We already know that there Mother’s Day and Father’s Day … however … did you know that there is an official Grandparents Day? It is September 7th! This is not a Greek celebration for sure… it originates from the States! However, why not celebrate it in Greece? Who does not love grandparents at the end of the day?
Here is a bit of history of Grandparents day, according to http://legacyproject.org/guides/gpdhistory.html
National Grandparents Day falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day in the US. It’s not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers. It was initiated by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over 60 years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001. Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008.
There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:
• To honor grandparents
• To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
• To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer
Mrs. McQuade started her campaign for a day to honor grandparents in 1970. Then, after many years, much persuasion, and unending persistence, she finally achieved her bigger goal. It was in 1979 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day (September was chosen to signify the “autumn” years of life). Since the holiday’s inception, Mrs. McQuade has been firm in her view that the holiday should not become overly commercialized, and that young and old remember its fundamental spirit.