals. People who are looking for close friends will have their brief details published in that section or find someone with similar interests from the published list in that column.

Nowadays, one can also find pen friends through online communities and social media like Facebook and Reddit. National Pen Pal Day is a great way to make your pen friends feel special and loved. Friends share personalized gifts and messages with each other on this day. Friends can come from anywhere in the world and in most cases it is not necessary to meet them in person. You interact with them through letters.

How to celebrate National Pen Pal Day

  • Learn calligraphy

Calligraphy is a great way to stylize simple handwriting. You can use wooden pens used by professional calligraphers or regular ink pens instead. You're better off starting with something as simple as round hand calligraphy that includes gentle, cohesive strokes.

  • Create custom envelopes

What a wonderful feeling it is to send customized letters to your friends and loved ones. If you already have a pen friend, you can make them feel special by sending them a letter in a handmade envelope and stamped with a fancy wax seal.

  • Write a letter to your future

Another fun activity you can try National Pen Pal Day is to write a letter to yourself. You can write about your current goals/achievements or interesting predictions about how your life will shape up in the near future. Many sites allow you to send emails that will be received at a specific future date chosen by you.


National Pen Pal Day has been observed annually on June 1st.


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Founded by

Rosie Tholl

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