When is this day celebrated? February 28
What is this day?
National Essay Day celebrates the power of essay writing. It encourages students to give essay writing a try and write a piece on the topic they really care about. It also stimulates the need to express ideas and beliefs without fear of judgement or the necessity to follow all the academic requirements of essay writing.
National Essay Day has a powerful historical background. It is celebrated on February, 28. It is the birthdate of Michel de Montaigne, the author of the first writings named “essays”.
Michel de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing essays as a literary genre. His collection of essays named Essais exercised an important influence on both French and English literature, in thought and style.
In his writings, he was never afraid to say what he really thought, no matter how unorthodox his ideas were. Montaigne explored the art of conversation, raising children, tackling loss and grief, handling sexual desire, reading, preparing for and understanding the reality of death. All of it – based on his own experiences, rather than the social norms.
On National Essay Day, students and all interested are invited to follow Michel de Montaigne’s paradigm of essay writing. They are welcome to explore their writing skills and creative stamina through essay writing without any borders or restrictions, without fear of being judged or misunderstood.
Why was this day created?
There are a lot of college-related holidays. They celebrate maths, libraries, sports events, etc. But there’s no holiday that would be connected with essay writing – the most frequent and most demanding assignment in schools and colleges.
Just think of it: first-year students, on average, write 92 pages during the academic year, while seniors write 146 pages. That’s a lot of pressure. And that is why a lot of students avoid essay writing.
National Essay Day aims to change this unfavorable perception of academic writing and encourages to celebrate essay writing at least one day a year – February, 28.
Who created this day? This day was founded by One Freelance Limited in 2020. At One Freelance Limited, they’re happy to help students to overcome the writing barrier and finally fall in love with essay writing at all stages of their academic career.
How should this day be celebrated or observed?
The celebration doesn’t have a strict set of rules. Students are advised to practice essay writing on their own and in groups.
Schools and colleges are welcome to arrange on-campus activities connected with essay writing: workshops, readings., etc..