I thought I’d do a piece on Hey Day, but Wikipedia has it as a celebration day started in the University of Pennsylvania! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Day#Hey_Day:
“In April, several class traditions are celebrated. Class Day, which began in 1865 to supplement the final graduation exercises, celebrates the progression of all classes and the departure of the seniors. In 1916, this day merged with Straw Hat Day and became the “day of two events.” In 1931, Hey Day arose from these two celebrations. On this day, the juniors gather on High Rise Field for a picnic, don straw “skimmers” and canes, and march triumphantly down Locust Walk to College Hall.
The procession tradition began in 1949. More recently, the straw skimmers have changed to styrofoam hats, and classmates take bites out of one another’s hats. When the procession reaches College Hall, the students make an arch with their canes to greet the President of the University. The outgoing and incoming senior class presidents then give speeches, and the juniors are “officially” declared seniors.”
Here I thought it was a reference to ‘ the good old days’ and ‘way back when’….
So, for today, the word Hey is just used as just a way to call attention. Sayin’ Hey to horses along my route….
Hey! Have Yourself A Good Day!