National Girlfriends Day is designed to congratulate friends and lovers. Though not official, many in the US love it. Those celebrating this holiday try to please their girlfriends and spend more time with them.
It is generally accepted that National Girlfriends Day appeared in 2004. According to some reports, the initiative came from a woman named Susan, who decided to arrange a holiday in honor of her friends. Susan’s authorship is disputed by at least two more people: they claim to have come up with this holiday in 2006. National Girlfriends Day quickly became widespread and loved by many people across America. Initially, it was dedicated to women’s friendship and solidarity, but later, males congratulated their girls on the first of August.
- This is one of the youngest modern American holidays.
- The word girlfriend appeared in the English language in the middle of the 19th century: it originally referred to childhood friends. Only in the 1920s did this word denote lovers.
- There is also National Boyfriend Day in the USA, celebrated on October 3rd.
How to take part
On this day, people congratulate their girlfriends, say nice things to them, and show how they love and appreciate them. Many arrange gatherings with friends at home or in a cafe, spending time together doing their favorite things. Sometimes they have parties, which can be on a grand scale if there are many girlfriends. Some people give gifts; usually small ones symbolizing friendship or love in some way.
When is National Girlfriends Day celebrated in 2023?
National Girlfriends Day is observed on August 1 each year.