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Siblings Day
A brother and sister smiling together
Observed bySeveral countries, originally United States[1]
SignificanceHonouring relationships of siblings
DateApril 10
Next timeApril 10, 2024 (2024-04-10)
FrequencyAnnual
Related toIn honorees: Raksha Bandhan
In history and celebrations: Children's Day, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Parents' Day
Brothers and Sisters Day
Observed bySeveral countries, namely the United States, France, Portugal, Spain[citation needed]
SignificanceHonoring bonds and relationships of siblings
DateMay 31
Next timeMay 31, 2024 (2024-05-31)
FrequencyAnnual
First time1995
Started byClaudia Evart
Related toIn honorees:
In history and celebrations: Children's Day, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Parents' Day, National Grandparents Day

Siblings Day is a holiday recognized annually in parts of the United States and Canada on April 10,[2] and as Brothers and Sisters Day on May 31 in Europe which honours the relationship of brothers and sisters of all ages. Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is not federally recognized in the United States, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this.[3] Since 1998, the governors of 49 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state.[4]

Siblings Days are celebrated also in India.[5][6] The Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan, which is the oldest festival in this category, also celebrates the bond of brothers and sisters.[7]

History[edit]

The US holiday was conceived by Claudia Evart in 1995[8] to honor the memory of her brother and sister, who died at early ages.[9] The Siblings Day Foundation was incorporated in 1997 and achieved non-profit status in 1999.[10] Carolyn Maloney, then the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district, officially saluted the holiday and introduced it into the official Congressional Record of the United States Congress on April 10, 1997; and in subsequent years 2001, 2005 and 2008.[11]

Claudia Evart, a native New Yorker and resident of NYC, founded the Siblings Day Foundation (SDF) as a tax-exempt organization. Inspired by the loss of her siblings Alan (age 36) and Lisette (age 19) at a young age, Evart created the SDF with the aim of establishing a National Siblings Day to be celebrated annually on April 10, Lisette's birthday.[12]

Since its establishment in 1995, the Siblings Day Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer organization, has received formal recognition from three American presidents. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama each signed Presidential Messages in 2000, 2008, and 2016, respectively, praising the foundation's efforts.[13] The foundation has also garnered widespread support from 49 U.S. governors, and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney has issued six congressional records in their favor since 1997.  Notable individuals such as Senator Edward Kennedy, New York Senators Schumer, Clinton, and Gillibrand, seven White House cabinet members, three NYC mayors, the Manhattan Borough President, various state and local elected officials, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, and siblings across America have also commended the Siblings Day Foundation.[14]

Siblings Day has expanded internationally, with fourteen countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom either continuing or adopting the celebration since 2014.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Siblings Day has gained attention through its coverage in various media outlets including CNN, Voice of America, International Business Times, and YouTube's global blog. It's also a popular topic on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr.

Since its inception in 1995,[23] Siblings Day has garnered widespread recognition. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted it a "Service Mark" in 2007, which was renewed in 2020, marking its ongoing relevance.

In Europe, the holiday was launched in 2014 by the European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) to celebrate siblings' bonds and relationships on May 31st. The May 31 feast spread in different ways in the European countries where ELFAC is present. In Portugal, Dia dos Irmãos[24] has become very popular and the President of Republic of Portugal has greeted it publicly, in 2016 and 2017.[25][26]

In the United States, a non-profit organization the Siblings Day Foundation has been working towards official recognition of the day. On February 25, 2023, the foundation penned a letter to President Biden requesting a Presidential Proclamation to establish the day as a commemorative event.

The siblings' day is celebrated across European countries:[27] Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Switzerland. But adherence to the date and spirit of May 31 or April 10th, the original date established for the Siblings Day,[28] is open to any other European or non-European country.[24]

Celebration[edit]

In the United States, approximately 80% of people have siblings.[9][29] The holiday is intended to be a celebration of the relationship of brothers and sisters.[6]

Examples of commemoration during this observance include giving your sibling a gift (including a surprise gift),[30] a giftcard, and taking one out for dinner.[31] Nonmaterial examples of observances during this day includes giving hugs to your sibling(s), enjoying time with them, honoring their presence in your life, and greeting them on various social media platforms using childhood photos.[30][32]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siblings Day 2023: Quotes, messages, wishes, history and significance". Zeebiz. April 10, 2023. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  2. ^ "National Sibling Day – Highlight: ARISE Sibshops for Children". Oswego County Today. March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  3. ^ "Siblings Day Foundation". Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "Gubernatorial (State) Proclamations". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "International Brother's Day 2020 India: Date, History, Quotes, Celebration". S A NEWS. May 24, 2020. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Kapur, Arjun-Anshula (April 12, 2015). "Bollywood celebrates siblings day". The Times of India. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Raksha Bandhan 2020: Where the Festival of Brother-Sister Bonding Really Originated From". News18. August 3, 2020. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "To celebrate World Siblings Day, meet a couple of wild brothers and sisters". The Greenville News. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  9. ^ a b Spiegel, Debbi (March 22, 2013). "Celebrate National Siblings Day!". Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  10. ^ "Siblings Day Foundation". Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  11. ^ Maloney, Carolyn. "Congressional Record - 111th Congress, 2nd Session" (PDF). US Congress.
  12. ^ "About – Siblings Day Foundation". Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  13. ^ "Presidential Letters of Support Gallery – Siblings Day Foundation". Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  14. ^ "Congressional Support Letters Gallery – Siblings Day Foundation". Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  15. ^ Import, Pongrass (April 10, 2017). "It is National sibling Day!". Krugersdorp News. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  16. ^ "Internationella syskondagen: 7 anledningar att krama dina syskon i dag". Hälsoliv (in Swedish). Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  17. ^ "Have you showed your sibling love for National Sibling's Day?". RAPPLER. April 11, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  18. ^ America, Good Morning. "6 siblings, all working in medicine, appear in viral photo". Good Morning America. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  19. ^ "Bing Microsoft Translator - Translate to English". www.bing.com. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  20. ^ "Bollywood celebrates siblings day". The Times of India. April 12, 2015. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  21. ^ "Mom, Anshula turned out better than me: Arjun Kapoor pens touching note on Siblings Day". India Today. April 11, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  22. ^ "National Siblings Day in Canada - Monday, April 10, 2023". www.wincalendar.com. April 11, 2023. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  23. ^ "To celebrate World Siblings Day, meet a couple of wild brothers and sisters". The Greenville News. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  24. ^ a b "Happy National Siblings Day!". eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News. April 11, 2020. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  25. ^ "Presidente da República assinala o Dia dos Irmãos". Presidência da República (Portugal). May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  26. ^ "Presidente da República assinala o Dia dos Irmãos". Presidência da República (Portugal). May 31, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  27. ^ "ELFAC members". ELFAC. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  28. ^ Jackson, Amanda (April 10, 2019). "It's National Siblings Day! Here's what you need to know". CNN. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  29. ^ "About 80 percent of Americans have at least one sibling..." Chicago Tribune.
  30. ^ a b Twelve Principles of the Gilded Nest: Designing for the Soul of the Home, p 97, 2002
  31. ^ The Oamaru Telegram Issue 192:
  32. ^ Chases Calendar of Events, 2012 Edition, McGraw Hill Professional

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