Grandparents’ Day is a holiday dedicated to all grandparents. It is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of September. On this day, children and grandchildren shower the older generation with attention and care, and spend time together. In 2022, it falls on the 11th.
The history of Grandparents’ Day began on May 27, 1973, when Marian McQuaid agreed with the government on the introduction of a new holiday. She served on the West Virginia Commission on Population Aging and was an active supporter of nursing homes. The holiday spread actively throughout the states.
A national holiday dedicated to all grandparents was officially recognized in Canada in 1995.
- In the United States, Grandparents’ Day was proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter.
- In addition to family celebrations, various events are held in nursing homes.
- This holiday has gone far beyond the US and Canada. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, but on different dates.
How to take part
This holiday may well be called a family holiday. Grandparents for many years gave love to their children and grandchildren. On this day, you can thank them for everything they have done. It would be a great idea to gather all family members at the festive table, remember funny stories, and chat in a warm atmosphere.
Pay attention to the older generation. Cook her favorite dish with your grandmother, look through the photo album together. Help grandpa in the garage, gather fruit in the garden, play board games together.
We must not forget about those who are cut off from their families and do not have the opportunity to celebrate this day in a warm atmosphere. Become a volunteer, help at nursing homes. People there also want to feel warmth and care.
When is Grandparents Day celebrated in 2023?
Grandparents Day is observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year.