National Be an Angel Day is a celebration of good deeds. In many religions, a person has personal guardian spirits. In ancient Greece they were called daimons, in ancient Rome – geniuses and junos. In Christianity, these are angels – they help people do good deeds and not do evil, protect and protect, pray for them, lead them along the path of life and accompany them to eternal life. But people themselves can perform angelic functions! No wonder people who are examples of kindness, mercy, understanding and sympathy are called “good angels.”
National Be an Angel Day was created in 1993 by clergywoman Jane Howard Feldman. Social networks have made this unusual holiday popular, and today it is celebrated by both individuals and various organizations.
Jane is the author of Communicating with Angels (written in 1992, published in 5 languages and gone through 12 editions), Driving Under the Influence of Angels (2002), and Angels by My Side (2004). The purpose of creating the National Day is to encourage people to do good deeds.
It is curious that in the early Christian images of the 3rd-4th centuries, angels practically do not differ from people. On the frescoes and marble sarcophagi of those times, you can see a bald, bearded or similar to an ordinary teenager angel – and all of them without wings and in ordinary clothes!
Surprisingly, the creation of images of the familiar winged angels of the artists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was inspired by ancient images: the winged goddess of victory Nike and the young god of love Eros (aka Cupid and Cupid).
How to celebrate
There are many ways to celebrate National Be an Angel Day:
- Thank everyone who has done you good.
- Help a stranger who needs help (whether a pensioner, a woman or a child).
- Do spontaneous acts of kindness: give up your seat on public transport, cook a cake for your neighbors, give flowers to a girl you don’t know, praise someone else’s pet – evoke positive emotions in people!
- Donate money or time to a charitable organization.
- Share information about the holiday on social networks using the #BeAnAngelDay hashtag.
When is National Be an Angel Day celebrated in 2022?
National Be an Angel Day is observed on August 22 each year.