Dates and Origins of Belly Laugh Day

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Belly Laugh Day Dates in 2019, 2020 and 2021

Belly Laugh Day is celebrated at the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 24th 2019
  • Friday, January 24th 2020
  • Sunday, January 24th 2021

World Laughter Day, Also known as Belly Laugh Day, is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of May, January 24 at 1:24 PM1, or on the first Sunday of May3. Belly laugh day truly can be any day, however, as those that celebrate put emphasis on the health benefits gained from laughter2. The premise of the holiday is based on the facial feedback hypothesis, which states that facial movement can influence emotional experience4.


World laughter day was first celebrated on January 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India4. It was organized by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of laughter yoga4. Inspired by the facial feedback hypothesis, laughter yoga is a practice meant to improve mood and well-being by having participants in groups laugh together, which eventually turns into true, spontaneous laughter3. World laughter day is thus a day meant to promote world peace through laughter. The day is meant to promote global brotherhood and peace through laughter.


On national Belly Laugh day, participants laugh, often for no reason. It is meant to promote health, well-being and world peace through a brotherhood of laughter.


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