Honesty Day is a holiday in the United States falling on April 30. It aims to encourage honesty and straightforward communication in politics, relationships, consumer relations and historical education.[1][2][3] It was invented by M. Hirsh Goldberg, who chose the last day of April because April Fools' Day, a holiday celebrating falsehoods, falls on the first day of that month.[4][5][6][7]

HistoryEdit

M. Hirsh Goldberg, who was an author and former press secretary of the Governor of Maryland, created the holiday in the early 1990s while writing the first draft and researching for his book The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. People can ask each other questions and expect radically honest answers on Honesty Day[citation needed], provided each of them are aware of the holiday.[8]

Every April 30th, Goldberg himself gives out an Honest Abe Award to honorable companies, organizations, groups, and individuals.[9][10][11][12]

WorldwideEdit

According to The Christian Post, Italy also observes National Honesty Day in December on the Sunday before Christmas. Similarly Honesty Day in the United States, the purpose of the holiday in Italy serves as a day to protest against commercial manipulation and exploitation as well as unfulfilled promises.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "We're Not Lying: April 30 'National Honesty Day'". CBS New York. April 30, 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ Kvesic, Ivana (April 30, 2012). "National Honesty Day Observed April 30 in Promotion of Truth". The Christian Post. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ "National Honesty Day". National Day Calendar. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  5. ^ Prestidge, Holly (29 April 2012). "Honesty Day: Would we lie to you?". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Today Is National Honesty Day, April Fool's Day's Unpopular Cousin". The Inquisitr. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  7. ^ WebProNews,"National Honesty Day: The Truth and Nothing But,""Web Pro News", April 30, 2012.
  8. ^ Hirsh Goldberg, M. (30 November 2012). "The Book Of Lies Review". Google. ISBN 9780688084431. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  9. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  10. ^ Kvesic, Ivana (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day Observed Aprile 30th In Promotion of Truth". Christian Post. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Watergate: The Scandal That Brought Down Richard Nixon". Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  12. ^ Goldberg, M. Hirsh. "Founder of National Honesty Day (April 30) Calls for Nationwide Emphasis on Honesty to Protect Public from Increased Lying and Fraud". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  13. ^ "National Honesty Day Observed April 30 in Promotion of Truth".