January 23 is National Handwriting Day, that was created by Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA). This observance was created to remind people about the importance of handwriting, when e-mails have replaced handwritten letters.
Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association is an American trade association that covers the industry of pen, pencil and highlighter manufacturers. WIMA created National Handwriting Day on January 23 in conjunction with John Hancock’s birthday. He is known as the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence and famous for his large and bold signature.
Calligraphy is the whole art of writing in China and Japan, where the masters of handwriting are highly appreciated. The other countries do not pay much attention to calligraphy, but people with a good handwriting are respected everywhere.
National Handwriting Day is relevant for every country in the world and it can be observed in many ways by everyone who wants to participate.