National Read a Road Map Day:
National Read a Map Day is celebrated every year on April 5. On this day, it is preferred that one must spend quality time learning how to read a roadmap perfectly. If possible, a person can also plan a short and instant road trip while using these road maps, just like ancient times.
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Why National Read a Road Map Day?
Roadmaps are known to show all the boundaries of the countries along with all the various roads and paths. Apart from this, they also aim to provide vital information with respect to famous buildings, parks, beautiful tourist sites, recreational facilities, airports, restaurants and hotels, trains, metro stations, and a lot more.
Road maps are very fun to use and play with. On the other hand, they never fail you; even the battery of your mobile phones might go, or your mobile phones tend to simply not work when they are out of coverage. This is when road maps shine the brightest. With a substantial increase in the use of GPS navigation and other such electronic maps in today’s day and age, printed maps have diminished, in fact, almost vanished.
The day aims to challenge and test our skills pertaining to road maps and travels.
How can we observe National Read a Road Map Day:
National Read a Road Map Day is likely celebrated by learning about roadmaps and their efficiency. You should prefer taking out some time to gain acquaintance, experience, and familiarity with road maps on this special day. What you can do on this day is:
- You can encourage people, either your colleague, family member, friend, sweetheart, little ones, or other relatives, and go with them on a small adventurous trip. All you need to remember is to practice this strictly without an electronic gadget for assistance. Instead, just use and unfold the old road maps and have fun!
- If you feel you are already acquainted with the concept, usage, advantages, and disadvantages of road maps, try and do the honor of teaching and passing on the knowledge you possess to people who don’t, help them understand how to read a road map. The most important part of learning about a road map is getting knowledge about all the directions, i.e., east, west, north, and south, which helps in planning courses and trips.
- Also, you can learn and acquire more information about maps and how they are made to help humanity in magical ways, followed by sharing your views and experience on your social media using #NationalReadARoadMapDay or #ReadaRoadMapDay. You can also try to build a road map yourself just the day Michael Thomas, Thimas Duguid, Meg Dugdid, and other such famous people did. Share all the fun projects with us and on your social media accounts too.
Interesting facts about National Read a Road Map Day:
Following are some interesting facts of a road map that you can surely enjoy while celebrating National Read a Road Map Day:
- Today, modern mapmakers often incorporate fake towns into their maps called paper towns, bunnies, or phantom settlements.
- During medieval times, most of the maps of the world called mappae mundi were usually used by nobles and royals to display their wealth and not as a tool for navigation. Only about 1100 such maps survive from that period.
- The oldest globe dates back to 1500, which was known to be carved on ostrich eggs.
History of National Read a Road Map Day:
Although the origin and history of National Read a Road Map Day has not yet been found as no one left a map behind for us to follow and discover, it is assumed and considered that this day must have been created with an informative intention to teach everyone the use of road maps to travel effectively.
It is not wrong to say that many people of today’s modern generation have never used a paper road map for travel and other purposes. This is because they have always been accustomed and have grown to the presence of GPS and other such navigation systems instead of road maps.
So, it is felt that this day might call out its origin with the aim of providing an opportunity to people to educate themselves with the traditional yet helpful use of traditional paper GPS, a road map.