National Hug Day is not a public holiday. The idea of National Hug Day is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often. Whether you hug a family member or a friend or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same.
People who like hugging
National Hugging Day
January 21 was chosen as it fell between the Christmas and New Year's Holidays and Valentine's Day and birthdays when people generally might be in low spirits.