I can hear you all saying “What’s Towel Day?” well my wondrous and lovely readers as today is the 25th May, it’s Towel Day, a day of celebrating the written work of, sadly missed, writer Douglas Adams.
Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author, as referred to in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May 2001
Towel Day – My First Discovery
I first discovered the amazing Douglas Adams when I first heard the radio show of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, sitting in front of the radio listening to the adventures that Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect were having was just amazing and since then I’ve been a big fan.
Sadly in 2001 Douglas Adams died and it was such a sad loss to the world of imagination and to fans around the globe, hence “Towel Day” started where fans would get together with their towels and celebrate the works of Adams.
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Many events usually happen around the world such as get together, with Towels, you should never go anywhere without your towel, even Vogon Poetry get togethers.
So as we get together for Towel Day, I’d like to know what your favourite parts are from the Trilogy of Four (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), would you like to travel of a Vogon ship, have a conversation with Marvin, taste a Pan Galactic Gargle Buster or even have a meal at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
I’d love to know so please leave some of your favourite moments/memories in the comments, so we can celebrate Towel Day together.
So long Douglas Adams, and thanks for all the fish!