About a week to go before the first ever #WorldTessellationDay and things are getting busy over on the Facebook page.
Thanks to a group of dedicated fans the chances of this actually becoming a holiday are getting greater with each new "like."
Special thanks to Math Hombre John Golden for suggesting June 17, M.C. Escher's birthday, as the day we celebrate.
This holiday started because of a group of math advocates, a children's book author (me!), and a whole lot of pattern-loving people who wanted a day of the year to celebrate tessellations, tiling repeated patterns. What draws us to tessellations differs from person to person. Some people love the connection to math, the real world application, or just the beauty of the patterns. But nearly everyone recognizes just how cool tessellations are!
How you can help
In order to get the holiday registered as such, we need to prove it exists. Around the world, people will be taking pictures of tessellations -- making them, pointing them out, loving on them in plain sight -- and posting them with the hashtag #WorldTessellationDay.
We hope you'll join us in the creation of this holiday by posting a tessellated images to your social media accounts. Next week, I'll be writing about other creative ways to celebrate the holiday.
Will you help create a global holiday?
Emily Grosvenor, author of Tessalation!, a children's book about tesselations and patterns in nature.