Did you know the celebratory hand slap has its own observance?

There were certainly a lot of high fives exchanged at Nationwide Arena last night as the Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first-ever second-round berth in the NHL playoffs. Ever feel like you could use more positive vibes? It may be time to start celebrating High Five Day. That’s right, the open palm slap long used to convey congratulations or a greeting has its own day.

High Five Day is observed on the third Thursday in April, which this year is April 18. Read more about it at https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/high-five-day and http://nationalhighfiveday.com/videos.

Proponents suggest giving high fives for every conceivable reason on that day. Kids get out of bed: high five. Brush their teeth: high five. Pack their lunches: high five. You get the picture. It could be a fun way for your family to spread goodwill among each other, neighbors and classmates.

For those who are curious about the origins of the high five, this article from Wonderopolis, a website from The National Center for Families Learning, offers a few theories.