A day to honor siblings
According to the U.S. Census, 79 percent of all children in U.S. grow up with siblings.
April 10 is National Sibling Day, a day to honor, appreciate and cherish all brothers and sisters and memorialize those siblings who are no longer with us, according to the Siblings Day Foundation (SDF).
According to SDF, this holiday was created by Claudia A. Evart of New York City to honor the memory of her sister Lisette and brother Alan. Both siblings died from tragic accidents.
Since 1998, 56 governors have signed proclamations in 32 states recognizing this day, yet there has not been a presidential proclamation or act of congress to make this a true national holiday.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were commemorated over 100 years ago. Siblings bonds are life-long relationships usually lasting from cradle to grave. It is usually the longest relationship of a person’s life and typically much longer than a mother’s and father’s relationship.
So take the time today to give your sibling a hug, e-card, special meal or maybe a simple picnic at the local park. For those on a budget and not geographically close to your sibling, send them a poem or a photo of you two playing as children or have a local restaurant deliver them dinner. Even a simple phone call can make a difference in their day.
Siblings Day strengthens the family unit by reminding us that a bond with our siblings is forever a special gift. If you are fortunate enough to have a sibling, you know the relationship has a tremendous impact on our lives. It is important that we understand how vital it is to cherish, love and respect our brothers and sisters in the tradition that was handed down by our parents and grandparents.
To find out more about how to celebrate your sibling, visit SDF’s website at http://www.siblingsday.org.
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