GRANDPARENTS can play a pivotal part in their families’ lives, but rarely get the recognition they deserve.
Luckily for you, there’s a way you can show your grandpa or grandma how much you love them. Here’s what you need to know about National Grandparents’ Day.
When is Grandparents’ Day?
In the UK, National Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday of October.
This means it will fall on October 6 in 2019.
The day is celebrated across the globe, though on different dates. The 2019 dates include:
- Estonia – second Sunday in September
- France – a Grandmothers’ Day was launched in 1987 and is still celebrated on the first Sunday in March
- Germany – Grandmothers’ Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in October
- Italy – October 2
- Mexico – August 28
- Netherlands – June 4
- Philippines – second Sunday of September
- Poland – Grandma’s Day is celebrated on January 21, and Grandfathers’ Day on January
- USA – September 8
What are the origins of Grandparents Day?
In the UK, the celebration was founded by the charity Age Concern.
It’s been celebrated on the first Sunday in October since 2008.
In other nations it’s been introduced for much the same reasons – celebrating the love and achievements of the older generation.
The US was one of the first to introduce the day in 1979.
A housewife in West Virginia, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, is credited with founding the day.
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How is it celebrated?
It’s much up to you how to celebrate this day – but a homemade card is likely to go down well.
You can also find and send one online, if that’s more your bag.
Even better, you could make the day special by visiting the grandparent figures in your life.
Baking a cake, going on a nice walk or taking them out for tea are suggested – but it will really depend on what your gran likes doing best.
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