No, I didn’t know it existed either but it began in 1973 to promote peace between Egypt and Israel. There are now 180 countries involved in the attempt to foster peace throughout the world by writing letters. It’s been supported by people such as John Glenn, Colin Powell, Kofi Annan, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
So it’s not really Happy Hello day more like Happy Dear Somebody Day (unless they already have one of those…) and that’s got me thinking about epistolary fiction.
My all time favourite is a love story called Daddy Long Legs which was written 1912 and you can read it here thanks to the wonderful Gutenberg website.
The heroine is orphan Jerusha who gets a wonderful opportunity to go to university because of an anonymous donor who will pay her tuition and also give her a generous allowance. Jerusha must write him a monthly letter, because he believes that letter-writing is important to the development of a writer. However, she is not allowed to know his identity – she must address her letters to Mr. John Smith, and he will never reply. But she catches a glimpse of her benefactor and knows he is a tall long-legged man, so she calls him Daddy Long-Legs….read it and weep….