National Look Alike Day:
The National Look Alike Day comes on the 20th of April every year and serves to celebrate those who resemble each other and reminds them that despite their similarities, they are each unique in their own way.
Why National Look Alike Day?
The National Look Alike Day comes to mark the celebration or appreciation of people that look like one another. While doing so, it also highlights the fact that they are each unique in their own ways.
This day first came into play as a fun day to tease people that have a very close resemblance to each other. Growing up, there were definitely instances when friends or other members of the family would comment that a student looks like another or siblings. There were even more instances, in a school setting for example when teachers would confuse between two or more students because of the close similarity the two shared in terms of physical appearance. At one point in your life, comments such as “you remind me of someone” and “you like someone I know” have been said to you, which meant that there is someone that the speaker has met in their lives that almost or totally looks like you. If you have fallen victim to either one of these scenarios, then this day is for you also.
In the entertainment industry, professional look-alikes leverage their appearance to create a brand for themselves, and therefore a source of living. Among the most renowned roles played by professional look-alikes include Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. There are also instances when people from different continents or worlds look alike. For instance, it is common to find a person that looks entirely like the president of the country wherein this person claims residency or citizenship.
When you finally find someone who is a spitting image of yourself, that person is described as your doppelganger. There are theories that propose that one’s doppelganger is their own spirit after an instance of doubling up and going out to roam the world. There are yet other beliefs that suggest it is a bad omen to meet your doppelganger. Nonetheless, time and knowledge have come to reveal that doppelganger simply means that person looks like you. The chances of finding an individual who is a complete mirror image of you are entirely dependent on whether or not you believe in this resemblance.
How we can celebrate National Look Alike Day:
There are many ways through which we can observe/celebrate this amazing day. Some of these ways include:-
- Post on social media
The first way to observe this holiday is by posting on social media using the hashtag #NationalLookAlikeDay or handle and posing this on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram among others. This will achieve much in raising awareness to this auspicious day, bringing the interest and attention of doppelgangers and those around them or those who know them to this very day.
- Research on the main causes of two people having a similar appearance
You can also observe the National Look Alike Day by taking the time to research and find out why two people who are not related by blood would look the same way. You can research on factors such as environmental influence, and the possibility of them tracing back to a common origin as a means to explaining why they take after each other. In this research, strive as much as possible to eliminate or disqualify or discredit the element of coincidence and chance because these are not worth supporting arguments.
Interesting Facts About National Look Alike Day:
Some of the most interesting facts about the this day include the following:-
- Another name given to look-alike people is doppelgangers, particularly in the legends of old.
- No one really knows the odds of you having a look-alike
- Mythical doppelgangers didn’t cast a shadow.
- Mythical doppelgangers were harbingers of bad luck.
History of National Look Alike Day:
The history of the National Look Alike Day traces back to Jack Etzel, a feature TV reporter from as early as the 1980s. Jack was at Downtown in Pittsburgh alongside his photographer Rick Minutello. The two had been in search of a light feature in the news before Jack spotting that someone approaching their direction was very similar in appearance to Humphrey Bogart. Jack later interviewed this person, asking them who they thought they looked like. The next day, Jack reached out to the Chase Calendar of Events people proclaiming the Look Alike Day.