The International Silly Walk Day will be celebrated in Iceland for the first time tomorrow, Saturday, January 7. The day has been celebrated for years worldwide, organized by Monty Python fans, but the silly walk originated in one of the Monty Python Flying Circus comedy episodes, made memorable by British actor John Cleese. You can watch his silly walk here:
The Reykjavík Silly Walk will be held on Vonarstræti, downtown Reykjavík, and begins at 2 pm. A Silly Walk sign will be put up on the street, replacing the traditional crosswalk sign. Anyone interested is invited to cross the street, demonstrating silliness.
On the event’s Facebook page, organizers write, “Most people try to embrace whatever improves and invigorates their lives and cheers them up. Some maintain that includes silliness.”
Then they describe how those who battle mental diseases, such as anxiety and depression, find it hard to experience joy. On the other hand, the organizers welcome a change in society involving less prejudice toward those who battle such health problems, and the change toward more open discussion of those problems.
Therefore, they have dedicated the day toward all those people and organizations that help individuals suffering from mental diseases. Hrannar Jónsson, head of Geðhjálp, the Icelandic Mental Health Alliance, will open the Silly Walk by taking its first silly steps.