International Pillow Fight Day celebrates the inner child

Accompanied by battle cries of hundreds, a giant white cloud rose from Trafalgar Square in London, covering the whole place and the steps of the National Gallery in fluffy white feathers. It was International Pillow Fight Day and people had come in PJs armed with pillows to battle each other in public.

En garde! Pillow fighting in the middle of London.

It was a curious sight. People dressed as blue-elephants bashed up tigers, girls in silky negligees smashed their pillow on the head of each other and somewhere in the middle was some sort of monk.

Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of the museum, watching the fight, filming with their phones, being puzzeled.

Press cameras surrounded the spectacle, crawling closer and closer and being beaten back once the pillows threatened to crash down on them.

One TV presenter desperately tried to deliver his little speech in midst the fighters, being beaten down. All his pleading to let him finish before attacking didn’t help.

The back-story

In order to celebrate the International Pillow Fight Day, people all over the world had been asked to stage a flash mob like the one in London in their town.

And indeed, according to the Daily Telegraph, similar scenes have happened in about 130 locations, from Adelaide, Australia, to Zurich, Switzerland – via Chisinau, Moldova; Caracas, Venezuela; and Seoul, South Korea.

Permission for the pillow-attack was never asked nor or given, the landowner of Trafalgar Square, Greater London Authority, told the Telegraph without further comment.

“Never ask permission. It is very like anyone will say yes,” the founders of the group Newmindspace and initiators of the pillow fights Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner are quoted in the Telegraph.

Looking at the mountain of fluff that drifted across the square after the fight was over did leave me wondering who is going to clean up this mess.

Being silly in public

“Imagine that in the future, we will be united by our drive to live free, fun public lives! That is the era we dream of,” the founders phrased one of their overall goals.

Admittedly, there was not one grumpy face in the crowd. Neither among the fighters, nor among the spectators.

Everyone was laughing their heads off, celebrating the freedom of being utterly playful and childish in public, releasing tension and being silly at the same time.

Also, pillows could be bought for £5 to raise money for the tsunami-victims in Japan, saying ‘fight for Japan’ on the cover.

I can only say: it was great fun to be part of this big celebration of the inner child.

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Here’s a fun video of the pillow fight by Douglas Ackerman (find Doug’s blog here).

Read what Vanessa S. likes about such simple things in life.

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