Ethiopians today marked the celebration of the tenth annual laughter day.

The day, celebrated on October 31, was established as a tradition amongst the Ethiopians to celebrate unity and bring a closeness amongst themselves just as they want to use the laughter to heal themselves.

Ethiopian Laughter Day was created in 2002 by the world laughter master Belachew Girma record holder of Guinness book, laughing 3hr and 6 min continuously, and founder of the first laughter school in Africa and the cofounder of world laughter pledge. The celebration of Ethiopian national laughter Day is a positive manifestation for national peace and is intended to build up a global boundless connection of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.

The first Ethiopian national laughter Day gathering took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2002. More than one thousand people joined together in a meskel square laughter session.

Since that we have been celebrating the event in different region of Ethiopia annually. It is celebrated every year on October 31.

Though the country is poorest country in the world, Smile is a unique quality of Ethiopian people. It’s quite common to observe people smiling all over Ethiopia. It amazes people from the other part of the world; how people managed to laugh regardless of the hardship they undergo? Their laughter is infectious & contagious.

 

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