Grandparents Day is an annual observance in United States and several other countries in the world to honor grandparents and seniors, with an aim of strengthening relationships between generations. It is a day that signifies spirits of love and respect towards our elders, particularly our grandparents who are generally left behind and forgotten in the fast pace of life. Hence, Grandparents Day originated to recognize the efforts of elders made since generations for the betterment of the younger generations. To bring out the true essence and feel of this precious day, people engage in various interesting activities, such as gift giving, card giving, organizing special lessons or special assembly programs for them. Find out when Grandparents Day is celebrated in the United States by scrolling through the lines below.
Grandparents Day 2013
Grandparents Day is celebrated in United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day, in September every year. It is regarded as a secular holiday and a national observance there. Since it is connected with Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September, Grandparents Day can never appear before September 7 or later than September 13. In 2013, Grandparents Day will be fall on 8th September. Going back to the history of Grandparents Day, it was first celebrated in 1978. The then President of United States Senate, Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation for the holiday and declared it as a national observance for the country.
President Jimmy Carter proclaimed, "Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions. We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy". The forget-me-not flower is declared as the official flower of Grandparents Day while the song "A song for Grandma and Grandpa" sung by Johnny Prill is considered as the official song for this grateful day.
Since its official announcement, Grandparents Day is celebrated with immense fervor and gaiety throughout the country. People invite their grandparents and faraway acquaintances to join them in the celebrations. Enthralling Grandparents Day parties are arranged in homes as well as schools. Students are encouraged to participate in story-telling activities related to their grandparents, apart from art or poster competitions where kids display their relationships with grandparents through artwork. Many interesting party activities and games are conducted to keep the guests engaged for the whole day. People also deliver Grandparents Day sermons that highlight the significance of this day and the importance of grandparents in our lives.