People and organisations across Lincoln joined the celebrations to mark World Hello Day on Friday, November 21.
The event encourages people to say ‘hello’ to at least 10 people, and get to know people from different cultures.
The City of Lincoln Council offered support and small grants towards expenses for anyone hosting a World Hello Day event, and organisations across the city welcomed visitors to special language swaps, activities and food and drink meets.
A number of local schools hosted events such as tea parties and sing-alongs, and groups enjoyed meet and greets at community centres and other venues.
The Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Brent Charlesworth took part in a number of activities, including joining his chosen charities Dial-a-Ride and Age UK.
Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Brent Charlesworth said: “World Hello Day is a super way of bringing people together at a time when people need to come together in a diverse city like Lincoln.
“Particularly I think it’s important to support the voluntary sector, as I am trying to do with my chosen charities. For Age UK and Dial-a-Ride it is World Hello Day every day, these are people that might be isolated and in need of a friendly voice.
“Society has become very atomised and individualistic. Some people think that’s a good thing but I don’t I think a sense of society is very important.”