"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future." - Gail Lumet Buckley. Following the footsteps of fathers' day and mothers' day, grandparents' day is celebrated in different parts of the world to honor grandparents and to acknowledge their importance in the society. The day is not only observed to show respect to grandparents, but it also helps to strengthen relationships between grandparents and their doting grandchildren. The day is celebrated usually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The day gives children and grandchildren a perfect opportunity to thank their grandparents for all their love, support, and affection. It helps the grandchildren to express their heartfelt emotions for their grandparents. The day is celebrated with great fun and fervor. Grandchildren arrange for picnics, outings, parties and pamper their grandparents with lavish gifts, etc. Grandparents' day is the best time to have a family reunion and also gives a perfect opportunity to catch up with family members and old friends. The day is celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm all in many countries world over. Glance through the sections that follow to learn more about how grandparents' day is celebrated around the world.
Grandparents Day Celebrations Around The World
Canada started celebrating grandparents' day in 1995. A bill was passed in the 'House of Commons' that suggested that a specific day should be observed to honor all grandparents. The day is observed to acknowledge the importance of grandparents in the society. The second Sunday in September of each year is celebrated as 'national grandparents' day'.
Grandparents' day was officially first celebrated in Queensland on the first Sunday in November 2010.
France started celebrating grandparents' day way back in 1987. The day is observed on the first Sunday in March every year.
Grandparents' day was celebrated for the first time in 2010 in Estonia on the second Sunday in September.
United States Of America
The United States of America celebrates national grandparents' day on the first Sunday after Labor Day in September.
The UK observed grandparents day for the first time in the year 1990. The celebration was introduced for the very first time by the charity 'Age Concern'. The day is celebrated on first Sunday in October each year.
In Poland, grandparents' day is celebrated separately as grandmothers' day and grandfathers' day. Grandmothers' day is celebrated on January 21, while grandfathers' day is celebrated one day later on January 22. The celebration was first introduced in the year 1964 by a popular magazine and gained its importance in 1965.
Italy celebrates its grandparents' day on October 2. The celebration was first introduced in 2005 and since then the day is observed throughout Italy.
If you too have been planning to let your grandparents know how much you care, love and adore them, then grandparents' day is the best time to express your heartfelt emotions. Arrange a grand party and make your grandparents feel super special on this very out of the ordinary day!