National Custodian Day is celebrated on October 2 and is dedicated to all whose work often goes unnoticed. Interestingly, when we enter a dirty public space, we always express indignation. What do we do when we are in a clean space? That’s right – we take it for granted. The purpose of the holiday is simple and lies in the gratitude that we can express to people who perform daily hard work.
The national day was added to the calendar in 1996, but it has only recently been popularized. In 2019, the world was shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. And in the same year, the role of the keepers of cleanliness was widely publicized – they did everything possible to protect the population from germs by disinfecting public places. Who knows how many people owe them their lives!
Keepers (cleaners, caretakers) not only maintain order, but also do minor repairs. Without this work, there would be chaos! True, in many institutions this is still not understood, and such specialists suffer from bullying, insults and rude treatment.
It is curious that:
- the average person spends 18 months cleaning;
- the most polluted place in the apartment is not the toilet, but the cutting board and the washing machine;
- mysophobia – an obsessive fear of infection and pollution;
- in Japan, schoolchildren are taught to clean the bathroom;
- there are currently over 1 million custodians in the US, 440% of whom are women.
How to celebrate
Sometimes it takes just a little to make others happy. If your organization has a janitor, bake him a cake, give him a chocolate bar, a ticket to a concert. You can also write a letter of thanks so that the management notices the activity and encourages financially. Get together with colleagues and arrange a small buffet. Don’t forget to share your idea with others.
When is National Custodian Day in 2022?
National Custodian Day is observed on October 2 each year.