Towel Day is a fan observance celebrating the life and works of the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). It is observed every May 25, two weeks after the anniversary of the author’s death (May 11, 2001).
On May 25, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel to honor the author and his preeminent work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But why a towel?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide states that a towel is the most important item a hitchhiker can have. It describes the towel as a multipurpose tool which can be converted into such things as a sail for a makeshift raft, a gas mask, a blindfold and a weapon for hand-to-hand combat.
It goes on to state that “to know where one’s towel is” means to be in control of one’s own life.
Fans registered the website towelday.org to promote the day, reminding people to bring their towels. Towel Day was an immediate success among fans and many people sent in pictures of themselves with their towels.
Find out more at www.towelday.org.