NATIONAL HERMIT DAY
National Hermit Day on October 29th recognizes the hermit in all of us. A hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society.
No matter how social a person is, everyone needs to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hermits know how to avoid the public. They have mastered the ability to live independently without social interaction. Some of today’s modern conveniences may even make it more probable to become hermit-like.
The word hermit comes from the Latin ĕrēmīta, meaning “of the desert”.
However, this is only one day. Not a lifestyle change. It’s simply a retreat into your own quiet someplace, isolated from the rest of the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL HERMIT DAY
This single-day celebration suggests that we disengage from the world for the day. Turn off the phone. Putter around the house. Enjoy your secluded little neck of the world. Be hermit-like for the day. Just for the day. Come back to the rest of the world refreshed and invigorated.
Oh, before you do slip off into the hermit world, use #NationalHermitDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HERMIT DAY HISTORY
October 29th is the day St.Colman died in Ireland in 632 A.D. He had a seven-year hermitage in the Burren Forest in a cave. It is believed that National Hermit Day honors the date of his death.
Q. Is there a word for a group of hermits?
A. Yes. The collective noun for a group of hermits is an observance. We find it quite fitting that we observe National Hermit Day whether there is one or an entire observance of them.
Q. What does it take to be a hermit?
A. The solitary lifestyle of a hermit demands the ability to be self-sufficient. A hermit must be able to provide the basic necessities of life, including food, water, and shelter. Those who choose to be isolated in the wilderness need survival skills such as hunting, gathering or growing food, access to potable water, and the ability to build and maintain a shelter. However, not all hermits choose the wilderness for their isolation. Sometimes, their wealth allows them to isolate in the midst of large cities, rarely making contact with other human beings. One other thing a hermit requires is the ability to go without human contact for long periods of time. Despite what many t-shirts and memes claim (aka “It’s too people-y out there.”), most human beings require human contact, if not for their physical survival, for their sanity.