NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY 2017

See cherry blossoms / Calling a new fresh spring day / In white and pink hues

When is the National Haiku Poetry Day in 2017?

The National Haiku Poetry Day is on April 17, 2017, a Monday.

Since 2012, the National Haiku Poetry Day is always on the 17th day of April each year.

The origin of the National Haiku Poetry Day:

This special day was founded in 2007 by a poet and school librarian, Sari Grandstaff.  It was first celebrated in December 21, the winter solstice, as Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry about the seasons.   Supported by the Haiku Foundation, the National Haiku Poetry Day was changed in 2012 to April 17.  The change was made to coincide with the National Poetry Month, April, and the number 17 represents the total number of syllables in haiku.

How is the National Haiku Poetry Day celebrated?

The National Haiku Poetry Day is a day to celebrate Japanese poetry called haiku.  Haiku is a non-rhyming verse poem variety.  It consists of 3 lines:  the first and last line having 5 syllables, while the middle line consisting of 7 syllables.

With the participation of public and school libraries, literary groups and universities, the National Haiku Poetry Day is a social activity.  This day is usually spent writing and sharing haiku.  Contests are also held in three Haiku categories:  traditional, contemporary and innovative.  At times, haiku competitions involve artworks exhibitions.  Joining events prepared by the Haiku Foundation is also a great way to celebrate this day.

When is the National Haiku Poetry Day in 2018?

The National Haiku Poetry Day will be celebrated on April 17, 2018, a Tuesday.

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