Be at Fountain Square on April 13 between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and get a hug – FREE. About 20 Xavier University students and their leader, Rabbi Abie Ingber, will give out free hugs.
You read that right.
While “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen plays, the students will hold up signs saying FREE HUGS. Watch for the signs and the Xavier t-shirts, lest you hug someone not involved with the event. Don’t worry if English is not your first language. The FREE HUGS signs will have translations on the reverse in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
The students are not raising money. They are not protesting anything. They are not avoiding exams. They are just giving hugs.
There is a National Hug Day – January 21. Founder Kevin Zaborney chose the day in 1986 as a time when people are in the emotional lows of winter. While this is not associated with that movement, it is a chance to share the positive emotions a hug provides.
Those good feelings have spread all over the world. Similar events happen in Europe, Asia, and Africa, so why not Cincinnati? How bad can a Friday 13th be if you get a hug just for showing up?