“World Sauntering Day” is celebrated on the 19th day of June every year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day
The exact year of its origin is 1979, and it is believed to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan. The Grand Hotel has the world’s longest porch at 660 feet in length. The holiday was created by W.T. (Bill) Rabe, Public Relations Officer for Lake Superior State University, in response to the growing popularity of jogging. The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them. And generate a little humor and interest in Lake Superior State University.
World Sauntering Day entry from Wikipedia.
World Sauntering Day podcast from NPR, June 19, 2002.