Towel Day

Towel Day is observed next on Saturday, May 25th, 2024 (33 days from today).

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Bring a towel and do not be afraid on Towel Day. Held annually on May 25th, this holiday celebrates the most popular sci-fi comedy, named The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2) by Douglas Adams.

Towel Day is an annual opportunity to honor an author named Douglas Adams. He was the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a classic sci-fi novel. Towel Day is celebrated in memory of him after his death of a sudden heart attack at the age of 49. His fans wanted to find a way to remember his life's merits. On this day, fans carry towels everywhere. Nowadays, we celebrate this day with a towel around our necks because we love Douglas Adams!

History of Towel Day

Observed annually by fans of Douglas Adams, Towel Day commemorates the work of the author best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

First and foremost, it's important to note for those unfamiliar with Douglas Adams that, according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a towel is an incredibly useful thing.

And that's very important. In fact, we are only hitchhikers on Earth and use towels for many useful purposes. We dry furry pets and roll towels neatly into coordinated rows. On long trips, they ease the knots in our necks. Even our little ones use them to dry off after swimming. Probably not very efficient though. It can also provide shade on a sunny day.

We've found that bath towels in small form are also effective for sports. Golfers and bowlers use them. Add a small scarf to a soccer player's hip and call it a flag or wave a white scarf during a surrender battle.

In an emergency, a towel can stop bleeding or possibly bandage the wound. It can also reduce fever. Wrap it around you. Wash the car or oil it. A really big scarf can be enough for a toga party. However, in reality, it probably won't.

The list of options is here on Earth and beyond in every galaxy. The important lesson of the day is that do not leave the house without a towel.

Towel Day is celebrated on May 25th, two weeks after Adams died in 2001 - May 11tg. This day has been considered as a sort of holiday of enthusiast related to popularity.

Why a towel? It is said that the scarf plays a very important role in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Milky Way". Adams wrote about towels being the most useful item for interstellar travelers. In chapter three of the book, he writes, “A scarf, it’s about the most useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Part of it is that it has great practical value - you can wrap it around your body to keep warm as you cross Jaglan Beta's frigid moon; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble sand beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the pungent sea steam; you can sleep under it beneath the stars that shine so brightly over the desert world of Kakrafoon…” and so the use continues.

The most famous advice of Adams is never go out without a towel. This day has been commemorated for 19 years. It is a great occasion for Adams’ fans to get together around the world. It is said that Adams was humorous and witty and of course, Tower Day is a reflection of his lovable goofiness.

Some facts about by Douglas Adams

  • An asteroid named after him

In 2001, the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project discovered an asteroid and named it 25924 Douglasadams.

  • He appeared in a popular TV show

Adams has made a brief appearance in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus as a supplement called Dr. Emile Konig. Moreover, he also contributed to the writing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

  • He is friends with David Gilmour

An avid musician himself, Adams owns between 24 and 35 left-handed guitars, appeared on stage at Pink Floyd's 1994 concert at Earl's Court in London, and named the band's album the music of that year was "The Division Bell".

  • He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro...but more than that

Adams is an environmentalist and animal lover. He campaigned on behalf of endangered species in 1994; he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in a rhino suit to lift Raise awareness about Save the Rhino.

  • He was the writer of some interesting episodes of "Doctor Who"

He is also a contributor of several episodes of the popular British series, "Doctor Who".

How to celebrate Towel Day

  • Bring a towel

Avid fans of ‘‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’’ will pack bags all over the place for the day, so grab yours and join in! Just make sure it's clean. Take a photo of you with a towel and upload it on the social media with the hashtag #towelday.

  • Use a line from the string

Please add some phrases belonging to‘‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Milky Way’’ into your dialogs. Try "Life, the Universe, and Everything". In fact, we are often not proud of their ancestors and rarely invite them to enjoy dinner, right? "Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubles” or "I love deadlines. I love the squeak they make as they go by." It might confuse those around you, but those who know will.

  • Visit the website

Check out and see what others are up to this day. Inspire yourself and find other ways to celebrate or engage with others as a group in your region or even your country. It is more interesting to become a scavenger and organize Towel Day by yourself to invite your fans to take part in.

Some reasons for Towel Day being loved

  • Online antics

You can get more useful information during the day from the twitter account @towelday and its official website. You can find out things like information about the life of Douglas Adams, details about the “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” radio series, and interact with the more than 7,000 fans that follow the day.

  • Book a marathon

This holiday gives us the opportunity to read or re-read Adams' life-long work. Come back and immerse yourself in the trilogy of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” as well as “Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency”, “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” … . Gradually, it makes Adams become more and more popular.

  • Galaxy binge session

This day also gives us the opportunity to enjoy programs related to Adams. Therefore, spend time on watching a movie or a TV series that is derived from his books. Do it with your friends and bring your towels together. Let's congratulate this great author and watch some great and classic TV together.


Towel Day has been observed annually on May 25th.


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Founded by

Clyde D. Williamson on May 14th, 2001



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