National Grandparents Day

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National Grandparents Day is celebrated in the USA and, since 1995, Canada. There have been attempts to introduce it informally here in the UK but these seem to have met with little success.

What Is National Grandparents' Day?

The object of National Grandparents Day is simple: to recognise, respect and honour grandparents. Whilst grannies and granddads are often much loved within their own family circle their importance in the wider social structure is sometimes overlooked.

When Is It?

The day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. So this year (2008) the date is 7th September. This year also marks the 30th aniversary of the 1978 founding of National Grandparents Day in the US. The choice of September is appropriate as it sees the beginning of autumn and many grandparents are in the autumn of their lives.

National Grandparents Day began as a formal US holiday in 1978 when President Carter signed the official proclamation. Credit is generally given to Marian McQuade, a housewife from West Virginia, who had campaigned for such a day of recognition.

National Grandparents Day is a time to get together with the senior members of the family, give them time, listen to their memories and show how much you value them. Schools also frequently organise special activities with children singing songs, writing stories and poems, taking part in craft activities etc.

As with all things in the West it has also become an important commercial day and you can buy a wide variety of cards, mugs, gifts, etc.